It’s been pretty quiet on the blog lately… I think it’s just one of those things that happens in the summer. Between camping and my husband’s “busy season” at work, this past weekend was the first we have been home with no plans all summer.
- My Wildwood Sampler quilt is now fully assembled and I am in the process of quilting. I decided to step out of my comfort zone in two ways. First, I am going to free motion quilt a large portion of this quilt. SCARY! FMQ is not my strength, and the size of the quilt relative to the throat space on my machine will make it all the more difficult. I truly hope that my skills will improve as I do it, and I think I just have to accept that I will never get better at something if, out of fear, I don’t do it! Second, I am using three thread colours on this quilt, and they will sometimes stand out, not blend into the fabric, both front and back, like every other quilt I have done. Let’s hope for the best!
- My sister emailed me this picture and asked if I could make it for her to give to her kids for Christmas.
After I got over my initial shock and thoughts of “how the heck did she find this”, I determined that it would be simple to make, so we got to choosing yarn from some that I had in my stash. She chose teal and a brownish grey, and we are using a 20″ pillow form as the body. I haven’t knit since March, so this will be a good simple project to get me going again into knitting season.
- I cut all the fabric while we were camping a few weeks ago, and began chain piecing another quilt last week. I have had the pattern for about a year, Night Sky by Jaybird Quilts, but never got around to picking out fabric. I think this pattern is really intriguing as it is not your traditional square block layout and has uneven, angular edges. As soon as I saw Anna Maria Horner’s new Skipping Stones line of neutral takes on some of her previous designs, I knew this was the perfect collection for this pattern. I was short one fat quarter, so I had to add one more fabric choice, and I think it will be really cool. I’m really excited about this one! The black fabric at the bottom is Moda Grunge, which is being used for the background.
What have you been up to in the lazy days of summer? Has anyone else started petting the yarn and plaids in their bins and started dreaming of floaty fall scarves and leather boots? Maybe forget I typed that 😛