There has been a lot going on behind the scenes around here, some of it even includes sewing, but I don’t have any great finishes I can share. So instead, I will show you some of my works in progress. Lots going on at once. Hopefully next week I’ll have some finished goods to show off.
I cut out the green, blue, and gray squares from my stash-busting efforts and finally laid them out. I love where this quilt is going – especially that I just pulled fabrics from my stash and they’re getting used. Now I just need time to sew this one up! It’s been put on the back burner with a few urgent projects in the works.
In the mean time, I started cutting into Simple Simon’s new fabric line, Four Corners for Riley Blake. This is on it’s way to being a new baby quilt tutorial. Stay tuned for that one in a couple of weeks. (Fabric available now from Fabricworm.)
I’ve also been sewing with Sarah Jane’s newest collection, Sommer getting a few samples ready for quilt market in a couple of weeks. I feel lucky (eeek) to have been able to play with it a little. I can’t share quite yet, but check out Sarah Jane’s instagram account for some pretty sneak peeks. If you are a Sarah Jane fan, you will not be disappointed. This collection also includes new swaddle fabric options. yummy.
I’ve got a new quilt cut out and have started piecing using Pat Bravo’s Artisan. This was one of my favorite collections at Quilt Market last spring – the colors are SO warm and rich. And now it’s in stores (including Pink Castle Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, and Fabricworm.) I can’t wait to see this one come together. I’ll keep sharing my progress along the way.
Also, did you know that dark (forest) green is coming back in style? Pat’s always so chic and on-trend, that now you have proof that it’s true. See? Everything makes a comeback. We did some family pictures a few weeks ago and as I went on the hunt for wardrobe options I cracked up as I walked into stores and saw the trendy colors are forest green, navy and burgundy. That reminds me of the plaid couches in my college apartment! I got married 18 years ago and my bridesmaids wore forest green. It guess that is proof that I’ve been married for a long time – time enough for that color to go out and come back again!
Speaking of family pictures, here’s a behind the scene glimpse from the night we were taking them. We took them up in the near-by mountains. Don’t you love that back drop? And of course I made them pose with a quilt. These poor children are going to be scarred for life.
And speaking of mountains, the real reason I haven’t been getting as much done around here is that I’ve been trying to get out to visit them at least once a week. We’ve had the most beautiful warm weather most of September and it’s even spilling into October.
My husband has been an avid hiker for the past few years. I’ve started joining him more – it seemed like a good way to get some exercise and spend time with him – and now the bug has bit. I used to wonder why people enjoyed hiking. And now I get it. I totally get it.
The colors are starting to fade higher-up in the mountains – some trees are already bare – and I learned last week that I need to start bringing a hat and gloves, but I’m going to keep going before it starts to get cold and I wimp out. As a result, more un-finished projects, but I’m fine with that.
Finally, a huge THANK YOU for all of the very kind comments left on the last post. You have no idea how much they mean. I wish I had time to respond to each individually. So please know, you are all wonderful. Thank you. xoxo