Hello Dear Reader!
August is like a blur to me, yet it reminded me about three valuable life lessons.
Lesson #1: Quilty folks are the best.
I started August packing up my quilts and taking them on the road to give a lecture/trunk show at the Gate City Quilt Guild.
It is always such a treat for me to meet other quilters and talk quilty talk. And the Gate City quilters did not disappoint. They welcomed me and allowed me to share my love of modern quilting.
Lesson #2: Be open to discoveries.
After visiting Gate City, I checked out of town for a couple of weeks and traveled to California to act like a tourist and visit friends. While in Oakland, I stumbled upon A Verb for Keeping Warm, while out looking for cupcakes. It’s a lovely shop with all the things my heart loves: fabric, patterns, yarn and friendly staff. My favorite thing about the shop is that they have samples of the AVFKW patterns in every size for customers to try on. Well, I went right ahead and tried on a couple of samples and promptly bought two of the patterns. I loved being able to see right then and there if the pattern would work for my body, rather than wait until I stitched it up at home.
As soon as I came back home, I stitched up the Endless Summer Tunic. The only alteration I made was shortening it from a tunic length to a top.
I love how the top turned out. And I’m thankful that it’s still blazing hot here in North Carolina so I wear it every chance I get!
Lesson #3: Keep it simple; get it done.
With all that travel, I still managed to get some quilting done. I finished my scrap quilt! Here it is in all its scrappy gloriousness.
It’s been a while since I made a simple patchwork quilt. I forgot how gratifying it can be to sew simple squares together and have them magically come together as a quilt.
Many of the squares are scraps from garment sewing or other quilts. Seeing them together brings back memories.
After too much deliberation on the quilting, I decided to keep it simple and go with gentle waves, spaced about an inch apart. I didn’t want the quilting to be too dense as to make the quilt stiff. These gentle waves were fairly quick and easy to stitch and are far enough apart that the quilt has a lovely drape. It finishes at 70″ x 84″.
Now that quilt is done, I’m feeling good about my continued progress in finishing up my works in progress (w.i.p.s). I still have several projects to go, but I’m counting this finish as a victory in the battle of the w.i.p.s! Here’s to knocking out more w.i.p.s in September!
And I’m counting it a blessing to recognize the lessons life is teaching me. Here’s to continued learning!
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