Bee Challenge Reveal


Every once in a while, my quilt bee decides we need a challenge. How about we use the Quick Curve Ruler to make something? My quilt wasn’t much of a reveal because I started making it at one of our retreats, but I like the way it turned out and I had fun using the ruler to make the blocks. 


Sew Kind of Wonderful also makes a special ruler for use on a longarm quilting machine and I used it to stitch in the ditch and echo pretty accurately. 


Andra loved the Quick Curve Ruler so much she did two! I always love her fabric choices. 


Lucky me, I got to longarm quilt this top.


Love the texture on the back. 


Who could resist this cute pattern using the small QCR? Not Andra who loves Halloween! She has seasonal decorations, even dishes, for the scary holiday, not to mention numerous quilts. Hey Andra, how many pumpkin quilts do you have?


Sadly, I have no pumpkin quilts. But I did have fun quilting Andra’s tops.


I couldn’t resist adding a little jack-o-lantern.


Susie decided to go Modern. This quilt is going to look great in her house with the gray and pops of hot pink. She gets so busy quilting for her customers, her own tops are at the bottom of the stack. Check out Quilts on Wawaset


I love a challenge with One Rule. 1. Make something using the Quick Curve Ruler. Michele made this elegant bag and of course, we all wanted it. The Sometimes We Do Quilt Bee does not lack in creativity. 


Joan made a table runner. Even the back is beautiful but darn, I didn’t get a picture. That little red star just makes me smile.


Great minds think alike, Karen couldn’t resist the pumpkins either. She also made a quilt using the larger QCR, but didn’t bring it. I’m in love with the lime green binding. 


Look at Karen’s quilting! It’s hard to believe she’s only had her longarm machine for a few months.


Peggy told us she was making a mug rug. Hah! I’m hoping we’re all invited to tea.  I was betting on pumpkins or Christmas trees because Peggy and her husband Don, own Don’s Tree Farm, the best-ever place to get mums, pumpkins, Christmas trees– all kinds of seasonal fun. Hey Peggy, how many Christmas tree quilts do you have?

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Ginger’s quilt has a Modern look to match her brand new kitchen. She was hostess so we could all see how gorgeous everything turned out. Oh, she also served us apple crisp to die for. Must be the new oven–delicious.


Want to see Jane’s quilt? You might have to go to her website because I might have been gobbeling the apple crisp…

We had such a blast at our Quick Curve Ruler Challenge reveal. We’re already planning a challenge for next year. It could have something to do with Kaffe Fasset fabrics. That would be colorful and fun. I’m in!

Mt. Greylock


Wow. I’ve been asking, where is fall? I guess we skipped it and went straight to winter. It is freezing this morning. This mist rising from the lake in Cheshire was beautiful. Gary and I are being driven up to the top of Mt. Greylock by the Cookie Lady so we can walk down. Pretty sweet, huh.


We are hiking pretty fast and I have a fleece and long sleeves on but it’s still cold and I am loving it. Gary is whining about cold fingers and needing gloves.


You never really know what it will be like, hiking the Appalachian Trail. Today the Trail is a lovely downhill run. There are bog bridges and a soft, pine needle carpeted path.  The steeper down sections have gentle switchbacks, some beautiful stone stairways and a few wooden steps. 


And meadows. I love meadows. Maybe even more than waterfalls. This type of hiking on a glorious, blue sky day, no sweat, no bugs, just bliss, makes me contemplative and greatful.


I wonder if hiking down the other side of Mt. Greylock into North Adams will be as pleasurable. I hope so. I won’t find out tomorrow because we have to drive home today. Just about 16 miles hiked on this quick trip.  618.1 left to go.

Dalton, Massachusetts


The way to start a day of hiking is with a latte. And grab some really good sandwiches for lunch at this coffe shop Laura and I discovered in Dalton last May. Gary and I are meeting the “Cookie Lady” at the Appalachian Trail parking lot. Her real name is Marilyn and she shuttles hikers to trail heads so they can hike back to their cars. She lives on top of the mountain just steps from the AT and leaves a basket of cookies on the porch for hikers. Laura and I hiked that section in May and I looked for the cookies, maybe she was still baking and we were too early, because I didn’t see any. 


We leave our car in Dalton and Marilyn and Roy drive us up to the Trail head in Cheshire. Another hot day. At least the climb of the hike starts out first and it really isn’t a huge up. 


Looking down from The Cobbles viewpoint, we can see the parking lot in Cheshire where we started. My legs know they did some work to get up here. And there is more up to go yet.


There is no view but the cairns tell us we’ve reached the summit. I’m very grateful for a nice breeze. 


How about this perfect spot for a lunch break. It is amazing how good that sandwich you’ve been fantasizing about for 2 miles, tastes when it comes out of your daypack. I also bring a bottle of coke–I don’t drink soda, unless I’m hiking so it’s a treat. And did I mention Snicker bars? Hah! Yeah, it’s all about food.


Sitting here by this pond is so contemplative. I see a beaver lodge but have yet to see a beaver– anywhere. There is a hawk hunting and he hovers over the water before snatching his prey. Three different, beautiful dragonflies dart over the lily pads. One of them has a dark burgundy body with pink sparkeley wings. It was a beautiful hike over The Cobbles back to Dalton.


Ok, I’m just going to admit this. Gary found a four star restaurant a mile from our hotel in New Ashford for dinner. Mill on the Floss (yes, named after the book by George Elliot) is a French cuisine restaurant in a charming 17th century farmhouse with a restored grist mill. A glass of wine, dinner and desert was amazing. No freeze dried, reconstituted backpacker/hiker food for us. 

Wallkill 2

New Paltz has lots of interesting restaurants. The Inkeeper at the lovely Moondance Ridge Bed and Breakfast recommended her favorite, La Tavola. Dinner last night was delicious. I had a very different ravioli. House made pasta with goat cheese, charred fresh corn and blueberries. Sounds like a strange flavor combination but it was crazy good. Gary ordered bolognaise. If bolognaise is on the menu, guaranteed–Gary will order it. 


So riding the Northern section of the Wallkill Rail Trail was quite different. After a bountiful breakfast at our B and B, we got an early start, hot and humid again. Where is Fall?


An old bridge with new benches over the Wallkill River. 


I spotted this huge, stone structure from the Trail. Of course we investigated. Clearly some type of furnace but where are the signs to tell me all about this? After riding on,  we found the start of the Lime Kiln hiking trail in the Mohunk Preserve, with a sign explaining the area’s historic limestone mines and kilns were used over a century ago to produce natural cement.

The Wallkill Trail’s star attraction is the 940 foot Rosendale Trestle, 150 feet above Roundout Creek. It was originally built by the railroad in 1872 but has been restored with new steel and recycled composit decking after $1.5 million dollars was raised by Trail supporters. It was opened for public use in June, 2013.


The view is just awesome!

After the Trestle, caves are accessible from the Trail. I’m not going down in there– but the blast of cool air welling up is pretty amazing. We turned around and rode back to our car in record time. Next up, drive to Mt. Graylock in Massachusetts for some hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 


You can drive your car right up to the very top of the highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Graylock. You can even get a quick sandwich in the historic Bascom Lodge. 


Unfortunately you can’t go into the War Monument because it’s being renovated. But Gary and I have just enough time for a quick hike around the summit. 


Hiking down 1 mile on the Appalachian Trail and using the Overlook Trail, we can loop back to the parking lot. Wow. 2 and a half miles doesn’t sound like very much but it is really  steep, rocky and unbelievably hot. My hair is dripping wth sweat. Seriously, where is Fall? 

Bike Trail  15 miles 

Hiking       2.5 miles

Wallkill

On Thursday Gary and I drove up to New Paltz, New York to ride our bikes on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. 


The trail is 22 miles long and New Paltz is just about in the center. Our plan was to ride the southern section to Gardiner and then ride back. We started at the Trailhead very near historic Huguenot Street.


A step back in time! I felt like I was in Colonial Williamsburg. I am so glad I don’t have to wear a period costume– it’s tough on a bike and it is 87 degrees and killer sunny. How did they stand it?


The train station in New Paltz has transformed into a restaurant. I love seeing how these small towns have reinvented themselves and communities revitalized by rail trails.


The trail is absolutely flat and a mix of woodsy shade and open meadow. We are riding along the Wallkill River with amazing views of the Shawangunk Mountains. Locals call them, the Gunks.


A group of riders stopped and were taking cell photos of something. I asked, “What do you see?” Bears!


