Here goes another try......
Life...been busy in some sort of way, but can't quite put my finger on exactly what. Here are some photos of what I have been up to. Hopefully it will shed some light on the subject;)
Berry season.....can we say "YUM!!!!!" OMG!!!! This is soooo awesome!! I thought chili season in New Mexico was something to savor, but this is by far a more complex sort of awesomeness from mother nature;) I knew that Oregon has a wild berry season....the roadsides are covered with wild blackberry bushes that will bear fruit very soon, if not already on the start. Marion berries, raspberries, logan berries, blackberries, and blue berries!! Oh, my;) I have 50+ jars of jam and jelly of assorted kinds in my pantry. We aren't going to eat all of that ourselves...I am thinking gifts for Christmas and such. Canning season is such an event up here, there are times when there aren't any supplies left on the shelves. I took my son with me out to the picking fields a few times. He had a blast. One for the bucket, one for his mouth;) The hubby did the same thing;) Oh, did I mention the price of berries at the place we are going to??? Get ready.....$1.10 per pound!!! For organic even!! One afternoon we picked 26 pounds of berries. At market price at the stores for organic, it was a haul worth $226!! How awesome is that?????
On to other things....
The harvest is small, but tasty;) We have spent many a time visiting on the deck or downstairs sharing the goods 50/50 with the cooperatives. It is also a learning process of what will work and what needs to be re-thought in our little space.
On to quilting...yes, I actually got something done!!;)
I actually got this finished shortly after my last post in May. I like it even if I changed the original design plan to something simpler, and creatively confined. I was (and still am) on a limited budget when I purchased the main fabrics for this project and had to think up the best way to use every square inch of what fabric I had. Jelly rolls have the bain of a quiter's creative existance since they came into effect. What to make with something you love while staying in the perameters of your purchasing abitilty. Hence why I think we see so many simple, graphic, and "easy" designs have proliferated the quilting market nowadays. It works when what you are after is a taste, but indulgence in design is limited.
Then there is this little gem;) I forget who did it first, but I took there idea of a strip top in uber short work for a charity quilt. I had the jelly strips (once again, something lurking in the stash with limited ideas on what to with them) and the tone on tone muslin sitting around taking up (creative) space in my quilting cycle. So in an effort to clear the inventory for greater projects, I threw this one together in less than an evening plus the time to hand sew the binding on.
Anywho....I think that about does it for this entry. It's late and I am tired. I will try to post more often in the near future, but only if I have something positive to say;)
As always, Happy Quilting!!