First, in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend I finally pieced all my Union Jack blocks together. Three cheers for that. Now it’s off at the quilters. My goal is to have it done and bound before the Olympics start in July. So cheerio, pip pip, and all that. (The original pattern I used for my Union Jack blocks is out of print, but I wrote one myself. You can find my Union Jack Quilt block pattern here.)
Second, I joined a Gang.
I know, I just scream ‘gangsta’, don’t I? Don’t worry, it’s not the kind of Gang that does sketchy things in shady back alleys. This one is called the Fat Quarter Gang (or could it be the Phat Quarta Gang?) and involves gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics and new free tutorials every week, and giveaways of said Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m so excited!
So it can’t be that shady, right? But watch out, these gangstas do seem to be carrying around a lot of open rotary cutters, so hold onto your fingers.
Third, have you heard about the Dresden Quilting Challenge this summer? It is a very fun challenge to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilt. For the next 2 weeks there will be a blog tour with lots of ideas and inspiration using a simple Dresden Ruler. You can read all about it at the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild, find out about the tour and how to enter your own creation later this summer to win a fabulous prize from one of these sponsors. I’ll be back with more inspiration myself in a couple of weeks.
And finally summer vacation has officially descended upon us here. (Cue “deer-in-the-headlights” expression.) I’ve learned some important things (sometimes the hard way) in summers past: we go through a lot more food and toilet paper when everyone is out of school, start a chore/job routine from day one or the house turns into chaos, and the blogging schedule must get lighter. So I will be posting slightly less frequently over the next 2.5 months. Which is good for you too, since you have your own kids, yards, pets, tomato plants, or vacations, etc. to tend to over the summer as well. So it’s a win-win right?