We also saw people poaching red ripe apples from this orchard. Tempting, but Gary and I were looking forward to lunch (and a huge glass of ice water) in Gardiner.


Gardiner is an interesting village.


We saw some cool trail-side art and had a delicious Italian chicken pannini sandwich. 

We turned around in Gardiner for the ride back to New Paltz. I spotted this very fine brew pub, the Gilded Otter, where we could quench our thirst.


There is nothing better to clear trail dust from your throat than a cold beer. Gary opted for a Katzenjammer Kolsh. I had to have the Rail Trail Pale Ale. Totally chose it for the name. Delishous! 

Miles ridden  15

PNQE Wrap Up


I was thrilled to see that blue ribbon hanging next to Becket Mountain Trilliums. I won Best Interpretation of Theme. Interesting, because I had to look up what the theme was! The show book says the theme, “Evolving,” showcases the industry’s evolution into the 21st Century. Humm…Ok then!

I thought I would share the comments of the judges, Karen Boutte and Robbi Joy Eklow, .

+ Wonderful fusion of modern and art quilt techniques.

+ Beautiful complimentary color scheme.


I was especially interested to read the remarks about Bike Love, also hanging at the show, because I knew the quilt had issues and I wanted to see what the judges focused on. 

+ A successful example of the modern quilting aesthetic.

+ Pleasing composition.

+ Details enjoyable, especially the quilted spokes.

I’m surprised! I promise I didn’t leave out any “negative” remarks. Personally, I appreciate constructive critique but I think the judges really strive to give positive feedback. I was worried that the wheels looked like blank circles and the spokes needed more definition. I love the look of the multi-colored, pieced binding but it needs to be tighter. I used my Quilting In Layers technique, but I’ve never had such a large background area without additional appliqué and quilting. 

I am grateful to the judges, taking time to record evaluations of the quilts entered. There is always something to learn. Judging is subjective, of course, but it is valuable to see your quilt in the context of the other quilts in the same category. Now if I could just read everybody else’s comments, too!

PNQE


Yesterday, Michele, Karen and I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Show. We got there at 10, when the doors opened and planned on leaveing just after lunch. Well, we barely had time for lunch and almost had the doors close on us at 6! It was a good show.

When you go to a quilt show with friends, you see things and buy things (I successfully RESISTED the fabulous cat fabric!) you wouldn’t notice on your own. We all agreed this quilt made by Melinda Bula is fantastic. Imagine the quilt, minus the strands of tiny white circles. Still a great quilt but those white dots add so much movement. (Design note to myself)


The white glove lady showed us the thread design on the quilt back. I always debate, should I use a plain backing and allow the quilting to show, or a busy backing and invisible thread to hide stitches? 


I took some photos of quilts that I especially liked from the competition and special exhibits. I should have recorded the maker but just didn’t have time. I think this quilt is wonderful and feels traditional and modern at the same time. I’d like to make a quilt using black, red, green and white. 


These “dingos” are scary! The thread painting was incredible– the fur on the dogs was so correctly directional. The Australian quilter chose to thread paint the entire background. I think this worked very well. I really don’t like it when the thread painting is done on the figure and then stuck on the background. 


I’m not so crazy about this quilt, but I have wanted to do a large piece using my Quilting In Layers technique with inset strips. Mine would look totally different. 


Ahhhh. The limitations of cameras. This quilt was stunning, seen in person. I stood in front of it for a long time, wondering what is going on with this woman in the orchard? I wanted to know more about her. It was a whole cloth quilt, not sure if it was painted or a photograph. The artist placed the figure in the center of the composition, within a very symmetrical design. She used bits of real gold paint to direct the eye through the dark gray landscape. I’m so intrigued with this piece of artwork. (note: If anyone is attending the show this weekend and could email me the title and maker of this quilt, I would really appreciate it.)


An explosion of color! Lots of silks were used with stitching in different colored threads to add texture and more layers of color. 


Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. I’ve been there! This quilt was painted then stitched with amazing detail, outlining every window pane and tree leaf. The reflection of the scene on the water was painted and then layered with sparkeley organza and quilted. 


I want to own this quilt. (The woman in the orchard, too) It was made by a Canadian quilter and has such a strong sense of place– (and that’s all the snow I need to see for the coming winter.) After seeing lots of quilts with crazy, precision detailed, over the top, steroid enhanced quilting, the simplicity of the quilted line in this work is lovely. The quilt is constructed using fabric and stitching detail, no painting. 

