A few weeks ago we had our quilt guild meeting outside in the park. Since I didn't take a photo today, I decided I would go through my photos from that meeting and take care of that bit of housekeeping. I'm glad I waited to do this because it really is clear to me that taking photos of the quilts and the people out in the evening sun makes a lovely difference. It's the light, for sure. But it wasn't until I looked a these photos tonight that I really appreciated and noticed the difference. Quilts look so pretty and light and soft outside.
I was really happy with this photo of Tracey's elves. She's a great sew-ist and each little elf, wait, gnome, was paper pieced. Paper piecing is very particular, so it takes time to get them all sewed up. Which reminds me. I made some paper pieced blocks
ages ago (like the swamp thing
! And I even made a gnome!) I should try to find them and add them to my Kitchen Sink quilt (in progress).
My buddy, Cynthia, designed some more fabric and this will be on the shelves in the near future:
And in other news, a perfect stranger took our photo at the gazebo. She was super nice to do that for us, but why do I look like THIS?
HA! I really shouldn't be looking so exasperated. I was even wearing my favourite summer dress!
I should really lighten up.
I am not guilty of getting things done quickly. It's already the middle of the year and I'm pretty sure this is the only thing I have quilted and completed. I have got to get back on my machine! Time is just slipping away from me.
I hung up the 5 Cats wallhanging thanks to a little curtain rod I found at the Dollar Store.
The rod is a bit on the cheap side, but it will do for now. I think I'll find a way to weigh down the bottom (Mike's suggestion) so it hangs a little straighter. All that aside, it's got a spot on the wall. We are slowly (very slowly) putting things on the walls around here. Just imagine how the walls will look in 2 more years! There might be two more things on the walls. Yah!
I hung up the wall hanging, did some laundry and made some dinner (crustless quiche) all before Mike got home from work tonight. I've been getting things done in the evenings now that my work day ends at 5 pm. And only 2 more sleeps until Faturday. I am READY.
Now it's time for more Orange is the New Black. I think we're about halfway through.
I made this
over the past two days.
I swear I followed the directions. The finished results were supposed to be 27 inches by 27 inches. Mine turned out to be 4 inches shorter all around. WHAT? I don't get it. I think it has to do with the 10 triangle squares required. I must have somehow made them a little shorter so for each row, I had to shave a bit off the bottom to keep them square. Those little shavings sure added up.
After the heart was all done, I decided we needed a light, summery quilt, so I wanted to turn this into a queen sized quilt somehow.
I found the quilt I made with Happy Zombie last year. Determined to make a mash up of both quilts to make one mega queen sized quilt, I just started cutting and cutting it.
Okay. Now it's in pieces. And I'm stuck. I have no idea how to bring these two quilts together. I think I'm going to have to make that big border around the heart smaller and bring in some more of the tan coloured fabric. Thankfully I found some more of that fabric and I've got more light grey. I think I'm good as far as colours go.
Where do I go from here? No idea. Hopefully this won't just sit in my craft room for another year until I figure out what to do next.
UPDATE: This is what I'm going to do
! This quilter calls it the "Kitchen Sink" quilt. She puts together all her "orphan blocks" (That's a sad name. I think I'll call mine something else like leftover blocks.) to make huge quilts! I want that! This is a perfect solution for me because I get bored making the same block time over and over. I lack quilting discipline.
I JUST REMEMBERED! I have about 3 Union Jack pieces I could add to this.
Whoa. I have to go through my leftovers! This is going to be a gigantic quilt. And I'm going to have to make a big design wall to match these all up.
Quilting Bee member, Sherri, had THIS modern quilt for Show & Tell tonight. She called it Watermelon and even sewed in a few grey pieces for watermelon seeds. Delicious! Sherri always picks the loveliest, brightest colours for her quilts. She's got great style. Tonight's meeting was filled with quilty goodness and tonight was extra special because we had a zipper pouch swap. Now, did I participate? Uh no. I need to sew a zipper with my new machine a few times before that happens. I did get to see some great reactions when some members got their pouches, though.
Darlene was SO happy. Like REALLY happy with her pouch. And Phyllis also seem especially happy with her pouch!
Who could blame her? It has lace and ruffles on it.
While all these good times were happening, we had an extra special visitor. This teeny, tiny baby.
You know it was Pass-the-Baby time at the meeting tonight. He's terribly distracting - he's got a little dimple in his chin and everything. I think he liked the quilts, though. We are a pretty noisy bunch and he was very quiet, watching everything. Also, his is very soft and his head smelled nice. I try to smell a baby's head whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Here's to another fine quilt guild night! Now with more watermelon, pouches and babies!