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As I do every so often, here are a few things I have been meaning to mention. (Most are quilty/businessy, except the bear one):
* I finished my Briar Rose On a Whim quilt. I am super happy with how it turned out! I've already talked your ear off about it here, so I'll just show you some photos. I quilted it on my machine using the flowers from Angela Walter's book. It was my first time trying the flowers, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
I haven't bound it yet. Maybe tonight?
* I think I am going to work on my Lush Uptown Surfside quilt next, yes? I started cutting, but haven't gotten very far yet!
* I just had Swoon reprinted, and it is so pretty in full color glossiness (is that a word?). It is availble here. The PDF has also been revamped. It's pretty too.
* In case I didn't mention it before, all of my Scrumptious paper patterns (Niner, Lucky, Surfside, and Summer are also full color. I can't remember if I mentioned that. All my new patterns will be that way. It's so exciting! Also, Scrumptious precuts are available now. Yardage is coming soon!
* When we were visiting my parents up in Idaho a few weeks ago, my dad walked into the garage and found a mama bear. Her two cubs were right outside. It was pretty exciting. And slightly terrifying. You can read my mom's account of it here. My husband, Jarom, took this photo from a safe distance. Nice work, Jarom.
* I've been asking for the official date, but don't have it quite yet, but my next Craftsy class will be released in early October. Unless maybe you keep asking and they break down and release it sooner. ;-) But that probably wouldn't work. I've tried.
* I finally started a Thimble Blossoms Instagram account, which will have all of my sewing photos in it. The other account will be a private one with just family photos and stuff. This should keep my friends and family from getting tired of my quilting photos and my quilters from being overwhelmed with baseball and skiing photos. Win win! You can find me at @thimbleblossoms.
* Did you hear that There is a Moda Blog Hop starting next week? More on that soon!
* I guess I didn't have as much to mention as I thought. :-) Did I miss anything?
Well, I am stuck in bed today for the second day in a row. I haven't been sick in a while, and as lovely as a lazy day sounds, this isn't quite what I had in mind. :-) I'm just hoping nobody else catches it before the first day of school on Monday. Fingers crossed!
I mentioned a week or two ago that I was trying to decide on my next project. Well, I started on my Briar Rose On a Whim quilt last week (like I mentioned before, shamelessly copying Angela), and am having such a fun time making it! The best part is, several of you have joined me on instagram, using the hashtag #onawhimquilt. It is so great to see all the different blocks and quilts popping up.
My first On a Whim quilt was made from Vintage Modern, so this fabric is really different. It's always so fun to switch things up and try new fabrics. I'm already thinking about making another one out of Happy-go-lucky, what do you think?
I have actually finished my blocks and have sewn them together since I took these photos a few days ago, but don't have any good photos of it yet, so when I have those I'll be sure to post them. Hopefully of everything quilted and bound? We'll see.
That Abby, she's pretty amazing. She does a fantastic job, and is SO darn quick! She quilted one of my favorite quilting designs, a baptist fan, a little bit bigger than on my first Swoon and I absolutely love it. It's perfect. For more from Abby, here is her blog, and yes, she ships! Thank you Abby!
I took way (way) too many photos...
Oh, I added one more row of blocks, making it a 3 x 4, and now it measures 80" x 106". Perfect for my king size bed. I backed it in voile, so it is super light, which will be nice since it is about a thousand degrees on any given day here.
I bound it by machine, since I knew I wouldn't be able to sit and hand stitch 372" of binding anytime soon, even though that sounds heavenly.
Since I officially crossed Craftsy off my to do list, I have been sewing every spare minute I have. Naptime? Yep! Late nights? Absolutely. I had a hard time knowing which project to start with, so I asked Facebook and Instagram.
Everyone was so helpful! When it came down to it, finishing the Swoon out of Good Folks I started a while back was came back at the top of the list, so I started working on it again.
I couldn't stop.
I had four blocks finished, so I made five more and laid them all out. It needed more. Or maybe I just wanted to make more? I'm not really sure. :-) So I made 3 more blocks, sashed the whole thing, and am calling it done. Well, ready for the quilter. I'm not planning on quilting a 106" x 80" quilt on my little machine. I normally quilt all of my own "just for fun" quilts that aren't on a deadline, but the size of this one makes my shoulders sore just thinking about it!
So anyway, here it is. My Good Folks Swoon. Well, mostly Good Folks. There are a few other great Anna Maria Horner pieces mixed in as well. This was really a different project for me, using fabrics and colors that I hadn't really used before, and I enjoyed it so much! I will be sure to show you another photo after it is quilted and bound.
What are you working on this summer? Tell me below and you can use code SUMMER30 to get all of the patterns in my shop, PDF and Paper for 30% off through the end of the week. Okay, so technically you don't have to tell me to get the discount, but I hope you will!