A lot of times when I’m piecing a quilt – I get “In The Zone” – no not the diet type of “zone” – really in that “zone” where nothing else matters, I’m just sewing along minding my own business and having a blast. Now, I’m not sure about you, but when I scrap quilt I really go to town and get in the “zone”. I pay no attention to what fabric plays best with another nor do I get all “matchy, matchy”. This photo goes to show you how “in the zone” I was yesterday!
Do you see those blocks I’ve “tried” to circle above? (ok – don’t laugh at my rather childish attempt to circle the blocks using photoshop – I’m still in the learning stages in that program – my 14 year old son is still trying to teach good old Mom the basics!)
Those 3 blocks particularly that are going horizontally across your screen – notice that they all have the same middle “light” fabric going through them? This was not intentional and was an accident! If I wouldn’t have been so deeply “in the zone” I would have never placed the blocks with the same fabrics in the same exact location of the block so closely together in this scrap quilt. Oh well now – they are pieced together and that’s the way they are staying – another incident in one of my quilts that will be left there to humble me a bit! They still look good, but of course their location is near the top of the quilt at this point – right where they stand out! Not going to let it bother me though – just wanted to point out how easily things like this happen and really – what does it matter – as long as we are having fun during the whole process of making a quilt! Right????
Here’s my project I am working on today – I’ll probably finish this top today. This pattern can be found in the August 2011 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. It’s called Weaving The Rails and is designed by Kathie Holland of Inspired By Antiques Quilts Blog (which by the way – if you do not follow and read this blog – you are really missing out!!!)
Here’s a picture of the quilt in the magazine!
And now to show you the finish of the Katie’s String Star Quilt – but first, do you know how hard it is take a picture of a quilt top when a little fur ball just has to mess with you?
This is Bella again striking a pose for you. She really should be a model – Don’t you think?
Regardless, I gave up trying to be all fancy and getting this quilt top spread out nice and flat and un-wrinkled for you to see. Every time I had it near perfect, she nose dived right into it! So, I left it like it was after a quick fixing and tossing a treat in the cats direction and snapped a picture quickly!
Here is a corner picture for you so that you can see the border fabrics.
In other news, I’m still cleaning and re-organizing my new creative life. For those of you that don’t know – I spend my creative hours in my basement studio and office. It can be rather dark and dreary down there sometimes, so I’m brightening things up a bit and reorganizing my stash. I’ve torn out old shelves and installed new, gone through books and magazines and dug into rubbermaid totes that have long been forgotten about. Here’s a photo of my newly cleaned and organized wool cubbie:
It’s nearly finished and organized, just a few more pieces to sort through and I’m calling it done!
Also, I cleaned off one of my inspiration boards in my office and look at my two little munchkins:
Are they not cute? This is my daughter Ashley when she was 3 1/2 years old – this is her soccer photo. My son is on the right and he was 4 – nearly 5 in this baseball picture. They truly are my inspiration and their little photo buttons will remain on my inspiration wall, but I’ve moved them from the office location to my studio so that I can look at them a little more each day! I miss them when they are gone all day at school.
Give your kids a hug today – they grow up so quickly – my little munchkins are now 13 and 14 and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown!