I am still in "re-entry" mode after having enjoyed a full week off from work including four days of sewing with some of my Brown Bagger friends in the Berkshires. If you've been following my blog for a while, you may realize this is an annual trip. Indeed, this is our fifteenth year together in Western Massachusetts. I think that I've only missed one visit. Since we've been together for so long, we gravitate towards doing the same things and eating at the same restaurants, etc., so I will try not to be too repetitive.
Yesterday, I wrote about our felted wool class
. Karen has arranged other such outings in the past, but this is the first time that I joined in. I'm glad I did.
Right before I left, I decided that I hated all my current Works in Progress and decided to start three new projects. This was just the therapy that I needed. No pressure, no deadlines, and all new lovely fabrics to caress, although everything came out of my gi-normous Stash.
On the first glorious day of sewing (Wednesday), I started working on a kit from Pumpkin Patch Quilts
that I bought there two years ago. It is lovely blue and purple fabrics with hints of gold. By the end of Day One, I had finished most of the background. This is from Eleanor Burns' book, Quick Trips
. The version in the book features lilies in homage to Monet.
The quilt shop still had the finished sample, so I was able to take a photo. This is what my quilt will look like when I'm done.
There was a special visitor on Wednesday while we were sewing. Luckily he stayed outside. This photo was taken from our quilt room window!
|This black bear visited the trash bin for some goodies. |
He scaled the six foot fence with ease.
Every day, I decided that I would work on a new project, so on Thursday, I put away my Butterfly Wall Hanging, and started on a Scrap Wave Quilt using Bali Pops. The color way I'm using is called Pink Lemonade. I'm using four packages in order to make eight panels for my queen size bed. I love these colors! This is a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville website.
|One panel done! Seven to go!|
I did bring one project that is going to be a gift for my sister-in-law, Susan. Like many of my other projects, I bought the fabric several years ago and hadn't gotten to it. I had chosen a different pattern, but found out last month that my sister-in-law and brother-in-law had upgraded to a King Size bed, so I had to amend my plans. I chose a new pattern, shown below, and was able to use most of the fabric from the original kit that I had ordered. My goal is to finish this quilt by November for Susan's birthday. I'm using 15 different green batiks. Susan's bedroom is surrounded by trees, so I think this will look beautiful (once finished) on her bed. This was my Friday project.
|The blocks are simple to make. Many more to go!|
On Saturday, I worked on Jo Ann's Row by Row
, so I can not show it to you. But here is a quilt that we presented to Sharon. Sharon lost her house and all her quilting supplies in a fire. We started this quilt in March at my Big 5-0 Weekend
and got the top finished. We also took up a collection and sent her some money to replenish her stash. Last week, Sharon was happily shopping, replenishing her quilting supplies.
|Sharon was thrilled with her quilt. Pink is her favorite color.|
|Here is a full view of the quilt.|
|Quite by accident, Sharon had brought us an enormous |
chocolate cake, which we used to celebrate her new quilt.
|There was plenty of leftover cake for breakfast (not a typo).|
Come back soon and I'll share some of the other girls' projects from our trip.
Adding links on Friday to Confessions of a Fabric Addict
, Richard and Tanya Quilts
, and CrazyMom Quilts
. Thanks for visiting!
Pugs and kisses,