With the exception of one, I've got all the blocks back from the "Around the World Quilting Bee". I'm immensely pleased with them, as they are exactly what I wanted.
I realised that I never showed you the quilt or cushion I received as part of the swap I've taken part recently. This little owl is now sitting in my sewing room and it came from Cathy all the way from the USA. Thank you Cathy!
I have been making a few more blocks, trying out some new techniques I've learned on an online class on Craftsy called "Big Techniques from small Scraps" with Sarah Fielke. For this block I used my Dresden ruler. I really like the look of it and I'm tempted to make a quilt this way using my scraps.
The next thing I tried was curved piecing without pinning. I've always been very scared of curves but it was actually quite easy.
Then I tried out some deconstructed piecing, which is another name for free hand cutting and piecing.
The next two blocks were inspired by Syko. She calls this "close your eyes quilting", meaning she doesn't plan the layout of the blocks, but just dives into her scrap bin, takes some out and sews them together any which way. A perfect way to use up all the scraps I got back from the bee members together with the blocks.
I couldn't help myself and joined another Quilt Along, called The Hasenbach Challenge. It's being organized by Katrin in Germany. I fell in love with the winter scene and as we only need to make one block each month, even I should be able to keep up.
My first paper pieced block.
Then I made another friendship block as we had to say good bye to another member of our Tuesday crafts group.
And out of the blue, my friend Rose-Anne sent me this lovely embellished heart. Isn't it gorgeous?
Enjoy the weekend and happy Australia Day to all my friends Down Under.