My university doesn't even call it "reading week" any more -- now it's "winter break" -- but for faculty this "break" really does involve a lot of reading! I am working my way through a stack of papers...but I have managed to work in a little sewing too.
First up were the six blocks for the 3 x 6 mini sampler bee. This is the 3rd quarter in which I have participated. Unlike many VQBs (virtual quilting bees), this one lasts just three months, and in that time you make six versions of a block design, all from stash fabrics, in the colour choices of your fellow hivemates -- that is, one for each member of your "beehive." Here are the ones I made this time around, using the "dandy" star (http://www.quilterscache.com/T/TheDandyQuiltBlock.html)
But next up was the block for January, who wanted to be surprised. Surprise! No red here! But some fun with "Tufted Tweets" and a little zebra striping:
Meg requested gray, green and white, so I cut into a pretty 1/2 yard of "Monaco":
Anita wants blocks for a future Christmas quilt, so I had fun with some remnants from last year's holiday buntings:
Solidia shares Adrienne's enthusiasm for red, aqua and white; I used some Denyse Schmidt dots from my dwindling supply of reds -- and was all done!
But I have also managed to whip up blocks for two other VQBs: freecut blocks for Kerry, using the great assortment of kitchen and sewing-themed fabrics she sent out, in Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese:
And a block following a Lecien tutorial, for dresdenquilter in the all-Canadian Sew Modern Bee:
Phew! Back to grading....