Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Midweek: design epiphany

 I took a long walk Tuesday afternoon down a new-to-me trail at the north end of Illinois Beach State Park.  I wanted to go farther but I could only go until I was half-tired to save the other half for the walk home.  

A front is coming through today (Wednesday) with temperatures dropping by 40 degrees.

It was overcast both Monday and Tuesday evenings.    We're not going to see the Great Conjunction (Jupiter and Saturn). 

(Spring Bluff forest preserve is across the road from the state park.) 



Left: abandoned red-winged blackbird nest. Right: muskrat den.

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(c) Kim Diehl
In the studio:  I finished the nine-patch churn dash blocks and mulled over how I would set them. Here's Kim Diehl's pattern. My blocks are larger (10.5" fin to her 7.5" fin). 

Though I have yards of  CW repro fabric I don't have long pieces for borders, at least not in a print that I though worked with these blocks. At breakfast I had a design epiphany.  (Epiphanies are appropriate for the Christmas season, right?)  


Here's how it looked at the end of the evening. 

I made 100+ HSTs that are 3" unfinished.

Linking up with Susan and friends at Midweek Makers

and Jennifer's Wednesday Wait Loss



7 comments:

viridian said...

Hi Nann! Looks good! I am busting CW repros too.

Shasta Matova said...

That looks like a great place to take a walk, and a great way to take a mini vacation! Those HSTs look wonderful with those blocks.

Quiltdivajulie said...

LOVE the HSTs!

cityquilter grace said...

wowza...that border kicks it up several notches....awesome nann!

Rebecca Grace said...

Those churn dash blocks look fabulous with 9-patches nestled inside! Thanks for sharing your nature walk photos, too. It's so interesting to get a glimpse of another part of the country, especially having been stuck so close to home for so long.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Wow those blocks are pretty! Such a lovely quilt in the making! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

Ann said...

What wonderful walks you take! And hooray for epiphanies. Pieced borders are my favorite because I rarely have enough length for plain ones. Love the HSTs.
We were able to see the Great Conjunction although I thought it might cloud over. I see why our forebears looked at the sky. So much to see, especially away from city lights.
Merry Christmas.