First – the Granny’s Hankie block for September has been loaded. I was up early this morning before the quilt show and got it ready and now that I’ve returned, it’s added to its page. This is the last of the main quilt blocks! We’ll be on to starting to set things together next month.
In looking at all the photos in the Granny’s Hankie reader blocks page, I’m so loving all those bright batik colors some of you are using. I’m not thrilled with my red and green blocks anymore — which may be why I haven’t been working on them. 😦 Although I like the bright colors on dark backgrounds – I’ve made tons of them with black backgrounds and am kind of burnt out. Today at the quilt show I saw some of the loveliest pale shades of batiks and kept thinking – wouldn’t Granny’s Hankie be lovely and delicate in those shades. So now I’m thinking the blocks I have done – which I think are only three – may become separate little wallhangings that I may end up selling and I shall start again on this quilt in different fabrics. Now did I buy any of those lovely pale shaded batiks at the show – no. But I’ll save that shopping for some other day perhaps. I did buy some neutral ones tho with a project in mind – lots of creamy to tanny backgrounds with real subtle coloring/designs in them.
Here you can see those neutral batiks. There’s also a stack of sort of landscape fabrics – skies – all kinds of skies – summery skies, blue whispy skies, and cold winter skies. All these were bought with a plan in mind — tho sometimes the plan does change before I get around to using the fabrics. Now that mushroom print on the far left — there was no plan. It just has some really neat looking mushrooms on it and some lovely fally brown and gold shades so I simply had to have it.
Of course that’s not all I ended up coming home with…..
Yes I’ve gone from neutral to bright. My splurge was the case of Aurifil thread – my favorite for quilting. But it was $30 off at the quilt show so how can you pass up a bargain like that! It will be perfect to quilt the project that I bought all those bright fabrics for (yes there is a plan for them – actually more than one plan) and will be great to quilt Frozen Delights with. One of the two projects these fabrics will be used for is another version of Frozen Delights, with some new block designs added, and all will be applique. But I plan to make it in a much smaller format than the lap quilt size. I especially like that one that changes colors – I can see a long multicolored popsicle out of that. 🙂 I really only walked up and down less than half of the vendor area and decided I had purchased enough and didn’t even bother to check out the rest. I also bought something else that’s really neat but I think it may be used for Christmas gifts so can’t show it and give away the surprise.
And congratulations to Kathleen Trimberger – her Crop Circles quilt (the blog BOM from 2010) was juried into the Wisconsin Quilt Expo. It was even more lovely in person than the photo she sent – alot of those soft batik colors recently drawn to. Kathleen – If you’re out there – I’d love to share the photo I took of it on the blog. Let me know if that’s okay. 🙂 Again, congrats — too fun walking around the corner and seeing something I recognized.
And I just remembered – I need to get my Camp Loopy 3 shawl blocked and get the picture loaded since the deadline is coming up — don’t want to miss out on the prizes for completing all three projects on time! So that’s first on the agenda so have to go clear a spot on the sewing room floor to lay it out.
And remember – the deadline for entry into the EQ Boutique $10 gift certificate giveaway is Sept. 12 which is quickly approaching. Be sure you leave your comment on the blog post that announces the contest and how to enter — comments left on other blog posts will not be included in the drawing. 🙂
Denise — who’s stashbusting report on Monday will NOT be good due to the recent shopping spree!
Now my messy kitchen counters and breakfast bar (that catches everything I just plop there) needs a bit of cleaning. Then I think I’ll go back to sewing HSTs for those pinwheel border blocks to Frozen Delights.