Pretty eclectic group of quilt photos, huh! Soap Box Alert. Can I just say, I enjoyed the quilt show. I saw quilts, I saw art. Traditional, Modern, Innovative, painted, stitched, home machine, long arm machine, hand quilted. Such a wealth of fiber diversity and nary a gripe about categories and competition rules and copyright and commercial credit documentation.  I feel inspired and can’t wait to play with my new fabric (no cats) and quilt stuff.

Finally 

Have we had the last of this year’s 90 plus degree days? It has been a hot summer and I am so ready for Fall. The meadow at Longwood Gardens was gorgeous yesterday. 


Butterflys were everywhere.


They clearly love these purple thistles. 


I still have tomatoes to process. And eat. But I am so over zucchini.


Except for zucchini bread. 

Well, maybe the cool weather is here to stay. It’s time to change out my fabric stash. Store away all my summer fabric and get the fall colors out of the moth balls. Um. I don’t really do that.

Cradled Wood Frames

Yup. That looks like a big mess. I’ve been invited to show my work at a fine arts show next February. The show has a “Mini Art” room and artists are requested to provide pieces 9 x 12 inches or smaller. The small pieces are very popular and sell quickly. The art is affordable and people might only have room for something small.


So I am sorting through my saved bits of fabric too beautiful to throw away, and stripping some backgrounds. Just for interest, I fused organza leaves and curled ferns and quilted with variegated and sparkly threads. 


I cut a window in a file folder to arrange the composition, otherwise I end up trimming off the design to fit the size. I hate that when that happens. Words are said, not good words.


You knew there would be trilliums! I can free-cut petals and leaves from fused fabric to arrange on my quilted backgrounds. 

Before stitching on the flowers.


After stitching, they really have dimension.


I bought cradled wood frames from Cheap Joe’s Art Supply and painted them flat black. My plan is to mount the little quilts on the frames. I’d like to have something a bit different in the Mini Art room and these quilts are tiny– only 6 x 8 inches. We all know what quilts that small are called– pot holders and mug coasters. 


I faced the edge on the quilt on the left.  Hate it. I tried a very narrow binding on the one on the right. I like it much better. Sigh. Darn, more work.


Nine little quilts finished. This took days! I didn’t plan on how labor-intensive these would be.


It’s hard to get a good photo of the finished product. I really like the way the wood frame adds presence to fiber art.


The cradled wood allows the artwork to project against the wall for a nice effect.


Signed, titled and numbered and ready for hanging. If, per chance, you would like to have one, email me, shipping included, anywhere in the U.S. for $95.

Labor Day Fun


I had a great Labor Day weekend. Gary and I met Tanner and two granddaughters at beautiful Stonewall Resort in West Virginia. We all went to Morgantown to cheer the West Virginia Mountaineer football team to victory.


I loved the half time tribute for WVU student, Ginny Thrasher. She won a gold medal in Rio for air rifle. 


Football makes fans do some strange things.

Back at Stonewall for dinner and marshmallow roasting.


S’mores are just the best desert ever. 


Lots of swimming was done. Avarie perfected the “PopPop Flip.”


Gary and Tanner played golf. Ball lost…Bambi found!

The weather was perfect for kayaking on the lakes.

I’ve never kayaked through a tunnel before.


Paddling is very hard work. 


Labor Day should always end with a great fireworks display. I completely agree with John Denver. West Virginia really is almost heaven when you have a fun time with family.

Labels


I have two quilts to box up today to send to  the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA. The quilt show will take place Septrmber 15-20 and both Becket Mountain Trilliums and Bike Love have been accepted. And both of them need labels. 


Last May, hiking the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts, there were lots of red trilliums. I rip the pages out of the guide book for the miles I’ll be hiking that day so I can carry them in my pocket for quick reference. I love the guide books! They bring back instant memories and in my mind, I can see those red trilliums I made note of last spring. I scanned this page and printed it on an EQ Printables Fabric sheet to use as part of the quilt label. 


