Monday, June 03, 2013

At Long Last . . .

I have something to show you!  Yay!  I've actually spent some time in the quilt studio and have gotten some things done.  My friend Candy came over and helped me get the quilt studio picked up and organized again, so I had room to sew.   I'm finally feeling more inspired, and have been sewing.  Now the room isn't as picked up as it was.  That's the way it goes, isn't it?

Apparently, I still cannot take a picture straight.

Here are all my blocks, so far, for the Country Threads On-Line Sampler.  I am all caught up now.  Yay!  I actually have June's blocks done at the beginning of the month . . . . amazing.

The blocks for March
March had 3 blocks, 2 at 12 inches and one 6 inches.

April's blocks
All of the blocks, so far, have had a 12 inch block and a 6 inch block.  April's block was the easiest so far.

May's blocks

June's blocks
By the time I finished May's blocks and the 12 inch block for June, I was pretty tired of pinwheels!   (Seven of 'em, if you're counting)  That 6 inch block was supposed to have pinwheels where the 4-patches are.  No way was I making 5 pinwheels that finish at 2 inches!  I really like this little block with the 4-patches.  Keep it simple.  The 6 incher looks washed out next to the indigo in the big block, doesn't it?  I'll have to do a few more in those muted colors to balance it out.

There are going to be a ton of half square triangles in this quilt, and I'm afraid that they're being saved for the last step.  Not looking forward to that !  I'd rather do a few every month instead.  I have been saving whatever HST's I have left over from the flying geese units.  Maybe that will help!

One of the ladies in my guild really liked this panel.  So much so that she bought a whole bolt of it!  She passed them out at the last guild meeting, and we're supposed to make it big enough for a Quilt of Valor and it needs to be done in time for the quilt show in October.  I'm still thinking on what I want to do.

A couple of weeks ago, I was the lucky winner of the giveaway over at Pinkadot Quilts blog.  I won some of Kelly's hand-dyed fabric scraps and this darling pincushion!  Don't these make your mouth water?  Ooooo, not sure what I'm doing with them, but I'm enjoying petting them for now.  Maybe I'll take them to play with in my class with Gwen Marsten in a couple of weeks.

Here is Shade getting in the way helping me in the quilt studio yesterday.  He stubbornly insisted on sitting on the very end of the ironing board.  He really didn't fit very well, but he was gonna do it!  Silly kitty.

Yesterday I saw this squirrel laying on the fence outside of my kitchen window.  He lay there long enough for me to get the camera and take about a dozen pictures of him.  This is the best one.  He had been lying kind of behind that sprig of lilac so that he was obscured, but eventually he turned around and I could get a good shot of him.  After a bit, he grew tired of the paparazzi imitation I was doing and got up and left.  I wondered if maybe he was sick.  I don't think I've ever seen a squirrel lazing about like that!

We're supposed to finally have some warm weather this week.  It's about time!  But I think I'll still be sewing.  I've got more in the works and I have the time to sew this week.  Happiness is a busy quilt studio.

I hope you have a creative week!


  1. It's great to see your blocks in different sizes. Those fabrics from Kelly are wonderful, a beautiful wave of colours. I'm doing a class with Gwen Marston in about a month, I'm so exited about it. Are you doing the Liberated Medallion class? Shade is hilarious sitting on the edge of your ironing board!

  2. Hi Sharon! My sewing room is picked up. Translation is: nothing happening. I love to look at pinwheels but making them is another story. I love how your quilt is coming together. Love the scrappiness of it. Enjoy the weather! Your pictures are beautiful.

  3. lucky you for taking a class with Gwen! where is that happening?

  4. Love it! A sampler is on my to do list.
    The hand dyed fabric looks yummy. Congrats on your win.
    Lucky you taking a class with Gwen Marston.
    Always enjoy some critter pics.
    We've had most every kind of weather this spring. Enjoying a beautiful one today.

  5. Good job on catching up on your quilt along! Cleaning up the quilting area is always an interesting project isn't it? Glad you found your mojo again.:)

  6. I think those fabrics would be perfect for your class with Gwen, have fun!

  7. Hurray for sewing again! Cleaning up *does* seem to lead to mess making but at least it's a good mess!

    What fun to play with those fabrics in a class with Gwen! I'm so jealous! I'm officially wishing you inspiration with the patriotic panel too. Seems like a pretty short deadline to get a completed quilt. Would it be breaking any rules if I were to send you my patriotic rail fence type blocks for you to use around the panel somehow? It could be a collaborative project between you and me and my quilt guild! (the rail fence blocks are my friendship blocks from this past year)

  8. I like your blocks. Glad to read you are being inspired to sew some more. It does make a difference when your sewing space is more organized, I think. I don't mind some chaos when I am working on a quilt, but getting things put back in order is good, too.

  9. So much! Where to start. You make me want to go back and do the country threads sampler. I passed the first time around when I saw it. Some of your colors would look good with the quilts of valor panel.
    Your won fabric is delicious. Yep, take and see what happens at your class. I think I am jealous.
    I had a dead squirrel at my back door! It seemed kinda big for the cat to be hauling, maybe she did.
    It has been nice and cool here, but also very wet. Plants are way behind.


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