I managed to actually put a demo from my last modern guild meeting to good use this weekend. I made myself two infinity scarves from lightweight cotton prints. One of them I am wearing above (I also got this pretty lawn? voile? cotton at the modern meeting:) ... and will have to photo the other. I'm quite pleased with them. Usually I wear knit or crochet scarves that I make for myself ... but these two cotton ones are light and pleasant to wear in this early autumn weather we are having in Maryland.
Both yesterday and today have been overcast and threatening to rain (without producing much real precipitation) ... in the high 60's and breezy. As is usual here in the MidAtlantic section of the east coast, you could equally well call our weather late summer. :)
I forgot to go to the bank yesterday so I went there early this afternoon after a leisurely morning of sleeping in and late breakfasting. I got a refund back from overpaying a bill and wanted to put the check back into my account (so I can use it to pay another bill:). After I got that done, I decided that I needed some time with nature and went over to the Robinson Nature Center to walk.
There are easy trails through the woods and such at the center, but I had my cane along and didn't feel like anything strenuous ... so I walked around the waterway and looked at butterflies, bees, late summer flowers, early autumn seedheads and such. My kind of quiet tranquility. :) I'll share some photos I took there at the end of this post.
Yesterday I went to a local quilt show with my friends Patty and Barbara, put on by two guilds (Friendship and Eternal, both of which meet in the Linthicum, MD area). They are pretty productive guilds as they stage a show every year. There was a wide range of nifty quilts to see, ranging from modern to traditional to whimsical to sporty. I particularly enjoyed a invitational exhibit by a Ms. Shirley whose interests are as broad as mine (she had embroidery, applique, elaborate piecing and many other kinds of quilts to show; I liked her adorable pink pig wall hanging appliqued in a wide range of fabrics).
I managed to control my spending pretty well until I got to Erin Underwood's booth. Erin used to teach for me in my shop and has developed into quite a pattern designer. I have been toying with the idea of making a tuffet for myself and I fell off the fence and bought a kit/pattern from Erin. Also at least one other pattern (saw a number I could have bought:) - for menhaden fish (must be really new 'cause I don't even see it on her website). I also bought a yard of a very pretty yarn-dyed fabric with varying widths of blue and red stripes intersperced with gold metallic threads (that I used to make my other scarf:).
I did not manage to see all the quilts at the show (ran out of steam) but I did have a really delicious curried chicken wrap from the food truck they hosted and enjoyed visiting with some guild friends, too. Nice day out!
When I got home, I decided to work on a block for the next quarterly drawing at Faithful Circle Quilters (my 'traditional' guild) ... the assignment was to make a block using any speciality ruler you own that you have not used yet. I found the five pointed star ruler I bought at Lilies of the Field while we were doing Row By Row shopping on the eastern shore.
Making the stars had one very fiddly seam to do and the rest was a cake walk. So much fun to get such even stars! I just made a 'junior' sized one and appliqued it onto a 9.5" square:
I'm sure you can recognize this fabric from my kimono project (Michael Miller "glitz"). I couldn't bear to waste the little bits so I made two of the smallest size for another block (I put the flower head pin in for size reference):
These two I put on a 6.5" square. I could get excited about making a whole cloth quilt with these stars applied randomly, like the night sky. :)
So, well, here are some pretty photos from my flower walk this afternoon ... mostly I was interested in contrasts. Flowing water vs hard stone, colors, textures of seed heads or leaves, etc.
My car is still in the shop so I guess I will spend tomorrow sewing, maybe with a little (very little:) bit of housework thrown in .... physical therapy after my sweetheart gets home from work and guild in the evening. Sounds like a great day!
PS I almost forgot! We finally got an acceptable offer on the smaller of my Mom's two farms so that will be under contract shortly. Phew! One step forward. :)