Things are a little crazy out here in the Pines right now, but I’m still keeping up with a couple of quilt alongs and blocks of the month–it’s a miracle!
One of my kids just got their driver’s permit, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out on the road. There’s also a trip to Germany coming up this summer, so we’re getting everything organized for THAT (passport! luggage! lots and lots of paperwork!). The other kid is wrapping up eighth grade, so we’ve been dealing with all of the crazy end-of-the-school-year stuff (field trips! concert!) plus the special graduation event plans (new dress clothes! new shoes! this kid still has a lot of growing to do!). Plus my in-laws came to visit–and my studio gets converted into a guest room when we have house guests.
Despite all of this, I’m (mostly) keeping pace with the Comfort Quilt-Along with Amy Ellis. We’re about halfway done. I decided to use my collection of Literary by Crimson Tate. I also signed up for the 2018 Summer Sampler, and have opted to shop my stash–an assortment of bright solids for the backgrounds set behind grayscale prints.
I also had the opportunity to attend a workshop with my local guild, the Berry Basket Quilters. We all brought scraps to make “Liberated Houses” with Barb Vedder. It was SO much fun! I have all sorts of plans for some additional blocks to add to my neighborhood.As proof that I do occasionally finish quilts that aren’t minis, two couples were presented with baby quilts in the past month or so. “No Crying” was made using a pattern from Treasures in Time.
I drafted “Ladyslipper” myself. The father chose one fabric that he liked, and I designed around that fabric. Both baby quilts were made to be used, and I provided washing instructions as encouragement!
Finally, I created a mini for one of my local art quilt groups. Our prompt this time was “Lines”. I had a great idea that I let simmer for a while, only to discover that I couldn’t really do what I wanted within the space limitations. So I set that one aside and whipped up this little guy instead. It uses only my own hand-dyed fabric. In fact, the rusty looking background bits and the binding are from a bin where I had guests at a dyeing party pour their leftovers after finishing with their pieces.
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