It started here with my bin of green strings.
Remember the green string blocks I have been working on in the past? On again, off again, on again, off again!
I tried to find the most recent post with the green string blocks, but I couldn’t. That search bar just doesn’t keep tabs on me the way I would like it to!
At any rate…I no longer needed strings per-se, but I did need a variety of fabrics that I could cut some narrow strips from, and the green string bucket came to the rescue.
The best part of this bucket? SO MANY DIFFERENT PIECES!
And so I started to pull, press and cut.
Yes. Even sheep!
We took a drive yesterday around the area between here and Boone, and you can not imagine how BEAUTIFUL the green is right now. I can’t live without green. And the meadows and grassy areas and knolls with cattle and sheep just grazing away were SO beautiful.
Complete Photo Fail!
We passed this barn with a beautiful quilt block, and I got out to take the photo, but the sun was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can’t hardly see the block, but it is on my list of drive-by wanna-do’s for the future. I need a photo of this barn with this block! But look at the green everywhere, so fresh and lush! The tips are the trees are getting their green halos, and my eyes know it because they feel like they want to be glued shut due to all of the pollen.
And I sewed green bits to neutral bits!
And I got this far!
I’m even throwing in some older 1990s VIP calico greens. They blend well with what I’m doing. Here I’m in the midst of chain-pressing before cutting these strips apart.
Where will they end up? That remains to be seen! I have a plan – let’s see if it pans out.
THIS is growing!
I joined the 2 large sections together bringing me to 41 rows of tumblers down - aiming for a total of 55! Getting there! I only need 49 center rows of light/dark, the top 3 and bottom 3 rows will be all darks as a built in sort of border.
Frannie is getting quite the introductory as I switch a bit between projects ---
Even the baskets saw some action!
I used their parts to make sure I had her seam allowance set right.
I got some heartbreaking news yesterday.
A message let me know that one of my favorite all-time students turned friend was killed in a car accident. I just saw her in a recent workshop in Cincinnati.
She would travel to wherever I was if I was within driving distance. She has been a fun companion on cruises, and was planning on joining me at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac island in May.
This kind of thing is so senseless, and it has left me just gutted with the wind knocked out of me.
She will be sorely missed. She was the smiling face always ready with a hug and I never knew where she would turn up.
Ginny at one of our show & share moments.
Ginny made Four by Nine using one of my Addicted to Scraps column blocks as her inspiration. She had a way with scraps and gave so many of her quilts away to those she loved. My heart is with her friends and family as they deal with this difficult time.
You made my heart sing, Ginny! I will miss your emails, your Facebook messages, and everything that you shared with me over the years. There has got to be a quilting place in heaven for angels like you. God bless.
Hug your quilty friends tight, everyone. Let the small squabbles go. Focus on what is important.
Love each other harder and better.
As I am writing this post I get to this part where I am supposed to place our Quiltville Quote of the day, and I realize that it just does not GO with the sadness my heart feels over Ginny. But knowing Ginny, she would get a big kick out of this photo and laugh and laugh along with the rest of us:
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
This is quite the plot twist, Ginny! Oh, how I will miss you, and I know you have moved on to a far better place, but it was way too soon, my friend. WAY too soon.
How boring life would be if it all went the way we planned it. I am grateful for the plot twists and bumps in my road that have brought me to where I am now. And we never know how our story will end.
Try not to fear the upheavals that are likely to come our way! We are who we are because of what we make of them!
Vintage Churn Dash quilt found in Traverse City, Michigan.
I’m off to make a late breakfast – Jeff is here and is awake now after arriving at the cabin about 3am.
Happy Easter Eve,