Saturday, June 28, 2014

Starry chevrons

Today was a red, white & blue kind of day, I'm always excited for July 4th!! We recently repainted our dining room to a bright blue & white, picked because I've always wanted a Colonial style dining room. Secretly, I think I picked these colors because they are so fun to decorate with during the Summer!!

So today my job was to make placemats for our new dining room!! I've always wanted to do something with chevrons - today was my chance!! The fabrics were part of a collection I picked up at our Guild's UFO auction last year and are actually Christmas fabrics - tho I think they work great as Americana, too!!

 I think later, they might become our picnic mats, after I add the binding that is... :-)

But I couldn't stop with the mats. I had a few leftovers that were just begging to be used! Pink the edges, add some twine, and a cute banner is made to match!

And our dining room is ready for the 4th!!

Happy 4th!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Catching up, as always!!

2014, so far, has been a year of action.  And good action, at that.  Since last we chatted, I've taken up part time work for an amazing bio-tech firm here in Boston as a legal writer.  I'm sure there will be a time when I go further into what I do and where it is I work, just let me say  that, by far, this phenomenal company has been one of the best experiences in my career!

Another massive(ly awesome) change is that I'm married!!  For many, many reasons, J and I felt like we needed to move up our date and got married May 3rd in Pekin, NY (just outside Niagara Falls...).  We had an intimate, outdoor ceremony with our family and nearest-dearest friends and a small dinner after. A rainy, cold day turned out to be a sunny afternoon just in the nick of time and we had a beautiful, memorable day.

Among the many, many wonderful people who shared in our day was our lovely photographer, Elizabeth Snyder of Elizabeth Snyder Photography.  Most of the above photos are hers and we are so thrilled to have these keepsakes.  She has even more lovely photos (not just of our day...) on her blog - check it out!!

Quilting in 2014 has been a great experience so far this year!  You may remember the Bright Day of Thanks Turkey from this past Thanksgiving - he's been busy traveling and has had great success.  We're very proud of him!

In March I was invited to enter the Amherst, NY Guild show and decided to do a piece new for that show.  "Bloomin' Spring Peacocks" was lucky enough to win President's Choice in New York and will be traveling out to Grand Rapids, MI this August for the American Quilter's Society Quilt Week Show.  I'm beyond excited to attend the show and will be sure to post LOTS of pictures of the show!

This past weekend, I had the great luck to participate in a get-together in Rindge, NH at Franklin Pierce University with some of the greatest quilting friends a gal could imagine!  We were surrounded by gorgeous nature, situated on a lake, and got to sew to our hearts' content!!  I left not knowing entirely what I'd be doing and worried because I've had a bit of a dry spell as far as creativity.  For future reference to anyone who feels this way, the instant fix is to surround yourself with fellow creators and artists and you can't help but feel the inspiration flow!  I came back with so many ideas, I'm nervous I won't get them down on paper in time before I forget them!  Love my Proper Bostonian Ladies!!
Binding in the sunshine and breeze!

This was my view from my machine - amazing!

Everyone hard at work!
Project experiment #1 - I'll be continuing this one as a paper pieced quilt.
Another experimental project using Kona solid charm squares.  I will play around with the background spacing and flow of colors.

If you are at all interested in checking out the quilting scene in Boston you can find more info here for the Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild or, of course, you can always ask me!  

Thanks for checking in!  Stay tuned this summer - I have a feeling it's going to be a very colorful season!!


Mood: Chipper
Music: "Come with me Now!" by KONGOS