It dawned on me some time on Sunday that the class I was leisurely getting ready for was actually 6 days away and I had to decide on my colors and start cutting like crazy. I was thinking of using black and whites with a pop of color. So I was ready to look for some sort of background fabric but spotted a very cool "celebration" fabric I had bought earlier this year for a project but found a better fabric. The celebration print was staring at me from the shelf. (Note lightbulb flashing above my head!)
It led me to pull a ton of Moda Marbles, Kona solids, and other reads-as-solid fabrics. See how great they look together....
The quilt is from Big Book of Strip Quilts published by That Patchwork Place. There are 60 quilts that use 2.5" strips. Someone in Country Piecemakers in Powhatan volunteered to run a one day class using Beachside Bungalow. Honestly, I could do it myself but it will be more fun with friends I don't see all that often.
I decided to go the "cheap" way and purchase the electronic version of the book to read on my iPad. I was hesitant to buy a quilting book for the Kindle app because I don't think I can print out the pages. I did't think it would be all that convenient to have to keep referring to the tablet. Except it hasn't been all that bad. I'm still thinking there must be a way to print a few pages but I haven't spent much time on it yet.
Ok, my opinion is I don't think the quilt pictured is all that attractive. But, my fabrics? They are going to make that pattern shine like the top of the Chrysler building. (To quote "Annie.") 😁
Fast forward through the day and I've got about half of the fabric cut. Unfortunately, strip piecing is not a part of the directions. And, I'm using fat quarters rather than a jelly roll. I've been cutting a ton of 2.5" x 4.5" bricks and another ton of 2.5" squares. I have at least another day of cutting to do. Plus I really want to make some of the units before I go to the guild meeting and class on Saturday.
So a long story to get to my June OMG:
I will have the center pieces cut out and all the units made for the blocks.Now the truth of the matter is I'd really like to get all the blocks made but I have quite a few customer quilts to do this month so that might be more than I can accomplish. I call it being realistic!
On to my hummingbird tale. We've had our feeder up since early May when reports said that hummers were moving north. We saw one or two early on but I haven't seen any for ages. Pat and I were eating lunch on the back deck today and he saw a bird do a "fly-by" to check out the feeder. I suspect she was hesitant to stop with us on the deck. But yippee! Tonight I saw one sitting on the feeder having dinner. And, it wasn't the usual ruby throated hummer. Unfortunately this picture was taken through a fairly dirty window. Sigh.... But I'm tickled to have a dinner guest! Do you feed hummers?
I'll be linking this post with Elm Street Quilts, Midweek Makers, Wow=WIP Wednesday and Freemotion by the River.
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie