The month is half over and I've not gotten very far with my project #5 from Judy's UFO challenge over at Patchwork Times. There was some MATH that needed to be figured out since I don't have any more of the background fabric but wanted to maximize all I had. My poor brain was all twisted, like the Metro Twist blocks I'm making. I sketched and erased, added and subtracted, counted and recounted. Finally I resorted to laying out all the pieces I've sewn so far.
Well someone's big fluffy duff is covering up a lot of the layout!
That's better! The plan for this small wall quilt is a 3x3 setting of the Metro Twist Blocks. I have enough orange background to complete the remaining 20+ sections I have sketched out. For the left and right edges I will add a different background, probably a solid light gray, but that's to be decided once I have all the orange sections done. I've got many more prints to throw into this color mix, and a bit of green because it's my favorite color. Green and white have been under my needle a lot lately making the some of the Modern Quilt Guild's December Block of the Month, the ModZ Block.
The pattern downloads are only available to MQG members. I liked this one a lot because of the oversized simple to piece shapes--it makes a 12.5" block.
When pressing the Tri-Recs blocks, I found myself saying a mnemonic to help me with neatly pressing to one side: Toward on Top. I lay the block I'm pressing with the side that I will pressing TOWARD on TOP. In this case I wanted to press toward the white triangle so it is on top. (Sometimes I don't listen and have to do it over :)
Meanwhile, cross-stitching is also progressing on the Lizzie Kate May Stamp project.