Summer came while I was away, or at least Spring did. The buds on the trees and the bushes are just barely sprouting, but today was a day of warm sunshine, a walk around town without needing a jacket, and lunch on the deck. Because of Mr. Sun today, I haven't spent any sewing time in my sewing corner since my return yesterday. While I was away, no gremlins, no elves, and no Woodworker Hubby surprised me by finishing all my quilt projects, so today, I managed to take a little time in my sewing corner to organize and prepare for an upcoming sew day.
It was a perfect day to air out my quilts, large and small, that I finished over the winter. As I mentioned to a friend earlier, the quilts were flowing in the breeze to the music of my wind chimes! Here is just a little show of what was hanging on my line today...
I hung all the quilts facing the sun, then thought I should hang them facing the other way, so hope you don't mind seeing double!
Some quilts will be for me, some will be gifts, and some will be for sale in the shop this summer. We have an Artisans Collective and we operate at the Port Hastings museum every year from mid-June through to mid-October. Our group numbers lucky thirteen, so we are all busy at this time of year finishing projects, sewing on labels, getting our tags made, and deciding on prices.
I have been adding to my stash lately and am especially pleased with the new batch of fat quarters that arrived at my door recently. "Serenity" by Riley Blake is full of exciting colours and prints, primarily red, black, teal, and cream. I decided to prewash these fabrics with a colour catcher and they came out absolutely perfect with no colour loss or transfer. I can't wait to cut into these but still deciding on a pattern. Usually I make quilts with tiny little pieces, but with these fabrics, I want to go larger so the fabrics will shine!
A few weeks ago I visited the quilt shop in Avonport and added lots of little prints to my sewing corner. I am always on the look for neutrals...
and a little bit of everything else!
Of course, now that I am
Kaaren who blogs at The Painted Quilt is always letting me know about the great deals at the Avonport fabric shop, so the thread was her idea and what a great idea it was! I have been sewing and sewing and sewing and hardly made a dent in the beige cone I started with. Thanks, Kaaren! (She also got me interested in that toile fabric...so darn pretty!)
Thanks for your wonderful comments and links to the Country Charmer QAL monthly update last week. It is amazing to see these beautiful quilts being created around the globe. Thanks to all who linked up and shared the beauty. Anyone else going to join us next month? Don't be shy...no quilt police and we don't bite. Click HERE for info.
It's a great day for quilting!