Friday, July 15, 2011

Afternoon improv

I set aside some time this afternoon to catch up on some blocks for the Twice Around the Block virtual quilting bee.  I had three improv blocks to do, so I started out with a little improv lunch for sustenance.

Jasmine rice, black beans seasoned with some chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, a little Yumm! sauce, avocado, an abundance of chopped tomatoes, a little sea salt, and a touch of Sriracha.

Duly fortified, I turned my attention to the blocks.  
Alison (Starlit Nest) sent a variety of fabrics and asked for a block of any size containing snowballs and rectangles.  

 Terri (Sew Fantastic) sent these beautiful solids & nearly solids (tweeds and crosshatching) and requested an improv block of straight lines (squares, rectangles, strips). 

 Mary (My Life to Sew) asked for funky triangles, and I love how this block turned out.

 This month's block is a court house steps for Lisa (Vintage Modern Quilts), which I'm also hoping to finish this weekend.  And just when I thought I was so very close to be caught up in this bee, I realized that I have somehow skipped the month of March!  Whoops! Did I mention that the people in this bee are amazingly patient?!?

 Oh, and I started another "little" project.  I am joining Penny's (Sew Take a Hike) Yoyo Along.  Somehow, while sewing with the Sweet Hot Yams last night, I managed to only complete four yoyos in about four hours.  At least I got a lot of fabric cut so I can have a nice portable project.
 
 Somehow these just didn't seem to be as much fun as I was hoping they would be (probably because I was so tired after work yesterday).  But I've always wanted to make a throw of yoyos, and after looking at this pretty little stack sitting near the sewing machine all afternoon, I think I've fallen in love with them again.

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan

7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous blocks, all of them. I especially love the modern almost solid one! Not bad for an afternoon's work, I'd say!

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  2. I love all the blocks too. I'll be interested to see if the yo yo's make it to a quilt, wouldn't that look amazing? Lunch looks very refreshing and delicious.

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  3. Everything looks lovely! I lobe th colors in those yo-yos!!

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  4. Gorgeous blocks and those yoyos look fun...but that lunch looks amazing!

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  5. Improv lunch looks amazing and my mouth is watering!!

    Love all the blocks and the yoyo's are tempting!

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  6. Such fun blocks! I love the variety of fabrics and blocks for your improv lunch. I especially love Terri's tweed fabric combo! I definitely need to hold one of these - I'm behind two months with the bee I'm in.

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  7. Yum! That salad looks amazing!! And the quilt blocks too!

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