i took this photo last night on the grassy bank of the Mississippi River that flows between Moline, Illinois where I am staying, and Iowa across the river where our workshops are being held. I am hopping state lines at least twice daily!
And the weather has been lovely. Flowers bloom --- yes, even the clover in the summer grass are flowers to my eyes and such a welcome joy.
Our woskhop yesterday was full with 38 quilters and all that goes with it. And I love how with each different patch of students that come and go depending on the day that the dynamics of the room can change, each bringing their own special gifts of smiles and laughter and a willingness to learn and try new things with them.
It’s always great to start the day with a giggle, isn’t it?
Check out Nobie’s shirt – I busted a gut when I read it!
I need this shirt too!
Sew Many Triangles!
And then go back and sew some more!
And just when you think you are done,
SEW SOME MORE!
My Scrap Crystals quilt contained many bonus triangles saved from another quilt in just this size, but not having bonus triangles to start with, we started with strips and specialty rulers to make many triangles we needed quickly and easily.
Units laid out!
96 pieces of happiness in each block!
Of course EVERYTHING is better sewn on a screaming orange Singer 301!
Placing our blocks side by side to see what we accomplished!
What do you think, ladies?
It was a pretty danged amazing day!
Click the screen to enjoy the whole slide show of photos:
You will find the pattern for Scrap Crystals from my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders in the Quiltville Store!
After a delicious dinner I was dropped back off with still an evening to myself to enjoy. I love this time of year when it is light much longer and evenings are perfect for walking. I discovered this lovely tree by following my nose.
I learned that this is a Catalpa tree!
I have never smelled anything so sweet and intoxicating as these blossoms on the breeze. Such a lovely way to end an evening.
Sun rays through the clouds on the river. Awesome!
And I finished up with some of this!
These blocks seem to go on forever, but they will eventually get done. Next Sunday I head to Louisville Kentucky to spend a couple of days with my friend Irene before we head off to a retreat where I will be teaching and this project is going with me. IT WILL become a top – hopefully on that trip!
Today we are headed right into a Texas Tumbleweed workshop day, and I know we are going to have a great time.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
1940s Vintage lone star quilt. And I’m laughing because I don’t remember if Irene sent me this photo or if this is one I took when I was in Iowa last! They are all jumbled on my phone and I can’t remember, but isn’t it lovely??
Have a great Monday, everyone!