Hi all -
Just a quick post to let you know how the different projects are coming along. First, the good news: my Hoffman Challenge quilt was accepted! So I just finished putting on the hanging sleeve and label, and will put it in the mail tomorrow morning. Their acceptance email said something about "if your quilt is selected for the traveling show, it will be sent back" so it sounds like there's still a possibility that it won't be traveling. Four of my friends also had quilts accepted so I hope that they all travel and all go to the first show, which is out here, so that I can get pictures of them all hanging together!
While waiting to hear about the challenge, I made some good progress on my Hospice quilt. I got all of the red and white stripes pieced into columns:
The next step will be adding the blue pieces at the bottom of each column and them I just piece the columns together and the top is done. I think I'll applique the stars onto the blue pieces before putting them together so I have a little bit of figuring out to do. I have to draw a good start shape and then figure out where to put the star on the piece so everything will line up nicely. And as an added bonus, I now have this pile of 72 5.5" half-square triangles to use in another quilt:
There'll be more designing that'll need to be done for that.....
On a sad note, a friend of mine had to put her dog down last week. That's always so difficult! To help comfort her, I decided to make her a little quilt. Milly was a very sweet brown and white Corgi. I decided to start with brown and white for the quilt. I added black for her beautiful black eyes. To add some splashes of color, I thought pink hearts would look nice with the other colors. I love pink and brown together! Here's what I came up with:
I'm not really pleased with the composition, but I continued on with it because I think it will mean a lot to her and I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible to try to help comfort her while the hurting is the greatest. I just have to quilt the border and add the binding and it'll be ready to give to my friend. Here is a close-up of some of the stitching:
That's it for now. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!