WiP/FMC - A Vacation from My Vacation

Because life is so hard, I decided to take a vacation from it all. Well, actually, I'm visiting my in-laws and playing tourist in North Carolina. Next week, we're playing tourist in Washington, DC. So there's not going to be as much sewing for a bit.
Finishes:
Before I left, I finished up the Layer Cake Snowballs top.

Fifteen Minute Challenge

  Still steadily working through Big Blue's binding. I turned the third corner yesterday. Home stretch!

In-Progress:
Central Park Sudoku - nine patches are sewn, partially sashed, and triple checked for Sudoku accuracy.
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (15/36 blocks) - good GRACIOUS, these blocks were a pain. Such simple blocks, such numerous simple mistakes.
Quilting:
Bad Romance & Fall-gyle - No progress on either of these. Oops. Really not doing well at catching up on my quilting. 

Swapping:

In-Progress-But-Not-This-Week
Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
 
In-Progress-But-Not-This-Summer
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)
St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)

Adoption:

Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork - mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea - 6/12
Referral Accepted - 6/12
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 10

Snowball Fight! {Week 4}

Do you save your snowballs' HSTs? Good, because now you have a whole other quilt!
Here's a Moda Bake Shop tutorial with several different HST layouts.
I'm planning on this one, because there's stars in the pattern.
{Leftovers from the Layer Cake Snowballs make a 12x14 layout, 30x35"}
One of my favorite non-traditional HST layout is Debbie's from A Quilter's Table.
Need more inspiration? There's a whole Flickr Group for that.
Or you can toss like-sized HSTs in a bag - I have my Nine-Patch-Snowballs leftovers in with my leftovers from my Blue Bowties. At 1.5", they're pretty tiny, so I'll add more bonus-HST before I decide what to make. Someday.
Week Three of the Layer Cake Snowballs
 Assembly!
Alternating color corners, sew together seven rows of six blocks.
{57x67"}
You can either lay it out in advance, or wing it. Press each row in alternating directions, and I pressed my final seams open.
My layer cake had a lot of directional prints, so I planned out each row as I went along, but I didn't worry too much about where everything ended up as long as they were right side up.

WiP/FMC - Lots of Little Things

So, where to start...?
How about...we accepted a referral for this little guy!
His name is William WooYeong, he's ten months old, and we have about a year to wait until we get to bring him home.
So that's my favorite little thing...but I did do a lot of other little things this week.
Finished:
Nine-Patch Snowball {Well, the top, at least.}
Fifteen Minute Challenge

 I decided to do Big Blue's binding while supervising the Dude's daily homework. {Which is one worksheet page..but also torture. Apparently. And often takes longer than fifteen minutes.}

I've forgotten how nice a hand-stitched binding looks. Need to do it more often. Anyway, I stitched every day but Sunday, and I'm done with 2.5 sides.

In-Progress:

Layer Cake Snowball Fight - all ready to be assembled!

Central Park Sudoku - really doesn't look like it's changing, but all the blocks are in rows, at least.

LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (12/36 blocks) - despite screwing up my block last week, I could still make this set by switching the green and brown...and then I miscut the green. That's a six-piece 3" square to make into HST on the top of the green pile. Attractive.

Quilting:
Bad Romance - lines all the way in one direction, third of the way in the other. So I unpinned so that I could free up the basting pins for...

Fall-gyle! I'm probably going to need a new category - Quilted Enough So That I Could Baste Another Quilt. Because buying more basting pins would be silly!


Joining:
Picture-Perfect Polaroid Block Swap - searching for a good charm pack, since I don't have access to my scraps!

In-Progress-But-Not-This-Week
Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
In-Progress-But-Not-This-Summer
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)
St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)

Adoption:

Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork - mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea - 6/12
Referral Accepted - 6/12
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 11

Snowball Fight! {Week Three}

And now, my favorite part of the snowball...combining it with other blocks to make awesome patterns.

Starring my just-finished Nine-Patch-Snowball flimsie!

{Yeah, the picture is a little wonky. I had some help. Small boy help, not cat help.}

This was a three-yard kit, but I decided to snowball the blocks the pattern said to have as squares. Such a simple swap adds so much more movement to the quilt.
Another great example - the combination of the snowball and the "54-40 or Fight" block in the Tennessee Waltz. This is the very first quilt I wanted to make, after seeing how easy it was on Simply Quilts.

Some other good blocks to alternate with a snowball:

{Economy}

{Shoofly}

 {Nine Patch Variation with HST corners}

{Any star block}

{Same star, different coloring in the flying geese}

In all of these, the size of the snowball corner is determined by the other block. In my Nine-Patch-Snowball, the pieces of the nine-patches are 2.5" unfinished, and so are the snowball corners. In the Waltz, the corners match up against a 3.5" unfinished four-patch.
Week Three of the Layer Cake Snowballs

Make 21 snowballs {and the bonus HST} with the other colored corners, just like last week. But press the seams toward the printed fabric {center} this time.

And square them up. The corners should square at 4" and 6" on your ruler.