"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This, That, and the Other

THIS has got to be one of the coolest flowers I've ever seen. It is just amazing.

I have no idea what it is, but while I was admiring it, a big fat bee came to feast upon it. He stayed quite a while and though he wasn't inclined to pose, I managed to sneak a shot while he wasn't looking!
THAT my neices' and nephews' birthdays sneak up on me is an understatement! My neice turned 6 on Wednesday. A few years ago I made her older sister a pillowcase and it was very well received, so I decided this year it was Maya's turn. Here is the pillowcase I made for her. I hope she likes it. I happened to flip the calendar to August only to realize that my nephew turns 5 next week ... so off to the fabric store I go for another novelty print - thank goodness these pillowcases go together fast!!

THE OTHER thing I want to share with you is that I am making a few small quilts. They will go to Fusions, the gallery in Pittsboro, next month for the September quilt sale. This is the first one that's finished. It's about 42x54.

Several years ago I exchanged two sizes of brown squares with my local bee. They were intended to go together into a certain pattern. Well, of course the stacks just sat in my closet! So I decided that it was time to use them up. I bought three new prints with brown and managed to make four throw quilts with my squares ... and I even have a few left over! This quilt was my first attempt at any real free motion quilting (other than very small pieces) on my new machine. It did a great job! Now I just have to learn how to make all those fancy patterns I see!

I can't believe it's almost August. Wow. It doesn't seem possible.


arlee said...

That is a Passionflower! Lucky you! Mine is a houseplant, but goes out in the summer.

Karen said...

I was going to say the same thing. We saw some in Bermuda and there is a tale associating the different parts of the plant to the Crucifixion of Christ. If you google passion flower you'll come up with the link.

Heather P said...

I love Passionflowers! In south Texas (Houston, where I used to live) they were perennial and spread rampantly. But they are so gorgeous, who cares if they invade the other flower beds?

Clevelandgirlie said...

I got to see this pretty brown quilt in person! It was soooo good to see you. I'm looking forward to hearing from you about lunch.