I keep thinking I’m doing a good job of relaxing and letting summer just ‘happen’ but then at the same time I stop and wish I were doing a better job of it. Lots going on around here – but nothing finished to share. Basically, just a lot of chaos. But good chaos, right?
I did finally piece the back to the Alison Glass/Denyse Schmidt quilt top I put together 3 months ago. I was determined to only use my stash. I try to stock up on yardage for backs when I find it on a great deal, but none of the stuff on had was the right fit for this quilt. I did have a 3 yard piece, so I pieced a color spectrum strip to make the back big enough. It always feels good to use up stash, doesn’t it? It’s off at the quilter’s right now.
I’ve made a few of these fun Cross blocks recently. These two are for a friend who is moving away (*sniff*). Since she’s a quilter as well I pulled out my Maker fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics for the backgrounds. You can find the dimensions for this block here. It’s a great one for using up scraps.
I’m knee deep in a few UFO’s (Un-Finished-Objects) at the moment, and coincidentally, they all have a dark background. My design wall has never looked so dark!
My Swoon blocks are starting to return from my Bee members. (With each returning block, I get more excited for this quilt!) My Gardenvale dresdens are coming slow, but steady. But I’m not as far as I’d like to be on my Pie Making Day project. Sewing time (and blogging time) is just unpredictable in the summer…
… and here (hiking Battlecreek Falls at the bast of Mt Timpanogos). And honestly, that’s how it should be. I’m trying to do a better job of living in the moment and embracing the essentials for now. If some sewing time pops up, I run with it, and if not, it’ll return when school starts in a few months.
This is the third year of QUILTCON and the first time it will be held in Pasadena, California. The dates run February 18-21, 2016. I am SO excited to be going to QuiltCon this year and to be teaching at it too! I’m teaching two courses: Strip-Piecing techniques – a wide variety of tips and looks all made using strip-piecing AND Intermediate piecing – think y-seams, machine-pieced hexagons and diamond, inset seams, etc. I’m also really looking forward to taking classes – including Cristy Fincher’s Paperless Paper-piecing. Anyone planning to come?