"I'm here, I'm here"...I feel like a student who has dozed off during class. It has been very eventful around here since the last time I posted!
I think this is the center medallion for my little Repro Madness project featuring the LITTLE TREASURES 6-inch applique blocks that I have been drawing (available here).
I have been so wishy-washy about making quilting decisions. Too much other stuff going on.
I feel kind of "quiltstipated" (quilt constipated). Yep...now I am even making up words to describe my condition...yep, I am a doctors' daughter.
We made a marathon trip to Michigan and Pennsylvania to see friends, spend time with my FIL, and ultimately get my daughter and her friend to New York City to see the Broadway musical, "Hamilton." My husband flew up to his Dad's, and worked from Swarthmore for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, I moved Riley out of the dorm and did all the driving to make the trip happen...whew!
That was a lot of driving, then we came home to get ready for lots of family being here for the week around Memorial Day.
I had doodled this block a while ago, thinking I would use it in another Baltimore album quilt project. The more I stared at those tiny applique blocks and pieced accompanying blocks from Mary and Ola, the more I thought the center medallion should be a big block.
I am not going to trim it down for a while...part of me is still not sure. Then, I wonder if the block needs a little something else...like some random pieces of fruit under the vase...or just leave a lot of open space for some kick-ass hand quilting!
I am still struggling with fabric choices for flowers in this project. Using the reproduction fabrics introduces difficulties in trying to add perspective and shading to the blossoms.
Oh yes, and then the blueberries started ripening Memorial Day weekend in North Alabama. I have spent lots of really early mornings and very late evenings avoiding the heat and direct sun to harvest beautiful berries...
They are so pretty after the rain...I got soaked on this particular morning, leaning into the bushes to pick. I am working on a drawing to capture the beauty of all the colors that a blueberry can be before becoming tastily ripe!
I have been putting them, dry, on cookie pans, freezing them solid, then putting them in containers, jars, and bags. I have to work quickly to transfer the frozen berries, but if successful, they don't stick together and can be used by the handful, the "each," or in bulk.
It is Heaven to come in from working in the heat, getting a handful of frozen berries, and popping them in the mouth, one-by-one. Ahhh...
At some point, I want to find a recipe for a low- or no-sugar blueberry spread that I can put up in jars. Something like a jam. Does anyone out there have a good recipe for something like that??
I am still trying to catch up on stitching all the 6-inch blocks I've created...here is another one from the LITTLE TREASURES Flowers (2) bundle. I named them Belly Flowers...
Trying to find my groove is continuing to be a challenge. There is so much to do around the property, so trying to find my own time for designing and sewing is difficult...my own guilt-free time. There is more family coming this month...third and fourth weekends in June.
Plus, my daughter is home for the summer, so we have been playing a lot of music together...her playing French horn or singing with me on piano. THAT is awesome time together that is well spent!
Many of you have asked about the blocks on my header. Those are blocks I was working on over two years ago. We had recently celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary, and I was in a playful mood, trying to come up with designs to celebrate that event. Then the accident happened.
My mojo around that project has been hard to find, but I think I have come up with a center 16-inch block that I love! I am hoping that will motivate me further. I have seven 10-inch blocks done and ideas for the additional five that I need.
The quilting constipation, or "quiltstipation," in my life has got to stop! It is time to move forward!