Some miscellaneous news, just to show I'm still alive and quilting, at least a bit.
1. While I was away last week I cut out some squares for a scrappy lap quilt using batiks. I will need to broaden the color range in order to have enough fabric. I could also broaden the value range, but don't want to do that. The quilt is intended to be a gift, and I don't think the recipients would go for the busy look. The pattern is called Scrappity Do Dah, and I downloaded it from McCall's Quilting.com after I saw someone's version at guild. It's been a long time since I did something like this, and when I finally sat down to sew on it, it was fun.
2. Here's the new Interpret This! challenge photo. It's tough. That's all I'll say. I have an idea, but no work to show yet.
3. I entered Peppermint Stars in Road to California. Fingers crossed.
While I was feeling bold, I called the owner of a local gallery who used to sell my quilted clothing and asked if she would take some of my small art quilts for the winter jurying. She agreed, even saying that since she knew my work she didn't think they needed jurying. I assured her that yes, they did. We'll see how this goes. I'm feeling some regret--would anyone really want these things?
4. The project hanging over my head this week was preparing supplies and ideas for a group of ladies at church to decorate little canvas totes for nursing home residents to carry and stash belongings. Since most of these women don't know much about fabric work, and aren't very crafty, it was a challenge. I brought bags, paint, prefused fabric for applique, and some very simple patterns and stencils. The bags might not win a prize for art, but the group had fun, and I hope the recipients find them useful and appreciate the thought. My benefit was becoming more skilled at applying WonderUnder to large pieces of fabric, and I now have the leftovers for my own use.
Now that that's over, I plan to dig in to that fountain!
P.S. Have to brag about a victory over the computer: I couldn't get Blogger to upload photos, so I tried looking at the Preferences menu, turned on Extensions, and voila! I have no idea what Extensions means exactly, or why it was off, but this worked. I always feels as though I have somehow conquered something major when I can solve a problem without having to see the suppressed scorn of my live-in computer consultant.