this lovely fabric. I loved the dots for the quilt border but there wasn't enough because there is a 9" border section that has birds on it. I didn't really want to buy more fabric so I did a bit of math and found that I could do a pieced border and use corner squares of the birds. That left me with a piece of the bird border so I cut around as many birds as I could and I will applique them across the lower border.
this quilt from Lori Smith. This will be my eagle project for Angie and Audrey's Quilt Like an Eagle Challenge. I need to dig around and see if I have enough black for the background (I think I do) and then start pulling my wools for the applique. I hope to use some of the new stitches I am learning from Sue Spargo's book.
The sun is returning after a few grey, rainy days (much needed to help conquer the fires in Washington) so I will head to the trail for a longer run today.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
We did a lot of chatting about blogs and pinterest and gathering ideas. I came home with a long list of blogs to check. This morning I stumbled on another new-to-me blog that I must share. I have only just begun to explore this bloggers work but I know I will return.
I also took a chance and contacted another blogger who had not posted for quite some time. I missed her lovely posts about family, dog, and quilting. I do love when bloggers dare to share beyond their stash. I heard back, she gave me her facebook name, and so another connection has been made. Isn't that what this is about? Taking a chance, stepping forward and introducing yourself, and treasuring the friendships you make along the way.
Now, I need to do some cleaning and then will be back to the creative process very soon.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
a tutorial on making flying geese blocks that I just had to try - I can see a lot of little geese in my retreat quilt. I had a bit of time before I need to leave this morning so I pulled out two fabrics and set to work. This tutorial is really simple and easy to follow. I just need to see if I can figure out how to adjust the sizes of the squares to make different sizes but that will need to wait.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I finished cutting all the squares for the 9-patch swap so those will go into the bag.
I started a new shawl.
I have plenty of hand work I could take but this is such a great time to do some serious machine stitching.
I saw some wonderful inspiration on Jane's blog (the large blue sampler). I also love the variety of blocks and the soft colors that I saw on this fun blog. So maybe just a bunch of small blocks that can blend and fit together to make a sampler.
So many options. So many choices to make. I am heading back to my sewing room to load up fabric and clean my machine and gather thread, needles, and cutting tools. In the end, I will likely take much more than I can complete but that is fine with me.