Saturday, May 21, 2016

Progress Report

This will be short as much progress has not been made. 
I have 7 more days of school before summer vacation! I anticipate spending a bit more time in my sewing room. 
I did finish my May block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The color is Evergreen ~ not one of my favorites but I did find enough to make the block!

I also have been sewing a few more Little Blue Houses. I have 17 done...all in different blue fabrics. 

This a ongoing project that fills in when I have small pockets of time. 
I'm lov'n them!

For Mother's Day, we went to the Chicago Art Institute to see the Van Gogh exhibit. It was fabulous!
It helped that my DD1's student was able to get us VIP treatment bypassing very long lines. 

 As a knitter as well as a quilter, I thought Van Gogh's use of wool to experiment with color combinations was quite interesting.
Self portrait
Van Gogh's chair painting
One of three paintings of the bedroom
Transplanted inside a Van Gogh painting.
These are a few of my favorites! The exhibit was well done!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Finally Some Sunshine!

The weather here has been wet and dreary! 
Yesterday, we finally had some some sunshine and dry weather. 
Just what I've been waiting for so I could show you my next finish!
On April 12th, this was on my design wall.
By April 18th, I posted this picture to Instagram and Facebook. 
Ready to sandwich and quilt!
I finished quilting and binding the quilt on April 24th but by then, the rains and dreary weather was here and didn't stop until yesterday! 
I've been waiting so long to photograph this quilt. 
Doesn't it look pretty against the green grass and flowering tree?
I'm calling this quilt Diamonds in the Rough. 
Its finished size is 47 1/2" x 64 1/2".
The fabric is Origins by Basic Grey and the pattern is from the collection of patterns, Simply Sixties by Anka's Treasures. This pattern is called Staggered Diamonds. It feels good to have this finished as I purchased the pattern and fabrics quite a few years ago. 
The backing is a yellow print found in my stash. 
The machine quilting is straight line, showcasing the diamond shapes. 

While waiting for the weather to cooperate, I made a few more little blue houses and have been doing a bit of charity knitting.

That little pompom maker is quite addicting!

The color for May is evergreen. I'll be back with my Rainbow Scrap block!