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A Break

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This beautiful image is a painting called A Break In The Weather. If you click on the photo, you can go read about the painter and the cause (conservation) for which the painting's price will donate. :) We are enjoying a change from the ultra-hot temperatures we've been having - this week the air seems MUCH cooler in the low 80s! :) Nothing like 99 degrees and over to change my ideas about hot. :)

I spent today shopping for clothing with my son, Hugh. He tends to ask me to go out buying with him right before we go on vacation in August (his favorite time of year) ... so we went off to Kohl's department store and bought him new duds today. I was very glad we found everything he wanted at reasonable prices and in one place! Even so, I had to rest for an hour when we got home before I could go off to sew for a while.

With my 'hat' as block-of-the-month coordinator for my 'traditional' guild, Faithful Circle, I proposed an over-the-summer-months pattern I call Early Snap Peas ... because that's what it looks like to me. :) I have seen this design in several places and it certainly isn't flashy ... but I'm glad to have finally gotten my version sewn:

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I had fun picking through the scraps I scavenged out of my friend Barbara's basket last Sunday to make this block. :) I told the guild they didn't have to make GREEN peas, but I certainly did. I love sugar snap peas! :) I'll take this block with me to guild at the next meeting I attend, whenever.

I was fretting over what ufo to work on when I sat down to sew yesterday (I haven't been sewing much for a couple of weeks and was itching to shove some fabric under the presser foot) ... but, as usual, got distracted by something new. I had purchased a new-to-me Dresden template that I wanted to use:

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I looked pretty carefully at the enclosed pattern directions ... and decided to use a charm square package I had purchased several months ago (of course, I forgot to take note of the name of this collection; I bought it because I liked the happy, perky colors:). As a (former) shop owner, I will say that I think this design was created with an eye toward selling a lot of extra fabric. I expect to have a pile of scraps left over after cutting this out!

Anyway, here are my seven rows (of six blocks each), not yet joined into a large rectangle so I can cut out the blades:

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I chose to alternate 'light' and 'dark' squares ... and when I ran out of those, 'cool' and 'warm' colors. I have kept them in rows because I need to press and starch the fabrics before I sew them all together. Every outer edge of each blade will be on the bias grain when I cut the pieces out - calls for stabilization, eh? I _am_ eager to see what my plates look like when I finish them. :) A set of 42 charm squares are supposed to allow for making three Dresden circles for a table runner. I might make three pillows instead ... we'll see. :)

As a total aside (and to show you how my brain crickets around) - do you know why they are DRESDEN plates? I once saw a beautiful art show at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore about the German city of Dresden and its fabulous porcelain-making industry. I think this is why we think of these 'plates' as Dresdens. :)

Anyway, Patty and Barbara went off to Quilt Odyssey today (I chose not to go - don't have the stamina right now). I think they probably had fun - it is always a great show! I asked them to pick up a couple of templates for me ... yet more shiny projects for the future! LOL.

:) Linda

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