First, as promised last week I did make some progress on my February blocks for the Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM. These churn dash blocks came together fairly easily. I still need to tackle the orange peel blocks; I got some good advice from my guildmates on applique and I'm excited to try it for the first time.
I was excited to receieve my blocks back from our OCMQG 'A Particular Kind of Bee' and I spent some time figuring out a layout on the design wall. The original plan for this quilt was to have each hexagon honeycomb made up of six different triangles to give it a very scrappy look. Then I decided to make some of the hexagons solid and mix them into the quilt. I look forward to making some progress piecing this top together.
And next, a new quilting bee! At our January LAMQG meeting I joined together with a few other members to for a new quilting bee, Bee Adventerous and Megan started us off by making some scrappy X and O blocks. I have to say I really loved making these! I see some more of them in my future.
Lastly, I have to share with you an antique shop find! It' a twin sized unfinished quilt top, I'm calling this Grandpa's Garden since it's made entirely from wool suitings! The hexagons are hand pieced from cut up bits of suit coats. Some of the hexagons actually contain garment seams. I'm guessing this was a memory quilt for someone's father or grandfather that just never got finished.
My plan is to handquilt it and I'd love your advice! I'm concerned since it's made from wool knits that are 1) a bit more stretchy than quilting cotton and 2) can't be machine washed I need to make some different choices about the batting and backing. I was thinking of selecting wool batting and maybe flannel or wool suiting for the back - would that work?