Dear Fellow Quilters,
Where did the summer go? We had Shop Hops throughout the summer. This is the time that we usually start planning for our winter activities. Instead we cut bolts and bolts of fat quarters. Thanks to all of you who stopped by.
Dade City is gearing up for another exciting year of activities - along with our monthly car shows on the 1st Saturday. We are also adding "the Market Place" the 1st Saturday with local produce , crafts, etc. Stop by the shop and let us know what you think.
This summer we added Kim Diehl's Simple Whatknot Club to our list of activities. Kim has designed some small projects for each month along with tips, recipes etc. Lots of fun. If you are interested, we are beginning a sign up for the next 6 months.
Along with working on a Mystery BOM, Kim Diehl's program and quilts for other people, I made a promise to do something for myself.
What I did was to pull out an Old Red Wagon Book (do you remember them?) and found a quilt called NOAH, which was originally done in homespuns. (HMMM, I know I have variety in my stash). I started pulling - well, I came up with 3 HUGE piles which covered my kitchen table - the piles were 2 feet high! To make a long story short, I have made the background, yet the piles are barely dented.
I am now appliqueing animals, fish, etc. I'm so excited about the project! The sea is finished and I am now onto the ARK! No time frame just enjoying the journey! Yes, I will put it away and make samples, quilts for friends etc. but I will not forget to pull something out "just for me" once in a while.
Sometimes I get so busy with family and running the business, I forget what brought me to quilting in the first place. The love and enjoyment of creating something even if it doesn't use up much of my 2 foot high piles.
I hope you continue to enjoy stitching as much as I do.
On Going Block of the Month
BOUQUETS FOR A NEW DAY
by Sue Garman
Twelve month Program
Bouquets for a New Day by Sue Garman, is available for pickup by the 4th Saturday of the month, otherwise we will ship it to you. Bouquets for a New Day is an ongoing BOM. Come in and see the beautiful blocks which are being assembled by Vicki Paquette and Sara Ross. This is truly a worthy quilt to be proud of. Here is a close up of one of the blocks that Vicki appliqued:
Here it is August again and I'm looking back on my accomplishments over the past few months, or lack thereof. I had a long list in my head of things I planned to finish. My UFO's have been haunting me. Some are older than my grandson who is now 11 ½! The Bargello in lemon lime and orange would be a perfect class (and good enough to eat!) The blocks four of us did as an exchange about 15 years ago are still in the bag. Three or four quilts are finished except for the binding. Bits and pieces of my life that for whatever reason have been put on the back burner. I wonder if I'd written it down would it have made a difference? Probably not. Knowing me, the list would have gone through the wash or more likely gotten lost in one of the endless mountains of paper that seem to pop up overnight around my house.
So what did I accomplish this summer? Remember how I was going to say "no"? Well.....it hasn't worked. They ask and I say yes. I've been stitching away and hope I've made them happy with their finished items. I'm booked through the end of the year (5 throws to make) and a promise for January. Oh my! I guess I need to get busy!
I've had an itch for something else recently that totally surprises me. I love flowers but my brown thumb is so black I can kill dirt. I hate to sweat, hate dirty hands but the soil has been calling me. I've started small with some herbs. Basil, Thyme, Oregano and Chives. So far they're surviving - even after hubby gave them a bleach bath while cleaning the patio. I'm taking that as a good sign and gradually hope to expand my plantings.
You know, now that I think about it, I have daylilies my mother-in-law gave me at least 30 years ago. My 40 year old azaleas are huge and bloom like crazy every spring. The Peace Lily a friend gave me in 1985 has been separated and shared many times over the years. Two huge pots still live on my patio. Maybe my thumb isn't so brown after all, or maybe they survive inspite of me!
Life happens! It's always changing and evolving, sometimes taking us places we never expected. It's up to us to open our hearts and make the most of what life has given us but don't forget to look back. The constants in our lives give us a place to rest, renew and restore. So wrap up in that wonderful old quilt, dream your dreams and don't forget to smell the roses!
Still Happily Stitchin'
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Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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