In summer, the song sings itself.
William Carlos William
As mentioned in another post, I. Love. Summer! Last summer was a bit dismal because of Covid, but this summer has lifted my spirits. I realize that Covid numbers do not look good, but I have ventured out to quilt shops and fun places. Last week was one of the best weeks of the summer, since I was able to spend time with my sons, all my grandchildren, and my grandpets. This visit was definitely good for the soul.
Now that I am back home, I have resumed working on the Boho Heart Quilt by Jen Kingwell. Piecing this quilt has been such a fun experience. I may have gone over board in choosing colors and prints, and I am hoping it will all work out. Since I am enjoying this project, I decided to revisit the blocks that I had previously made in my first attempt with a Kingwell pattern. I had gotten so frustrated with the Wandering Quilt (formerly entitled Gypsy Quilt ) that I just threw the blocks into a bin with other extra and test blocks. I sewed a few of the blocks together and through them all on the design wall. No rhyme or reason, no design. When I sent a photo to my friends, they told me that the layout resembled what my brain must look like, all scrambled and rambling.😂 They encouraged me to finish it and name the quilt, “Chela’s Brain.”
I have pieced all of the 10″, 8″, and 6″ blocks for the Boho Heart. I am in the midst of making the 4″, and will start the 2″ blocks soon. So far, I have only a couple of fabrics that I can use for the background strips. In the pattern, 62 different fabrics were used for the background. I don’t know what I will use for the background…maybe I should have started there…but, oh, well. I know I will not be using 62 different fabrics. The original plan was for me to make this quilt at a private retreat with two friends. It seems like this retreat is no longer a good idea since the Covid numbers are soaring again. I will probably just let the quilt blocks sit in a bin until I think a bit more on what is needed for the background.
In the meantime, I am once again building up bins of great scraps and remnants. I purchased a book that Tierney posted on her blog. I have been interested in making the HST quilt that Tierney made. The pattern is in the book, No Scrap Left Behind, by Amand Jean Nyberg. I had sort of sketched out a plan of my own for making a HST quilt, but I wanted to check out other possibilities in the book. Nyberg gives good tips on sorting and storing scraps.
I have also spent some time trying to design a Halloween quilt for one of my DIL’s. The first design plan is needing some tweaking, but it is almost ready.
One of my DIL’s has started an Etsy shop. She has a sewing room which I covet, and now she has a set up in her garage for designing thermal cups. We had a great time discussing what I wanted made for my Meemaw friends, and I cannot wait to see them. I will have more information about her shop and pictures of the cups as soon as they are completed.
It is hard to believe that July is almost over. So far, the weather has been very pleasant for July. I am still working on my Temperature Quilt, and I am liking how it is looking so far.
Enjoy the remaining weeks of July.