This month the Island Batik Ambassador theme is Christmas in July. Rich foods, warm snuggly quilts, hot beverages, fires in the fire pit. Those are all things that the Christmas season brings to mind, so it is not at all surprising that, with temperatures of 110°+ I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to make something Christmas related.
Oh, hi there! It has been a while since I’ve posted. Much longer than I had hoped. So let’s talk about that for a second. For a little over a year I’ve been struggling with back issues. I took a tumble down the stairs and that highlighted an injury in my back from my time in the Marine Corps. Healing has been slow because of my natural affinity to find, and trip over, just about anything.
This post has been a while in the making, but I really wanted to do this as a tutorial using the Creative Grids 45/90 Triangle Ruler. Making Half Square Triangles (HST) the traditional way is on my list of loathed activities, this ruler makes them super quick and easy. As an added bonus you can cut your strips 1/2" larger than the finished size of your block (as opposed to 7/8"). This makes it very useful for precuts, and means you can use a slotted strip ruler for faster strip cutting.
We often hear that April Showers bring May flowers, but I live in the desert, so when we were told to do something that was rain related, or spring themed, I had to google what rain is. Apparently, in some places, water falls from the sky and makes things wet, and helps flowers and plants grow. I'm envious because I would love to see it myself.
There lived a commander and his 3 furry minions. Their evil overlord was plotting great quilting feats to unleash on the world. Always pressing to the dark side, they were relentlessly pursued.
Ok, so it wasn't A LONG time ago, but wow how this year has flown. Today is the one year anniversary of Desert Bloom Quilting! I had no idea when I wrote my first blog post where I would be today, or that the year would pass by so quickly.
Yay! I'm finally getting to blog about a few things on my list that have been pending for a while.
November of last year I finally made it to my first Phoenix MQG Meeting after not making it for almost a year. At that meeting I decided to join for 2016. With a new year starting there were activities to participate in.
March has been an exciting month. First, I received my first box of fabric from Island Batik, to make things out of, for the Ambassador program. Everything inside is beautiful, and I was excited to get started. Also, this year's Mystery Quilt Along started, and I worked on a couple things I just can't share yet.
Calm, yeah, right, sure. I laughed as I typed the headline, but really with the 2016 Mystery starting this Friday, and me being prepared, you would think life would be relatively calm. It isn't, and that is perfectly ok, but what it means is I've been far to neglectful of the blog since it has been the lowest priority on the list.
This is going to just be a quick post to get caught up on current events.
After making the Mr. Fox mug rug, and deciding I couldn't part with him, I couldn't go without making another mug rug for my friend. After much thought, and scouring Craftsy for free paper pieced patterns, I ran across the Mug o' Love by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked. It was perfect, and I think I need to make one for my son's teacher for Valentines Day as well.
A couple weeks ago the Mr. Fox pattern popped up on my Facebook feed. It is a free pattern on Craftsy by Julia Eigenbrodt of Stars & Sunshine. A combined need for a quick finish and the desire to brighten a friend's day had me diving for my scrap bin. The pattern is for a 5" x 5" finished block which was perfect for a mug rug.