This is one of those weeks where I didn’t get a lot of work done on my own things, but did get a lot of work completed for my little quilting world. I’ve been so terribly busy with organizing my guild’s quilt and vendor show that I’ve had little time to devote to my quilting or piecing. I’m thankful to say that most of the work is now complete. I have to finalize the vendor layout, make the welcome packets, and print the quilt tags. After that, it’s pretty much just wait until quilt take in day.
While I don’t mind working for my guild, I can honestly say I will be happy when the show is over and I have this off my shoulders. This is the first time my guild has done a two-day show as well as a judged show, so the logistics on this one has been a little different and I’ve been scared to death that I’m going to forget something. By nature I’m a list maker, so I have about half a dozen lists and then a list of my lists so I don’t forget anything.
However, the time and my circumstances have limited my sewing time. I hope I can make up for the lost progress this weekend. The next two days are ripe for some sewing progress.
I have come across a couple of really neat patterns and ideas this week that I want to share with you. The first one came up on my Pinterest feed on Thursday. It’s the Affairs of the Heart by Aie Rossman (her first name is pronounced like a long A).
I must ask, what’s not to love about this applique quilt? Something about bright batiks shimmering against a deep, rich, black background just thrills me. It catches my eye and my imagination. So, when Pinterest threw it up on my feed, it took me all of 10 seconds to decide I had to get the book. For those folks that have an embroidery machine, you can get the program to use your machine to sew on the pieces. Personally, I’m going to go through all my batik scraps, pull from them, and do freezer paper applique.
The second pattern that Pinterest had on my feed was this:
It’s the Vine and Berries table runner by Edyta Sitar. I’ve been on the lookout for a small table runner for my kitchen table and fell in love with this the minute I saw it. I really need to stay off Pinterest for another six weeks.
The third pattern that I ordered was one by a designer I’ve never heard of before – Ardie Skyjod. The pattern is Ardie’s Friendship Star.
The Friendship Stars are made of tiny half-square triangles. Thankfully, these can be paper pieced, so all those tiny bias edges won’t drive me nuts. I love the beautiful simplicity of this quilt and want to make it in blues, although it would be a great stash buster.
Anyway, as soon as the show is over, I have some new projects on the table as soon as the last bits of the three present ones are finished. I have competed the flying geese curves for my Halo Medallion and am setting those in the Drunkard’s Path blocks. I hope to complete those tonight and then work some more on Santa’s Loading Dock.
While my summer has slowed down with teaching, this fall is gearing up to be busy. I will be teaching a hand applique group this fall that will cover several types of techniques. I’m looking forward to that. And there are three retreats on my schedule – always a good time!
For those of you that have asked about Mom, she is slowly recovering and feeling better. We have an appointment with a hematologist on Wednesday to see if we can’t get her hemoglobin count boosted a little faster. She’s tired of being tired, and is ready to get back to teaching her classes. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
There will be one more blog in July and another the first week of August. The week of August 7th, there will be no blog as that is the week of the High Point Quilt Guild’s 2017 Reach for the Stars! Quilt Show. If you’re in the area, the show is at the Hartley Drive YMCA on Saturday, August 12 from 9-5 and Sunday, August 13 from 10-4. Please come by and visit us!
This is the HPQG 2017 Raffle Quilt
Until next week, quilt fearlessly!
Love and Stitches,
Sherri and Sam