Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New fabric from Jo

Main brown of Sweet Emilee

I received a new bundle of fat quarters from Jo Morton - Sweet Emilee!  Isn't it just beautiful; I especially love the blue & browns.  Makes me want to run right out to the nearest quilt shop to see it on bolts!  Of course I'll be making new quilts for the spring market booth.  The blue/brown colorway will make a great new Union Sampler; it'll hang with Remembrance just lovely!  Then the pink/browns would look great in a new Windham Sampler. 

Does your mind go on & on like that when you see new fabric?  Especially a group of fat quarters all arranged so prettily!  I'm sure that is one thing all of us fabric lovers hold in common - right??

And the weather here is again very hot & muggy; again a good day to stay inside & sew.  I've begun a new Harriet's Patchwork design, taking that pattern & redoing it, tweaking it here & there as I sew a new quilt.  I started with the alternate blocks so I could look at the new blocks together with the alternates to be sure I get the total look I want for this pattern; it can be tricky as we all know.  Using the new Emilee's browns & golds & throwing in some red; here's a little preview!  The black/cream block is the alternate block that makes a grid over the whole quilt.  I think it's shaping up just fine!

Packing my bags & off to Galena, IL this weekend for their quilt show & a little antiquing; love that town & it's been too long since I've been there.  My Battle Series & the Generals quilts are hanging at the Phat 1/4's Quilt Shop there, so we'll be stopping in & meeting everyone at the shop.  Great fun!  We'll probably visit Grant's home, too; Galena is just alive with history.  Love it! 

Have a great weekend, everyone!  I'll have pictures for you next week!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hello! I think I've started a blog!

I've been thinking about starting a blog for over a year, so it's hard to believe that I've actually done it!  I think this is going to be fun, but I have to have quilting time, too, 'ya know.  This blogger format is fun to work with, but for me, it's one of those things I just have to jump in to & go through the learning curve.  Years ago I had to read the manual first, but not anymore; there's just too much new technology out there to do it that long way.  Just go for it - then go to the Help when you run into trouble, so here goes . . .

Just a month ago I published my first newsletter, too, so if you've not received it, just go to the website & sign up & you'll receive the very next one.

Of course, summer is hot in Iowa these days, but today is a gorgeous day.  I was just out & watered the flowers which I haven't needed to do a lot of so far because of all the rain we've had.  I'm still praying for all the farmers who are flooded out on our western border along the Missouri River.  The pictures are just heartbreaking & we are counting our blessings here in the northwest corner of Iowa.  Our corn is tasselling even though it had a slow start this spring.

Well, I'm going back to my sewing, so I'll have something to share with you in a few days.  Also, I have to contact Gail to have this blogspot added to my website; won't do me any good if no one knows it's here!  Take care!
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