I don't think I've seen sunshine in over a month. Like more than partly cloudy!
I had Mr. McPorkchop help me outside so I could take some quick snapshots of this in progress quilt.
For some reason I'm always scared to show in progress stuff. I'm afraid my photos don't do justice to things I create so I'll hold off until sometimes months after I've finished something to gather the courage to share it! Well, New Years Resolutions made me promise to share more & I'm so glad I did! After seeing the photo I realized there are a few mistakes, I inserted some of the blocks wrong...I'm not sure if I'll fix it or leave it. I'm thinking leave it ;)
I really really enjoyed working on this quilt. It was pieced both on my featherweight & Bernina, both at home & with friends. The fabric is Nicey Jane from Heather Bailey & the solid gray is my all time favorite because it's a green based gray, by Amy Butler, I'm not sure if the color is linen or slate. I bought it from Runs with Scissors in Auburn & am planning on buying some more! I love it *that* much. If anyone is interested in a similar kona color, let me know & I'll match it :) I bought the entire line of Nicey Jane in fat quarters at an after Christmas sale. At first I wasn't sure if I liked this line, but all together, it's GORGEOUS.
The pattern is Sparkling Cider by All Washed Up. Here is a blog post they've written about it. I love love love the look of this quilt, I've got a thing for stars, the one in their blog post made with Amy Butler fabrics hangs in a local shop & every.single.time I see it, I drool. It's so summery & vintagey & fresh & modern all at once. I think thats what I love about using a pattern to make a quilt, you can take a semi-traditional pattern, use modern fabrics and have a completely different feel! The neat thing is the pattern designers, Angie & Weezie live here in Humboldt & I've met both of them, they are just really neat ladies!
It was a challenge for me in the sense that I prefer my quilts to be very simple, very easy on the eye. I can't do "scrappy" quilts or "busy" quilts, it stresses me out for some reason. I need lots of negative space, solids & small patterns or big patterns in specific areas. So when this went up on the design wall at Scottie Dog Quilts, I needed a LOT of help with how to lay out the fabrics, the pattern says scrappy, I say "LAY IT ALL OUT FIRST!!!!" because I need control. Obviously. Haha. But the ladies helped me out as usual & I couldn't have done it without them! I was ready to throw in the towel & add some more solids!
Now that I look at this photo, I realize I love this fabric line because it looks like vintage bed linens. Which EVERYONE seems to find at thrift stores...except me. Haha. Along with pyrex which I also never find.
Last night I decided I need a little more privacy in my internet life & have made facebook friends & family only. I have my ten year high school reunion coming up & various family events & would rather keep business friends contacts separate, I've been watching Mr.McPorkchops friends add photos of him from elementary school & I'd rather not have everyone witness that should it happen to me;)! If anyone is interested, I might create a business facebook page that people can fan & I can update with shop updates, blog updates, sales, etc.
I'm planning on sitting outside...soaking up some Vitamin Sunshine, reading kindle & coughing cough coughing!!! I swear I was coughing so much in my sleep last night that I thought Mr. McPorkchop was going to kill me...sadly he's starting to get sick now :( Poor Porkchop!
Have a great Sunday everyone!!!!