|Pebbles..... and Bark.....get it?|
This is my flimsy finish for The Inquiring Quilter Jennifer's "Stepping Stones Quilt Along". I was in love with Jennifer's neutrals version she first posted, and that was the main reason I joined the quilt along; I've always wanted to make a neutrals or low volume, as they say these days, quilt. I was not in love with my version, rather 'meh not feelin' it,' for most of the process. Bella however, got involved from the start, and loves this quilt.
|She loves the quilt, but she loves my attention more...she's tapping on my forearm as I'm texting in the first photo! She often does this when she wants my undivided attention.|
First paste-up of blocks on the design wall Friday night:
Tish's Adventures in Wonderland that night and she said she did like it, which helped give a little lift to my spirits. Slept on it.
Got up early Saturday and had a bit of a brainwave just upon waking...what if I grouped the greys together and the browns together?
Judy. Julie, (sidenote, go look at her Three Naked Ladies Blooming in Moonlight quilt - serious mad love for this one), however, who marches to the beat of her own drum (and we all know the world needs those fabulous, shake-the-likes-of-me-up souls) liked A.
Too late. I'd already started sewing and had it nearly together later that day when we connected. And then, stopped. Arghh! Had one block somehow oriented the wrong way, so did a little reverse-sewing before bed, knowing I'd be able to fix it and finish the flimsy after lunch on Saturday during my sew-with-a-friend afternoon.
By now most of you are seeing that Tish's and my friendship is going to a deeper level. She put me on a stick (Yes! She DID!) so I can sew with her, hunker down in her purse to go to work with her, smile encouragement to her as she drives here and there (she could stick me in her visor, or hang me from her rearview mirror, always wanted to get cray-cray on a chandelier and that's probably the closest I'll come to it...)
Foof!! um....Where was I? Oh yeah, My friend Tish. WE GOT TOGETHER TO SEW SATURDAY AFTERNOON! WE DID!
Wait... whut? How? You may know I am in Ontario, and she is in West Virginia. We are 715 km apart, aka 445 miles.... and no, I did not (yet, ha ha) put her on a stick.
Yay for iPhones and FaceTime!
|What's better than Sandra on a Stick? Tish on a Screen!|
Tish sat on my cutting table; I sat on her shelving unit, and we sewed and talked...it was the best! Bella was quite taken with Tish, hopping up and sitting beside her as you see, but also looking at her, listening to her, ears twitching...she recognizes another servant human methinks....
That or the mama of another feline kindred spirit:
|Like the Princess Caroline, Miss Bella LOOOVES fresh sheets on the bed time. She will let herself be made right up into the bed, and then, wormlike, finds her way out down one side or the other!|
Cats don't need FaceTime or iMessaging; I swear they have a memos system. They are all so freaky in their similar quirks. Anyhow, Tish and I, Bella and Caroline, even Oliver and Tish's daughter popped in and out...we all had some quality creative sewing time together. :-)
Back to Pebbles and Bark.
I was still trying to embrace the rich browns in my quilt. On my Sunday morning walk with Rocco on the Chrysler Canada Freeway (walking trail built on the old railroad), the name came. The pebbles on the path, and the mostly bare bark of the trees reminded me of the colours of my quilt. This name will most likely lead to the quilting motifs. The nature theme, for those of you who know me well, resonates with me.
|very very tiny buds; the roses at the end of each row have baby leaves though|
|Itch? or dab a little eau de animal poop on himself... (oh yes, he's been known to do that. On more than one occasion.)|
Another looking up shot of a different subject:
Ended up bringing it in and trying to get a full-on shot of it inside.
I like it! Not often do I have a quilting plan at the flimsy finish stage, but there is a pretty solid one here.
However, it is going to be set aside for an über-exciting project I am starting next. EEEP! I guess I can tell you, since Judy did too, and you can buy the book right now on Amazon. (no affiliation) I am part of the upcoming blog hop for the book launch Crafted Appliqué by Lara Buccella of Buzzin' Bumble. I couldn't be more honoured and excited to show you her ingenious new method of appliqué. The hop starts May 2!
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