I haven't been able to access EQ7 for several months, since I couldn't find my license info after replacing my computer. I was able to find it during my office cleanup on New Year's Day, and I finally loaded EQ7 onto my new machine.
I was playing around with some designs and I came up with this, which may make its way into fabric for a quilt. This is a king-sized top design, using some blocks I was playing with for bedrunner designs:
Geometrix (Wendy Sheridan)
I would not make this in black and white, but I am working with values and not hues for this design. I didn't want to be distracted by color.
Over my winter vacation, I finished knitting a double-knit scarf. It's a Knit Picks kit using Chroma yarns. The scarf is very soft and warm.
It's been months since I've been to the sewing room to quilt... well, not exactly. I've been sewing. And knitting. I've done a lot of knitting since Hurricane Sandy blew through the neighborhood - what else was I going to do for 11 days with no power? Luckily, my order from KnitPicks showed up on day 3.
I made a sweater.
I made a hat.
I started on a scarf.
When the power came back on, I discovered that the charm packs I ordered from Clotilde were half an inch too short in one dimension to use for card holders.
I've made a batch of these using other fabrics for a local Winter Craft Fair that was cancelled due to the storm, and so they are now populating my Etsy shop.
So I made a large pile of QSTs (quarter-square triangles) from the charm packs, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. They are very "scrappy" as I just joined dark to light without much care for what colors were going together.
I still haven't finished that spiral mandala quilt, but the Harvest Quilters has a show in March and Garden State Quilters have a show in May and I want it done for those.
Last month, my Moment of Zen arrived back home from it's Hoffman Challenge Trunk Tour, and I hung it on the wall. I missed seeing it, and I love having it in the house.
So I ran across this blog post a couple of days ago and I decided it would be a quick and fun project. Now all my friends want one. Here are some quick pix of what I've been sewing for the last 2 evenings.
"I love you more than you know" is what the code in this quilt translates to. I got the idea for a QR Code quilt because the Harvest Quilters' guild challenge this year is to make a bi-color quilt, as inspired by the "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" exhibit that many guild members attended last year. The top is finished, and I'll be sandwiching and quilting it over the next week or so, so it's ready for the guild show at the end of the month.
Making this quilt required a lot of very meticulous work. I won't be making another one exactly like this again. However, I will be creating a fabric panel to incorporate into a larger quilt, because then I can make custom quilts that can be sold for a reasonable amount of money instead of what I would charge to part with this one.
The message in the quilt, I love you more than you know, is a lyric from a song I've been working on for a while now. I used my writing session recording as the soundtrack for this short video, showing the progress of making this quilt.