Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Millefiori. It's Happening.

For Christmas, my husband gave me the book and paper pieces to make la passacaglia!  I totally bought it myself and he wrapped it for me.  I didn't let myself even peek into the packaging, but he looked and asked if I knew what I was getting myself into.  Admittedly the pieces are SMALL, but I am having so much fun with this quilt!  It will take forever, but choosing the fabrics for each cog is my idea of a great time.
 Seeing as it will definitely take forever, I've hung my first rosette on the wall in my sewing room. The second cog is still growing.  It grows every night after kiddo bedtime.
I'm going about each rosette one at a time.  I have a few cogitating in my brain, but I won't commit to the fabrics until I finish this cog.  I think my next just might feature some kawaii! Why not? This quilt will have so much happening in the pattern that I think it can handle a little bit of crazy in the fabrics.

Icy Mosiac

Rachel at Stitched in Color is having another mosiac contest.  I always love seeing all the different interpretations of the given theme. I chose fabrics and colors that felt quiet and overcast like snowy days.  Not pictured are the kid boots, hats, and gloves, shorn by the back door when they come in for hot chocolate; that's not nearly as quiet as the snow.

Swaps

I fell off the Earth for awhile, I know.  I blame Instagram.  My family still looks here rather than there so I ought to get back with the blogging.
I've been swapping!  It's so fun.  I am assigned a partner to secretly make for and someone is secretly assigned me.
In my first swap, I got a cute cross stitch heart mini made by Jennifer in Australia.  She sent treats, too, which the kiddos still talk about.  The quilt went on my wall right away and looks great there.  The quilting community really is just awesome.

I just sent off the mini I made for my second swap.  It's headed to England and should arrive any day now.  I am so anxious for my partner to see it!  I had so much fun brainstorming and making it for her.

I call it a quarter medallion since it's just a quarter of a medallion style quilt.  The quilters she said she liked all had a medallion quilt and our tastes were similar enough that I thought I could come up with one she would like.
In the next couple weeks, or days, I'll receive the mini quilt made for me.  The kiddos and I have been following the group on instagram and guessing which is for me.  The kiddos are hoping for more Aussie candy, truth be told.