So, January went pretty well, three of the eleven on the 17 in 2017 list are now marked off as Done, as in Finished and now have a place of honor on the page above titled 2015 and Later. Another project on the list, my Westering Women BOM, now has all 12 blocks completed and is simmering for a bit while I decide where to take it from there. And the first
So, February started off with our quilt ministry needing three additional quilts (that we know of at the moment). Two are for members of our congregation who were just commissioned as associate pastors. I think ministry quilts should bless those in need as well as celebrate special events in the life of the church, don't you? Anyhow, I began this celebratory quilt for our youngest associate pastor. Her grandfather passed away recently and at his memorial service we learned that she inherited the grandfather's beloved beehives! So, what better name for this quilt than "The Bee Charmer's Flower Garden"? Here is the quilt, layered and pinned, with a bit of the ditch quilting started. An aside - the quilt top measures 64x64 inches; I started with a new box of 300 quilters safety pins, and ran out before finishing pinning the outer borders - sigh!
I'm happy for the time spent ditch-quilting the blocks since I've not determined exactly what designs to use for FMQ'ing the block centers or the sashings and borders. I'd love to find a honeybee motif that could be used in the daisy blocks along with some meandering bee-flight lines. Early tomorrow when our internet speed increases I'll be looking online for a suitable and hopefully easy motif.
A closer view
As far as February progress on my personal UFO's, I've finally gotten back to working on the Quilty 365 top, and now have nearly half the circle blocks sashed, more about that in a future post.
The sun shines today, and the temperatures are above freezing. A great February day, and thoughts of folks in these parts turn to fresh maple syrup and buckwheat pancakes on such days. I hope your Monday is bringing you similar sweet thoughts.