The random number generator picked #5 out of the eleven linkups which is Louise of My Quilt Odyssey who made this beauty:
Isn't it just so vibrant? Five Alarm Chili is what she's called it. Congrats Louise; I can't wait to see what you buy, and I hope some will be for yourself! Louise gives the bulk of her quilting away to charitable causes.
Have you made a start on quilting yet? You've got plenty of time before the July 6 parade linky party opens, and it will be open for a week. Summer stuff happens, so no pressure. I made a start on the adult version of Plus Playtime with Paula Nadelstern's Marbella line. I want to give you a sneak peek because I did something a little different on the one row of dancing pluses:
Outside of changing thread colour in the deep blue and purple pluses, I did this in one continuous pass: outline, 1" diameter beads and echoes. I will draw out the path when it's the finish post, as it turned out pretty slick. It's similar to one of the designs I showed you back in the flimsy linky. You can also get a glimpse of the way I'm doing the straight lines, in groups of two and three. It's uncanny how similar Tish and I are quilting our Plus Playtime quilts, without even a word to each other!
In other Plus Playtime news, I finally laundered the one from the Benartex Fabrics ezine, Modern By the Yard:
And finally a squirrel I've finally had to chase, because of a super-tight deadline, which is the reason the quilting has come to a halt on the second Plus Playtime. Here's a sneak peek with not a word from me other than you can see all of this gorgeous line here on Sew in Love With Fabric:
Makes me SMILE!
Meanwhile it's head down, butt up, or is it nose-in-the-air, whiskers twitching, paws up? (do squirrels even have whiskers) or, as MacGyver likes to say, "Sandra, eyes on task; mind on task," when my menopausal mind meanders.... so that I stay on the floral task, and immediately thereafter on the Island Batik task! (exciting stuff there too; sneak peeks coming).
One last quick note, that the special deal on Craftsy Unlimited is not over! I thought it was and went, no! because I am going to do this, even though I'm concerned I won't watch as much of it as I should, since I know my TV watching is not as much as it needs to be to keep up with my shows, never mind the new ones (loving the CBC "Back in Time For Dinner" right now, episode 2 is this Thursday!)..... Anyhow where was I... oh yeah, the offer is good until June 23, so there's still time! It's basically free for a year, where you pay for the year, but then you get a quilt kit worth nearly as much as the yearly subscription, AND $25 to spend on Craftsy supplies, AND free shipping in the US to boot! Note that you can sign up monthly, but the offer is only for the yearly sign-up, which actually is cheaper in the long run. You can also try it free for 7 days by going to Craftsy and clicking on the Try Craftsy Unlimited bar at the top of the page. These are both affiliate links within this paragraph. Thank you for all the support you give me, monetarily yes, but mostly through the much-treasured by me conversations by email (I'm trying valiantly and with probably 95% success) of continuing those conversations by email privately as I believe so strongly in their value in creating a bond, a sense of community, of the humans behind the quilts and words.
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