Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Little quilts and other fun stuff

I have been busy for the last several days. Lots has been happening. I started to work part-time at a bookstore within walking distance of my home. I always joked that I was going to retire, become a beach bum, and work in a bookstore....my prophecy came true! Actually, I told my husband that I am working to support my addictions...books and fabric!

But that's not all. I have begun to make some little quilts for several reasons. First, I want to try out some new techniques. Second, I want to use up some of my scraps, and third, my guild sells little quilts at the quilt show that is held every two years. I figured I'd better get busy and make some even though the show is still about a year away. Here is my first one. I wanted to try open seams on a small log cabin block. The open seams worked wonderfully!!! I am now making a little quilt using freezer paper for applique - something I've never tried before either. I wasn't really into applique even though I have tried it off and on over the years. So far so good ...will have to upload a picture of that later.

Last night, I had a great time. Several of our guild members really love the work of Pat Sloan and since she was going to be doing a workshop and lecture in Dover which is about 45 minutes from here, one of my good quilting buddies asked me to go along to the lecture with her. Pat Sloan is so personable and creative. She showed many of her own quilts and talked about being free to experiment and not necessarily following the quilt rules! Girl after my own heart. (I have a plaque in my den that says IF YOU OBEY ALL THE RULES YOULL MISS ALL THE FUN). This is my friend and the quilt she made using Pat Sloan ideas.


Susan said...

Wow! You have been busy! I love the little quilt and how fortunate you were to be able to attend the Pat Sloan lecture...she's one of my "quilting heros" too!

belinda said...

OH wonderful.....I would LOVE to work in a bookstore. I would NEVER have a paycheck!!!
You've just been a buzy little bee lately.....keeps us young ( or so THEY keep telling us...when you get our age who would "THEY" be )!

Anonymous said...

Your little log cabin quilt is adorable...can't wait to see your appliqued one. Glad you could go last night and enjoyed yourself. I love your wall-plaque saying about the rules!!! :)

Pat (who is, once again, anonymous...courtesy of blogger and google!!!)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

How great. What a sweet job. Little quilts are so fun. And Pat Sloan- wow.