Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday

It feels so good to be back at the sewing machine after 16 days knitting knitting knitting!

I've made 20+ more string blocks for my "block a day" challenge from Anna Lenas:

AND I've got a good start on my August Schnibbles, Dimestore:

I'm using my Liberty of London Lifestyle prints from Purl Soho in New York.   Remember how I complained that some of the quarter-yard cuts were short?  Well, I sent them a (polite) email, and wow -- they replaced all five short cuts and told me to keep the ones I already had!  Purl Soho was on one of the shops I visited last summer in Manhattan.  They were so nice in person, I should have known they would be just as responsive for online sales.

At this point, I'm not completely sure about my Dimestore.  Not enough contrast?  I used the orange (School Bus) Kona for the cornerstones in an attempt to bring in a color besides blue.  Here are the photos I used as my inspiration:

Really, in person, the rocks are just as orange as that Kona cotton!

This particular day the sky was a perfect Colorado cerulean-blue, and the sun was shining intensely against the rocks.  I am so sorry I only had the little "point and shoot" camera with me!
Oh -- for those of you not from Colorado, the photos are of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.  The middle photos is the "Kissing Camels."  See them?  This area was threatened by the Waldo Canyon wildfire in late June, but luckily was spared.

Have you commented on my giveaway yet?  You could win an autographed copy of Anna Maria Horner's pattern, "The Multi-Tasker Tote" and enough AMH fabric to make your own tote!  Go here to comment.

Speaking of links, I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, hosted this week by Cindy of Live a Colorful Life:  selvaging my sanity one stitch at a time.  I guess only a quilter would get the "selvaging" joke, huh?

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  1. I love the string blocks! Someday I am gonna make a quilt like that. Someday!

    Also, I recognized GOTG. Such a beautiful place!

  2. LOVE Garden of the Gods. We just moved to the Colorado Springs area, and I am awed by all the beauty to be found in easy half-day outings! Gorgeous string blocks, and I think your Dimestore project is quiet nice.

  3. Your string blocks look great - such a great idea to use up buts and pieces. Beautiful pictures - love the kissing camels.

  4. Aunt Marti...I made a string block the other day and made a mug rug out of it for a gift! Thank you again for the tutorial on how to do it. :) I love your blogs, and I think the dimestore quilt is simple yet very nice! Yes, I've been to Garden of the Gods several years ago, and I just loved it so much!

    Nice giveaway! I'd love to sew a new purse for myself (since I give away just about everything I sew). Take care!

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