THIS is in the machine.
It may seem like I’m fast to everyone else, but it seems to be taking FOREVER for me.
The Dawn’s Early Light block appeared in Volume 13 of 100 Blocks by 100 Designers by Quiltmaker Magazine. It came out in May of 2016. That means that I turned this block in for inclusion in that issue when I was filming at the Quiltmaker studios in August of 2015.
From the moment I finished the block, I *KNEW* it had to be a REAL quilt. There was just something about this block that blew all my bells and whistles.
It had strings. It had triangles. It had tiny stars. It was patriotic, it was an asymmetrical block that made the possibilities fire off like the firecrackers it represents.
But it has taken THIS LONG for it to be a quilt. One unit at a time. One cabin weekend at a time. One Quilt-Cam at a time. and here we are.
I LOVE this border!
And I love how the fabrics play together.
There is EVERYTHING in here. And when I say everything, I mean *E*V*E*R*Y*T*H*I*N*G*. There is a 1970s red calico that I remember having a jumper out of. There are 1980s prints, 1990s tone on tones, there isY2K Millennium fabric with slivery glitter 2000 2000 2000 on it. But by the time you cut it up all it says is “000” if that. There is recycled fabric, and gifted scraps from friends. There are batiks and novelties and so many memories.
This is the beauty of playing scrap quilt by color family! Throw it in…throw it ALL in!
The plan for today is to finish the quilting on this, and maybe get a binding on by this evening.
I’m also deep in this mode:
This is written and ready to go live as soon as:
THIS gets finished!
I’m shooting for Ground Hog Day 2017 (TOMORROW!) as the big kick-off. With a digital sale on EVERYTHING in the digital department in the Quiltville Store. And even MORE…there will be a sale on all “Books By Others” as well as a couple of my own titles.
I’m getting in the mood for SPRING CLEANING. Hello, February!
THIS is good for what ails me.
Chicken soup from a left over rotisserie chicken with “clean out the veggie bin” vegetables, rice and lentils. Find the crock pot chicken soup recipe under the recipes tab at the top of the blog.
I think the antibiotic is doing it’s trick. The “THING” on my face seems to be shrinking a bit, but is still tender and inflamed. Hot compresses followed by cool ones seem to be helping the discomfort.
I think I will go back in and have it looked at today in case they need to aspirate it. (Lance, drain, whatever…aspirate sounds better.)
I have to laugh because there have been hundreds of comments through social media from well meaning folks who say “It’s a spider bite!” (There is no bite) “It’s a tumor, it’s MRSA, it’s a blocked salivary gland, It's a blocked tear duct, it’s a tooth thing, it’s a blocked sinus, it’s cancer, I have a friend who had this and they were dead 3 days later, and you should just make a poultice from baking soda and ammonia ---“
No wait, that was for the oven cleaning thing!
“You should use essential oils or tea tree oil and it will be gone by morning….”
And my head is spinning. Hot and cold compresses. Chamomile tea to settle my tummy from the effects of the antibiotics. Probiotics to replace the good bacteria that have been killed by the antibiotics. Ibuprofen for pain and inflammation. And rest.
And now that 4 antibiotic capsules have gone down my gullet –we’ll see if I should go back in and have this looked at this afternoon.
Until then, I’ll be here in the studio, taking turns at quilting at the longarm and typing at the computer to get these patterns finished.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage Carolina Lily quilt found in North Carolina.
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere!