I'm totally smitten with these Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks but after a frenzy of cutting little paper hexes and auditioning ditsy print combinations, I'm finally stepping back from it and letting it take its rightful place, as planned, as my handwork project for quilt group. From now on, I'll devote a little while each week to prepping, so as to always have something ready to pick up.
Post-it notes are littering my desk top with items I've been meaning to mention so today's clean-up day. In the Big Stitch post, I provided a link to Amazon Japan for the book I profiled. Amy found the book on YesAsia, which many find easier to navigate, so I share it here. Since my post, a few have ordered from each seller and already received their books. Several commenters mentioned the work of The Silly BooDilly (Flickr photos), something I had somehow missed. *swoon* I noticed that Mairuru in Yokohama is using the stitch effectively to enhance some small projects. Can't wait to see some big stitching soon!
A non-blogging reader (Susan?) emailed me about a current exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum featuring Indian Kantha quilts, which runs through July 25, 2010. Kantha work features a similar big stitch and this exhibit looks to be a standout, with 44 pieces on exhibit. If you're in the area, it looks to be worth a visit. (Interesting review here.)
Having you been following the Liberated Amish quiltalong? Tonya put it together after being inspired in part by Joe Cunningham's Amish Abstractions. I'm sure this has prompted a new interest, at least among quilt bloggers, in Amish quilts so when I came across these three posts about a French exhibit, I wanted to share them here. Absolutely gorgeous photos of stunning quilts.
Between the Amish quilts, Kristin's post about Gwen Marston's recent Abstract Quilts in Solids workshop and my busy print overload, I'm ready to take these blocks off the wall and work on something a little quieter. First, I have to finish something you haven't seen a hint of...I might be ready to share it next week.
And finally, (hurrying to get up and accomplish something this afternoon) do you, like me, often feel that you lose hours at the computer screen? Ever think a timer might be helpful on your desktop? No need now...there's e.ggtimer! Just go to the site, enter your alloted time, make sure your sound is on and...ding, ding, ding, time's up! Gotta run!