Happy Hump Day, my friends!
And, once again, an extra special welcome to those who are here from Dorie's blog hop/ book release as well as those who have popped over from Quiltville because of Bonnie's kind words about my En Provence quilt! I hope any of you impacted by Hurricane Harvey are being successful in your clean up and rebuilding (Hubster's grandmother is settling into a brand new apartment after her house took on 6 feet of water), and I hope any of y'all in the path of Irma are making preparations and that you remain dry and safe! We're all the way north of Atlanta, GA, but even we are planning to buy some extra bread and water in case of bad storms into next week! In other news, we are beginning to potty train Jem, so that promises to be its own roller coaster in the next days and weeks. Ah, toddlerhood.
Anyway, the longer I've sat her and thought about it, the more I realized I'm working on, so let's talk quilts!
En Provence: I have some new Isacord thread to try in Leopold the Longarm today (I'm working my way through all the marvelous recommendations for thread I've been given), and I'm hoping to do some real-time videos of my stitches to better show how I'm working my way around the blocks and across the quilt. Thank you, too, to everyone who has left such lovely comments on Monday's blog! I'm planning to take some time in the next day or two to respond to each of you! In addition to following my Instagram, be sure to check back next Monday for more detailed discussion about the quilting of En Provence and some ideas about where to start if you're not sure how to quilt yours.
Charity Quilting: As you may know, I am also President of Quilts for Cure, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides quilts for children in treatment for pediatric cancer. I looked up at my design wall today and smiled as I realized that 4 of the 5 quilts represented are charity quilts, at least 3 of which are for Quilts for Cure. The yellow quilt on the left is for a little girl named Claire, currently in remission. Kylie's daddy asked me to make a quilt for Claire earlier this year, and this one matches the quilt I made for the Myers family in Kylie's memory. The aqua and white quilt is the baby quilt I'm making as part of QFC's #MoreThan4QAL, our Fall Quilt Along that is raising awareness about the underfunding of pediatric cancer research as well as making quilts for kids in treatment (it's not too late to join!). The star block is for our guild charity bee, and the log cabin is part of the Greater Atlanta MQG's QuiltCon Charity Quilt.
Grandma's Kitchen: I made Block 6, Wash Day, this week. This Pat Sloan Sew Along is my current scrappy project. I love working scrappy, so a lot of my stash is made up of fat quarters-- then I have to mix and match!
Tshirt Quilts: I have two customer tshirt quilts going out this week, the first of which shipped today. Both of them are anniversary gifts, and I count it an honor to make these quilts even though they are often considered less "glamorous" among us quilters. For many people, the tshirt quilt is a dialect of quilting they understand and that often means more to them personally than a complex quilt made of designer fabric.
Piece and Quilt with Precuts: Christa Watson's new book hit the market last month, and on September 18, the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop crew is getting back together to spend 5 weeks quilting from the book. We will each be making a different quilt from the book and using Christa's Modern Marks fabric from Benartex (which I believe ships in January) in addition to continuing to practice our free motion quilting skills. We will be using #PieceandQuiltHopAlong on Instagram if you'd like to make a quilt from the book and/or practice the machine quilting skills from the book with us.
Whew! I didn't know I had so much going on until I sat down to write! What are you working on today or this week? Leave a comment and let me know!
I'll be back Friday for FriYAY Friends, and this week I'm interviewing Dorie Hruska, author of Making Connections: A Free Motion Quilting Workbook. As you know, I'm using her technique to quilt En Provence, and I'm loving it! Then, on Saturday I'll send my weekly newsletter full of links, thoughts, and eye candy. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up, plus, you'll get a free PDF called "3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting"!