I do have a few items I'm working on including my Stash Bee hive blocks quilt and some mini quilts for the American Made Brand (AMB) challenge. I can't post images of the later since one of the rules is to not post to any social media or blog.
AMB Mini QuiltsTo know me is to guess that my AMB minis will involve rainbows of some sort. Over the years, I've bought various shades I thought were pretty and now I have over 40 different shades of AMB colors to choose from. I plan to use as many as I can. (Plus, I'll have the excuse to buy more next year when the "fabric fast" is over.)
|A little bit of everything going in my AMB quilt.|
Stash BeeI had my hivemates make paper pieced economy blocks so I would have uniform blocks to make something fun for myself. Here are a few my friend, Julia, sent over:
|She used her precious Tula Pink fabrics because she knows I love them, too.|
Quilty friends are fantastic!
I have faithfully made blocks for my Stash Bee hivemates that I'd love to share with you.
|June's block were envelopes for a love letter my hivemate is|
quilting for her husband.
It's a giant 16in block and pretty genius design!
|July's Union Jack were a fun challenge.|
(I didn't like having to unpick on the first one, but the second one was a snap.)
IG SwapsMy next challenge has been to take a break from Instagram Swaps. They are SO addictive! I completed the last of my swaps in June and couldn't be more thrilled.
Here is what I sent out to my partners:
Nerds Craft It Better Swap:
I was paired with someone who loves Wonder Woman as much as I do!
|Paper pieced Wonder Woman logo|
|Wonder Woman logo then made into the|
front of a pouch.
|Inside is super fun!|
|Back of pouch has a little|
Wonder Woman flavor, too.
Here's what I received from my partner:
|Simple treats, a homemade HP wand and Aurifil.|
|I unwrapped the rolls above to find these!|
Three mini quilts that I can hang together or separately.
They already have a place of honor in my room.
(Plus, mini pins were tucked inside!)
Deciding on a design and cutting up the precious fabrics I've hoarded took some doing but I am very pleased with the results. (My partner is pleased, too.)
|I enlarged the Julie Hirt Mercury block|
pattern to make my partner a playful star.
I added in some shot cottons to add subtle color.
|For the back, I used "Games we play" because it's so fun!|
|A viewfinder mini quilt! It's so wonderful!|
Plus, a cute wristlet pouch and a fist full of C+S selvages.
Rescued:In May, we said goodbye to our little dog, Evie, who provided us with 16 years of joy. That took its toll and I've had a hard time getting over that loss. (It's been a hard year with so many losses in my family.) I certainly didn't feel ready for a new pet any time soon. Fate had other plans.
Here is the newest addition to our family:
|Arti is such a cutie!|
[This gorgeous photo is courtesy of Pawsitive Shelter Photography. This non-profit group works tirelessly to get tons of photos of pets available in Central Florida for adoption. Please consider purchasing a calendar from their campaign HERE. Our very own Artemis happens to be on the cover and is featured as Miss September!]
|She's loves a good belly rub!|
What have you been up to this summer so far?