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I’ve been a bit off the grid lately I’ll admit. I’ve been busy working on projects so I have things to share with you about quilting even when I’m not sewing during apple season. I’ve also been running everywhere as my girls end their summer activities – gymnastics and pitching machine ball in particular.
In the midst of all this chaos I decided that my random scrap bins were bothering me and it was time to get them into their appropriate scrap color bins.
It wasn’t long until I was down to one helper. Cedi helped in another way – occupying Pip while we worked to get things organized.
And four days after we began. We had our living room back (well … as back as you get it when you have three young girls). I didn’t organize the fabrics quite as well as I’d like but I think to do the true organization I need to wait until winter … or at least not a few weeks before we’re scheduled to open our apple orchard.
I have a secret. I secretly love excel and all that I can do with it. Since the Focus Through the Prism Challenge has so much to do with color I thought it would be fun to watch which colors everyone is using each month.
I couldn’t decide which format I liked the information in best. Here is the bar graph showing how many quilts were made for each color per challenge.
And here is the line chart that shows how the colors are used in each challenge.
Which way do you prefer to look at the data? Or do you think I’m just absolutely crazy?!
Don’t worry … I’m pretty sure I’ll keep updating both the charts and graphs as the challenges progress.
The Riley Blake Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is due on July 31st – and I am going to make the deadline because I’m finished!
I usually use the back deer fence when I take pictures of the quilts in the morning but I was hoping it was overcast enough today to use the front. I may retake these later but I think it gives a pretty accurate representation of the colors of this piece.
Barb Rasibeck, Quilts by Barb, did a fun swirly design at a larger scale than she usually does all over this piece. I was able to do some large hand-stitches using Aurifil 12 wt. thread (which are on sale at Craftsy right now!). It was a really fun extra touch I think to this piece.The stark lines of the pieced insects combined with the swirly quilting creates such great movement and texture to this piece.On the larger dragonfly wings I did some big, wonky cross stitches …
I’m so happy I took on this challenge. I had a great time using Amana Herring’s fabric combined with some Riley Blake solids. This is a piece that truly ‘just happened’. I started making blocks and just listened to what they told me as I put this piece together. I’ll be honest … at first, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this piece. But as I let it sink in the more and more I loved it. When creating the possibilities are truly endless!
I first met Marie Bostwick at the Houston Quilt Festival this past fall. She was a wonderful, hilarious and charismatic person and I immediately wanted to be her friend. I was beyond excited to hear that she had booked a talk at the Lodi Public Library, just one town over from me. Of course, I was going!
She had the crowd laughing, nodding in agreement and yes, even in tears at time – all in just an hour and half! She read excerpts from her books, share life antidotes, and even some inside scoops on being a real life author!
And – if you haven’t read her books yet! Where have you been!? Her latest book The Second Sister is a great read and as a bonus – it’s set in Wisconsin! It’s always fun when authors use your home state to set the scene.
I was really excited to hear that Marie’s next book is a sequel to her book Between Heaven and Texas (Cobbled Court Quilts). This is one of my favorite books of hers and I can’t wait to read more about what’s to happen!