with my small bits of available time i have been able to accomplish… well, some small bits of projects. that's okay, though, as small things often have the most potential for greatness, right?
like the postage stamp exchange we recently did at our modern quilt guild meeting. we each made up packets of 100 2-1/2 inch squares and received an equal number of packets in exchange.
i don't know quite how i found the time, but i did manage to cut 500 postage stamps and received four delightful packets of different fabrics in exchange (i kept one of my own for myself).
after receiving my packets i had fun laying them all out on my design wall just to see what i had to work with, though i'm still not sure what i'm going to do with them. i could make a simple patchwork, just like it looks above, but i was also thinking of making some half square triangles, perhaps, and doing a value quilt, or even (gasp!) turning them into hexagons. right about now that all sounds like a lot of work, so off the design wall it came.
what is up now is my month's quilt for do. good stitches. i asked for improv pieced blocks in brown/cream/khaki, pink and yellow. this was a pretty selfish request on my part, since i wanted to do something more freeform and less fussy (since that's all my brain can handle at the moment). i really enjoyed piecing my blocks, even though it took me many, many hours over many, many days.
i've received half the blocks so far and am loving the way this is coming together. even though we all used different fabrics and our interpretations were all different, the colors really work together and make the blocks appear united. the color scheme was a stretch for me (and it sounds like it also was for the bee members) but, seriously, i love it. i think the piecing makes it look less country cousin and more clean and modern. i may use this color combo again in the future.
fabric: timeless treasures elephants in pink
fabric: from ikea designed by lotta kuhlhorn
and it looks like i'm behind in sharing my weekly ingrid photos! she is already growing out of her onesies (and these are the 3 to 6 month size). yes, we have an enormous baby. yes, i am terribly proud.
and speaking of proud, can i tell you how thrilled i am to find this mug?! i was over on bainbridge island perusing the emma bridgewater collection at churchmouse and saw this and probably emitted a little squeal. see, this is the snowdrop's namesake, this loveliest of flowers that blooms in the winter, and is one of c's favorite (he is the one who christened her the snowdrop). from the bottom of the mug:
"the blankets of snowdrops that carpet the woodland floor make the feeble sprinklings in the garden seem irrelevant. however a solid clump here and there reminds one not that spring-is-on-the way but that there is plenty of chilly weather still to come. a glass of snowdrops by the bedside is a seasonal treat."