Or that the beach is just 15 minutes away. Glad I remembered today though because I needed a quiet place for the kid to nap (construction started today-- hopefully we'll have a new driveway by next week!), and the beach was the perfect place for me to relax and have some fun as well. So I bring you installment #2 of "The quilting I do in parking lots."
I played around with camera placement and think today's shots are better than Sunday's, but I long for a crafty friend to come with me everywhere and take blog-worthy photos of my life. Wouldn't that be nice? I swear, the only photos I have of myself are self-portraits like these. C isn't so good at getting behind the camera when we go out..
I sat in the backseat today because there was too much sun in the front. It was so nice to have the Atlantic spread out before me as I sewed. I tried to get a good quilt-with-ocean-in-the-background shot but it was windy and the sun was in the wrong position. Don't worry, today was fun and I'm sure I'll do naptime at the beach again before it gets cold, so I'll keep trying.
One corner left on the binding and then this one's done!
When he woke up we played on the beach for a lot longer than I had planned. He loved it, I forgot how much he loves the beach too.
If you've had a blog for over 8 years, then you may remember that wonderful time around 2010 of quilt blogging.. when there was such a positive energy floating around, just as the modern quilt guild movement got started (notice I didn't capitalize the guild, back then it was just a really good idea). Many bloggers who experienced that time have lamented over the years that blogging has changed, the community is gone, it's just not the same... and it's true. I'm sure blog posts have been written on it, this doesn't need to be another one. I do miss that era. But I also miss my own early days of blogging, back in 2006, when I was reading a whole bunch of really awesome craft and home blogs and I wanted to write! I wanted to say something and see if anybody out there would read it. And they did...
But in the beginning, it was mostly for me. To track my projects. To sort out my thoughts on trends and process. To record my journey. That's what I want t…
**ETA-- Check out my completed Travel Quilt #3 here**
I don't know about you, but I check my blogger stats a couple times a day. It's nice to see how readers find me, who has linked to me, and where they are. In the last week though, there's been a gap, a hole. I usually have at least a couple hits a week from readers in Japan, this week-- none. Of course with such tragedy, I can't expect them to take time out (and use valuable electricity) to check in on my little ol' blog here, but still, the absence makes me worry about them even more. I was thinking about how I can go back to posting more about quilts but still satisfy my need to talk about Japan..
Victoria took this great photo of me at her retreat last weekend and I've wanted to write a post about it, and then it clicked, "Oh Yeah~" let's go back to the quilt that started me off on my EPP obsession..
Here we go. Travel Quilt #1, aka "Ayane's Star"
See, I was going to J…
What's not to love? Even though I fell in love with EPP through 60 degree diamonds, once I started to hex seriously, I found that they're so soothing. When basted to templates, they are perfectly contained little morsels of my favorite fabrics, portable, pleasing, playful..
Today is my day on the 12 Hexies Blog Hop and I've got a little tutorial for how to make a pin cushion with just 8 hexagons. Though this is my tutorial, I can't take credit for coming up with the shape/pattern of the pin cushion. I actually saw it on flickr ages ago, and in the comments of that pic, the poster referenced another blog post that she was inspired by. Really folks, it's 8 hexies joined together.. there are only so many ways to do it. But they go together so nicely and you can turn them into a really substantial pin cushion, so let's have a go at it--
First cut and baste your hexies. I'm using 3 5/8" squares on 1 1/2" paper hexagon …