|My kids are the 3rd and 4th from left|
The kids are off school and occupied with their summer activities, and even though I have to work, I'm enjoying the somewhat relaxed schedule and especially the homework-free evenings. We haven't gone on a vacation yet (that's still in the planning stages) but we managed to get away to Santa Cruz for a day to celebrate my youngest 12th birthday.
I've been chipping away at my FWQ and but needed a change of pace, so I decided to put together a simple picnic quilt top.
I raided my large stash of mainly Alexander Henry fabrics. It's kind of strange because I tend to buy most of my quilting fabrics in fat quarters, but over the years, I've amassed a large amount of yardage of AH prints (1 yard or more). So when I decided I needed the satisfaction of putting together a simple quilt with large pieces (blocks are cut to 18" with simple sashing), I naturally turned to my AH prints. I used Essex cotton/linen blend for the sashing. It's the first time I've used Essex, and I love the hand and texture of this fabric. I purchased the Essex from my local Beverly's which recently has stocked a really nice selection of Kona solids, Kauffman muslin (very high quality), and some other quality choices by other manufacturers. I almost overlooked the Essex as it was mysteriously stocked next to the baby flannels.
I'm quilting it already... about a third of the way done.
And these are my latest FWQ blocks:
|#73 Rainbow Flowers|