I chose to work on another mini quilt - "Spinning Spools" - measuring 12.5" x 12.5". I was wanting a fresh, springy quilt to hang in my kitchen....and these colors worked perfectly (my kitchen is black and white). I love how these blocks look like spools of thread...and using a striped fabric for the center of each block gave the appearance of thread wound on the spools. This was a great afternoon project that gave me just the creative boost I needed.
I was also able to use my brand new Quilt In A Day "Triangle Square Up Ruler". I had seen Eleanor Burns use this ruler she designed on her television show and I knew I had to have one. After mentioning it to my girlfriends, I actually found one at a local shop and couldn't wait to try it out for myself...and it worked like a dream. I was able to easily trim and square up all sixteen of my half-square triangle units, which definitely helped my piecing. I am always on the lookout for good quilting notions and this one was a superb addition to my sewing studio. Eleanor Burns has a great video (which can be seen by clicking on the first link above) that shows how to use this handy little tool.
It was enjoyable to spend a couple hours in my sewing studio and complete a small project...it was a wonderful stress-free afternoon.
This evening I am back in my stitching nest, working on a couple Halloween ornaments for Just CrossStitch Magazine. Tomorrow, after a lunch date with a good friend, I will be working on class kits for a couple large teaching events in April - I have over 200 pieces of linen to cut and serge - so I will definitely have more time in the studio, only tomorrow it will be with my serger...