We had quite the productive weekend here at the Walsh household. My littlest sisters were hanging out, so I drafted them as ironers in the hopes that I could catch up on some of the sewing I have not been doing. We have the sewing/ironing thing down to a science. As I am chain piecing, someone cuts the blocks that have been sewn off of the "chain," irons them and puts them in their proper place: the 'done' pile if they are finished, the 'works in progress' pile if they are not. I never have to stop sewing! And, we get SO MUCH DONE!
During the time we were sewing today, we got 50 blocks made for a new quilt, one that will debut at Spring market. It is called Brix. I can't say a ton about the actual quilt at the moment but I can tell you that it is named after a friend of ours...my sister-in-law, Tara, is a Chicago Police Canine officer. Brix is her partner! Here they are together:
Aren't they cute?
I am using my some of my new favorite fabs for this quilt: Marcia Derse designs from her first three lines. Last year, I had the pleasure of hosting our bolts of these fabrics in my house. These saturated colors and fresh designs stayed on my kitchen island until I reluctantly dropped them off at Janine's studio. It was fun while it lasted.
Although my studio is still located in my dining room, I still have been able to get some things accomplished and I feel good about that!
Monday, February 14, 2011
This morning, I realized that I was going to see the students I am advisor to at the Willows and that I would like to bring them a valentine. Ordinarily, I have cards and trinkets for all occasions coming out of my ears. Today, however, I found myself oddly lacking. So I was then presented with a choice: I could go to my nearest Walgreens and get a generic box of Russell Stover Candy or a small M&M figurine with small M&M's in it's belly, OR, I could be like the crafty folks whose blogs I like to read and haul out the most accessible art supplies and make them myself. Option two seemed a lot more fun.
I spent half an hour in my pajamas walking around the house looking for the paint, brushes, masking tape (always elusive) and a container for water (I am now that kind of girl: the kind that washes empty yogurt containers to use later for things like holding water for your paints...), and paper. Once I located everything, I was on my way to handmade Valentine land!
I find painting to be quite therapeutic and if it weren't for the fact that I was chomping at the bit to start sewing for the day, I would have spent all morning mindlessly painting hearts on little pieces of watercolor paper.
At any rate, about 45 minutes later, the brushes were washed, the paint was drying, and I was off to lay out my next quilt and sew it together.
The girls will probably appreciate the i-tunes gift cards I am including more than these hearts. But, painting these has made me smile and sometimes, that is all that counts!
Happy Valentines day to all my fellow quilters!