Yes, I'm late blogging this. Things have been a little frustrating, but okay. Puppy training is hard! She's almost 7 months, but still learning. There've been other things, too, but I'm trying to move forward a little each day. I had some big secret sewing projects to finish in July, as well, and can't share that until January or February.
The July challenge was for the Island Batik Ambassadors to use the Tree of Life die provided by Accuquilt for a project which was to become a gift for someone who needed cheering. In my case, I gave it to someone who is doing all she can at work and then caring for her mom, who has Alzheimer's. I've been there. My mom is still hanging on, in the nursing home, and no one knows how, except that she's still eating. I appreciate that the staff have taken over my role as caregiver, so I have some breathing room, and can go back to being a daughter. My friend Carol is still playing both parts. We were to meet for a quick meal, and I grabbed the finished quilt and decided to give it to her, almost spur of the moment. I wasn't sure who I could give it to, until we made plans to meet.
My project: I went to EQ8 to see if they had the die shape already as a block, and it was close enough. I set the design on point with one block measuring 14", and played with some colors. I often use just the solids when I play, as I know the Batiks will offer a little more depth and texture to the design. I was thinking of using some 10" squares left from another project, but it just didn't seem like I had enough. I opted to use some of the 1/2 yard Basics and Blenders Island Batik includes in our Ambassador boxes (did you see my last post, showing how stuffed the 34lb boxes were??) I have a good variety of Basics.