Monday, July 12, 2021

What to Pick?

Over the last few months I have finished
lots of projects 
and  now I find myself undecided.

Undecided about what I  should I choose to work on next.
Too many ideas?
No good direction?
 Nothing exciting? 

I always have a monthly mini to make.
My Dutch fabric collection has been ignored. 
Lots of flannel stash that could be sewn.
There's always sewing room clean-up and organizing. (Not)

So, not having any direction at the moment,
I've been looking through some of my books, patterns,
exploring Pinterest and Instagram,
listening to music,
(check out 2Cellos)
waiting for inspiration.

What do you do when you're trying to decide 
what to work on?

Instead, I have pushed the pause button temporarily.
Not for long.
Summer has a way of filling up my time.

Camping in the Colorado Mountains.

Maybe to inspire you.  I've had this quilt  on my bed recently.

It's the quilt I made in1998 to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary.

A Single Wedding Ring
Hand pieced and Hand quilted.

The other day the light was coming in through the windows
highlighting the quilting.

I looked at it and surprised myself by thinking:
 I made this!?!
Does that ever happen to you?

Single stitches working together to create a pattern.

Don't you love what we all create?

Until Next Time-

Monday, June 28, 2021

A June Mini

June's monthly mini
went together so easily.
Love it when concept and execution
merge effortlessly. 

Polka Dots and Squares
32" x 32"

Occasionally, I notice that my 
little basket containing my 1.5" squares 
is overflowing.  Meaning, it's time to
think of something to do with them.

It is actually fun to dig through the 
colors, sorting them, and arranging
it all into a pleasing pattern.
Nothing much easier 
than a checkerboard arrangement.

A while ago some of Wendy Reed's amazing
quilts were on display at 
the New England Quilt Museum
and I was inspired by one of her creative borders.

With all of the straight lines
of the squares in the checkerboards,
the border needed to have an opposite design element.
How about curves and circles?

I didn't mind appliqueing the polka dots,
but I was lazy and 
didn't want to applique a vine.
I love ric rac trim.
Problem solved.

But before I did the border appliques,
I went ahead and machine quilted the 
entire piece.  The reason was
so I wouldn't have to work around the
dots and ric rac.

After it was quilted, then I added 
the polka dots and vine.
Very easy!

I really like how playful June's Mini turned out.

If you need some monthly inspiration,
don't forget to check out Wendy's blog,
other quilters who have been busy this month.

June is always a busy month.
I got to celebrate another trip around the sun

I had my whole family here to help me celebrate.
There was no better birthday gift than that.

Until Next Time-

Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Little Road Trip for a Photo Shoot

 Running Man and I hit the road
last week to visit our favorite get away place.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

There's no perfect way to describe Santa Fe.

History, culture, art, 

all packed with flavor

A walk up Canyon Road combines
art, adobe architecture and creativity. 

Take a scenic drive on the Turquoise Trail linking
Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Stop and do a little shopping
at the Henderson Trading Post 

 Happy 48th Wedding Anniversary

I brought along my Star Upon Star quilt
hoping to find a few fun places to do a photo shoot.

I received a lot of compliments
from people walking by as I attempted
to take a few pic. 
That made me smile.
Everyone is an artist in Santa Fe!

I hope as the summer months
roll along, you get to
 reconnect with the joy and healing vibes 
of exploring new and favorite places.

Safe travels.
Until Next Time-