But this particular retreat was actually locals and several friends were there for this weekend..so they invited me for dinner one of those nights. So I went and had a great time Saturday night after I had worked. A few of the ladies had brought old books and magazines they wanted to part with…and offered them up to the ladies as I was leaving. I seriously love quilting magazines. It’s a sickness almost as much as fabric. I was the same with scrapbooking magazines. I love looking through them over & over. I will take magazines with me to the beach , long car trips ect. It doesn’t matter if they are 10 years old…I still like looking at them.
Something I may not have noticed 10 years ago I will notice today…you know what I mean? I also have to say my first encounter with Amy Butler was in a magazine and I have loved her ever since. I loved her fabrics, style and patterns. I just didn’t know at the time that the article I had read was really the beginning of her fabric career. 🙂 So yes I have been a fan that long.
So I grabbed one on my way out and thumbed through it when I got home. I saw a pattern in this issue of American Patchwork & quilting the August 2010 issue……it has a Sue Spargo pattern ( That I probably wouldn’t have noticed a few years ago…:) and this easy one to use up scraps. The pattern in the book uses various blues and a white background. But I had these animal prints left over from a project that Donna & Clarissa worked on and finally finished …while I was gone ( I just need to get them quilted to share them). I had some pinks & browns in my scrap pile that I had kind of set aside because they were bigger pieces I could use for something.
It’s an easy pattern that would be very easy to figure out if you are a seasoned quilter….all of the squares are 3.5 inches and thought it was perfect to use up my scraps of fabrics and backgrounds. I knew it would also be a quick pattern to put together. I have stated this before but I like to have a project on my sewing table that I don’t have to think about. Once everything is cut out and I can just sit for 15 minutes here and there chain piecing…it’s a good de-stressor for me. In fact I think these projects keep me sane. Just last week alone….I was so stressed with one of my children I needed down time to not think about anything…I go and sew for 25 minutes and de-compress so I can think clearly enough to make a decision. When I am stuck on a quilt that I need to work on…I sit down for a few minutes and sew a few pieces until I get it all worked out in my head. I have to have a project that I don’t have to think about so it can help me with other things. We all have coping skills…this is one of mine.
So then when I had to stay up late 2 nights in a row to make sure my boys arrived home safe & sound I worked on quilting this quilt. I didn’t even think about that…I copied the pattern in the book…..I liked it…I thought they did a great job…why not? This quilt should be called “Therapy” or “Mind-numbing drugs” because it seems like every time I went to work on it it was in a way to relieve a tension I was experiencing at the time.
But I think it also represents how we can produce good fruit from nothing. 🙂
I love this quilt for all of the reasons above! I also get to count this fabric because although I used scraps …most of the scraps came from yardage I have not counted in any other projects. YAY!
Thanks so much! For reading my blog and hanging in with me..I know I haven’t been as regular about posting…..but I am just trying to keep up with everything n my plate! I hope you all are having a fabulous holiday!