I can't believe it's been THREE weeks since I last blogged. Even worse, I can't believe today is the last day of May. I tell you, once I get into summer mode, the days just fly by. It's unbelievable, yet still a tiny bit alarming. Where does the time go? I mean, wasn't it just yesterday I was quilting away, picking out charm packs for the next month's Schnibbles. And now, Schnibbles what...? Huh? What you talkin' about, Willis?
While I haven't done much quilting (until today!), I have been making good use of my time. Eating a bounty of colorful fruits and veggies that the summer has to offer. Curiously, not from our local grocery store.
Hiking up to lower Dewey Lake...
In a nutshell, I have been soaking up the sun. We have been blessed with an unusually warm (okay, HOT) May and I haven't wanted to miss a single ray of it. It isn't unusual for us to reach 80°, even 90° at times during the summer. But not in May. Never in May. So what's a girl to do? Quite obviously, I have cast aside my rotary cutter and stacks of favorite fabrics for a pair of dirty trail shoes and sunblock.
And then Sunday afternoon I got the itch to stay inside and give in to the cries and pleas from my sewing machine. I pulled out my Tagalong blocks, which were at one time in neat little rows. I didn't like the rows. Too busy. Made my eyes all crazy-like. Took apart the rows and re-evaluated. I took a picture so I could look at it on my computer to determine just how busy it really was. Then I pulled up Paint and added some black sashing. Very teeny tiny sashing and I think I have a winner here. You be the judge.
I really like the look of adding a very thin black sashing. Like a 1/4". Just enough to break up the blocks, but not enough to be dark and heavy. Then, before I could finish, my ADD kicked in and I moved on to some impromptu Tuffetry.
It is super teeny tiny. The pattern calls for 3/4" strips, but I had these little cast-offs that were a hair less than a half inch wide...the remnants from squaring up my Tagalong 9-patches. And the colors are so bright and cheery, who could throw them away? So I decided to make the little log cabin Tuffet from Sweet Liberty. But I must confess. I don't think I can make it into a pin cushion. I really want to quilt it and bind it and put it into a little square frame and hang it in my red and blue bathroom. Wouldn't it be darling? I just love it. I have been carrying it around with me all afternoon, just smoothing it out and feeling the little strips of fabrics. Since it's pieced on muslin, it has that great quilted feel to it, which I love to run my fingers over.
Well, that's about it for today. I have plenty more to share, but will save it for another day. I hope you and your friends and families have a safe and happy Memorial Day.