Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Blocks and flowers

Hello from the very warm East coast! I know it's July, and I know it's warmer in other places, but holy cow it's been warm here. I've been getting some things done in the house in order to stay out of the heat, like cleaning the kitchen cabinets, and ordering wallpaper for the hallway, and hanging up some more photos. Oh, and I did some sewing, too. A lot of it was boring stuff, like hemming pants and taking in a dress, but I did manage to move a couple of projects along. It always feels good to do that, doesn't it?

The main thing I've stitched away on was the old and new quilt. Here are some more blocks:
Sorry, I just love the flowers and had to get them into the picture! I do love samplers. Every block is a new challenge, and it's hard to get really bored because they're all different. These blocks will finish at six inches square, and are a mixture of modern blocks and traditional blocks from the many block books that I own. Eventually there will be at least 48 blocks, half modern and half traditional, and I'm nearly finished with the modern ones, as you can see:
I love these colors all together and I think it's going to be a really cool quilt. I have no idea what the layout will be, but it will be interesting to figure out! 

Other than the clothes I altered, which no one wants to see (really), I also made myself a small treat:

I think the context with my messy desk there tells you that this is a bulletin board! I spared you most of the mess by cropping out the teetering pile of paper on the side there, but this is my new "home office." I taught classes from this bedroom for a year, and now I've decided to keep it as a home workspace, though I sincerely pray that I'll never have to teach from here again. If I'm going to work here, it might as well be nice, right? I covered a piece of foam board with quilt batting, then covered that with a pretty but non-distracting piece of fabric. This is a piece of Spring Brook by Corey Yoder. I also got some of the yellows, but why use them on the wall?
I hope all of you are doing well and not melting or anything else in the weather extremes. I have a binding to put on a finished quilt, but I just can't bring myself to do it! Before I finish up, you all know that my friend Bernie is retiring and closing up her online fabric shop. She's now marked things down even more, so hop over and see if there isn't a treasure there that you can't live without. I'll bet you can!

Sharing at Midweek Makers. 


ButterZ said...

Mmmmmm Bernies online shop could do some damage.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

it was so nice here for a couple days - and then got hot again - I was barely outside yesterday

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love seeing more of your sampler quilt blocks, Mari! A pretty mix of color and modern/traditional blocks. Great idea for a bulletin board, too!

piecefulwendy said...

We've been having incredibly hot weather here too, so my summer walking plan has not been doing very well. Today, however, we have gloriously cool 60-degree weather. I'm going out and about today, just to enjoy the outdoors for a change. Love those pretty blocks in all the cheerful colors. Corey Yoder fabric is so yummy - I'm glad you kept the yellows for some other project. Your desk set up looks great!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Beautiful colorful blocks!!!

Bernie Kringel said...

Fun post Mari. Thanks for the shout out!!
I have also been busy with some mending and altering that had accumulated. Not a fun project but nice to have some of it done.

Love those colorful blocks. I am curious how your layout will work.
Hot here too. Ugh. Such is life in July.

Sara said...

My flowers may not all survive our weird weather this summer. But we did get a good rain this week so that is a small blessing. Love your blocks. They says "spring" to me.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Lovely progress on your quilts, old and new. Bulleting board cover? SEW sweet!

QuiltGranma said...

It is sew nice to have a pretty home office! Great idea!