Well, let's see ... I have completed two commission quilt projects. One was from a wedding that happened last September. The bride & groom had their guests sign squares of fabric that I had prepared for them, rather than using the traditional Guest Book. I then turned the signed squares of fabric into a simple but effective small quilt for the happy couple to enjoy for years to come.
The second commission was from a mom for her daughter's high school graduation. The daughter had taken dance lessons since she was small. Mom wanted me to turn the girl's dance costumes into a unique quilt as a surprise graduation gift. I used about 35 costumes (apparently this was a small number of what the mom had at home!), and Mom loved the quilt. I'll post a photo when I'm at my home computer so you an see how it turned out. I do have to say, though, that this was probably THE most challenging project I have ever done! The fabrics ranged from regular cotton (easy!) to stretch velvets (slippery!) to sheers that had to have a foundation layer under them so the batting wouldn't show through. I used a multi-color pastel hand-dyed cotton for the border and backing. It was a piece I had purchased just because the colors were so pretty; didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it when I bought it! It's funny sometimes how that works out. Most of the time I have every kind of fabric EXCEPT the one I want!
Now I am working on a quilt top as a shop sample for Needles & Pins Quilt Shop in Swedesboro, NJ. It is a little like a Stack 'n Whack, where you start out by matching up the repeats in the fabric, and then cut strips and shapes. The blocks are kaleidoscopes that are set on-point. (This is NOT my pattern, but someone else's.) It also has skinny little sashing strips (they are cut at 1" wide, so they finish at 1/2"). I'm not sure how many times I have already ripped out seams from putting the setting triangles in the wrong place, but I'm only about half-way through piecing the on-point blocks. I'm not sure yet if I'll continue and finish the quilt, or just deliver the quilt top back to the shop. It's not a big quilt, so maybe I will quilt it myself. They always look so much better when they're finished.
There was a huge storm that came through here last weekend, and some people are still without electricity. In fact, my house is now keeping 7 people and an extra dog (we already have 2 of them) until the power is restored. We have electricity, my sister does not. It's been a pretty exciting week! More on this later.