Today was another of Judy’s Quiltathon days. (Patchworktimes.com) I decided to participate and failed miserably. Fortunately there are no Quiltathon police in my area. Just so you know, I do have wonderful excuses:
1. There was a breeze out on my back porch this morning so I grabbed my book and coffee and read while enjoying hearing the wind rustling the trees.
2. I had to answer several e-mails.
3. It was lunch time.
Finally I made my way to my Quilt Studio and started cutting out pieces for the next quilt I hope to make – a pattern by Rosie’s Quilt Co. titled Come On-A My House. It uses lots of scraps and has houses, stars and trees – all things I love. About an hour into my cutting I started feeling kind of icky. I sat down at the sewing machine and made some more crumb blocks and then tried the cutting again. No way. My stomach was protesting. Was it something I ate at lunch? I’m hoping the icky feeling will go away soon.
All you Quiltathon people out there I hope you had a productive day. I will be lurking around the blogs green with envy.
Our Bee group has decided to do a block exchange each month for a year. Here are 30 of the blocks that I made so far. The block which is easily done by cutting a 6″ block diaganolly, sewing a 1-1/2″ strip down the center and trimming the block to 5″. It was fun to pick out fabrics from my scraps. I know that exchanging with my friends will give me a wonderful scrappy looking quilt.
Our speaker at Guild this past Thursday night was Gwen Marston who also taught two workshops. My friend Moe took her classes and the results are wonderful. You will see some colorful and LIBERATED quilts by following the links to these two women.
Today I am grateful for………
1. Time to sit on the porch and read.
2. Colorful fabric.
3. Swiss cheese and Triscuits.
In my Quilt Studio I also have an area where I attempt to do some stamping and making of cards. The table very quickly gets piled high with stuff and then there is no room to work. The plastic storage bins on the side are hard to open and I don’t often remember where I put different supplies. When my brother-in-law offered me an old bookcase that he was not using, I took him up on the offer. Here is my card/stamping area re-organized. I really need more shelves, but I worked with what I had and even without perfect conditions, it seems to be a better working arrangement.
The rolling plastic cart now houses unfinished quilting projects of which I have many. Unfinished projects don’t make me feel as bad when they are neatly put away where I can conveniently forget them. (I’m hanging my head in shame.)
1. The color challenge went on without me. I missed Brown and Red.
2. This is my back porch where I enjoy reading when the weather is right. Today it was PERFECT. See the temperature? 70 degrees, sunny with fluffy clouds and breezy. Such a glorious summer day. If all summer days were like today, I would love summer. 3. One thing I do not enjoy is gardening. About once a year I manage to pull some weeds or plant a small pot of flowers, but I’d much rather pay professionals. This plant by the evergreens is growing all over everywhere. I’m assuming it must be a weed since it seems to be taking over, but it looks better than most weeds. Does anyone know what it is?
4. Reading quilting blogs takes up a lot of my time. There are so many good ones out there, and I particularly enjoy hearing about new books and techniques, and seeing pictures of colorful quilts. I admit that I also enjoy the baby pictures and the dog/cat pictures.
5. Reading books also takes up a lot of my time. I finished a small book this morning, started in on another book this afternoon, listened to another book on my iPod while I took a walk, and have a book on CD going in my car.
6. No quilting, sewing or stitching today. That happens a lot.
All the blocks for my quilt are done and I’ve started putting them together. I ended up changing the green four-patches to a lime green. I wanted a kelly green but alas, my stash did not have one little bit of kelly green. I’m happy though with the lime green. I hope to finish putting the blocks together tomorrow because I’m anxious to try out borders. In the stitching department I managed to finish the square of eyelets and was delighted when everything met up correctly. The next step is to add pink butterflies. It will be nice to work with a color.
Did you notice the Quilting Blogger button on the left side of my blog? It is a great resource to find other quilt blogs, and at the same site it has Quilting Gallery which is a resource for instructions and free patterns.