I added the lettering in Pages. I’m a Mac person–Word just doesn’t work for me. Clearly I’m not too good with spacing either, since I cut off part of the S on top and should have pushed the bottom block of lettering to the left to fit the trillium better. Heck. I don’t like computer tasks. Which is why I’ve left them to the very last friggin’ minute. It’s a label. I’m on a deadline here.


Futzed with it and got it a little better. I used invisible thread in the bobbin so the stitching disappears on the quilt top and sewed through all three layers. One done, one to go.

This is how I test my quilts to see if they are going to hang straight and flat. I usually don’t have a problem because my favorite batik and hand dyed fabric is very dense and firm and the Quilting In Layers technique is quite accurate. This quilt was made with Moda and “quilty” fabrics and is soft. See that ripple along the bottom? Not happy with that.  I could hand sew a line of stitching with invisible thread along the binding and gather up that bit of excess. Nah, I made this quilt for fun! I’ll just embrace the quirks. (Did I mention I’m on a deadline? Real reason for lazy.) 


When I started Bike Love, I challenged myself to try for that “Modern Quilt” look. I’m a member of the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild and there has been an enormous hullabaloo about new rules for quilts entered in the upcoming international Modern Quilt contest. The controversy is about derivative work, and what deritive actually means. Copying, is a less art-speak, definition. I have very strong feelings about this subject but I won’t get on my soap box.  (you think I’ve mellowed? Hah!) Anyway, the label will include my original photo taken with my iPhone of my personal bicycle in front of my own garage door, reinforcing the “original” claim.


I grabbed a bunch of scraps and stuck them to Wonder Under fusible web. 


I ironed the letters I sketched on freezer paper to my fused scrapes and cut them out. 


Spell check. Spacing check.


Done. Now to find a box, fold up the quilts, fill out the paperwork, weigh, measure and print labels and race to the UPS store.

Lone Star


A Lone Star is on my bucket list of quilts I’d like to make. This beautiful top was made by Peggy in Barbara Cline‘s  Twirling Swirling Dance class at Mid-Appalachian Quilt Conference. 


Dark blue thread shows too much on the yellow so light blue thread wins.


Peggy requested that I quilt her top with the same design as Barbara’s class sample. The lines radiating from the center aren’t half circles– more of a hook and then gradual swirl to the edge. How am I going to do that?


See that hot pink line? I loaded the photo of the instructor’s quilt into the Skitch App on my iPad and traced one of the quilting lines. 


Using the photo as a reference and a flexible curve ruler, I sketched the line on tracing paper on top of the quilt. 


I transferred the tracing paper shape to freezer paper so I could iron the template onto the quilt top so it wouldn’t shift. 


I measured off one inch increments and made tick marks along each edge. 


I lined the top of my shape at the quilt center and the bottom with the edge tick mark and used a white chalk pencil to draw a very light line, working my way around the quilt. 


This is the back view. It took several rolls of my bars to complete a long quilting line. Why didn’t I get the larger machine, I ask myself? It wouldn’t fit in my room is a dumb answer–walls can be moved!


I love this quilting design for a lone star quilt. I’m saving the freezer paper template for when I make my quilt. Not holding my breath, tho. Thanks for the stretch, Peggy!

August

It’s amazing how much quilting you can accomplish when you cower in the air conditioning all day. All I need to do is sew on the sleeve and label and the bike quilt is finished. 

I had a little indecision on the tire quilting.  I first quilted right on the turned edge, the same as the frame. It was ok but I kept thinking about a decorative stitch on my machine that looked like tire tread. After much testing and more indecision, I took out all the straight edge stitching and used the specialty stitch. I’m not sure it’s better– but it is done!

The days and days of 90 plus degree heat we have had, has caused all the ponds in Longwood Gardens to go completely green with an overgrowth of algae. Longwood uses different methods to combat this, such as chemicals, adding dark dye, plant eating fish, submerging hay bales. 

I’ve never seen them round it up before. It looked like an effective treatment but was a nasty job. Those workers emerged looking like Green Man. 

I love this harvest season and have been eating gorgeous fresh produce every day as well as roasting tomatoes and making pesto.

I have a studio mascot. Darling grand-dog, Bella is visiting while Kira is away. She doesn’t mind the sound of my longarm machine which is a good thing since I have been quilting for customers. 


I have my Quick Curve quilt loaded on the frame. I’m doing the “stand and stare” method of waiting for inspiration to come. This will be a good project for a hot weekend. 

