So the dish towel languished until I started doing a series of small quilts representing the seasons. Fall, Winter, Spring. Somehow when it came to summer my fuel ran out. Then I remembered the dish towel. What if I quilted it? Ok, the idea rolled around until there was a challenge at my guild to make an apron. I don't wear one; forget every time to unhook it from the back door. What if I used the dish towel in the apron? What if I quilted it first? Then how would the design progress to go around someone's hips? Well all was conquered and I have this to be given away. The ties at the waist are not tied to better show the finished product. And now I think I will haunt a few gift shops looking for my summer in my series since I have it all figured out. Quick to quilt. And I can also tuck away a special gift for a non messy cook if I never get to the summer quilt.
I also had fun with a challenge. Two paper bags; one with a colour and one with a shape. With those two items you make a small quilt. I got grey and circles. Circles ok; grey not so much. I think I have had only one piece of grey in my stash and I used it for something else. At my little local variety store I found a fat quarter of a dark grey with an etched design in lighter grey. This is the result.
There is no more fun than just quilting and quilting in various shapes; mix things up. Add heavy quilting to make things bounce off the surface and in other places almost engulf the background. Lay on lots of light grey thread to add a bit of brightness. Some glitter ribbons, some beads, some glue rubbed into the center of a circle with sparkles rubbed in after. It really highlights the stitching. My Bernina BSR came through. Then add my favourite colour, red. A thread binding finished it off.
Now, I have some quilts waiting to get on to the frame so I leave you with this recipe for blueberry pie.
How to make a Fresh Blueberry Pie
1. Convince your husband that picking fresh blueberries will make THE BEST PIE. Make sure he has a hat to avoid sunstroke while he picks the blueberries.
2. Sit down and have a glass of iced tea after he leaves.
3. Invite your grandson over when you get the blueberries; the one who loves to play in the sink. After all the berries have to be washed.
4. Now with the blueberries all ready, you need to make the pastry.
5. Call your good friend who is so proud of her pie crust at every social event and tell her you want to learn how to make the pastry as good as hers. You want to watch her every step.
6. When she comes over, offer her a glass of iced tea as she works and you watch.
7. And since you have lots of blueberries, you watch her make two pies while keeping her cool with iced tea.
Now that was easy wasn’t it?