Ah yes... ONE YEAR Later.... and another year added to the tally of my life!! It has been a fantastic year of traveling to visit you, interviewing people for my podcasts, new fabrics with the incredible Moda team, making quilts, designing patterns, creating a EPIC Facebook group, and writing my next books (yes books).
But what you REALLY want to know is...
How far along is my Birthday Block quilt!
To accompany my photos today, Paul McCartney emailed me and sent me the link to this Live version of the Birthday song (yes.. he really did email me.. I'm SURE that was from him)... Let's get to it!
The quilt is GIGANTIC. I doubt all the blocks can go on the front and then fit into a longarm machine... and I'm NOT quilting this myself.. wink! There is one section not shown on my wall.
And if you want to see the photo larger, click the image to my flick page
I still have the stack of sewn sections and the blocks in groups. I've been storing them in this vintage picnic basket. I MUST get more of these. I have four of them. They stack SO WELL!
This is my group to set next. I decided today, my birthday, to do some sewing on this. I have several large quilts to do over the next 8 weeks, so the quilt will need to go up and down on the design wall to get finished!
Fuel for sorting... best fuel ever!
When i get started I need to take all the blocks for the section out and see what is what. This group has some tiny ones that won't all go in, so I'll go to the pile pick up a few more. Plus I'm adding spacers in aqua and red (see top photo again)
Coffee cup block.. a churn dash, RED and coffee cup.. best block EVER!
And do you see the clocks?? so cool! The stitchery says CREATE.. LOVE all the blocks you sent!
My long time friend author and fabric designer.... Linda Lum DeBono is going to tell me about the new book with Martingale that she organized. It is called "A Flair For Fabric" and she gathered a whole group of Henry Glass designers to contribute. All the book royalties are being donated to Red Cross. I'm excited to learn about this!
Nancy Mahoney and I are digging deep each month in 2014 to bring you a single topic in our chat. This month we are talking about how to look for a new sewing machine. There are some key items you should do. What would you like to know?
Award winning quilt maker, quilt judge, author and amazing person, Karen Kay Buckley joins me! I am thrilled to have her share how she approaches quilt making, tips for applique and guess what? She taught my mother-in-law how to quilt!
Over the last few years as we were traveling we'd zoom past cotton fields. Sometimes the fluffs were very tiny, and sometimes they looked ready to harvest. The common denominator for this was always the ZOOMING. The fields were on the side of the highway and we never found a good place to stop for a close up look.
That all changed a few days ago when Gregg pulled off for a break (coffee, gas, and a side trip!)
We were actually headed to the Good Earth Peanut Company just down the road. We had their Virginia grown Peanuts recently and were in LOVE with them.
But this was between Us and the Peanut shop ... COTTON!!
PS - Click the photos to my Flickr for a larger image
Glorious.. lovely.. SOFT and fluffy... so much cotton!!! I shared a collage at the time and learned a lot from you on Facebook about your experience (or not) with cotton fields. And I learned it grows in Arizona! I don't know WHY that surprised me.. but it did.
It's actually pretty clean on the stalk. This kind of surprised me, but this batch was newly popped and ready to be harvested. Seems there is a cotton gin down the road and next time I'm going to look for it!
Then we headed to the Good Earth Peanut Company which is pretty darn adorable. Very welcoming! The lady inside shared samples with us, told us about the peanuts.. and then.. of course.. we mentioned cotton.
She said I was more than welcome to go close to that field.. AND there was pile of picked cotton the the front porch. I would I like to take it with me?
REALLY... how fast COULD I get out that door?
It is MUCH softer than I excpected it to be. This looks like it has gone through a harvest as it had dirt and sticks with it. I kept it and someone suggested putting it in a glass ornament for the tree!
When you visit to buy Peanuts, go in late November.. and buy the peanuts AND the Butter Toasted ANYTHING .. you can't go wrong!
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