May’s report

It’s official: individual detailed reports of what I’ve been doing are completely beyond my capacity at the moment. So, here’s the overview of what we did in May: We joined some friends at LUCO‘s Chamber Music Cabaret. There was a piccolo trio, and Caitlyn got pulled from the audience to read raffle ticket winning numbers. Caitlyn and I joined some of our homeschool friends for another field trip to a farm. This time we drove across the mountains to Little Wing Farm where we spent the day touring the orchards and generally traipsing around. Caitlyn has been having a digression …

Sew.Quilt.Give. News

Now that I’ve recovered (tee hee) from the Most Epic Quilt that was the result of me being “in charge” at Sew.Quilt.Give. in March 2013, I can move forward with the March 2014 quilt. I hope I’ve kept this one easier and smaller. I missed out on the Scrappy Trip Along that whipped around the interwebs last year, so that’s what I asked for. I requested ocean blues and greens, referencing the Pacific along the Central California Coast as a color guide. I’m planning a Barn Raising layout, just as soon as I clean up enough of the floor. If …

Four Hundred Twelve Inches, Approximately

I know I’ve talked a lot about how big this quilt got. But, hello, 10 feet of quilt is a lot of quilt. There was a lot of binding to do. Someone is going to have more quilt than they know what to do with. There are three of us holding that quilt up. It’s even big enough for our local dinosaur. Maybe I’ve learned to be a bit more precise about my quilt plans. Somehow the size of the thing never crossed my mind while I was dreaming it up. It probably wouldn’t have hurt to do a sketch …

Marching By

Things that happened in March: Caitlyn played two roles, Mellifleur and Maudlin, in Robin Hood, her latest theatre production at Youth Theatre Northwest. She’s looking forward to Alice@Wonderland in the summer. I finally managed to meet one of our homeschool goals, getting Caitlyn and I to SAM for Free First Thursday. This time we saw the MirĂ³ exhibit. Now, I just have to do it again! The peas came up. We saw a presentation of National Geographic Live: The Secret Life of Wolves. Caitlyn cried at the end. I joined the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, my first quilt guild membership …

Sew.Quilt.Give Block Update

Sew.Quilt.Give. asked for Wonky Churn Dash blocks (tutorial here) in pinks and at any size for February. I’m super curious how this quilt is going to turn out. The Churn Dash is an old (traditional) quilt block and although I think of myself more as a “traditional” quilter (as opposed to “modern”), this one has never really appealed. I think the wonkiness helps, though. The blocks we made last June have reappeared as a finished quilt. Check it out. I quite like how this one came out: it’s scrappy but not overwhelmingly so; I like the diamond chains in the …

Sew.Quilt.Give. Update

Sew.Quilt.Give., the online quilting bee I participate in, is back for another year of charity quilting. January’s blocks were based on this tutorial from In Color Order. Look familiar? I’ve made this block before. This month’s bee leader has asked for brights, so I hope these will blend nicely with all the other blocks. I did use prints, but they are of the tone-on-tone variety, so they almost read as solids. Also, I don’t think the orange is quite this aggressive in reality; orange is tricky to photograph well, I think. While we’re talk SQG, I’m attaching the binding to …