I’d like to thank the Academy…
In a number of places around the internet there are “Days of the Year” listing the “official what makes this day special and/or what we celebrate.” This day is “Thank you Thursday!” Long before I fell madly, passionately in love with fabric I was madly, passionately in love with paper. The Current Catalog would come in the mail, before getting to the end of it I’d know what would be arriving at my door step as soon as possible. The pen aisle in the office supply store holds a special place in my hands. There’s nothing quite like a lovely instrument aiding the thought process along it’s glorious, ever pen-sive, journey.
Thank you Terry Knott, Jo Jo Hall, Maggie Knollenberg, Jenny Lyon, Cheryl Sleboda, Ebony Love, Debby Brown, Melissa Kanovsky, to name a few people I find fascinating. While this list is short there’s a longer one here.
Last night flitting through pictures I found this drawing I did sometime ago. There is a yearning to create this in stitching. I can see different colors in different spaces. I can also see a bit of trapunto or double batting to give this depth. I can see several different backgrounds including Radiance. Gosh I’d like to do this in several different backgrounds. Oh I can see Oatmeal Batik. Oh the brain gets going.
And then the yearning for paper and pencil asserts and I’m going to find that. After I do some piecing but paper and pencils. Oooh I’m getting pensive again.
Next month I’m participating in the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop hosted by Cheryl. More about that later. Use the hashtag #springcleanyourstudiobloghop to follow.
I don’t know when though.
When life was (ahem) normal, and I went to quilt guild meetings with regularity, and I participated in challenges…sigh…those were the days.
I signed up for the center of the Round Robin. The night this was due at the guild meeting I had a brief facebook conversation with Renee wondering what it looked like. “Me too!”, I said as I dashed off upstairs to make it.
Shocking no one reading, I’m sure. Having a limited amount of time, some already fused fabric, a hot iron, and a love for cutting the center portion of the block came together just in time for me to make it to guild.
Watching the quilt come together meeting by meeting was so much fun. Each person adding a bit of a personal touch. Renee has the last round adding all of those triangles in a flying geese style formation. When looking at this quilt there are two questions that come to mind: Do I want to leave the quilt round? and Do I want to do some trapunto work?
Leaving the quilt round is a distinct possibility, it’s a great shape, and unique. The thing then is figuring out the batting so that the quilt stays flat, allowing it to hang well. And by good golly I think I’ve found it! byannie.com Soft and Stable. And the cogs, gears, and synapses are firing. Watch out world here comes another quilt.
This still leaves the trapunto question. Faking trapunto seems a good option because I can fake it really well. The Soft and Stable will quilt give the trapunto look and allow the quilt to hang well. There’s a little bit more thinking before I dive in. I love it when a quilt plan starts coming together.
Music is so fun. Weird fact: I didn’t listen to pop music, watch mtv, or go to the movies as a teenager. It’s a long story for another blog entirely. So now, when something fun comes up I like it and add it as a station on Pandora or find a YouTube vid to share on fb.
When I quilt or write I often listen to music. If it’s a marathon quilt session, and serious, I watch the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It’s how one of my friends checks in on me. Ha!
So up first Uptown Funk
it’s just fun and funky.
And then I keep saying I’m bringing booty (my rather ample backside)
And then just because sometimes we have to shake off the quilting and piecing or the personal dramas of life
A little affirmative love ballad goes a long way
I can’t resist Hootie
I mean why would you want to? That voice!!!
When a friend and I are needing a bit of stress relief we send each other videos or ear worms.
And this is just funny.
I’ll see you on the other side of quilting.
Have so much fun.
Decadent ganache covered whoopie pies – check.
Waking up early – check.
Excited about this week – check.
Writing an unexpected blog – check.
Friend with a new venture – check. Really check out Ebony Love’s MADE Creative Fiber Arts Studio opening in June. MADE’s facebook page.
Tomorrow I finish piecing a quilt that will be in the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market. It’s going to be fun! I can hardly wait to get into the sewing room to stitch.
I’m baking these today:
We’re going to see old friends on Sunday for dinner and I’m bringing dessert. Something chocolaty and decadent. I’m taking the added step of drizzling them in chocolate ganache for a more decadent dessert. It’s been a while since I’ve baked like this so it’ll be so much fun.
Then I get to continue working on a quilt that I started yesterday. I’m designing on the fly and it’s so much fun. I’m using Kari Karr’s Clearly Perfect Angle to stitch flying geese.
When I put this on the machine there was this moment when the skies opened, the air became easier to breathe and my life improved by leaps and bounds! The Clearly Perfect Angle works wonders when stitching anything on an angle: half square triangles, binding, flying geese.
In a few weeks I’m going to try her new product the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer. I’ve had this for a while but creative brain and I haven’t been on speaking terms lately. It’s been pretty darn icky. This happens now and again, it’s never pleasant, is sometimes painful as this ache in the core of my being longs to work and nothing. Generally what happens after this is something kind of fun.
So back to this quilt. There is piecing, fusible appliqué and a hashtag! I’m including a hashtag in the quilt. I’m sure I’m not the first person to include one in a quilt. I’m just amusing myself here. The quilt will be at Spring Market in St. Louis, then I’m participating in a blog tour on the Generation Q Magazine page shortly after that. The line, Hello by Susan Emory of Swirly Girls it’s so fun. I asked Susan to send me her favorite prints and I’d go from there. She did, I am and the pattern will be on the blog tour.
Have a great weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with a Character post.
It’s a weekly meeting kind of day. We talk business, and catch up with each other. We do this during the week as well, however this is focused.
After the meeting there are more emails, and phone calls to follow up with much of what we talk about. There are some big things we’re working towards.
I’m attending Quilt Market next month to see what’s new, look for trends, support friends in their Schoolhouse presentations. If you’re going and will have a booth with new product or would like to chat for a bit please let me know email@example.com
Then I looked at this photo and thought good golly I do need to tidy up.
I like that the folder has orange dots.
And a cool thread holder from Blue Fig. Do you see that glorious silk thread? I love silk thread.
I see a memory from my friend Debby. She has an incredible sense of humor and a way of presenting gifts that imbues a sense of beauty and fun.
And business cards. This has me thinking of something I can make to store all of them easily. I could invest in a rolodex but what would be the fun in that?
So I’m off to do some more stitching, make a few calls. Organize some more fabric, and start a blog post for sometime next month. It’s going to take a little bit to write and get pics. And well, do some stuff to get the pics necessary for the post.