The biggest thing I missed though, was quilting. Tonight, I sat down to my sewing machine for the first time in over a week. And oh yeah- it was awesome. I had Common Core Standards training today, and it will continue through Thursday, which is about as fun as getting poked in the eye.
Given the circumstances, a few hours at my machine was just what I needed while Mr. MQI and wild thing were off at baseball practice. So, I took a gazillion 2.5 inch strips and started stripping the night away (no, that's not naughty). Turning this-
Strip and string quilts are some of my favorite quilts to look at, and to sew. They're great when you want to make something fairly quickly too. I used the same method I used in my giant log cabin tutorial HERE. Using this method means I kept all of my strips long (width of fabric) and trimmed them as I constructed my blocks- it's so simple! Instead of one giant log cabin, I made blocks that will finish at 15 inches, to be laid out 4 x 4, for a quilt that will measure 60 x 60 in.
I consider these blocks to be "controlled scrappy." I definitely wanted the scrappy look, but to keep the colors balanced, I actually had to cut into some of my FQ stash, and even purchased several fabrics. So, I don't know if it can be considered truly scrappy.
After a couple of hours, I got all of my blocks finished!
They aren't pressed yet, but that's a job for another evening (I'm thinking tomorrow!).
I have to thank Kim at Windsor and Main for the inspiration for this quilt. Here's a picture of her Summer Picnic Quilt, and you can check out her post about it HERE. I am in totally in love with the colors of this quilt paired with the black and white polkadot backing. It is just so happy!
And if there's anything I need in the midst of a three day training on Common Core Standards, it's sewing something happy!