What have I been doing? Mostly laying low (lying low? I'm pretty vague on the correct usage there) .... eating gently (keep getting nauseous after I eat) ... sleeping quite a bit .... in short, trying to heal. I spent my day on Friday very quietly - reading and trying to sew a bit. I had signed up to take a class at Bead Soup on making wrap bracelets - but I bowed out as I was just not up to snuff. Sigh.
I decided that I'm ready to use all the bits I have sewn up so far for En Provence to make charity quilts. I got out my first set of parts (shown above) and found that I have enough purple Peaky-and-Spike units to make 21 blocks as laid out. That should be enough for one or two child-sized quilts for the East Baltimore Head Start reading program. I thought I'd be able to start piecing but I ran out of steam after I had counted all this out. Not much stamina, yet.
One weekend a month I have All Quilting All The Time with Jinny Beyer Club on Saturday and Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Sunday. I was all set to do that this weekend ... but, after being so tired on Friday, I bowed out of going to JB Club on Saturday, too. More sighes. I do so look forward to spending the day with my friend Barbara ... but just wasn't eager to take my sickly stomach and my tired body out this month.
Partly this was because today (Sunday) is the monthly meeting of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and I really, really wanted to go. I haven't been to my guild, for one reason and another, for a year or maybe more. I miss seeing everyone in that group! They have energy and enthusiasm and fun. :) Also I am in a round robin that I need to swap out every month - Quilt In A Box. OH, I almost forgot - on Friday, I did manage to find the energy to make a second 12" block for the box I had this past month. I foundation pieced a five pointed star block to add to the open book block I had already made. Guess that's why I ran out of 'go' for piecing early, eh? :)
Guild meeting today featured a traveling teacher (they had an all day workshop yesterday) - Sarah Bond from Philadelphia. Honestly, I had not heard of her previously (not having been paying much attention to anything other than my health for at least six weeks) - she is pretty well known as she is a teacher at QuiltCon ... and this is one woman I feel quite a kindred spirit toward! Love her sense of color, her interest in family history, her honesty - and her wonderful quilts. I hear she is a good teacher, too, but don't know about that personally (my loss!:). I took some photos to share with you (and my future self) - she was here to teach New York Beauty approaches.
She also does circular geese in many variations.
This is not stripe printed fabric - it is strip pieced solids.
Another strip pieced solids creation - love the color combos!
A pieced arc variant of NYB.
Again, pieced arcs - Pickle Dish?
Sarah's homage to her ancestress quilt makers who produced at least two wonderful large Lone Star quilts.
More NYB variants (these with a Virginia Findley Wolfe fabric collection).
Yet more NYB wonder.
Another NYB design.
If you have a chance to take a class with Sarah or have her in to your guild, jump on it! Her color sense and design skills blew me away. :)
The guild meeting was at the Arbutus Public Library today which is just south of the section of Catonsville where my shop used to be. I took advantage of being in that area to visit Cloverhill Yarn Shop - love the place and the ladies who run it. I got there kind of early so neither of the owners was in the shop, yet, just a nice clerk. I had a mission while I was there, though.
I bought a pattern for a new shawl called Aranami off Ravelry recently that I wanted to buy yarn to make. The design is created in modular shell-shaped sections which appealed to me and seemed like a new skill possiblity for my knitting education. :) I did manage to buy some yarn for it ... more of that luscious Turkish yarn I have used before (in a new colorway):
Don't know if you can see this very well - the variegations include rich deep blue, red and chesnut brown. There are little sparkly mylar twists of blue and purple throughout, too. I've made 1 and a half 'shells' so far and the pattern seems pretty easy to learn. I discovered the British show MI-5 on Hulu and have been watching that while I knit. :)
My stomach has been quiet today (gentle meals) so I'm hopeful that the internal systems are recovering. I'll give it a few more days and if I don't have a recurrence of the nausea, I'll call things happy. If I do, I think I will go back to see my G.P. for advice. Sigh.