Now, lest you think that this will be a post about a new trilogy of erotic books like Fifty Shades of Grey, put your minds at rest. Although I wouldn't mind writing something like that!! I could make lots of money, have liposuction (okay maybe not - the whole idea of that scares me), bury myself in tons of new stash from all the royalties from the books, and snap my fingers and say, "Here Boy", when I dropped my quilting/stitching needle or needed a little liquid refreshing, all while I'm sitting in my lounge chair looking out over the Mediterranean/Caribbean, etc. Lovely thought, right? Such a dream! But no, this is a PG rated blog. But lately I've been obsessed with the color red. Lots of shades of red - fabric that is! I dream about them, obsess about them and this is what I'm doing with some of those fifty shades of red:
Okay, I know - this is only 15 shades of red, but I'm working on the other 35 and then some. 276 more (actually 273 more - 3 were off having coffee or something and did not make it into the photo shoot) to be exact, but I try not to think about the number that I still have to do. And I'm working on this with Siobhan from across the pond. Actually, I jumped on her bandwagon and when she mentioned this quilt and that she was working on it, Trick or Treat, from the Blackbird Designs book, When The Cold Wind Blows, I just knew that I had to do it. Crazy, yes, I know, 291 basket blocks, another 48 border blocks. Truly insane, but they are so much fun, and it's fun having a partner in crime to work on them with!!
I had tons of reds in my stash and never knew what to do with them. But now I know. These babies are like eating candy - addicting. And this is my first foray into hand applique (well, okay I'm lying - I tried it a long time ago and absolutely hated it). But times have changed - I had so wanted to make the Phebe quilt, really didn't trust my applique skills, but knew if I wanted that quilt I had better learn how to do it. This is a great portable project and I drag them everywhere when I have to sit waiting for the kids! Everything is in this box and I just pick it up and go!! So much fun!!
I also managed to machine sew one lone block on my Cotton Club quilt - poor thing. I still have about nine to do and then I can start putting the quilt together. It's the one on the right. There hasn't been much time to sit behind the sewing machine this summer. :o(
Now, in case you think that I had given up stitching during my unplanned sabbatical from blogging, that would not be the case. I've still managed to put needle to linen and actually have a finish:
The Scarlett Letter
It was good to finish up this old WIP!! But the whole time I was working on the bird under Adam, I kept thinking that the bird was so large that he could probably swallow Adam up in two bites - ymmm:
35 ct. Meadowrue
I love working on her. I don't know if it's the silks or what, but she's a joy to stitch. It's always a toss up what I work on at night - Elizabeth or quilt baskets.
Like I mentioned, it's been just one of those summers where I haven't had a lot of time to myself, but I did manage to take a small break when my sister came to town. Even though she had lived in Michigan for 20+ years before she moved to California, she had never been to Mackinaw Island, so I surprised her and arranged a couple day getaway:
You get to the island via ferry:
You grab a bike - the only mode of transportation besides walking or horse drawn carriages:
(DD makes bike riding look good!) and you ride around:
The Grand Hotel:
On the grounds of the Grand Hotel:
On the main street:
And a trip wouldn't be complete without some fudge which the island is known for:
There were more pictures taken with a phone, but they didn't translate well when I tried to post them here. So there is my summer!! Not a lot accomplished as far as stitching and quilting, but I spent a lot of time with my kids and that's always a good thing.
I'm anxious to catch up with everyone!! I've missed your posts!! I hope that everyone has had a great summer (can you believe it's almost the end of August?) and I'm going to catch up with everyone. I can't wait to see what I've missed!!