Hello my friends!
Is it rainy where you are? I cannot figure out where my good, hot Southern summer has vanished to. Rain every day is great for the tomato plants but not so great for swimming! Anywho, it's been a couple of weeks since we've had a proper WIP Wednesday. Since then, I've been serial quilter-ing as usual, with lots and lots of projects in the works and even more in my head.
Swirls are back on the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop this week, and I'm happily up to my eyeballs in swirls on Modern Birds in the Air. I'm still figuring out how to keep the plumes smooth, the spacing even, and my stitches the same length, but even with all these imperfections, I adore the effect on the quilt. I've never worked with white negative space like this before. It's overwhelming and thrilling.
I finally finished writing the Perfect Fit pattern which I mentioned last time, and I sent it off to a lovely Instagram friend, @vagabondindigo, for testing. I'm so nervous-excited! She's going to make a scrappy throw, and I'm going to make a twin sized quilt. I haven't decided yet if it will be all solids or part solids part black and white Gingiber Thicket. The plan is for the pattern will be available on my website either late June or early July. YAY!
I'm also continuing to work on customer quilts. This week I sent out a tshirt quilt that is a Father's Day gift, and I'm in the middle of a baby clothes quilt.
Finally, I'm only one set of blocks away from being able to web the Quilts for Cure #MoreThan4QAL top. There are still lots and LOTS of details to be worked out for the quilt a long, but I'm excited about this quilt, to sew with all of you, to give lots of cancer fighting kids quilts made with love, and to raise money for research.
En Provence and a few other things are still in progress as well, but they've taken the back seat lately. One big thing I did a couple of weeks ago was count out all of my units for the remaining blocks and sashing of En Provence. Once I was sure I had everything I needed, I was able to fold up the uncut fabric that's been hanging on the rack in my sewing room for months and return it to my stash. That made room on my rack for fabric from other projects and cleared a surprising amount of mental space.
Well, that's all for now! Happy Hump Day, folks! If you're in the Atlanta area, I'm going to the show preview party tonight, and starting tomorrow the East Cobb Quilter's Guild show, Georgia Celebrates Quilts will be open to the public Thursday-Saturday. Check it out!! In addition to my two quilts hanging at the show, you can see my work on Instagram @stringandstory, and if you'd like extra inspiration delivered to your inbox each Saturday morning, you can sign up for my newsletter!
I'll be back for FriYAY Friends with an interview with Cindy Grisdela! Woohoo!