Summer Vacation 2015 is officially in the books as the kids went back to school this week. I’ll admit, I had pretty mixed emotions about it. Usually I’m counting down until school starts and we have more routine/structure in our lives again, but this year I have really enjoyed the laid-back lazy-hazy days of summer and I wasn’t really feeling ready to jump back into it all.
Nevertheless, here we are and I have to admit, it’s been nice to have a taste of quiet time to catch up on things (like email) that I seem to have got WAY behind on. Yikes. I’m also itching to clean out my sewing room…
I feel lucky – sewing hasn’t been totally absent this summer. I’ve had some good windows where I felt productive and other weeks where it kind of fell by the wayside and I didn’t worry about it too much. Blogging pretty much fell in the same boat.
Some summers-past I’ve tried to “do it all” with very exhausting results. This summer I was determined not to feel that way and I think it worked. Judging by the fact that I wasn’t anxious for summer to end is another good sign.
I’ve had a few finished projects over the last few months that will be part of future publications, so I haven’t been able to share a lot of what I’m working on. This color palette has been one of my recent favorites and I’ve used it in at least five recent projects. (haha.) I had these triangles left over as scraps so I threw them together in an easy broken dishes layout just for fun.
I’ve also pulled out my Gardenvale Dresdens again. With deadlines past, I want to get these finished. Plus I love that they provide some good carry-around hand-work.
Here’s the progress thus far. I love how each one turns out and I love that the color palette is so out of my normal range. Speaking of different than my normal color palette – the top photo is the growing blocks from my Alison Glass Swoon-inspired blocks. These are blocks I’ve sent out to members to assemble, so it’s really fun to see them start to return. Even though I chose the fabric, I couldn’t visualize exactly how they’d look. They’re looking even better than I thought!
People have asked about the background fabric. It’s a woven fabric from Diamond Textiles, that I bought at my local quilt shop, but I don’t know the specific sku. (Sorry, not super-helpful.)
And finally, as if I didn’t have enough works-in-progress, I’m starting something new this weekend! I broke out this Layer Cake (10″ precuts) of Fig Tree’s newest collection Farmhouse. Yardage hits stores soon – maybe now that the kids are back in school I’ll even get my blocks pieced by the time it comes out!
Happy weekend and happy sewing to you!
And don’t forget, tomorrow is the final day of the Action Kivu fundraiser.