I have this "deal" with myself that when I work on some personal art projects that I take a break and work on the quilts for the Children's Hospital.
The first two pictures are of my helpers. Murphy can't ever really decide where he wants to be, under my feet at the sewing machine or under the table, to my right where I press the fabric. He finally gives up and goes to sleep in the basket. Louie, on the other hand, really likes to be as close as he can. We have disagreements about him flopping on my cutting area so he's settled on the pile of fabric behind my machine.
The next two pictures are the finished top I did the other night. I love those owls.
The next two are the current top. I needed a change in colors so this looks very Spring time to me. I think about the little ones spending their days in the hospital wards at the hospital, dealing with issues like cancer and I can't make these fast enough. If just one brings a smile or a little comfort to a parent sitting with their child, I'll be very happy.
I like these block arrangements.
I made a batch of quilts for the hospital back in the fall and I struggled with coming up with an easy pattern that I could make without pulling my hair out or feeling like I had to create the most gorgeous quilt out there.
I want something bright, happy and easy to put together. When I work on these I want to be thinking positive thoughts and healing thoughts not what do I do next and why isn't this working for me.
The other nice thing is that I can store all the different pieces in a bin and because I'm usually working in crayon box colors they all go together so I can mix and match and not waste any fabric.