My heart and my mind have been with my neighbors to the south these days, those brave souls in Joplin, MO. So many stories of bravery, selflessness and generosity from people who suffered through terrible loss and tragedy. In one of their darkest hours, these good people are giving everything of themselves to help their neighbor…
One more way to contribute, you can send finished quilts that will go to those who have lost everything, or worse, lost someone precious.
I have yet to make it home before 9:00 p.m. this week (I leave the house at 7:00 a.m.) so not much is happening in the new studio besides cat naps (the two cats, not me or Sweetie). But I’ve eeked in a few obligatory projects…
Four Red Dress blocks for the quilt my quilt group is making to auction off at the American Heart Association Gala in February:
These dresses will be the four cornerstone blocks in a sampler quilt with applique borders. I did fusible applique with a small zig-zag stitch to finish the edges.
I also made this star-in-a-star block for the same quilt, my contribution to the sampler portion. I had a little trouble with my star points in this one, and if I were to do it again, I would paper piece it for better points and precision…live and learn. This block shows the other colors being incorporated into the quilt:
I also got a good start on my Sis Boom Pow! applique blocks…only sneak peeks at this point, they are still works in progress!
These Jennifer Paganelli fabrics are to die for! She donated the fabrics to us (30 internet-connected quilters across the globe) to create blocks to go into a quilt that will be auctioned for charity.
And I got started on another stencilled screenprint-look T-shirt for a birthday gift:
For my non-United States visitors, I should explain the phrase, “I geek banjos”. There is currently a nationwide advertising campaign going on to promote using your library. You can check out the link here. There are billboards, bumper stickers for your car, t-shirts you can custom order, and a website to share what you research or read (i.e. “geek”) at the library. The T-shirt above is for a certain guitar player who recently bought a banjo, just for fun, and is now obsessed with all things banjo. You can custom order t-shirts with you own phrase, for example…”I geek quilting”, “I geek crafts”, “I geek fly fishing”, “I geek literature”…you name it, but the custom shirts are $30+ dollars, a little spendy for this gal.
I remember as a kid, being at a department store or the mall with my mom and wanting something, and she would say something like, “$17.00?!? That’s ridiculous! I could make it for half that!” and we would leave empty handed. Sometimes, she made a facsimile of the item desired, sometimes she wouldn’t get around to making it and I’d put it out of my mind. As a kid, I always just wished we could buy the one already made. Now I appreciate everything handmade I ever had…and I am now SO my mother’s daughter…!
Still packing, selling off and giving away extra stuff we won’t have room for in the new place, and working six days a week–but I did sneak in a little sewing time last night….my Happy Hour! I’m working on a shop sample from the Atkinson Designs book above. The cutting for this quilt took less than an hour, quite possibly the easiest pattern I’ve ever used (of course, I usually gravitate towards the challenging ones, and since this is a shop sample, I didn’t choose it!) The fabric is from the Kiwi line by Timeless Treasures:
I’m using the solid lime green in the top photo for the binding. I managed to get all 20 blocks sewn up in no time at all last night…I also finished quilting this, a mini quilt for my Guild’s small quilt auction at the October AQS Show in Des Moines:
and, finally, an update on my new studio. My sweetie picked this number up for me on his trip to the Twin Cities last week, and we assembled it together on Sunday (and he installed a ceiling fan for me):I love Ikea, and I’ve been admiring this Expedit bookcase and desk set for a long time. This will be my new sewing table. I think it’s big enough to have my Pfaff on one side and my Featherweight on the opposite side. I’m loving the idea of filling up all those cubby holes with books, fabric, and other goodies!