Mystery Quiltalong and Uncle Progress
The next block for last year's Mystery Quiltalong from Laundry Basket Quilts had a lot of pieces and I wanted to bring in some more black. I decided to go a little less scrappy for this set of four blocks for Block 6.
I had quite a time with the smaller HSTs. I wanted to use Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool and kept cutting strips that were the wrong size for the HST I needed. The cutting board was quite a disaster while I pulled different fat quarters and strips for the scrappy look I love. At least there were only four blocks in this step!
While sewing up the Block 6 batch, a lot of leader-enders got sewn up into 16 patches.
I ran out of Easy Breezy block pieces (Bonnie Hunter's current leader ender) so grabbed another container of 2" precut squares I set aside while cutting down scraps. Some were already sewn into four patches so I grouped four of them. There are a few alternate block settings I'm considering when I get a bunch made: either scrappy hourglass blocks, scrappy pinwheels, or X blocks like Arkansas Crossroads. I like traditional quilts as much as modern ones! Speaking of modern, I signed up for a Mini Mod Block swap with guild and need to get 30 2" blocks made and mailed this weekend. Some I will paper piece, a mind bending exercise for me! I'll need plenty of caffeine and chocolate for that :)
Update on our Uncle Fred, who had a stroke last month: He was moved to a rehab facility today. He is still unable to swallow but now has a gastric feeding tube rather than nasogastric. He can move some of his right side but cannot turn himself over or sit himself up. He can say a few words. We don't know yet what permanent state he may be left with; only time will tell.