Sunday, July 9, 2023

A little Zoom to get me going!

 It seems like months since I was able to join one of Chooky's (Chookyblue) Zoom sessions. Perhaps because of the 13 (plus) hour difference from South Australia to Maine, I never seem to make it at the right time.

I was thrilled that yesterday's session fit into my day. It is always fun to catch up with quilters from all over the world. It was particularly great to see Clare's face. She was still having a hard time speaking after her recent surgery, but she was able to type in her comments. She showed us a few heart blocks that she had received to "cheer her up". These two from me will hopefully arrive in Australia soon! 

My friend Grace (citymousequilter) showed what she was working on and then lamented that she never seems to accomplish all that she expects too. She asked if any of us ever felt that way and we all laughed hysterically! The funny thing is when I look at what Grace actually accomplishes, I am always amazed. I wonder how I can quilt every single day and still not finish as much as I think I should. I guess we are all a little too critical of ourselves. I enjoy my daily handwork and I just have to be patient for the end result. I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here!

One project that I am diligent about is my daily circle project. Since I am doing it in the potholder method, I can see progress each month as the blocks get finished. I sew one circle onto a 3" background each morning, then at the end of the month, I quilt and bind the block and assemble it. I am quilting the June block now, but I've already assembled January through May. 
And the back is fun too 

I had made plans to go to the Vermont Show with friends, Barb (funwithBarb) and Randy (Barrister'sBlock) so when the show was canceled we decided to stick with our plan and visit Vermont anyway. We went by way of Lowell to see the potholder quilt exhibition curated by Pam Weeks from her book, "Portable Patchwork". We met up with Gladi (Gladi'sQuilts) and other friends for lunch. Great fun!! 

I've been working on the 3rd and 4th (final) borders of my recent "pot luck" medallion potholder quilt. The final border has created a volcano of light fabric strips all over my sewing room. 

Can't wait to see how it turns out. Enjoy the day!