As usual a colorwash style quilt just isn’t as pretty in a photo as it is in real life. I have the binding finished but have not done any ditch quilting yet. It doesn’t ‘need’ any more quilting; I just want to find out if it works well to meander first and ditch quilt afterwards. My shoulder is bothering me right now so I won’t be doing it right away.
My hardware store amaryllis is blooming just in time to bring in the new year.
This bird feeder, a present from my BIL and SIL, is labeled squirrel resistant. Well they should have made that little cover latch a little better. It was opened twice yesterday and this little rascal just sticks his head in the top and eats.
I have had birds trying it out too. They usually dart in and out so fast I can’t get the camera focused on them in time. This bird actually circled the whole center tube before it left. It took 4 shots to get one with the bird in focus though.
It is time to retire my Charley Harper calendar so I was looking back through the pictures. I like the way he simplified the black and white on the woodpecker.
I never thought about using dotted fabric for a calico cat but this painting in the calendar is good inspiration. Every year I buy an engagement calendar with a different artist featured.
>Update on nature and students’ work……….
I planted a couple zinnias in this little round flower bed. The coneflowers are getting ready to bloom too. I had white ones in this bed but some have reverted back to pink.
There were just 2 in the class yesterday but several from the Tuesday class stopped by to see how they were doing. Here is the top ready for borders that one student made.
>It is so amazing……….
all of the fabric choices in a class. Everyone’s individuality sure shows up. I didn’t get a picture of this first one up on the wall and I missed taking pictures of one person’s blocks altogether.
My class was small yesterday so I had time to cut my wedges while they sewed. I did a lot of pressing for them so they could keep sewing. I also did a little ripping. One machine didn’t want to behave itself.
Summer is officially here and we are feeling the heat already. I prefer 75 degrees myself.
>Back to Kaleidoscope……….
Today I teach the second group of ladies how to make Strip Pieced Kaleidoscope. I usually make up some strip sets when I am teaching so I have something to demo the cutting on. This one will be a scrappy looking yellow to red wallhanging.
We missed out on the big storms yesterday morning. Up north of us they had lots of trees down, heavy rain and hail. We had nothing until last evening and even then it was only wind and moderate rain. We were lucky. My garden is still safe. I need to get out and take pictures and document which plants I have where and which ones need dividing because they are getting too big.
My neighbor across the street always has a big garage sale the last weekend in June. Her kids come down from Wisconsin and set up all of the tables and handle the sale. This year I need to open my doors the same days and see how much of my parents things I can sell along with some of my own. I have to teach a class at 1 on Friday so I’ll only be able to be open from 8-12:30. The mornings are the best anyway.
>This is the Kaleidoscope ruler……….
that I recommend for my class. It has the quarter inch lines drawn all the way across the ruler and it is also tall enough for several different groups of strips. One of the other brand rulers has medium green lines which I think are hard to see. Others don’t have as many lines to match up with the width of your strip set. Also the complete directions for making a quilt are on the back of the packaging with this one. They are well written and are the ones I teach from.
I got up with a migraine yesterday, so I took my 3 Advil and taught my class. I had 5 super nice ladies in the class. When I got home I was too wiped out to work on any project. Here are the 2 fabrics that I am considering next for the fill ins on the project from last week.