I’m still in marathon quilting mode, and can’t wait to show you some finishes next week!
It’s been brutally gray around this part of Texas lately. I’ve had to set aside my taupe hexies for a while and play with brighter fabrics to keep my spirits up. And speaking of bright fabrics, how about these gorgeous deep tones?
The line is Sunprints by Allison Glass, and I love the unusual prints and color combinations. Thank you, Andover, for this fantastic bundle of sunshine! Most of this fabric is going towards some secret sewing, but a little bit of it will be in a tutorial I’ll have ready for you the first week of February.
Earlier this week, I recieved the most delightful e-mail from Jocelyn in Perth, Australia. She included (and gave me permission to share) this GORGEOUS quilt she made from my Japanese Garden pattern.
How cool is that?!? I’m mesmerized by her fabric choices, the purples really make the blocks in the middle stand out. Best of luck with the quilt show in September, Jocelyn!!
One of my favorite aspects of blogging is the incredible sense of community and camaraderie. I’ve “met” kindred spirit quilters from all over the world, literally. In the coming weeks, I’ll be revamping my blog to introduce you to some of the lovely gals I enjoy following.
But first, I have a fun story to share from a bit closer to home. Everyone in my extended family crafts in some form. Some of my favorite childhood memories relate to family get-togethers with whole afternoons spent stitching and gabbing. Back in high school, my Aunt Ellen’s best friend, Vickie, made me this gorgeous little wallhanging:
It has adorned every apartment of my life since then, and now happily hangs in my studio. It wasn’t until I started quilting myself that I gained a true appreciation for those tiny pieces in the shells and dolphin.
So how does this relate to blogging, you ask? I’m getting there. . .:-) Last week I noticed that my little Alzheimer’s quilt had sold. I was tickled absolutely pink, and more than a little curious about where it had wound up. A couple of days later, I had a wonderful phone call from my aunt about that very topic! Turns out Vickie’s sister-in-law bought the quilt!! And she has a positively lovely blog to boot! (You should check it out. I wish I knew how to knit, she has some gorgeous patterns. And bobbin lace! That’s on my list of crafts to learn someday. .. .Perhaps when the kids are old enough not to mistake the bobbins for ammo in their nerf guns!)
I love little stories like this. Have you started a story with your February happy mail yet? I’m working on mine. Since this is a crazy month with my son’s Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet this weekend, my happy mail is going to be small. I think I’m going to write (yep, notecard, pen, stamp!) a note to a quilt designer who made a tremendous impact on me several years ago.