I was driving to a friend's house for lunch the other day and had a strange feeling. It was as if I had driven through a large piece of invisible suffocating plastic that had been stretched over my face and then suddenly popped and by so doing had set me free from disciplined routine! I could feel my mind starting to work again and it felt good. The thoughts were deeper and more interesting as they weren't involving "if I do this now I can squeeze that in later and then and if I hurry...I can do that as well!" The numbness of busy was wearing off and I no longer felt as though I was thinking through mud! HELLO! I am BACK I thought to myself and started laughing out loud as I drove. HEEEELLLLOOOO!!!!! V. Exciting so WATCH OUT!
As promised, here are the works in progress from the Tuesday night gals. Virginia learned foundation piecing and applique in this gorgeous version of Gypsy Kisses. When trying new things it is sometimes easier to make them smaller and less daunting. It just looks terrific and she has done a great job making it all go together properly!
Kim is never intimidated by size when approaching a project so hers is big and nearing the put together stage. Kim has chosen to really brighten it up with lots of hot pink and orange strips which will be set on a red and white spot. This dazzling beauty proves that a good pattern looks good no matter what colors you choose!
Michelle is doing a runner for the end of her bed so all of her blocks run in one line like this...
and each block individually looks like this... The pinks, grey and browns look soft and sophisticated together and will look beautiful on the end of the bed I am sure.
In another direction completely, Megan has used some prints from Hawaii with an inspired choice for sashing from Anna Maria's Garden Party Range. The "Up All Night" check/stripe cuts up with dramatic impact as you can see here up close (and proving that using a stripe doesn't have to be hard!) and even more impact from a distance! This quilt has so much graphic energy and excitement. Megan has also been doing a version of The Burbs over time. Her work here is an example of taking an idea and running with it as she has added in some other blocks concepts to the girls and houses. Her suburb has gardens of flowers, handbags and groups of friends walking the strip paths. You only have to look at it to hear the giggles.
Making quilts for girls is always fun but when it comes to boys it can be more challenging. Jodie solved the problem with some cowboy fabric and one of our favorite rulers...the wedge. The wedge ruler created these great big circles that resemble the wagon wheels of the past and then set alternately with the galloping cowboys it is a wild west dream quilt! As you KNOW, I am a huge fan of rulers and it really excites me when someone starts playing with them as you never know what creative adventure they will find. The next "quick"step with this quilt is the border which will be made from strips of wedges cut in half like this...
It is no wonder I am always exhausted on Wednesday morning with all this activity on Tuesday nights! This time of year is always great as we have settled into a rhythm of work and things are progressing so nicely. I'll keep you posted on further developments. However, it is now time to head out for more rugby. Do I get a gold star for this at the end of the season because really, I would like to stay home and play today now that my energy seems to be returning and the ideas flowing. all the best, kathy