I have been having fun this week making the blocks for a new quilt. Over Christmas, Katie's boyfriend asked if I could make him a Tetris quilt, sending me on a hunt for a pattern. I found one by QuilterGeek, a very clever young woman who has simplified her first design for the quilt and has shared it on her blog. Each block uses three graduated shades in a quarter square block. The surprise for me has been how beautifully the colors pulled together, even though I thought some were not going to work. I'm excited because Gary helped me put up my Fons & Porter design wall today--it only took a few minutes, using a level to get it straight and push pins to hang it. Sure beats laying out all those blocks on the floor!
At the same time--literally--I've been chasing away grackles that found my bird feeders. They not only devour all the bird feed like a hoard of locusts, but they scare away the finches, chickadees, titmouse, and cardinals. I searched a bunch of sites for suggestions, and finally decided to try switching out the bird feed for something they don't like. Now the feeders hold black-oil sunflower seeds and nyger. The grackles came back for a little while this afternoon and pecked at the feeders a bit, then gave up and started scarfing up what had fallen to the ground earlier. I'm hoping they'll move on to greener pastures--or other feeding places!
One last thing--the Double Irish Chain is almost done! Just 3 1/2 more blocks and then the binding.....can't wait for that moment when I get to cut off the extra batting and backing and get that first glimpse of what the quilt is really going to look like!