Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flutterbye June


The butterflies are beginning to appear. Drawn to the fragrance and dewy nector of red, yellow, and pink blooms. They make me feel like my quilting and thread play of late - flitting from one fragrant, colorful fabric to another, or drawn to dewy verigated thread play.



A FINISH


Although not a butterfly - the 'Rainbow Geese' are flying. I wanted to take this outside for a nice photo shoot, and mother nature flew into a rage. We had a horrible storm that lasted long enough to say "duck-and-cover" and it was gone. With limbs, leaves, scattered blooms and items strewn around the property. My Geese will have to wait on their better photo.



IN STITCHES



I finished and fabric framed a new sampler. I just love Alphabet Samplers. They make for wonderful 'welcome' gifts. They are cozy in an entry way. Or as a token of friendship.



The first stitchery block of Clover and Violet's stitch and quilt along was released today. Since my fabrics are more rustic, I am using DMC floss in more muted, rustic tones.


Some of my Heart blocks from The Raspberry Rabbits - the lovely 'Shell' is also having a give away which is open til' Friday. I wanted to wait on these when I had them in blocks, but have yet to decide on fabric. I have her lovely collection boxed set for this stitchery but decided to use just the Valdani #M46 verigated blue.



SQUARED UP


I started to get some block construction going on Simple Things from Charming Chatter's quilt along. First matching two charms right sides together and then sewing down opposite sides. Very easy, no thought sewing to flutterbye, mix-in with the stitchery going on.


Now I am cutting those sewn charms into quarters to make 'twosies'. These will then be used in the scrappy assembly around base blocks. I am doing 10 at a time as I am having trouble with my left shoulder popping out when I hold down the ruler for rotary cutting. AH, life on the wild side!


And I started the star blocks for the quilt along - My House - at Bianca's - atmyhouse-bianca.blogspot. Another great Squared Up project - just think of these easy Friendship Star blocks as 9-patch blocks. Her PDF file has all the directions, so I won't go into that - just don't shy away from them because of the half-square triangle pieces.


With my flit-and-flutter work, I sometimes feel I am not getting much done. Then I look to my thread - yes thread. Since the fabric pile seems to grow I have to view how much thread is on hand to actually see what progress has been made. See those empty blue cones? Those hold 5,000 yards of thread and I have used three of them since January for my piecing alone. I use many types of threads for various projects and by reviewing my thread, it is easier to see my progress.

CLOSING THOUGHT

(taken in part from Francis Duggan, JUNE)

It's beautiful the Summer month of June
When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom
And sun shines brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o'er lush green meadows play.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

35 comments:

  1. Sharon, I love all your projects!! Your Rainbow Geese is great!! And your Heart block's from Shell look wonderful!! Wow!! I can hardly believe how much thread you have used up this year!! You never cease to amaze me!! Kris

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  2. Hi Sharon, Your rainbow geese quilt looks great. I'm just filing Shell's heart patterns away for when I'm ready to start another project.

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  3. All your projects look great, but I really LOVE your Rainbow Geese.

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  4. You are such a busy lady - I' jealous. I do love the Rainbow Geese

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  5. What great projects - you always give me such inspiration to get on and start new projects - I must do something with butterflies!

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  6. You are a very busy gal -- just look through your posts and you'll see. Nevertheless, I'm amazed at how much thread you've used up! And all those geese -- wow! What method do you use for making flying geese?

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  7. As always, I love your stuff.

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  8. You sure are a busy lady - there are no dull moments in your life I bet. Lovely projects and I am still fluttering from one project to another. Judy C sends her best

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  9. the border is just perfect for your quilt, I absolutely love it. And the cross stitch is just adorable! I do the same thing with thread. I save my spools of thread for 2 great nieces who use them for crafts. When I look at my fabric, the pile doesn't go down, but the empty thread spools tell the real story!!

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  10. You think you dont get much accomplished....and I am absolutely amazed at the amount you get done! And all the different projects you are working on.wow!

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  11. ok...WOW! your are more like a bee buz-ZING (than a butterfly) with all those projects in the works!

    I LUV the flying geese pattern...yours looks sooo-sew cool!

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  12. Hello! I recently happened upon your blog and am enjoying your beautiful butterfly and quilt block photos. I really like your "rustic" take on the Clover and Violet blocks. I just checked out their pattern and am really thinking about starting this one. Thanks for sharing! :) Pat

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  13. I LOVE the Rainbow Geese quilt! Beautiful!

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  14. You get more done in one week than I do in two months! I'm so unfocused right now - not sure why - that almost all I'm doing is reading. :( blessings, marlene

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  15. flit-and-flutter is sure getting the job done!

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  16. I love seeing your blocks, and all that you get done! Awesome amount of thread that has been used!
    We had a quick storm like that a few days ago - one small tree kept two giant oaks from toppling the rest of the way over, and onto the house. What a blessing!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I love ALL of your projects!! :) You really get a LOT done. I waste too much time drooling over what others (you, for one :D) are actually 'making'. :D

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  18. Wow, if you used that much thread you've gotten a lot done. Now that things should be getting back to normal here maybe I will have some finishes.

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  19. Wow! Now that is a lot of thread! Love the geese!

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  20. Beautiful Rainbow Geese Quilt!

    Love your embroidery and wow on the thread! That is a great way to see how much you have done.

    Have a great day!

    Marcia

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  21. Love your Clover/Violet block! Looks great...nice tones too!

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  22. Love the rainbow geese!! You get so much accomplished it's amazing!

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  23. You seem to get so much done to me!!! I just can't handle that hopping around but I will maybe get to all of those stitcheries someday. You amaze me with how much you do!

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  24. Love flying geese and yours looks fabulous!!

    Thread is such an evil necessity isn't it?!

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  25. You're always so productive, Sharon!! I love your Rainbow Geese quilt.... whoop whoop!!

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  26. All amazing work here Sharon! I wish I could complete a 1/4 of what you have here. Truly inspirational. Now I want to go sew something, lol.

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  27. Oh and I love your poem as a closing thoughts! :)

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  28. love the rainbow geese and your stitch work is very nice but your thread comsumption is amazing. Keep on stitching and a big Whoop Whoop to you.

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  29. Your flying geese quilt is very pretty. I really like the stitchery flowers. I really need to take time out and start that. I would say you have had very productive week. Way to go girl!

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  30. Wowsa! How the heck did you get so much done? Did you secretly find more hours in a day?? Cuz' if you did you really need to share that with all of us. Great job!!

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  31. The Rainbow Geese is a beautiful quilt!

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  32. A sampler on the wall makes a house say home.
    Lovely finish.
    Good grief! That's a lot of thread!

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  33. I love your Rainbow Geese quilt. that border is perfect. Stitcheries are so fun. That sampler is cute. My you have done a lot of sowing if you have used more than 15,000 yards of thread. Very impressive!

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