I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a dry spell in my creativity. I keep trying to find a project that is what I’m looking for. But no luck so far.
Thinking I might dive in and finish this wall hanging.
This was a Row-By-Row pattern from a local quilt store several years ago. I only gathered a few Row-By-Row patterns over several years, and this is only the second one I’ve ever made. And I have to say, it’s my favorite.
The local store that gave away this pattern has a stand of amazing sequoia trees on the property. They had originally done this pattern in wool applique. I translated it into batiks.
It was really fun to make and it was my first ever try at applique. It’s just raw edge applique using Heat and Bond.
I stopped by the big box fabric store last week to buy some interfacing and took a few minutes to look at the thread and saw these two greens that will be perfect for the quilting on this. I haven’t decided on the quilting pattern yet, but I have a few ideas.
My friend gave me the batik for the tree trunk. It’s so perfect! I only have a few small pieces of it and will save it for the perfect tree project in my future.
My friend and I each made one at the same time one summer while she was visiting. Remember when people used to come and visit? Yeah. I miss that.
She made hers with a clouded sky background. I went with this batik background because it feels like a cold and rainy Portland winter sky.
It shouldn’t take very long to get this quilted once I decide to just do it. I think I’ll hang it in my living room. The colors are just perfect for that.
There’s another quilt I’ve been wanting to make for years. It’s called Aboretum and you can find a b it of a tutorial for it here. You really should follow that link to see this quilt. It’s pretty spectacular.
I think I originally saw this quilt three or four years ago. And it was recently made available as a kit by a woman who I see often on the Kaffe Fassett Collective page on Facebook. If you like KFC fabrics and are on Facebook, you should follow that page. There’s a lot of inspiration there.
I’ve never purchased a quilt kit. I did make one that a friend of mine gave me as a birthday gift a number of years ago. But this kit includes 99 different fabrics cut to size. The pattern really relies on all that amazing variation in making it really sparkle and I hated the idea of pressing and cutting all those blocks from 99 different fabrics.
So I bought two kits… one for me and one as a holiday gift for a friend.
The kit includes the 99 different rectangles, along with these various Aboriginal Dots to be used for the trees. There is also fabric for the binding.
The kit includes a few of the new Kaffe Fassett Collective Fabrics.
I just love it when you purchase fabric and the seller presents it in such a pretty way!
I have no idea when I’ll start on this quilt. I keep telling myself that I should finish us some of the many quilts I have in progress.
My friend knows that I have purchased this kit for her. And she has purchased the backing fabric for me as her holiday gift to me.
I had another weekend of sheep. Saturday was our regular sheep herding lesson, and on Sunday a friend and I went up to Olympia, Washington, for a day of working our sheep on some more advanced skills.
We were all happy to be out there and it was a gorgeous fall day. There was about a 50% chance of rain but it stayed dry while we were out in the field.
As we were finishing up I looked down at a pile of dirt pushed up by a mole and saw this:
It was only about an inch long and I don’t know how I even saw it! It looked exactly like the dirt and if it hadn’t moved at just the right time I never would have seen it.
It sure seems like a long time until the weekend.