Wow! Life gets in the way sometimes. I can’t believe it has been months since I have done a post. Since the last time I posted, work continued to be hectic with understaffing. That improved in January when we hired a great gal, Lisa to help with our “Virtual Back Office” work and she also sews! Actually, I met her through my Bernina dealer. My mom fell and broke her hip in September, leaving me to deal with the details. Those of you with aging, disabled parents know what I mean. She is now living at an assisted living facility at North Central Florida Retirement Village. She is well cared for and much better mentally and physically with all the activities and interactions they provide.
During all that time, I had little time to sew and actually lost my mojo. It happens from time to time. I did manage to get the September block done for my Get You Hex On! online quilting bee. With the October bee we started getting Christmas fabric and I managed to knock out a couple of hexie snowflakes. I am still working on November, December and January’s blocks, but hope to finish soon as I have the February block and I just got everything mailed to my bee mates yesterday. So while everyone is working on my blocks, I can get caught up with theirs. February is the final month of our bee, so I can’t wait to get my blocks back!
So what did I choose for my month? I have been saving fat quarters from the Alison Glass’ collection called “Lucky Penny” by Andover Fabrics. I bought it last year at Quilt Con in Austin. I saw this pillow in the Andover booth and loved the fabrics.
I decided to make table runners and I divided the fabrics into a green/gold colorway and a red/gray color way. I pre-cut all of the hexies with my die cut machine and packed up 10 packages of 18 hexy fabrics and 18 hexy 1 1/2 inch papers. I have asked my bee mates to make two diamond shapes. I will put these all together to make two table runners. I may incorporate some linen (like in the pillow) when I start putting the blocks together. The process is very organic, I will have wait and see how I feel when the blocks return. Both colorways are pictured below. For my bee mates, I have mailed out instructions with the fabrics and papers, but if you want a sneek peak, you can find the instructions here.