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


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

  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.

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

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

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

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

  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.

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