I saw a lilac bush flowering earlier this week - the first for this spring (for me:). I LOVE lilacs - I remember with fondness a big old lilac bush that grew right beside the backdoor of the science building my undergraduate lab was in on the campus of University of Wisconsin in Madison. Every spring when it flowered the scent was heavenly and the flowers lasted for ages (at least it seemed like ages to my green-starved early spring self:). Lilacs are tough plants - if you click on the photo, you can go read an article from an Alaskan newspaper about how to grow them way, way up north. :) There are many beautiful color variants, too.
Wednesday was the quarterly luncheon of Seminole former staff folks - this time we met at Bare Bones in Ellicott City. Five of us ate together and caught up on recent life events. I so enjoy these dates! It's good to stay in touch with my (former) staff friends. :)
Afterwards, Patty and I got door-pick-up service from our friend Barbara. Blue House Fabrics in Westminster had a flash (three day) sale with 40% off on in-stock fabrics. Could NOT pass that opportunity up! :) The weather was lovely that day - sunny and mild - and the drive west into Carroll County was very picturesque. Happy sighs. :) I bought six half yards of prints (mostly 'low volume' for backgrounds except for one bicycle print) and a pattern - Bear's Claw by Judy Niemeyer:
Since we were in the neighborhood (and rarely get out that way), we also drove over to see the new Sew & Sweep store (what used to be JoMax). The shop has an airy, fresh look and is mostly a sewing-machine-centered business (I did see vacuums and air cleaners, too). They had a very small corner of fabrics for sale - but half of them were Kaffee Fassett collective prints so I was in the proverbial hog heaven. :) I restrained myself and only bought eight fat quarters and a die-cut set of Tula Pink hexes (I _think_ they are from the Zuma collection but I'm not positive about that:).
What a great day we had! Thursday (the next day) was supposed to be the monthly meeting of Village Quilters ... but I had another sleep-in episode and did not wake up until 1:20 p.m. Sigh. So much for pretty quilts, happy faces and great pot luck luncheon. (This followed a similar event on Tuesday when I slept through a doctor's appointment). :P
Today was intermittently rainy and sunny. My friend Barbara was busy in the morning so I went to her house to sew together around 1:30 p.m. I am now down to the last swirl on my punch needle project (no photo this week). Barbara spent the afternoon working on her homework for the Barbara Burnham class, Baltimore Garden. I think she was doing an applique bird (the lesson tomorrow is doing bird's eyes:).
On the drive home from Barbara's house, I saw the following on a car ahead of me at the stop light:
I think this is a visual rif on the more-usual people in family stickers for car windows. Made me giggle right out loud - these folks are definitely kindred spirits! :) In case you can't make sense out of my shot-through-the-window photo, those are Star Wars style StormTroopers, adult and children sized. :)
I got busy on Thursday evening (disgusted with myself over the sleep issues) and started sewing with the Tula Pink hexes. I quickly got lazy and cut them across to make half hexes - this let me mix up the 42 pieces a bit more. I tried to keep them color sorted to get some kind of colorwash effect. I'm only halfway done making this, so a bit messy photo:
I plan to finish sewing this tomorrow afternoon. (fingers crossed with hope) I like how it is going together so far. :) I think it will become a wall hanging for the Faithful Circle show's Silent Auction.
I like everything about this little quilt! Hopefully I will get it hung in the living room gallery soon.
Just for completeness, I want to show here the name tag I finished for our swap in the Baltimore modern guild:
Someone left this really nifty name badge pouch on the freebie table at Faithful Circle recently (along with two other black ones). I thought it was too nicely made and too handy to leave behind ... so I appliqued some isosceles triangles in bright colors and Claire's name onto the pouch. She's already gotten it so I feel free to share it here. :)
Tomorrow I have a date to help my last remaining private student with her quilt project (for her first great-grandson!). After that, I hope to SEW!