I've stashed some of these photos for a while..
Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. It is a place I've wanted to visit for ages. It did not disappoint. Clockwise from top left: Mysore Fig Tree in the distance on the left and a stately row of palms leading to the Caloosahatchee River on Ford's estate. Next is a closeup of another massive Mysore Fig in front of Edison's home. I wanted to do a headstand in front of Ford's tree. Too many people around but that would've been so cool! Mysore is the style of Ashtanga I practise, which originated in Mysore, India. (yes I'M-sore LOL after some days of practice!) Close-up of one of my all-time favourite Florida plants, Bougainvillea, and then a row of a few colours of these "paper flower" bushes on the estates.
|Clockwise from top left: turkey buzzards; Norfolk Pine and bougainvillea; Design #8 Sunset in the City; a leaf bug|
Design #8 - Sunset on the City: I am quite amazed at how much I am enjoying fiddling around with design, especially colouring with pencil crayons! This design above, #8, was inspired by the fabric below,
which I purchased on sale from Hawthorne Threads. May I interject that I love sale fabric as well?! I couldn't afford to quilt without finding deals. I bought it to go on the back of my House Blocks RSC2017 quilt. I wrote a tutorial for the block in my last post, or you can download a PDF for free right here. That is an affiliate link.😉 Finally, last photo in the collage above, I am not a fan of bugs per se, but of some, yes. No clue what this leaf bug is that MacGyver scared out of the jasmine when he was watering, but look at the size of it! At first I thought it was a Praying Mantis. I actually saw it wipe its face on the leaves of the viburnum right after I took the photo!
|I love the first installment of my Christmas present from MacGyver, a fat eighth subscription to Art Gallery fabrics from Pink Castle Fabrics.|
|I love hummus. Tomatoes. Good cheese (this is Swiss) and spinach on a wrap for lunch.|
Next Step Quilt Designs. Here are this week's ladies:
Sew Sisters yet because it's been delivered to my friend in Ontario!
|Yep, I LOVE!|
I like pattern-testing. I've learned about writing my own patterns by testing for others. The 10" blocks I've done for Cindy over the past several months have challenged me: to find the right fabric for the various components, to evaluate the instructions for clarity, and to apply pieces a quarter the size or less of my pinkie fingernail! I am so thankful for Lara's Crafted Appliqué! I've done no stitching on the four appliquéd blocks I've made and they all have held wonderfully.
|Tried for a nighttime scene for the moose block. It's actually a bit darker in real life.|
Jamie Wallen and ...... DRUM ROLL .... I am going to be taking a couple of his classes when he is at The Quilt Bee in Ontario this May!!! EEEP!
Whims and Fancies
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Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts (no finish here, unless you count the finish of pattern testing Cindy's Canada blocks😉)