It's been a really busy week but I don't feel that I have much to show for it. A little of this, a little of that. I started my red & green block, twice, but I'm having background issues. That's another post. Today I've been working on a popular work-in-progress, but that's another post as well. So much to look forward to! *grin*
A few weeks ago, Wendy gave me a long, narrow piece of insulation board that was left over from her studio design wall. I finally cut it down to 5', covered it in batting and flannel and made a portable design board. No more waiting for good light in the sewing room for photos. Now I can haul it all over the house in search of *true color* as well as use it in the sewing room, as needed, for small projects. Highly recommend!
Good mail day! I just browsed through this quickly at lunch but I can tell this is a winner. I've long admired the Piece o' Cake girls for their beautiful applique but it was always a little *tight*, design wise, for me. Ok everyone...you can stop laughing now! I loved their floral designs, their embrace of pattern, pattern, pattern and their exuberant use of color, but I've resisted their books until now. In this one, they've loosened up and the quilts, to me, jump off the pages. Looks like a lot of good tips here.
If you've been visiting here for more than five minutes, you know I've been trying to "loosen up" forever, always fighting my natural inclinations. Years ago I took a workshop with contemporary quiltmaker, Susan Shie, in which I designed and made this small wall piece. If you're familiar with her wonderful work, she is the queen of *loose* and got a big kick out of how difficult it was for me to achieve uneven stitches, as if I had some kind of genetic predisposition that regulated my stitches. At first she suggested that I try stitching with my non-dominant hand. That didn't work so someone suggested I work on it while riding in a car, to which she replied, "How about while she's drivinga car?" St. Perpetua Perfecta hangs in my sewing room as reminder, but she hasn't had as big an influence as I had hoped.
Maybe I should have brought my stitching into the city Saturday night...that may have done the trick! Nice view, huh? Although I wasn't involved with the BlogHer Conference that was held in Chicago last week, some friends (old & new) were in town for it and I was happy to be invited to join them at a bloggy soiree. Cocktails on a rooftop terrace on a perfect summer evening with a bunch of hilarious women bloggers...not my usual weekend activity! It was a fabulous, memorable night. And now I have more blogs to read.