Happiness Abounds

On this the day to honor fathers, happiness abounds.  The HuMan is hanging out with the water hose.....watering the back garden on this hot June morning, doing what he enjoys on this, his day as a father.  He's dressed for his special day in his favorite summer uniform - short shorts and t-shirt. 


And I, on the other hand am hanging out my just rinsed Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics. 

Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics  hanging out to dry
The white fabric hanging out to dry isn't from Cherrywood....it's a scrap that I thought to overdye while rinsing, but the dye didn't hold.  That's what I get for not buying my own dye. 
Lesson learned.....thou shall not steal dye from Cherrywood Hand Dyes !
Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics
After drying and pressing, this load will become a part of what is already on the shelf. 
I have two projects that are calling these fabrics by name.
Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics

My flight was cancelled !

Now, why would my flight being cancelled concern me?  Perhaps because I don't have an airline trip scheduled ! !

So, why do I feel as if a trip has been aborted?  You know when you have a trip to make and everything gets frantic and with the checking this and checking that and back and forth on what to pack and what to leave out.  Well, that's the way it's been around here lately.  Except I don't have an airline trip scheduled ! !

Oh.  Well.   Perhaps things will be calm today and I can get the sewing studio quieted down and get some projects finished.

 Let's see, I can start with this wheel of fortune block -  a paper-piecing workshop taught by Gayle Wallace in May for the quilt makers of Piney Hills Quilt Guild, Ruston.

Wheel of Fortune Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

 I 'm hoping to get at least a table runner made.....maybe more since I have enough fabric for 12 blocks. 

I'm enjoying the process even though my distraction quotient has been quite high these weeks just passed.  And, I'm feeling quite bored with my three color choices.  I'm sure I can come up with some kind of fabric diversion to get me excited and keep my attention to the finish line.  Even though the fabric was on sale didn't mean I had to buy two yards of it.   (what was i thinking hand slap to head)

The attention we gave to Gayle's paper-piecing techniques paid off for me.  I learned a new trick.
Oh.  And.   I am super excited to have just returned from Bryan/College Station, Texas.  The Lone Star QuiltWorks with Jen Kingwell.  My Texas stars........what a trip.  My head is still spinning with new applique information. 

Me with Jen as she signed her "Quilt Lovely" book for me


I'm truly doing somersaults over Jen's  big thread, big stitch....quilting without a hoop, hand quilting technique.  I've tried it already and am on a hand-quilting roll.  


But, was it just yesterday that I visited the Red River Quilter's Guild meeting in Shreveport and came away newly inspired to continue my domestic sewing machine quilting.  Great information from domestic machine quilter, Jackie Pierce.  

Quilting decisions can be tough.  Hand quilting? Domestic machine quilting? Long-arm quilting? 
Oh, My! 

All about QuiltCon, 2016

I'm invested in The Modern Quilt Guild........so much so that I recently purchased the latest QuiltCon magazine.  It is quite the hefty price....but the contents thereof....well worth the price.  I've already pulled some of my Cherrywood hand dyes for a quilt inspired by "Mesa" a Nancy Purvis original pictured in the QuiltCon mag.  Nancy is a member of the Triangle MQG in North Carolina. 

Cherrywood hand dyed fabric

So much to do, so little time.  It's a good thing my flight was canceled.  I need to keep my feet on the ground for awhile.