I like this circle-of-friends quilt (click on the photo to go read about it and others like it). Yesterday and today have been lived along this theme line. :) Thursday mornings are the regularly scheduled times for meetings of the day group of Faithful Circle Quilters. I managed to wake up in time yesterday to attend (YEAH!). The first meeting of the month is always well attended and yesterday was further filled with members who wanted to buy fabric.
A group of helping quilters were handling the sale of a very large stash remaining after the passing of a well-known local quilt maker (her husband apparently decided to carefully liquidate her gatherings). I, too, browsed through the boxes and bought a pound of prints ($6 worth) to use in my Town & Country quilt. One of the problems of my being so organizationally challenged is that accessing my stash is problematic. Sigh.
There were also lots of show and tell quilts which was visually exciting. My friend Patty had finished her four block top from this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, Frolic. Bonnie specializes in multi-pieced scrappy quilts with fairly small block units. Patty doubled the size of her units and made a nice four block sofa quilt following the mystery. Of course, there were other enticements. :)
Patty and I went to lunch at Boston Market afterwards (I had chicken pot pie) and then on to Michael's. I needed to buy storage/tote bins for my T&C project. JoAnns ETC carries bins but I've pretty much given up looking for them there - since their bankruptcy and reorganization, JoAnns management seems to be following the Business School model of just-in-time-supply. To me, that always ends up with empty shelves and no choices for the consumer. :P I had not been in a Michael's store for several years (Patty suggested it) and was pleased to find a nice collection of various sizes of tote bins. (I bought a medium sized one for my T&C and a small paper-case sized one for the Granny's Garden/Vintage Kitchen project).
Today was my regular Sewing Together with Barbara day. We started with lunch at Ranazul - new-to-us restaurant in Maple Lawn, south of Columbia. I was blown away by the quality of the food - better than _any_ of the other places Barbara and I have ventured over the past year! At $20 for the lunch, not badly priced, either. I definitely will be going back there (even if I do have to parallel park to attend:). Maple Lawn is a fairly new neighborhood in Fulton, near the Advanced Physics Laboratory. Very tony. Grin.
Since Barbara had determined that we were to start working on T&C today, I had brought my new bin and the fabrics I knew I wanted to use ... along with the patterns for the first round of buildings - the city center - and ideas for real places I might substitute. The quilt has a medallion structure with nested squares of building blocks, ranging from center city to outer countryside. I spend quite a lot of time puttering with what replacements I might make that are more important to me, personally (like including the Owen Brown Community Center, the Teacher Building (previously the headquarters for Rouse Company that designed Columbia), the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Maryland Science Center - both places my family loves to go - and other Baltimore sites like the Shot Tower). It is going to be a challenge to reduce these iconic places to fit inside a 4" square!
Barbara has been thinking about this quilt since we first collected the patterns in 2016 and had a long list of places from her life that she wants to work in ... and photos she had gathered of them. I think she might have to write an actual novella if she wants to explain them all on the label. :)
We also worked on laying out a set of extra blocks Barbara has, left over from an applique leaf quilt she had just gotten back from her favorite long armer, Maria O'Haver. Another project she worked on with me at my shop on our Thursday evening get-togethers. Here is how we eventually laid them out:
This photo is a bit dark and does not really show how vivid and saturated these Kaffe Fassett prints are - the background print is a mottled soft-colored choice that reads-as-solid-light in this photo, but really isn't. :) I LOVE these blocks - I enjoyed watching Barbara work on them (she used fusible raw edge applique which she hand blanket stitched around with vivid threads) - and I wish I had made it. :) On the big quilt, she used a drop-dead gorgeous print for the border (that I also own some of:) ... and decided to construct this top before she starts thinking about borders. That fabric square in the upper left corner is to make a 36th block.
I had the idea to arrange the blocks in a color wash array with blue across the diagonal. We had lots of fun rearranging the blocks to create this arrangement. My kind of fun, anyway. :)
I do not _have_ to go out this weekend so I'm looking forward to some puttering and maybe some excess stuff sorting. I need to get my sewing area functional!