Thursday, September 12, 2019

52 blocks in 52 weeks

Even though quilting and sewing is a fun thing that I chose to do, within my world there are still tasks that must be done and then projects that are just play.  Thanks to my wide-ranging friends through social media, I learned about the "52 Blocks in 52 Weeks" #52blocks52weeks through the Canadian Quilters' Association.  Each Tuesday a different 6.5" block is put up on the web site using grey scale.  I love the black/grey/white combinations of the grey scale and decided to follow along with the project using only fabrics from my scrap basket.  And guess what I have a lot of?!  It's been fun every Tuesday to see what the block is and then - despite whatever else is on my schedule - making the making of this block a priority. 


Here are blocks #1 - #25

And here are blocks #26 - #35

In keeping with my resolution to make things that are usable, I know that I will either add sashing between these blocks or maybe even experiment with a checkerboard approach.  Luckily I still have 17 weeks left to make that decision!  And I'm thankful that the Canandian Quilters' Association - despite our big orange leader - is letting me and other Americans play! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Eighteen Years

What a melancholy day.  It's horribly hot and humid, and I'm just now getting over my sulking about the cancelled Newfoundland trip.  I really am thankful the tour group had the foresight to cancel the tour - Sunday was when Dorian hit Newfoundland with rain, winds, and downed electricity.  But still...changing gears is hard.  And it's nice to have this new-found time. 





Once I sent the big batch of purses and notes off to Sew Powerful, I needed to celebrate by doing a project "just because."  This backpack is a pattern by Swoon.  I've never had a backpack in my life, but this pattern just looked fun.





It turned out so cute that I made my sister-in-law a backpack, too.   But I had to finish them before turning the studio into a guest room for her Labor Day visit.








 Closing down the studio in preparation for guests really broke my rhythm and impetus.  The best outcome so far of the trip cancellation is that there is now room to breathe on the calendar.  So nice. -
But here it is - 9/11.  Jon Best stopped by for our annual visit - we were on our way to school and listening to the radio.  There are a whole generation coming up who don't know the impact of 9/11.   So glad to have backpack patterns.


So cute - Number 1

So Cute - Number 2