Monday, September 15, 2014

Going and Coming

Considering I just returned home a few days ago from an extended vacation, I'm still trying to figure out life as I knew it, if I remember how to sew, and where in the world my quilts are. And by that I mean . . .

Right before I left, I dropped off Aurora to be shown at the semi-local Bainbridge Quilt Show, where it hung last weekend beside 1 + 1 = 10 by fellow SMQG member Amber Arnold.
photo by Chandra Wu

I also had mailed off Fissures, recently accepted to be shown at International Quilt Festival in Houston in October.

And while I was away, daughter dear was kind enough to deliver Rectangles in Rotation so it could travel and be included in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild exhibit at NW Quilting Expo in Portland OR later this month.

Meanwhile, my Modern Metallics quilt, ástərisk, arrived from Quilt!Knit!Stitch! the day after I returned home. (Btw, if you'd like to see more of this exhibit, I just came across an expansive blog post by Kristin Shields, plumb full of photos.)

And at long last, Common Affection has finished her many months tour with the American Quilter's Society Modern Quilt Challenge exhibit and is now home. Leanne/shecanquilt was able to attend the most recent show in Grand Rapids MI and kindly sent me photos of my quilt hanging there.
Common Affection by Debbie Jeske
Whew! See what I mean?

So there. Thanks for letting me tally the quilts as I try to keep track of them. Now to face the sewing To Do list and deadlines for the month. Kinda crazy but of course totally worth the chaos after the travel fun I've had. Though Italy-withdrawal is still very fresh, it feels good to be back.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

I'll just say it. August was an unusual month for me. To put it simply, I guess I just moved at a slower pace. I wasn't in overdrive like I often am, and that's probably a good thing. I did get bee blocks out of the way right off, and a few littles made.

I experimented with polyester hex mesh and made a few items for traveling.

The largest project was a pair of Stone-Stepping table runners, which were inspired by a quilt pattern in We Love Color, and while a tad challenging in that I figured it out as I went, really were quite satisfying. Thanks goes to my mom for her assistance in choosing both the adapted "patterns" and solids. And honestly, it was kind of fun dragging out the graph paper to sketch things out.

And finally, over a weekend's time, I was able to create Canvas, Baby, my third project using shecanquilt's charming "Canvas" pattern. Excuse my saying so, but every version I've made has been a delight every step of the way. Serious.

September will have a slow start with what else I have going on, but I'll be back at it before you know it!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts.