The modern age of quilt is so much different than it was say 10 or 20 years ago. Much less when our own "more experienced" quilters were younger. When their mothers or even our grandmothers took to quilting.
We recently had a bitter pill to swallow recently, as I have to look around on the situation i guess the silver lining is that I enjoyed hand work of any kind. And that is a good thing. If you remember back on the 14th I mentioned that I was beginning a new hand project that I was inspired by my friend Gretchen Ann over there at her great blog! So this is where my Blue Radiance is at the moment.
|My Blue Radiance #1|
She ain't much to look at yet, but as it is said " slow & steady win's the race". I haven't given much thought to what I'm going to do with the piecing yet, but as you can see it's not going need to considered anytime quite yet.
As things tend to be this time of year, the pace picks up around the little cottage by the river. This year I tidied up my little plot of dirt that I play in. On the eve of Summer Solstice, I poked around and added some old seeds of sunflowers, cosmos, alyssum, lettuce, onions and bachelor buttons. I had bee balms, parsley and sage that came back. I had wanted to do more but that just wasn't in the cards. The chipmunk we have around sure didn't like the onions and it appears that he did like the sunflowers seeds as he dug them up and left me the hulls in a nice neat just like I had planted. Bloody cheeky of him for sure!
Let's see in the reading side of things, I'm currently reading:
- The To Do List by Jillian Stone
- Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
- Deadline (The Bayou Secrets Saga, #1) by Judy McDonough
The "Girls" have been watching that cheeky chipmunk come right up to the deck screen and chirping at them like no body's business. So... well... I decided that the Girls could do with some introducing to the outside and with a few strips of fabric I fashioned this quick & crude harness & leash for them. But isn't easy to get good pictures of cats big-eyed and thinking "OMG! I'm outside!!! LOL. Go figure ... right? But I will get a better harness system together and get them back outside soon.
I dug out the Farmer's Wife supplies again and thought I would show those finished blocks. I have a journal with it that I added notes and I even have some bits of the fabrics that I used in the blocks with the name & number jotted down next to them as a fun bonus. It would be like an "I Spy" to match the little fabric tidbits to the blocks in the quilt.
|FWS Items Up Close|
|Those Finished FWS Blocks|
|Pretty Covers To Keep Everything Nice & Neat|
I have several quilting projects that I'm working on depending on the "where's &when's" . I have been doing some testing for The Quilt Pattern Magazine that is due on the 4th, and that baby quilt that is still in the floor hoop for my evening work. I have those travel projects that I rotate from Redwork, Cross-stitching and I'm getting re-familiar with the FWS items again. So I'm never at a loss for things to do. But then a quilter and needle artist never does.
Well I'm going to sign off now as it's time for that baby quilt for that special little one across the pond. Until next time...