Monday, March 31, 2008

No patience for me!

I must that admit I am not a patient person. I sent that block off for the Round Robin, and then had to wait and wait, because I jumped the gun a bit and sent it about 2 weeks earlier than everyone else LOL

So what to do???
Start a new quilt! (of course)

At the sew-in at the library on Saturday, I cut out scads of 2 1/2 inch wide brown strips, and 1 1/2 inch wide cream strips and have been happily making offset Log Cabins, with cheery little indigo cranes for the center square.

I also signed up for a Charm pack swap at guild, which is tomorrow. So late tonight, I remembered, and cut out 51 charms of Striped Fabrics! I can't wait to see what goodies I get from everyone else tomorrow. But here are the ones I did tonight.
I think I am done cutting for a while.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Inspiration from...

Olympia is is the midst of spring, and that means some of us get itchy feet and want to start getting out and seeing the natural world again. I decided I needed an adventure. But I am realistic enough to acknowledge that I am in poor shape for any kind of exciting adventure LOL So we looked for mini-adventures to day- things to draw inspiration from and ponder.

We found lots of free things in front yards, blooming skunk cabbage and tree blossoms, a couple llamas in back yards, and even played with the sundial at the nearby elementary school.

We also have a great open space park, with about 4 or 5 entrances, one of which is about 4 blocks from our house, and another which is about 3 blocks from our favorite little bakery- the San Francisco Street bakery. So of course, we took the trail and got ourselves some coffee and pastry.
I hope you all are having fun adventures!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Migrating Robin... errr Spawning Salmon???

I signed up for a Round Robin with some of the other members of WASIQ (Washington State Internet Quilters).
We are calling it a Migrating Robin, because it is going all over the countryside as we work on each section. We all made a center block with something that is reminiscent of our area. Then each row has a specific set of rules to use when designing. We will all be including one of the fabrics we used in the center block. I think I will send the dark brown. Beige is everywhere, but that brown is rich and specific.

This is the Center block I made, just some extra 4-patch blocks I had from my Table Runner, plus some sashing, and I added a salmon applique (made of salmon fabric!).
We were also encouraged to include a journal for the others to write in- I decided to send my Soft Journal, with pages made of muslin. (I had not decided what to do with it, and since it is the same scraps as the block background, it just really fits.)

It will be shipped out just as soon as I hear who I have to send to. I can't believe I am done early! What is happening to me!

I have never participated in a Robin before, so I am excited to see how it works out and how I interpret each Round from another quilter.

The highest bidder is...

Well, I actually got the binding on the Auction Quilt, a whole 12 hours early! A new record for me. And we raised good money for Habitat for Humanity!
Of course, I was well thanked, then I got re-volunteered for next year LOL
So... I think I will just do it.
But I think I will get the top done Early- like by June? Then try to get the Quilt done early too- maybe September. That way we can have 6 months to sell Raffle tickets for a drawing next March.
I wonder if I can get anyone to help me this time...
At any rate, I had a lot of fun making it, and I am glad I jumped in and did it. And I can recommend it to anyone who has thought of it.
And one of the really nice things is that the non-quilters don't even see the boo-boos!