Thursday, August 27, 2015

Some of Not Much

As many things as I've had going on, I don't have much to show in the way of quilting-related projects. But, I'll give you a heads-up. Put this on your September 17 calendar: "Visit FlourishingPalms blog."

On that day, it will be my turn to feature one of the 12 quilts from Christa Watson's new book, Machine Quilting With Style. My quilt is called "Candy Pop," and it will be the project I teach in Beyond First Time Quiltmaking classes starting next February. Stop by on the 17th for a chance to win a copy of the book!

My other project is related to the American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge. I finished my entry a couple days ago. If you have time and want to whip up a 15" X 15" quilt using American Made Brand fabrics, you can enter too! The deadline is September 15.

Dabbling continues on My Small World quilt. I managed to add on a little more to Section 3 (of 6 sections).

Though it doesn't look like I've made much progress, I have done quite a bit of prep work for Sections 5 and 6. All of this is handwork! I've got 30 half-inch hexies ready to English paper piece; foundation paper pieced (FPP) arcs to sew together; a half Dresden to appliqué; clamshells to appliqué; and rainbow arcs to join together. These should be good for a few hours of stitching time.

Last week I came across this quilt called "Rainbow Rounds," by Jo Avery of MyBearPaw. It's from Issue 24 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazineI downloaded and printed papers to try this 12" block that I sewed with a text print background, and five shades of seafoam. Luscious! I know I'll be making more blocks, in other colors.

I also thought I'd try Amanda Jean's CrazyMomQuilts free CMQ Kaleidoscope FPP templates. A whole quilt of scrappiness is also very appealing.

While I'm sewing and quilting, I often listen to audiobooks. A recent finish that I obtained through my digital library was "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes, a British novelist. I highly recommend it. Then, I came across the newest book in "The Selection" series, by Kiera Cass, and immediately downloaded it to my iPhone and started reading. 

I couldn't put it down! Book number four, "The Heir" does not disappoint. I mentioned in a previous post how much I like this series - like a non-violent "Hunger Games" story. I was happy to see on Keira's website that Warner Brothers has purchased movie rights! One more book is anticipated, most anxiously by me. 

Yesterday, August 26, was our 43rd wedding anniversary. And it was National Dog Day. Is there a deeper meaning to this coincidence? Hogan was more agreeable to posing with me than my hubs. 


HeathersSewingRoom said...

It looks like you have a lot going on in your creative life! I like how you are taking It's a Small World and making it your own as your colours do remind me of Florida and the bright sun. It is wonderful how your dog is winking in the photo. Would love to know what he really thinks!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

You're always so busy Linda. Love the photo with your dog. He's either winking for the camera or saying "really, another photo, I guess I can deal with it." Happy Anniversary.

ChristaQuilts said...

Thanks for the shout out! I can't wait to see your fabulous finish!!

Chris said...

Lots happening as always! If I'd stayed married to my first husband I'd have notched up the same amount of years. Well done!

Carla said...

It still looks like you have a lot going on Linda! Fun projects too. Love the small world quilt! And that round scrappy wheel! Beautiful

OPQuilt said...

Your Small World is terrific! I love the crayon colors that pop out; you've done an impressive amount of work there. Fun to read about all your happenings and doings, always an inspiration. Happy Anniversary!!

mascanlon said...

Loving your Small World! I need to figure out how to begin on it. I do have lots of neutrals ready for the sky. And you have lots of other cute things in the works too! Looking forward to seeing your book project.

Debbie said...

Lots of fun stuff in your post...I was hoping to enter the little quilt contest, but alas, I haven't begun a thing. ;-( Happy Anniversary btw!

Dar said...

Just getting around to some more blog reading. I never delete my inbox messages until I read them all, so I might be responding to an old post even in December! lol Love all the small projects/blocks that you are playing with. Some really appeal to me a lot, but I have to keep focused on UFOs. Happy belated anniversary. Your puppy is so sweet to pose with you. I've marked my calendar for 9/17. Hope I don't forget to look at it!

Karen said...

You've been a busy girl. Can't wait for your review of Christa's book. Belated Happy Anniversary.

Amy @ Amy's FMQ Adventures said...

Looks like you've been plenty busy to me! Looking forward to the blog hop!


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