Did you ever see the movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance"?
As movies go, it's probably never going to be regarded as highly as "Citizen Kane" but I've always liked it. The point of this is that there are a couple of times in the story where Rannulph says "it was a long time ago" and he's told "it was just a moment ago".
I've always loved how time feels that way...
So really... it's only been a few minutes since I was last here.
Okay. It all sounded pretty good in my head.
I know. I know. I didn't think I'd been quite so lax about checking in, and it wasn't like I hadn't thought about you. I'm just a twit and I'd think of you in the middle of the night - it's after 11 pm now - and then I wouldn't have any pictures I could think of. But when friends started asking me if I was ever going to blog again... and when friends were checking in via e-mail to make sure we were okay... here I am.
Rosie is good. I'm good. Really. It's been hot - too hot. But I think that's mostly because we're both "getting up there in years" rather than anything dramatic happening with the mercury rising. Still, it's hot enough that we're both enjoying staying inside to sew.
And I have been sewing. A lot.
I've had some bindings to attach as a couple of quilt tops have been quilted...
Shower Shuffle. Miss Cupcake and I made these quilts over the Christmas holiday last year using Camille-Thimbleblossom's video 25 Half-Square Triangle Blocks and her April Showers fabrics. Abby Latimer did the beautiful quilting, a design called Three Tours Wavy Stripe.
And Cleone Levos quilted my Nested Churn Dash using a design called Modern Curves or Modern Eccentric. I just call it "that one I really love".
Oh! The last time I was here, I said I'd check back in when my single block Nested Churn Dash was quilted... well, voila!
"Organic" Straight Lines. My favorite kind - it's a polite way of saying "they're not even or straight, and no, I didn't intend them to be that way, thank you."
I finally decided on bindings for both so they're also on the stack of "quilts to finish binding". As you can guess, sitting under a quilt isn't exactly the most appealing way to spend a summer evening in Arizona. But they'll get done.
As for the sewing... some of it has been "just because I felt like making that".
Purple Letter Day. (Red Letter Day pattern by that Thimblegirl.) I bought these Art Gallery Rock 'n Romance FQs a few years ago and I kept hanging on to them because I really liked the collection. They're not "me" in any way - they're purple. It isn't that I don't like purple, I just like it best in other people's quilts. Then it's perfect. But I really liked this fabric. And this quilt was perfect for it... I mean it still is, but it would have been more perfect but for a little "oops". I learned that I really shouldn't do my cutting late at night. You see, I had two stacks of FQs - one for the HTSs and one for the Nine-Patches and Rails. And I mixed them up and reversed my stacks. Oops. The funniest part is that even with the goof, I really love this quilt. Go figure! I promise a better picture - yeah, yeah, hope springs eternal - when it's been quilted.
One last thing - I love this Red Letter Day pattern. I know I'm going to make it again. Soon. Maybe over the Christmas holiday.
I finished my "Project 48" quilt - the one I was supposed to work on an hour a week until it was done. I didn't really keep to that schedule but who cares? It's done. It measures about 66" x 74" and I used a big stack of Daiwabo FEs I bought years ago. Because I wanted the fabrics to be the star of this show, I went with a simple-ish kind of design. While I made my quilt all-scrappy and changed the size of the diamond, my inspiration was Zipper by Miss Thimble - again. How do you say Zipper in Japanese?
Do you remember these blocks? They've been an ongoing project for about a year and I finally got them all finished - all 210 of them. This is what they looked like on the design wall. The quilt is finished and it won't be published until next year, it's going to be included in a book that's in the works. (More on that soon - I promise.)
Have you been hearing about the Cotton & Steel fabrics? They debuted at Spring Quilt Market and are finally arriving in stores. I'd managed to get some at Sample Spree in Pittsburgh and after deciding that I really loved the way it looked all together, I decided on something a little different...
I'm calling this quilt Ten Penny.
This is as far as this project has gotten - but since I can't show you the quilt I made for my very last Quilts 'n More Scrap Lab project, these will have to do.
And because I do have to occasionally do something that might possibly resemble "work"... I've been finishing patterns. The writing part.
The big patterns are done.
Seven Letters - Crop Circles - Freddy - Sugarboo. You can find them here.
And the four new Schnibbles patterns are almost done... they should be ready next week.
Zoom - Double Dutch - Harvey - Gertie. And they're all big - at least 68" x 68".
So life is good. Life is busy. Life is life.
I just wish it wasn't so hot... and no, cool weather is not just a moment away.