I've been taking a little time out to smell the flowers, both figuratively and literally. The weather here, has been alternately rainy and sunny, making for the most amazing garden displays ever, and it's been nice to get out and experience a little flora and fauna in the surrounding woods and farms, not to mention my own backyard, in between my stitching projects these past few weeks. And, I must say, all that fresh air and awesomeness seems to have lead to a mighty whirl of activity in my sewing studio!
I can hardly believe this, but since the last blog post, I started and finished a 52 x 70-inch quilt, have another quilt-top nearly done (up on the design wall now), and another quilt in the making on the table. The Churn Dash is also coming along, lots and lots of hand-quilting on that one, but getting closer to the finish line stitch by stitch.
What's great is, I'm using up my scraps and odds and ends. It feels so satisfying somehow to create something new out of something "old". Well, not all the fabric is old/vintage, but you know what I mean. Old is relative, and sometimes means, last season's run. Occasionally, I have to supplement with a newer fabric, but mostly I'm just using what I have and making it work. I rather enjoy the creative challenge of that because the results are often unexpected surprises. Mostly in a good way. Sometimes not. And then I just add it as a learning experience and move on, so it's all good in the end.
I'll try and get some pictures of all this productivity. Will slip in a few quilt pix, along with my summer garden odyssey I am about to embark on here. Which, for me, is where the inspiration ultimately comes from. Hope you are all taking a little time-out for yourselves too. If that's not possible, join me here on the blog for FREE mini "garden tours" daily.
Updated to add: The rose at the top of the post is called, 'Hot Cocoa' and is a relatively new cultivated floribunda which is cold hardy. Normally, the color is a bit darker, more dusky--a smoky chocolate brown with hints of purple and russet. The actual color is hard to capture with a camera. It is sweetly fragrant, and aside from the gorgeous color, I love the scallopped petals. Some are quite frilly. Looking like a cross between a rose and a peony. Lovely!