Guild Day

Yesterday Calico Cutters members held the August meeting. The Kids Quilts Committee assembles fabrics for quilters to take home to sew and quilt. I always take a kit because it’s an easy job of no-brain sewing, ready to go when you need that kind of a quick project. The quilts are donated to the Domestic Abuse Center and every child receives a quilt. I am appalled by how many quilts are needed– we usually have about 30 each month. 

I’ve been looking forward to hearing the lecture by Lea McComas. I first saw her amazing quilt, Bike Boys, on winners row at Quilt Festival in Houston. It was so interesting to hear details about how the quilt was made. Lea intended to enter the quilt in the IQA contest, but the central portion, outlined in white, wasn’t big enough for the quilt category, so she enlarged it by offsetting in a frame. I think it’s a perfect solution, adding to the energy that is part of the emotion of the artwork.

Lea is interested in faces and the human figure. She has lived in some interesting countries and her photographs from Turkey and Africa often form the basis for quilts, as in this quilt called Bread Boys.

This quilt called Crossing Over, was inspired by a photograph in a museum in Denver, Colorado , where Lea now lives. I like the way the horses have edges extending slightly off the quilt, visually joining the panals. You could see this better if I didn’t have to photograph with the messy background! Look at the right panal. I love the subtle pieced quilt blocks behind the mountains and the reflections in the water. I looked at the water for a long time. Would I have made the same decision, having the reflected blocks flow along with the water or have oriented them more directly, in line with the blocks above? Interesting to see an artist’s choice in design and composition. 

Lea talked about how she develops her quilts. She has a system that starts with a photograph she prints in grayscale. She adds color based on proportions from the color wheel, aiming to achieve balance. She is quite deliberate in her composition, figuring out a math equation thing based on the golden mean. Of course she completely lost me there. How differently I work! Grayscale? Proportions? Throw up fabrics, if the colors look good to me– go with it! Math equations? Hah! I guess I have to call my studied process, Winging It.


Lea was funny and entertaining, she told fascinating stories and was generous in talking about quilting techniques. What a great program! 

Never Enough


My quilt bee is having a challenge, due in September. We all must make a quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler. We can choose any fabric, pattern, or size. Some over-achievers have already finished a quilt– or two. I thought I’d keep it simple, using just four fabrics that I purchased a few years ago, with no particular project in mind. 

There are lots of ways to arrange the blocks. I tried different patterns and finely decided I liked this design best. I wanted the rows on opposite sides to end with the same color arcs. It must be some crazy math thing, but no matter what I tried, I could not make the color arrangement symmetrical. I had lots more green and blue but was totally out of the flower fabric. 

I pieced together my remaining scraps.

Can I really use this one? It’s pretty ridiculous.

I managed to eek out three more flower arcs. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Lower left corner– I still need one more lousy flower arc and I do not have even a splinter of the fabric. I know quilters– some of my best friends even– that can take a pattern, buy the fabric required, sew the quilt and have just the right amount of fabric. I am not one of those quilters. I never have enough of some critical fabric. I even buy more than the pattern says and I don’t have enough.  

What to do?

1. Select appropriate curse words and let fly. Done.

2. Use a blue or green arc, letting future quilt historians say, yeah, she ran out of fabric. No.

3. Get on the Internet and search for the flower fabric. No. I want this done now. 

4. Root through my extensive stash for 2 hours to find fabrics to mix in. Three of anything looks intentional, right?  Can’t find a thing that works. Nothing. 

5. Race to the fabric store and buy something compatible. Too late today. 

6. Give up and go find a big bag of potato chips. Excellent accompaniment for wine. 

Working my way through the barbecue chips, I decided I’d quit procrastinating and quilt the tires on my bike quilt. To heck with those arcs. I grabbed the scraps from that project to piece a sample to test out some threads and look what I found. A few more schnibbles of the flower fabric! 

Woohoo! Back in the saddle and ridin’ hard! I had enough fabric to piece 2 more arcs– I threw out the one cobbled together with three slivers. 


I have symmetry! I just need to decide on green or blue arcs on the sides and which color binding looks best. Well….it’s gonna be blue binding. I don’t have enough of the green fabric….


All the blocks sewn together. Now to get it quilted by September. I feel confident that I have thread. All I need is the backing fabric.