Greetings! This computer has been in the shop for the past several days to have its operating system updated. I am now trying to adjust to a number of changes so am hoping I can get a blog post together without too much trouble! I’ll keep it simple today and keep my fingers crossed!
A few days ago I felt a strong need to move ahead on my Baltimore Album style quilt called “Sweet Journeys.” The title was inspired by a piece of music I play and I thought it was a great phrase indicating that making each block of this type of quilt should and can be a “sweet journey.” I’ve been stalled for a while. The reason is that I was hoping to create and draft all my own original blocks inspired by album style antique quilts and I seem to be stuck without compelling ideas for new blocks. After being in this “stuck” state for a while, I have decided to use already designed blocks to get me jump started. It’s OK if my quilt is a combination of original and copied designs! Below are pictures of my design wall with the 8 blocks I already have ( click on pictures for enlargements) (my Japanese circles are there too and I’m close to deciding to add a dogtooth border around this portion as the next step):
I’m lucky to have a copy of Ellie S’s very first book so looked through it for ideas and decided to make this wreath block:
Here’s the block so far:
I fussy-cut fabrics to make the center of the flower using the 2 fabrics below and am very happy with how this came out!
I’ve also been busy making bags – my goal was to make 3 of them and I finished them all. I totally fell in love with the Phillip Jacobs fabric I used in the tote below – aren’t the colors absolutely gorgeous!!
I also made the purple bag below to donate to our guild’s penny sale at our show next month and then I finished up the Parisian one for myself:
By the way, my bags have “heft” because I fuse the fabrics to heavy muslin before sewing.
I completed the last doll quilt in this year’s “Trio of Doll Quilts” and now all I need are labels on these and they will be ready for next month’s Cocheco Quilt Guild show. I’m happy with the “trio” but I may take a break from doll quilts and not do them next year; I may want to explore something else like more modern quilts using solid colors or make crib quilts or smaller amish style quilts. Doing some trapunto is also something I want to try. It’s nice to have so many options for creativity!
I think this covers the update and it looks like I’m OK with the new computer system except that I can’t figure out how to put a title on the pictures I move to my blog folder so I can identify them. I’ll have to get my computer guru friend, Craig, to come over and help me some time soon! I still have a lot more pictures from this summer’s quilt shows to share so stay tuned!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi