I have been working on improvisational blocks, including some blocks that I may submit to QuiltCon or BAMQG (our modern guild is also running a block challenge in the same QuiltCon colors). QuiltCon is a modern quilt convention that is scheduled for February in Austin, Tx. The QuiltCon block challenge is to create blocks from the QuiltCon color palette and one dimension of the block must be 12.5". The palette is:
So far, I have come up with:
I like 1 and 3 more than 2.
Meanwhile, I've been working on smaller improvisational log cabin blocks that will be used in as yet an unknown way. I haven't done much improvisational work and I haven't worked much in mainly solids or completely solids. Here is what I've come up with so far:
I am having a little trouble working solely in solids, so every block has some print in it. I have a pretty good stash of solids now, so it seems to be mostly a matter of my mind shift to solids.
I have been referring to and learning from Gwen Marston's Liberated Quiltmaking II. So, the blocks are not all the same size which will ultimately add to the "liberated" nature of the finished project.
And just to add a little food to the post, I have started making jam (or sauce depending on the result) again this year. First up was strawberry jam. My friend Bonnie, who lives in Visalia, Ca brought me an entire flat of freshly picked unfumigated organic berries when we got together for Memorial Day Weekend. These berries are so different from the ones that I purchase in the markets here - the berries are red all the way through and (unfortunately) they go bad very, very quickly. So we all ate berries until we turned pink and I still had a large amount available for jam. The results are:
I must have been lazy that day, because these are huge jars of jam. They look small, but they are not - 4 jars of jam from a huge pot of cooked down berries.
I make refrigerator jam, so these jars are not "canned". The taste is amazing - the freshness of the berries is not compromised by the canning process. And you can freeze the jars for longer storage, if you wish.
Now I'm on to blueberries. Organic blueberries have just become available and I look forward to making my traditional blueberry jam.
And last but not least, Connor and sippy cup with his Angry Birds hat (3xs too big for his head!):
Aaaaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.