Friday, January 23, 2015

The Self-Indulgent Quilter

Three contiguous days with at least partial sunshine have lifted me out of a state of semi-depression commonly known here in New England as the "winter blahs." I am as self-indulgent as ever when it happens, LOL!
Last Tuesday at the Senior Center in Alton, New Hampshire, Sue and I chomped some chocolates and had some fun working on our respective projects.

Sue is working on a second quilt top of controlled scrappy Double 4-Patch with unbleached muslin, and she has amassed a nice stack of units.

It is so pleasant to chat and drink the free coffee while quilting there. I spent all my time trimming Moda selveges off the strips from a scrap bag of Sandy Gervais' Pine Fresh Christmas line.

There's nothing nicer than fondling fabric that you picked out just because you just love it! The gal from whom I buy these Moda Scrap Bags is in Texas, so if you are interested, the link is here.

At home, I poked along on assembling another two of the "Grand Illusion" Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt blocks. This superb design is currently free due to Bonnie's generosity, but it must be taken down soon, so if you are interested, download it now at this link.

Whenever I am assembling a big project like these blocks, I like to press them as I go so that I don't need to do all 25 at once.

My counting is usually thrown off by the one that I have pinned up on the wall as a handy reference, and then I forget to count that one in the tally.

I'm about I'm halfway done with them now. They sure are pretty; thank you, Bonnie!

I did take a trip today to the Friday Quilters in Concord, New Hampshire, located at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street. I chomped more chocolate.

Maryanne was sewing 2½" strips from her personal quilting scraps into blocks. I'm not sure, but there may be a rail fence brewing, stay tuned!

And Heidi has so many purple and pink and magenta batik scraps that she's making whole quilt tops from them.

As for me, I committed the ultimate quilter's indulgence and bought some fabric!!!

All of January is 20% off at The Golden Gese, so it was fun to splurge on some Civil War backgrounds from their very fine collection. You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

The six half-yard pieces were less than $25 and I am counting them as good stocking up for the rest of the year on Barbara Brackman's fabulous sew along. That's one of her fabric designs right on the top of the new stack! Here is her link.

I am so enjoying the Civil War blocks! I even did another Prussian Blue block. This one uses an ivory star point fabric that has indigo hops figured upon it. How fun is that????

Every other one of the fabrics pictured above, is a Pamela Weeks design from the line called Prussian Blue by Newcastle Fabrics. Oh boy, I can just feel my "Certified Fabric Snob" status rising, LOL!

I hope you can indulge a little in your passions, too!

Happy quilting!


Nann said...

It looks as though you had a very pleasant day!

The sun finally overcame the clouds today, after three days of overcast.

helen said...

I love how your mystery is coming along!
Also wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your nice pictures and how they open bigger so everything can be seen even better. You always give every information so generously, too, and all the links you can provide! Thanks for that!
Love the fabrics you bought - as always! - and the stars are beautiful!
Best wishes!

Elaine Adair said...

Your Grand Illusion is coming along and looking goooood!

Hey, do you think my extra 30 lbs was caused by my "winter blahs"? LOL

Janet O. said...

Always fun following your quilty adventures, Vic! : )

Beth in MN said...

What fun to get with someone else and sew, eat chocolate, and drink coffee!! Three of my favorite things. Scrap bags are always so much fun. Hope you do not suffer the bad weather I see scheduled for the East Coast..

Aloha, Jo said...

Vic - This is a round about way to contact you - especially if you are all in with the storm - but I think your email account was breached. I received an email 'from you' subject package received. Password changing time maybe? Stay warm.

Aloha, Jo

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