Hello dear friends,
I've been trying to catch up with all the blog stuff that I have been so remiss with. I meant to do this and I meant to do that. Before I knew it, I was trying to refer to something on the blog but it wasn't there... Apparently, thinking about doing something doesn't ACTUALLY get it done... Who knew?
First, I want to tell you how excited I was to be selected as December in the Crazy Quilters' Quarterly 2017 Calendar! Many months ago Pam Kellogg, creator of the online magazine, issued a contest for the calendar. She requested blocks with a secret garden theme. The blocks had to evoke a feeling of something special happening in the garden. My little snowman made the cut! Super excited! Lots of other really talented artists were selected so, I felt really honored. If you'd like to purchase a copy go to MAGCLOUD. You can get a paper version or a digital copy. They'd make great gifts for your quilty friends! If the link doesn't work, try Pam's blog link.
I finished a block for my Vintage Valentine quilt. This block is not my favorite. I am thankful for choosing to do the quilt because it has inspired me to design my own stuff. That being said, I'm not sure that I love how I altered this block. The ribbon section gives me fits. Also, I have fixed that straight sided heart.
I had another retreat in Mascoutah recently. It's always a good time. Except I always seems to be going through some crazy emotional upheaval during that weekend. Last time, Sierra had just moved out. This time, I found out my brother had died while I was there. Luckily, the people there are all so supportive. I did manage to get a few things accomplished in between breakdowns... This super cute Ditty Bag! Don't you just love that lace zipper?
BrighterSideFabrics.Etsy.com ! There is a new tab at the top of my blog now, just click on SHOP and it has links to Etsy and Craftsy.
Catherine Redford through my quilt guild. What a great way to spend a day! She was a lot of fun. I wasn't sure what to expect. I'll admit that I'm pretty experienced and dare I say GOOD with a needle. The class was on folk embroidery and was completely out of my element design wise. It's good to realize that the stitches are all the same, it's just how you use them that makes the difference. My kids think my class sample looks very "cell like". Everytime they look at it, I hear how the mitochondria is the power house of the cell. So, you know, it was also a great science lesson.
Talk to you soon!