Today I’m blogging about “Bliss”. As you know, my primary creative outlet is quiltmaking. I love sharing my inspiration, and progress with you. By posting these entries, I hope that you find ideas that move you to be more creative.
Although, I post a lot about quilts and quilting, I also dabble in many other arts. Of course photography is a great hobby, and I think I’m getting better and better. The daily photo blog group this month is pushing me to new ideas. I also play around with scrapbooking supplies once in a while, and have a neat stash of paper, stamps, punches and embellishments tucked away in my studio drawers.
But… quilting is my passion. I love looking at new books and magazines, and I have had many terrific shopping excursions. Oh boy, have I shopped. My fabric drawers have been so full, that they could no longer contain my fabric stash.
I decided earlier this fall to create some wonderful scrap quilts to utilize some of my stash. I’m making four bed-size quilts to be gifted to some wonderful people in my life. I don’t want to name names, since it will be a surprise.
I cut up about 80 yards of fabric into 2.5″ strips, of all colors and patterns. This will yield 400 blocks, or enough for 4 king-size quilt tops. Now, all of my fabric stash in nicely contained in my drawers. I can walk around the studio, and I’ve got space on my cutting table to spread out and work.
I’ve sewn and sewn… and I now have 80 blocks completed. That’s 20% of the total. The process to me is full of bliss. I listen to music or watch shows on my DVR. Well, actually, I’m “listening” to shows. My TV is behind me, so I don’t really see the screen.
So, I bet you’re wondering what these quilts will look like. Of course they are scrappy, so no two are alike, but here is a link to the free pattern from Bonnie K. Hunter. There you will also find a treasure trove of quilting inspiration. Go have a look for yourself.
The music I tend to listen to is all different types. We have a wonderful concert series in Wray, at a place called the Listening Room at 4th & Main. Just last night was a superb concert by Rita Hosking. Here is a sample of her music.
A quick snapshot of my first 80 blocks. There are 320 more to come. It’s a wonderful project to just get your hands on the fabric.
My photo today is a quick shot of the 80 blocks completed so far. I figure it will take me at least 40 more blissful hours to complete the rest… Oh happy me!
Have a great day,