But most people don't allow the happy moment, because they're so busy trying to get a happy life.
Enjoy your weekend all, I'm off to the Convention!
"Roses for Mom" pattern from McCall's Quick Quilts, May 2007 issue
You may notice that I did some fairly traditional blocks this time around. That's because, well, I never really like traditional quilting - I liked looking at traditional quilts, but actually doing them...no thanks, I'd rather do funky arty quilts. But something has changed. I'm not sure when it changed, but now when I look at quilts, I've begun to really notice the blocks themselves...the technique, how they are pieced, the use of color coordination and contrast, the use of thread as an embellishment rather than just a way to keep things together.
I started going through my quilt magazines (a good quilter NEVER tosses her mags, since they're such a handy reference). I marked the techniques that I wanted to try and this week you'll see the results. I was surprised at how easy many of these were and how gratifying it was to look at the final product and be able to say, "Wow, I made that and it actually looks right!"
I'm going to stick with trying out the traditional blocks for a while; I'll throw in an arty mini here and there, as the mood strikes, but for now, the traditional blocks are really striking a cord.
Enjoy another week of mondays! :^)
It’s a celebratory time here on Mt. Vernon St. Not only is it the annual Bowdoinham Library Plant Sale, it’s also Musings from Mt. Vernon St.’s anniversary! Two years ago this very day, I posted my first entry…a quick little thing with a picture taken at Popham Beach in Phippsburg, Maine and then went on to introduce you to critters, my friend’s chickens, my home and my first visit to the Bowdoinham Library Plant Sale.
I feel like I’ve learned so much from that first year of attending the sale, like the fact that you need to go an hour early to get a good parking spot and…
* you need to have a plan of attack (do you go inside first or outside?)
* you need to bring heavy duty bags with you if you plan to get a lot of stuff (remember your arms can only hold so much)
* always bring cash and tuck it into a pocket (a purse will only weigh you down)
* if you travel with more than one other person, bring a truck (you’ll need the space for all the finds)
* always bring a wagon to cart your plants back to your vehicle (‘cause it doesn’t seem like a long walk down that hill to the main road until you’ve got your arms full of small trees and potted plants)!
I’m really looking forward to this year’s plant sale finds – everything I get down there always grows well! But unlike the last two years where I planned what I needed, this year I’m whim purchasing…if I like it and I can think of a spot for it, I’m buying it! And since it’s such a short trek to Topsham, we may end up going to the Fairground Café at the Topsham Fair Mall (it’s only a little hole in the wall, but the food is good and the servings are generous).
About 2 years ago at the quilt show, I saw a woman sitting before a wooden frame, weaving a rug out of strips of scrap quilting fabric and it was fascinating! It looked so easy and when she was done, she had this heavy duty, beautiful rug. Right then and there, I wanted to know how it was done. But the crowd around her got bigger and I drifted on with my mother to other vendor’s booths and though I never forgot about it, I never really looked to see where I could learn how to do this. Then in a recent newsletter from a local quilt store, I saw they had rag rug classes but those classes filled up quickly.
Ever the undaunted woman, I hit the internet and Googled till I was blue in the face and my tappity tapping little fingers ached…and you know what I found? Nothing…nada, zip, zero, zilchoid! Not one thing that was remotely close to the way that that woman wove her rug. It was depressing! But then, by sheer luck (and I think a little divine intervention), I stumbled upon the quilting blog, Quilting Adventures and there, in full color, were pictures of a rug frame with an in-process rag rug on it...and it was exactly what I was looking for! I was thrilled! I devoured that post and bless Carole's heart (Carole is the blog's author), she posted the title of the book and a link to the Country Threads site, where you could order it. Seriously, I was doing the happy happy dance of joy!
The book came in the mail Thursday and I couldn't get over how simple the instructions were...and it had pictures! Not drawings, but real pictures to show how it was done.
And then today, I found this video on youtube - how flippin' cool!
Could. Not. Be. Happier!