Weekly Progress - Still on Vacation

I need a vacation from my vacation from my vacation! 
Last week was great, until I shared a water bottle with my two year old niece. You know, one of those germy creatures? Everyone but the Dude ended up with a nasty cold. I'm still recovering, but the vacation continues with DC this week!
We went to a botanical garden outside Charlotte - gorgeous! I have picture after picture of color inspiration.
The kids, of course, were most fascinated by a frog.
  Still Big Blue's binding, but I'm on the last side! Which is good, because it needs to be done by Saturday... 

In-Progress:

Central Park Sudoku - okay, it still looks the same, but there's only one seam left on the inner sashing. Then outer, then border shopping!
 
Not mine, but I cut my sister's "Walk in the Woods" fat quarters for a Yellow Brick Road. So I think I should get credit for it. I was kind of hoping for more scraps, but this darn pattern is very efficient in cutting. Maybe there will be some scraps in the sewing process...
Quilted Enough So That I Could Baste Another Quilt:

Bad Romance & Fall-gyle - yup, that's seriously a category now. Lines go in one direction. Will finish when I get back home. Need more pins... 

Basted:

Layer Cake Quilt Along - man, some of these quilts have been backlogged for a while! This is going to take longer to quilt - I will probably just anchor it with stitch-in-the-ditch on the sashing for now. I want to do each block differently, and that will take some planning.

Swapping:

Picture-Perfect Polaroid Block Swap - a little cutesy, but I'm enjoying my Peter Rabbit fussy-cutting.
Joining:
Vintage Holiday Quilt Along - I decided to bust into my Fairy Frost collection for this. Sparkly Christmas ornaments! Even though I really don't need another Christmas quilt.
In-Progress-But-Not-This-Week
Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (15/36 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: 1
Completed Projects: 0
In Progress: 12

Layer Cake Quilt Along - Top Finished!

It's done.
I do really like the border.
And I'm glad I went for cornerstones instead of the stars. It would have been a bit too busy, in my opinion.
I really wanted to set it on point, but the basket looked weird every way I turned it.
I used 6" borders, so it finished around 56x70".
And now it's getting folded up and put on the "needs backing" pile.

Work in Progress Wednesday - Week 8

I'm cheating - I'm posting after a quilting retreat day at my LQS. So I'm much further along now than I was this morning!
Layer Cake Quilt Along - done to the top and bottom borders, which are cut and ready to go. It's wrinkled because after cutting the borders, I realized I was late for school pick-up and shoved everything into a bag. Fabric can be ironed; kids can't wander around a school without parents. At least, not kindergartners.

Hunter's Star: around 40 blocks finished, and the new fabric is in so I can continue working on it. I'm aiming for 88x80" which is 110 blocks, so I have a long way to go.
Frolicking Pinwheels: all the sets of five are sewn together. On to slicing and dicing!
I've actually been working on the iSpy Sliced Coin Quilt as well - I made it to a city with a comic book store and picked up the inserts everyone has been blogging about to fold fabric. (Yes, it's amazing.) So as I've been folding, I've been slicing my novelty fabrics and the pile is growing.
Finished: Cow purse (no pictures until I figure out how exactly one takes good pictures of a purse.)
Untouched This Week:
 
Awaiting Quilting: Bad Romance

In Planning:

Rudolph Quilt (the Dude)

Hunter's Star (my sister)

Non-quilting:

Second Snow White commissioned.

Knitting bag and pattern holder for my sister. Fabric is here!

This Week's Stats:
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 11
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Layer Cake Quilt Along - Blocks Six, Eleven & Twelve

I'm finished/caught up on the Layer Cake Quilt Along. And... I don't think I like this kind of "sampler" quilt along. I just didn't like not knowing what I'd need in future blocks, like a stronger green for the flower bud. 
Overall, I think my quilt isn't very cohesive (versus, say a pinwheel sampler or a Civil War sampler.) 
All just personal preference, of course. Lots of the LCQAs in the Flickr group look great.
Anyway, my last three blocks.

Totally changed.

Changed layout slightly.

Totally unchanged.

I'm doing a simple cornerstone sashing instead of the stars, so I should be done with the top this week.

Design Wall Monday - Week 16

On the wall today, I'm trying to lay out my Layer Cake Quilt Along.
Looking at it now... I don't want two star blocks in the second row. I don't want the two "boxy" blocks on top of each other on the right side. I seem to have more blocks dominated by blue than I thought. And I chose a blue border? Eek!
Not to mention I still have to make the last block before I start sewing anything together.
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