Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.