Hello, my friends!
I (somewhat hesitantly because we all know how these things go) am declaring our #flupocalypse to be over. 11 or 12 days. oi. I spent the weekend in bed until Sunday night, then I decided to ignore the fact that I was sick because no way I was missing date night! The boys were sleeping over at my parents, so we got to go downtown and experience some classically Atlanta things like the Jackson Street Bridge, #tinydoorsatl, and the Ponce City Market (pics on my personal instagram @hollyanne.knight). That outing took all my energy, and yesterday was pretty miserable. Today, though, I felt like myself-- we went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with Mama, I dug up monkey grass in preparation for planting caladiums, and I spent several hours in my sewing room. ahhhh.
En Provence: All six blocks and the coordinating sashing pieces are all stitched together. I think I've narrowed down my accuracy issues to the original gray four-patches. I suppose it makes since sense I was least experienced at the beginning. Rather than being frustrated, I'm going to press on, flaws and all, and be thankful that I can see improvements in my accuracy in the later units. This quilt is for learning, and it is for our guest bed, so it doesn't have to be perfect-- it has to be lovely and lovable, and I think it'll suit the bill for that just fine.
Tshirt Quilts: I was hoping this quilt would head out yesterday, but then I got sick. Instead, it will ship Thursday or Friday. As you can see at the top, I had both machines going last night so that I didn't have to change out feet and thread as I toggled between several different projects. It was really quite exciting and efficient. I sewed all the X's on these shirt blocks.
Modern Birds in the Air: The first birds are up on the design wall, and I made three more chains of half square triangles tonight that will be birds in a jiffy. I promised Frances that I'd have the top together by the end of the month with my feedback on the pattern, so I'm trying to touch it a bit each day from here on out.
Florida: Are you tired of pictures of these blue hexies? They were my companions this weekend while I indulged myself in bed watching Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix (which I recommend by the way!) and I fear I overgrammed them a bit. I made the big chunk on the lower right while I was in bed, and I have another 25 or so ready to be stitched together.
Operation Smiley: I finally basted Quilt 4 tonight! I'll start quilting when I wrap up My First Quilt and get the tshirt quilt shipped out (so, probably Friday or Saturday). I've been kicking myself to come up with some innovative ideas, but I'm still really addicted to paisleys/echoed tear drops. So, I'm going to embrace that: Wishbones in the back ground and paisleys in the hearts-- It's going to be so fun!
My First Quilt: Remember this one from Day 25 of Instagram Quilt Fest? This is actually the first quilt I ever pieced, in the summer of 2015. It was close to another year before I really fell in love with quilting, but this was the first toe in the water. I don't know why I opted for the tan background instead of a light aqua (which is another secondary color in the prints), and I have no explanation for the scattered half square triangles other than that I was too stubborn to use a pattern even then. Oh, and don't miss the half square triangle that is so not "half" of the square. ha! But I finally got it mostly quilted on Saturday. With all it's flaws, I'm excited to be finishing this little quilt. It is, after all, the FIRST.
Four Patches: These are the blocks Jemsy and I have been working on together. When they are done and paired with some other squares, it will be a little quilt for a girl named Claire. Claire is currently cancer-free, but her daddy is a special friend of Kylie's daddy, and Mark asked me to make Claire a quilt. This quilt, you may recognize, will match the quilt I made for Mark and Robin (Kylie's parents) a few months ago.
Before I forget, I kicked of my #the100dayproject yesterday! I'm calling it #100daysofstringandstory. I'll be doing daily videos, much like #igquiltfest, but I'm writing my own prompts. It promises to be fun and funny! I'd love it if you follow along on Instagram @stringandstory.
I think that's all folks! Now that we're all better around here, my goals are to refind my rhythms of sewing and exercising. The weather is gorgeous, so we are spending long hours out of doors exploring and gardening. It's good for the soul.
Go dig in the dirt and stitch some stuff,