While I may have been quiet, there has been a fair amount of quilt-related activity.
The first thing I did was to get out a couple of stacks of pieces for the various Silent Garden variations I’m making as I had decided to make all the four-patch units of the hexagons, kite and triangles needed for the third rows of the brown & blue and Tranquil Garden tops and for more Not So Silent Garden blocks. Once those units are made, adding them to the stars is very quick as it’s lots of lovely continuous sewing.
This is what one stack of pieces looks like once I have done that initial piecing.
Then I started adding them to the stars. First was block 1 for the third row of Tranquil Garden.
Closely followed by a Not So Silent Garden block.
Followed by block 2 for row 3 of the brown & blue Silent Garden top. I have little pieces of paper pinned to each of the brown & blue and Tranquil Garden stars as I have laid them all out and want to ensure I keep them in the order I have planned, but for their photographs the little pieces of paper are removed.
Then block 2 of row 3 of the Tranquil Garden top.
After pressing and grading of seams, all their backs look much like this one.
Four more Harpsichord blocks were added to the growing stack of finished ones – a pale pink, green, pink and peach one.
Their backs, after grading of the seams and pressing, all look much like this one.
Finally, I sewed the setting triangles to a couple more of the 9-patch blocks.
Even though I know that I’m getting very close to the end of the Harpsichord blocks and making good progress on the Silent Garden variations, I’m fighting an almost irresistible urge to start something new. I need to stay the course or, if I really need to take a break from these five projects, then I need to work on something else that is languishing.
Which is the Pickled Ladies top. I thought it was finished, but I can’t make it work with the pieced border I have planned unless I add four more rows of Pickled Ladies. And as that pieced border really works in the story I have composed in my head about these Pickled Ladies, there’s no question in my mind that I have to do this. So I have been auditioning florals for fussy cutting/printing and have a small stack of them that are perfect for some new Pickled Ladies. I need to get to a quilt store, though, as I need to find a couple of small black and white prints that are light enough on the wrong side that I can print the triangles that are part of each Pickled Lady. Most black and white prints are just fine, but I don’t want to take a chance and end up with something I can’t use.
Thank you all for the lovely comments regarding Jake. I can’t even begin to respond to them all, but we both read them and appreciated every one. Baxter seems to be okay. He was an only cat before Jake came to live here so I think that may have helped him adjust quicker than we thought he might. Both of us, though, keep looking for that little red and white face.
He certainly hasn’t changed his habit of lounging in the kitty tree and watching outside.
Once again, I’m going to try to find a way to ensure I start blogging more regularly. I don’t know why I keep finding it so difficult to stick with a schedule but I am going to try, starting next week.