Friday, March 11, 2011

other Going Ons

I think we've been so busy bottling rainbows and finishing quilts around here that there's been nary a moment to spare.  Here's a few notes on other things bustling around my brain lately.


Yesterday I came across the sequel to Ruby Star Rising.  Have you seen it?  It's called Ruby Star Spring!  According to designer Melody Miller, it will be printed on a "62" wide lighter-weight cotton-linen blend fabric" by Kokka, available early summer.  I'm really digging the color combos she's used and all the lovely insects - especially those dragonflies.  Honestly I love this even more than most Echino.  I guess it feels more real life to me?  I want to think of an appropriate project for this collection so that I have the confidence to purchase when it comes out.  Perhaps a huge picnic blanket?  We do need one...



This morning I was inspired by Tsh Oxenreider's new book "Organized Simplicity:  The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living" to raid our closets.  I haven't read much of the book, but I immediately latched on to the idea of pairing down my clothing to the real gems.  I guess that's because I've been feeling pretty unsatisfied with my clothes for awhile now, that and the fact that at this time of year I need to evaluate how the kid's old summer clothes fit.  You know, the whole change of seasons thing for the kiddos.  It felt so good!  Between Aria and I, we filled a huge plastic tub with clothing to donate and also tossed a good bunch that were stained.   I had to laugh at myself for feeling torn at letting go of dresses I bought in high school that fit me "just so" then.  Yeah, like those are going to 1. Fit or 2. Be appropriate for me now.  Still the memories of a special date or college times linger in those clothes.  I tell myself they'll make new memories now when some slim teenager discovers them at Goodwill.  Adieu.

do. Good Stiches - Love in Wonky Stars

Look at these!  All of the wonky star blocks have arrived from my friends in the Love circle at do. Good Stitches (a virtual charity quilting bee).  I feel so privileged to get to piece them together and finish another quilt for Wrap Them In Love.  I haven't decided on a quilting pattern yet, but I'm hoping to have the guts to do something challenging (for me).  I really need to keep practicing my free motion quilting.  That's the only way to improve!

We'll be launching a new circle of do. Good Stitches this April.  Yeah!  I'm still looking for someone to lead the new circle as the circle host.  The "host" has light organization and communication duties.  And, also, the host has a lot to say about which charity is chosen for the group.  After all there are so many deserving ones!  So, if you happen to be an active Flick-user that enjoys working in the modern quilting style, please consider joining in with do. Good Stitches!  Get more details and register via the New Members Form at our Flickr page.

I think that's all for now, friends.  I'll leave you with a funny picture of my "entertainment" as I pressed and arranged those wonky stars. 

my entertainment

It's always peaceful around here... Not!

13 comments:

  1. Ooh that organizational book looks like one that I need! :) I am far too chicken to tackle me closet right now.

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  2. The bee blocks look incredible together! That's going to be one stunning and special quilt for whoever is on the receiving end.

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  3. The wonky stars are going to make a beautiful quilt!

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  4. I love your entertainment!! I so miss my boys at that age. Great wonky stars blocks.

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  5. The star quilt is lookin' good! : ) Can't wait to see it all together. Nice job assembling all those blocks.

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  6. Rachel you have the book linked to Betterworld Books! That's where my brother works! And my of my friends and classmates from childhood work there as well! Too funny!

    I'll have to look into that book. I'm all about clutter free living...although to look at my sewing room right now you wouldn't necessarily know that. ;)

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  7. I am loving the look of red and white quilts lately, they're really tempting me!

    I can relate to that picture of your little one, they're always good for a distraction/entertainment! Tonight while I was fixing dinner my kiddos and their friends put on what they called their "strange parade" -- they raided the dress up bins and put together some pretty interesting outfits. It was hilarious!

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  8. Such beautiful eye candy today - especially that last shot! What a cutie!!

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  9. That is a stunning fabric line...must fine some to use and for the shop...:)

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  10. this is the second book I"ve ordered from betterworld based on your blog posts - thanks for sharing! love the fabric too ;)

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  11. I just bought that book yesterday! My house feels like it's taking over and I really want to purge some things that we don't need. I have a bad habit of tucking things away to deal with them on another day. That other day is here, apparently. :)

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  12. totally loving that Ruby star spring line too, Rachel!
    And the charity quilt you're doing is so pretty!!!

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  13. Those stars are so pretty! I've been clearing out big time, including quilting projects I'll never finish. Have a good trip and feel better.

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