I just had to sneak on to the internet and share this picture with you guys. We are having loads of fun on the McCall's Quilting cruise. Today we were in St. Thomas and I went snorkeling with sea turtles...swoon.
“Am I operating at the level of simplicity I want?” Gay Hendricks
For some reason every time I sit down to do the write up for my basket Block of the Month all hell breaks loose. I’ve been reading Gay Hendricks A Year of Living Consciously and that question above was in one of the daily meditations. I just hit me like a ton of bricks. No was my answer, I am not at the level of simplicity I want right now. When I really looked at it I realized that I have been on high creative output for the past 5 years. Really. High. Output. And I am tired. And I am wanting to explore some new things. And sometimes I feel like I cannot breathe I have so much to do. So, and I am really really sorry about this, I have decided to not do the basket BOM this year. I just don’t have it in me.
I know many of you were looking forward to this, which makes it hard. But if I am going to continue to do this work (designing and writing) I need to re-charge my creative batteries for a bit. I sincerely hope to have another BOM next year if I can get it sewn this year. I am not going to stop blogging. I am just going to finish up some projects in waiting so I can bring those to you as well. I am still going to share fun techniques and small projects and my Eat More Plants posts. Just no BOM until 2015. Once again, sorry.
One of the best things I get to do at McCall’s Quilting (and there are tons of fun things to do at work) is work with great designers. Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs has been one of my favorites from the get go. So, as you might imagine, when she asked me to adapt some embroidery patterns to appliqué patterns I jumped at the chance. It was so much fun! This quilt is the result! Gerri wrote a wonderful post about our collaboration that you can read here:
Hello friends! Here is a shot of my design wall this morning. I hope I will be able to get the directions ready soon. I am currently in the final stages of getting everything ready for the McCall's Quilting Cruise so it may not get posted until I get back. So sorry about this but my life is just CRAZY right now. If you are going on the cruise be sure to let me know so I can be on the lookout for you!
Head on over to Judy's blog for a healthy dose of inspiration.
So, here is my sweet little daisy quilt all ready for it's binding. Name ideas anyone? This will be in an issue of McCall's Quick Quilts later this year.
I just love they way my good buddy Karen, of The Quilted Moose,quilted it. I always get so ecited when she calls to tell me a quilt is ready. Her quilting transforms the quilt and some days I am speechless. Just look at her quilting in the background of these applique blocks!
Be sure to check back tomorrow so I can show you some fun quilting on the Fancy Flowers Quilt Along quilt!