I don't know all of you who read my blog. There are many of you that I've never met, and some friends and acquaintances have joined along the way.
Yesterday, I learned that a blog reader passed last week, and I want to acknowledge her. Lois was a wonderful lady and her and her daughter used to read my blog over breakfast. She was the most amazing hand quilter, although she did take a machine quilting class from me and did some small projects. She was in her 80's when she did that. She was in my class for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler and created a gorgeous sampler quilt.
She was from Western Canada (OK - the prairies), like myself, and well - those girls from the prairies have a kindred spirit. She was a member of the local quilt guild and was always showing off projects she made. The thing I remember the most about Lois is her smile. I don't think I ever saw her with a scowl on her face. She was 92, and while I haven't seen her in person for a while, I've followed her adventures on Facebook. She was a spunky lady (those good prairie genes!).
She passed suddenly, and while a shock to all, it's the way I want to go. I want to thank Lois for all the joy she brought into my life over the years, and I sure hope she finds a way to continue reading my blog from heaven!
Condolences to her family.
It was a crazy day with lots of classes, and I was more or less stuck in front of Zoom for the entire day. But that's OK.
First, let's have a quick peek at how to piece that background I shared yesterday. This is a safe (and easy) way to build an "improv" background. All the pieces are squares or rectangles. So no angles to worry about. Lay the pieces, so they sort of fit together. Don't worry - you can add and subtract or change the fabrics if you don't like them.
|The pieces for the improv background are laid out|
|Trim off the excess|
|The sections are together|
|Trimming the edges with a ruler|
|The improv background|
|The orphan block box|
|Random flying geese blocks|
|Machine embroidered letters|
|Three purple blocks|
|Four drunkard's path blocks|
|Fabric to make the fourth block|
|The four purple blocks|
|Another background to embellish|
|A plain piece of fabric for one more background|
|Optimal blood pressure|
|A stroller mount for a tablet|
|Double wedding ring components - trimmed|
|Lint from the sewing machine|
|Flying geese for my row of trees|
It's a fairly calm week this week, although I do have some random appointments that are scheduled. And I have to prep for the upcoming classes this weekend. Yikes - it's like being on a sewing treadmill.
I have five items on The Task Master from last week that didn't get completed. And I added eight this morning. It's about setting priorities! I simply look at that list and see what needs to be done. Although I will say that I need to sit my butt at the computer and get some writing done! I'll move back and forth between the computer and the sewing machine this week.
Don't forget that there's a Virtual Retreat this weekend. Saturday, June 26 from 6 - 9 PM and Sunday, June 27 from 10 - 8 PM. It's going to be loads of fun, and I've got lots of stuff to sew. Hey -- if you're working on the backgrounds for your art pieces, I'd love to see them.
On that note, have a super day!!!!
In closing, I want to send a shout-out to Lois!! Thanks for all the memories. You were a remarkable person!