Two progress shots of the same quilt? No!
the top one is Merrill's, the bottom is mine.
Yesterday Merrill & Sabrina came over for a play date, but the moms ended up playing more than the kids!
Merrill started her diamond star about a month ago, not really sure if she was going to like it, but man, she got obsessed pretty quickly. :) So quickly that she started to get bored of her own scraps so we arranged a playdate for her to paw through my stash. I have been offering to share fabric since I found out she quilted when we met last year. I said, "come over, I have a lot of fabric.." But over the phone she politely hesitated that she didn't want to just take my fabrics. Haha! once we got cozy and gave the kids some toys, I brought over my bin of fat quarters for her to start with. After that she went through the drawer of "less than FQ" scraps, as I pulled brights from my shelves of yardage. Some point in the middle she got a bit overwhelmed and said she totally didn't feel bad about taking my fabric anymore, I clearly had enough to share.
Oh, and I was happy to do so! It was so nice to have another quilter in the house!
Even though she's blogless, Merrill said she'd join the quilt-along anyway. It really amazes me how many of my friends are spending their time piecing the same quilt as I am. Our playdate definitely renewed my interest in Travel Q#3, and I basted more diamonds this morning. Once my quilts are all ready for next week's quilt show, I'll try to spend a bit more time on this one. They grow fast if you let them..
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 …