It’s been hot here in Colorado, and with the heat comes the retreat to the basement where the air is cool. Of course, all that hanging out in the cool air lends itself for some quilting time, until the sun starts retreating and we can pop our heads out of our prairie dog holes and be outside without crisping up like a strip of bacon.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been diligently trying to get at least one quilt finished for entry into one of our local county fairs. Being part of 4-H as a kid, I still have an enjoyment for the county fairs and to see what others have been busy working on. Plus, you get comments back on your judged quilts, so you can continue to improve your quilting skills.
My finish is the quilt for a wedding, happening in late August. All complete (well, except for a tag on the back), this one is ready to enter into the fair. I really like how the border/edges came out in this quilt. We’d gotten the invites for the wedding and the colors were pink and teal…so, I think the quilt colors will fit in nicely (whew!).
|Finally a finish! The wedding quilt is ready to go...all it needs is a name and a label on the back.|
With the shooting in Orlando, I’d seen on others' blogs that the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has an effort to collect either quilt squares or an entire quilt to give to victims & their families and possibly have enough to give to first responders. The incident was a horrible event that we shouldn’t have to keep reliving in this country…so I was inspired to work on some heart blocks, and see if I could make enough to get a quilt made by their deadline of September 15, 2016. If you’re interested, you can check them out at their website
So, here are two blocks I managed to get made. They’re my own design, using my favorite quilter’s technique (Ruth B. McDowell). I have to admit, when I made the first one (the red one), it put quite the smile on my face as it felt cheerful. So, I’m trying to make one in each colorway (red, blue, green, purple, etc…). Hopefully I can get enough made to get a quilt done for the guild.
And now for progress on the purple & green quilt…I’ve managed to make a fair amount of progress and with a deadline looming, some of the holiday weekend will surely be spent doing some quilting. You know, some days when your heart just isn’t in it, you just shouldn’t force it. I forced it not long ago – went down to quilt when my heart really wanted to something else, and the universe let me know it. I had nothing but tension problems and issues. Ripped a bunch out and decided to walk away. After a break, I think I’ll be ready to tackle the rest. Here’s my current progress…almost done…
Whatever your cause, or whatever your purpose, enjoy what you do and let the smiles warm your face and heart. It really is amazing to see how much the quilting world puts forth their hearts to so many. That alone gives me some renewed faith in mankind. I'm linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts...Ciao!