I had a busy week in the sewing room this week - so busy I forgot to blog about it! It all started when we spent last weekend up north visiting the kids and grandkids. We drove all the way up to Puyallup, WA to see one of our daughters compete in a weight lifting competition. She was awesome, completing all 6 of her lifts in good form! It was her first competition and I think she is hooked. She said the adrenaline rush was fierce, when she went out on the platform the first time she definitely felt like she was in fight or flight mode and wanted to cry, but she was awesome! We definitely saw her confidence level rise with each lift and really enjoyed seeing her do so well. We spent the rest of the weekend in Portland, then drove home on Monday.
I knew I had a short, but busy week in front of me, so just got to it on Tuesday. My friend who owns the local alteration shop that I help out for is going to be on vacation for the month of August, so she had passed a few gowns on to me that needed to be done before she left. I spent a good part of my week doing that, but also went to work on some of those tops (flimsies) that I have been wanting to get done.
This one is made with leftovers from another top. These half square triangles were too big to discard, and I ended up with a nicely sized top in the end:
The next one was a cheater panel. I had more panel than border print, so it's just been aging in the drawer. When I pulled it out this time, I realized that I could cut a row of blocks off in each direction and use them for cornerstones. I have three blocks leftover that could be pillows, or small quilts.
Another quilt made using a panel, but for this one I had planned 5 inch pieced blocks for cornerstones. It was a lot of fun to make the small blocks and I have another lap size quilt top ready to be quilted:
It's time to set up the Christmas display at the quilt shop, so I have a couple of samples to put together. This one is from my Jolie pattern. I absolutely adore the truck fabric in this - we have a lot of red and gray prints this year in the shop.
Auribuzz (Aurifil Thread's Blog) as well as enter to win some of these gorgeous fabrics! It's a lovely line and you will enjoy reading about Tammy's role in designing it and putting together an Aurifil Thread collection to go with it. While you are there, make sure you read the whole week's worth of posts, as they all feature great giveaways and feature Island Batik and Aurifil thread collections. Two of my favorite things in the whole world - and not just because I am an Island Batik Ambassador and receive free fabric. It truly is awesome fabric that is a pleasure to work with!
That makes a total of 5 quilt tops ready to be quilted! I need to pull together backs for 4 of them, so it might not happen this week, but I definitely know I'll be finishing lots of quilts in August.
Just a fun note - I entered 8 items in the County fair this year. Five of them were Island Batik projects! Those monthly challenges have not only been a lot of fun to do, but I am getting a nice pile of quilts out of it as well. I am trying to finish up some of my older projects, but I sure do love creating something fresh and new, and these monthly challenges have inspired and stretched me. I think that's why we quilters love the quilt-a-longs, challenges, and mystery quilts. They give us opportunities to be creative and make quilts while being part of a community.
I hope you find a way to use your creativity today!