I miss my sewing machine.
If I can manage a few minutes to do something quilting-related, it makes me happy.
Cut a few strips for a paper-pieced block..
Prepare a practice sandwich for a new quilting motif I want to try and use.
Trim HSTs from the Swoon to use for the teacher quilt.
Sew one or two seams at a time to finish a block, like the Blazing Star below.
Then Strip-piece and cut diamonds for blocks....now that I've got the Blazing Star done, I can do the one for the baby's star sampler. (I had to size it up from 6" in the book to 12" and I had to experiment how big to cut the strips.)
And my brain started working, after a recent in-the-line-of-duty-death by a local sheriff's deputy. I saw his memorial posts and sheriff's star. Then I've been admiring and wanting to get Jaybird Quilts' "Night-Sky" and other patterns with her new rulers. Then Connecting Threads posted this post about hand-piecing six-pointed stars. Ka-Ching: my brain went off and connected the three ideas. I just created a firefighter motif block, so I should make a quilt with police or sheriff motifs out of 6-pointed stars. That wouldn't be too original, though.