Michelle, one of my Friday night crop regulars, is always lamenting the end of (yet another) scrapbooking magazine while quilting magazines flourish like mosquitoes around a pond. I think we are down to one scrapping magazine (CK), while the new (!) Quilty recently caught my eye. Despite being connected to Fons & Porter (Quilty founder Mary Fons is, obviously, related), I bought the first issue in hopes it was more beginner-friendly and modern, rather than complicated with old-fashioned piecework like F&P (yes, this from a collector of 1930s repros. Irony -- dig it).
Before my laptop meltdown (adapter issues...the battery is not charging, and still isn't, despite E's excellent engineering...apparently this is a common issue with Dell laptops), I had put together eight 6" blocks. Each one features a solid and a 1930s print. The solids are from a 1930s collection from Keepsake Quilting. I purchased a sampler of quarter-yards back when I found a Dresden Plate quilt at an antiques market, looking for a good solid for the back of the unfinished antique quilt. Now I get to use the solids in my squares, along with my collection of prints. Fun!
The kids are at day camp this week, so amid the laundry, housecleaning, grocery shopping, etc. ETC. I hope to sew a few more squares. The lap quilt-size they feature takes 39 blocks, so I have some serious straight-line sewing to do.
|Paper: Club Scrap (ancient!) and Studio Calico. Letter stickers: Memories Complete and October Afternoon. Journaling card, Elle Studios via Jessica Sprague (digital file print-out). Ribbon: Making Memories|
...and I love them both! Hipstamatic and Instagram prints just beg for the mixed media look, don't you think?
We just got back from a trip to Washington, D.C. (hot, HOT, cRaZy HoT, as we were forewarned!) which was a delight. I should have brought better walking shoes, though. The last day (Tuesday) I missed going back to Air & Space because my legs refused to go any further. I sat at the carousel in front of the Smithsonian castle and slowly melted instead of taking the walk. Funny, I did not have any knitting or reading material with me. It was most relaxing to just sit & veg.
|My favorite "horse" -- a dragon, of course.|