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Zig or Zag?

I was in the minority when the guessing started about the gender of grandchild #1. For a long time, I had no intuition one way or another, but by the time the ultrasound would show us, I was certain it was a girl. Of course, I kept that to myself so there’s no proving anything. (Kinda like not filling out your March Madness brackets and then acting like you knew all along.)

This time I’m getting boy vibes. Which is strange since I dreamed before they were married they’d only have girls.  I generally don’t remember dreams, so go ahead and double the weird.

Regardless, when I was digging around in a bin looking for something entirely different, I ran across these little hst blocks from a project Katie and I (briefly) considered. And since the design wall was bare after piecing Ashlee’s quilt, up they went.


It was the last thing I grabbed when I went out the door Sunday for open sew at Island Quilter, and the only thing I worked on. I pieced the center, and now I’m working on building it out to size with low volume fabrics in a variation of Katie’s Magic Numbers tutorial.

We should find out later today the results on grandchild #2, but for now I’m just letting the universe know I’m ready for the next great adventure in grannyhood.

Seriously the best gig I’ve ever had.

PS: It’s a boy!!



Let’s pretend for a moment, shall we?

….that it hasn’t been nearly 4 months since my last post. Then we can skip past the excuses (lame and otherwise) and the mea culpa’s (assuming you’ve been on edge with anticipation the whole time) and move right into the “What the hell is she up to now?”

First finish of the year was this pillow from Amy Dame’s Bulls-eye Pillow class. Love it!

Then came quilting and binding this beauty by Katie Pedersen. Love it even more!

Next up was nearly a week in Austin at Quiltcon. Mind blown. If you haven’t been following the recaps all over blogging universe……well, let’s just assume you couldn’t give a flying fig about modern quilting, or quilting in general (I love that you’re here anyway.)

As it turned out, neither of the two classes I took were about quilting directly. A screen printing class with Celina Mancurti, and a textured pillow class from Yoshiko Jinzenji (my pillow top is below). Both women bring a refined and graceful style to their work, and it’s incredibly inspiring. I would highly recommend a class from either of these talented artists.

I came home energized and excited to get back to stitching. So energized I finally sat down and finished piecing the hexagon quilt I started nearly two years ago. Even if I account for the months of wedding projects, it’s still too long. Especially since I’ve been seriously pissy about it from nearly the beginning. I’ll share more about this quilt when it actually IS one, but for now the top is done, I have a quilting plan and I’m looking forward to loading it on Duchess and finishing it up very soon.

Late in February I took a 2nd class from Sherri Lynn Wood (the first was “Get Your Curve On” during Quiltcon 2013). This time it was “Doodle Quilting”, hosted by the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild.

Sherri’s classes are so interesting, and push me way out of my comfort zone. What I have discovered (and not just in her classes) is it takes me time to catch on to, or at least process, improvisational techniques. It often doesn’t “click” until days later. Or as happened Saturday, looking at the other projects near the end of a class is my big “ah-HA!” moment, leaving me wishing for a do-over (mine is in the very bottom right corner).

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the piece I worked on, but I want to pull out the pieces from the first class, and then apply the techniques from the 2nd to finish it. I do wish I’d bought a copy of her book when I had the chance.

After all that, I took a break from my project list to start assembling the rows on Ashlee’s quilt. It had been on the design wall for a month or so, and we’ve both been anxious to see it come together. She came one Saturday and we worked for several hours. By Sunday afternoon it was done……sort of.

It’s too wide. WAY too wide. I’m usually pretty good with the quilt math, but on-point settings are a little different, which is just another way of saying I wasn’t paying attention. Narrowing it will be a bit fussy, but no big deal. It’s worth the laugh, and it gave me extra time with my lovely girl.

Whew! That sums up January, February and most of March well enough. Looking forward to sharing some new projects later this week.

Now go make something lovely.



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