This is going to take more time than I thought.
I have about 17 diamond blocks made - not even halfway there to the 50-block goal!
Just for fun, I grabbed my stack of blocks and laid them out on the workroom floor. It's coming along nicely, but there are many more morning sewing sessions in this quilt's future.
The Big Day Quilt. Yesterday, before another round of blustery weather sets in, I called on my friend, Amy for some help.
I have the edits back for the Big Day Quilt pattern and as I'm incorporating the adjustments, I need a 'beauty' shot or cover photo of the quilt for the pattern.
With my ankle improving but not quite back to 100%, I have hesitated to sandwich and quilt this project for the pattern photo. Therefore, to keep the pattern moving forward, I needed a big flat surface someplace outside (for natural light) to take the beauty shot. Because it's just the quilt top, not a quilted quilt, I knew I'd have to pin it in place - so a location with brick, concrete, or metal were not an option.
As I chatted with Amy about my dilemma, it jumped to mind that a barn would be perfect.
As it turned out, with a few quick connections, she identified the perfect spot, and we set out to take some photos. The photo for the pattern will be a straight-on image, but I thought you might like to see a fun angle of the barn and the quilt top.
I know some of you have been waiting patiently for the pattern. A couple more tweaks and checks and it'll be ready - I hope! This has been no small feat!
Spring Cleaning. There are two spacious shelves under my sewing table. With minimal effort, they traditionally become the catch-all for 'stuff.' In my case. one shelf became a nearly-bottomless pit of totes (exactly how many totes does one really need?) along with a short stack of quilts for the local Neo-Natal IC Unit. Out onto the floor, in one big whoosh! (below left) And an ever-increasing collection of larger scrap fabrics. Stacked for the sort-and-purge! (below right)
By the end of the weekend, the shelves were cleared (and cleaned) to make way for easy-access to books and patterns of current interest. The NIC-U quilts were washed and packed for delivery. A few of the totes will remain, the rest are gone. Fabrics were sorted to include ONE box with only those fabrics I feel I can really use and the rest . . . found a new home elsewhere. Notice the ScrapTherapy bins have kept their easily-accessible space-of-honor on the lower shelf.
It is a very satisfying, cleansing feeling when spaces occupied by unused, accumulating items make way for new and current things.
This next bit - filling this space - is going to be fun!