I was very distracted last week dealing with a loved ones's serious and urgent medical issues. The resolution appears to be everything we prayed for, and is hopefully something that will stave off a future crisis. So, given my emotional state, I put what time I had for quilting into projects that did not require much concentration.
My collection of bits and pieces for the Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Along is growing. I am doing this as a leader/ender project using Bonnie Hunter’s color scheme and piecing instructions for her Blue Ridge Beauty quilt which was originally published in Quiltmaker Magazine in the 2008 January/February issue. However, I have a different layout and border treatment in mind based on the Charlotte Angotti’s Up the Ladder quilt published in the June 2008 issue of McCall’s Quilting. I will be using the 2 inch strips specified by Bonnie rather than the 1 ½ inch strips
The design calls for 336 four-patches, of which 96 will be used in the border. I will have to make a fabric purchase for the borders, but the rest of the top will be totally from my stash. If I stick with this plan, I think the finished quilt top will be just under 60 X 80 inches and will require 48 Jacob's Ladder blocks. The QAL officially begins October 1, so there is still time to join. A link on my side bar will take you to the host blog and you can find details at http://imperamagna.blogspot.com/2011/09/jacobs-ladder-qal-info.html
I also did some work on my Plaid Obsession quilt. Each sashing strip for Plaid Obsession yields 14 leader/ender units, hence all the leader/ender pieces for the Jacob’s Ladder QAL. Plaid Obsession is spread across my design wall, guest bed and sewing table, so it’s not exactly what I would call a good photo op.
Judy Laquidara always shares links to design wall projects on Mondays, so be sure and visitPatchwork Times today.
Oh, yes. Yesterday, September 25, was our 86th day of 100 degree weather this year. Almost 32% of 2011 has had highs of 100 degrees or more. Depending on which source you use, the forecasted high today is 99-101.