Crazy Mom Quilts) fabric, Good Neighbors, and it's so bright and cheery isn't it? That is a link to her last post. She stopped blogging as of December 31, and that post has a Good Neighbors quilt as her final finish! Who knew. I loved her blog, glad she's keeping it available.
I liked the fabric so much I bought yardage and a fat quarter stack, and made two other quilts (see below), both for Hands2Help which I've signed up for once again this year. See the link in my sidebar.
My niece's quilt was on the design wall, progressing along merrily and then it had to come down in order to work on the magazine quilt. How to keep it in order? I took a photo of course, but then I decided to gather it in six sections of two blocks by four blocks. I used my Book it! method and wrote in the seam allowance, 'top left, top centre, top right', and so on for the bottom sections. I sewed each section together on Billie, my darling 1947 Featherweight:
Once I had my design wall back, I placed each section on the wall:
There was a lot of leftover fabric in the kit, so I decided I would use what was left to make a happy back! And I forgot to take photos of that construction so you'll have to come back to see the finish post.
Here it is at the beginning of quilting. I posted this on Instagram on the weekend. I'm doing my favourite flower motif, daisies, loops and leaves....
and a couple of half daisies that I saw Lynette (What a Hoot Quilts) use on her daisies quilt, which reminded me of the fun feathered flowers below, which I think are an Angela Walters design.
I didn't even think about until right now, but I'm using a Connecting Threads thread to quilt this! Fawn loves pink and this thread should not disappoint! It sure hasn't disappointed me with how it quilts up and I'm using it in top and bottom. It's Essential 100% cotton 50 weight.
Okay, the sparking part of the title is from the new Netflix show, Tidying Up. If you haven't seen it, you must. It's about more than tidying up your house contents...just sayin'. I just love how Marie greets the home, and am moved nearly to tears each episode. She talks of 'sparking joy', how items from clothing to household goods should do that for us, and those which do not, we need to thank, and then give them away. I decided, since we are about to enter a renovation upstairs, and, in order to facilitate things for the construction, we moved our bedroom to the guest room, that I would tidy up my clothes. (Yes!!! my sewing loft is going to be improved by a couple of dormers!)
Here's the pile:
After going through the process, (and it really works!) here is one drawer, à la Marie Kondo.
There are twenty t-shirts in that drawer, my long-sleeved ones and some of my short-sleeved ones. More short-sleeved ones share the drawer above with tank tops. I can see every one of those 20! This sparks definite joy when I look in my drawer. All my drawers and shelves of clothes now look like this and a ton got given away to Goodwill. It feels good. A few that I couldn't decide upon I've worn this past several days, and it's amazing how after a few hours, if that, I know, yep, or, in most cases, nope, I'm over this.
Keeping only joy in my life is what I am striving for.
But nope, I'm not doing the KonMari method in my stash. It ALL sparks joy: Every. Single. Piece.😍
So (mostly) does this guy, who is steadily gaining weight, loving his raw food diet.
Remember it's not too late to join in the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge! Just email me (ephdra at gmail dot com) with a photo of your first design and I can invite you to the FaceBook private group.
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