My last post was July 2nd and I can't think of anything interesting in my life since then. In fact, was there anything then? Doubtful. But the wheels have been spinning and the sewing machine has been whirring away. Ideas are on their way to becoming quilts. I finished the one I showed last time, but am holding it in reserve for a bit. This one is currently on the design wall.
I have been working on this design all week and am really enjoying it. I was the happy recipient of a box of fabric from Marcus Fabrics last week so I happily selected some "choice cuts" to include in the star blocks. The beautiful fabric lines are from two great designers, Paula Barnes and Pam Buda. Check out Paula Barnes Companions, and Heart of the Prairie by Pam Buda. Both these lines are fantastic! I totally fell in love with the background shirting type prints in Heart of the Prairie. They look like they are tea washed and contain subtle shadings that are very nice.
If you go to the Marcus website you will find that for each fabric line they have a free quilt pattern that you can download. Also, you will be delighted to know that you can click a link to download the whole fabric line to your computer. It comes in a zipped folder so you just unzip it and use the fabrics in your EQ program. To use them, open EQ, begin a project or go to one you already have begun, open the Library to Fabric and then Search. Scroll to the file where you stored the fabric line (ex. Marcus/Heart of the Prairie) and click the fabric, then click Save to Sketchbook. As far as I know you can only add one fabric at a time to the Sketchbook, which is kind of a pain, but still worth it.
On the family front I have to bring on our youngest granddaughter for a bit. I have spared you that for a while, but we all know that babies take center stage in every family. The photos below are of Ellie. She turned one year old in June and wow, do I ever miss her! Her mom is the great photographer!
Those rolls on her legs are not original with her, if you get my drift. The quilt in the back is the one that was in McCall's Quilting recently. They called it Teaberry Stars. But let's face it, Ellie is the star of the show!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are finding a cool breeze now and then, even if it means standing in front of a fan!
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