Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pondering Creativity


First, I just have to share my first 4 Bees Knees quilt blocks...I know I've shared Nedra's (top left) and Tricia's (bottom right) before, but Amy's (top right and bottom left) just arrived on Saturday, so I had to get them out and put them together...these blocks are all amazing, huh?! I can hardly believe how fun this is....and I'm so excited to get to sew a block for Amy in May!




It was a busy sewing weekend here...I spent most of Friday putting together a queen-sized quilt with some gorgeous fabrics for my amazingly creative friend Camille (it will be a while before I can share, but believe me, as soon as I can share pictures, I will). When I sew I have a lot of time to ponder and reflect, and for some reason, I pondered a lot about creativity this weekend. I truly love to create beautiful things with beautiful fabrics, and I just feel so thankful to have the blessing of quilting in my life. I'm grateful especially to my Mom and Grandmother for encouraging me in my love of fabric. My husband and children give me a lot of support too...I never get any complaints for the fabric that at any given time might be found in any room of the house!

As soon as I finished Camille's project, I just had to make something little with the scraps. I knew I could make a little tumbler mat pretty quickly...and in just about an hour I had this little finish. What is it about finishes, even little ones, that bring so much joy?!  Of course I had to ponder that, too!





This is my little "catch-all" container for the "strings" or small strips I have left over from projects.  I've been saying for a while now that when it was full I'd make some string blocks...since it's kind of over-flowing, it looks like this will definitely be a string-block week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

17 comments:

Terriaw said...

Those four blocks for your bee are so adorable! I love the patterns and the charming prints. Love your scrappy mini too. Such a great idea to make a mini with scraps from a bigger quilt.

Darlene said...

The "bee blocks" are adorable.

I do my best pondering and thinking while I sew.

Love your mini tumbler.

gale said...

oh my gosh-I LOVE that house block. So stinkin' cute. The tumbler mat is beautiful.

Cheryl said...

Those blocks are so wonderful!!! Such a sweet tumbler mat too!

Anne Heidi said...

Your blocks are so cute- love the one with the house! And the tumbler mat is just adorable :-) Have fun with your string blocks- it sure looks like you have some wonderful fabric scraps in that bin to play with.

Cynthia said...

Your scrap box has a lot of fun possibilities :) The bee blocks are really wonderful! Everyone is outdoing themselves.

charlotte said...

Your blocks are wonderful. Can't wait to see the end result. I always think deep thoughts when I quilt. The brain just goes on and on, doesn't it? Any finish makes me feel good, no matter how small.

Stephanie said...

I love your little project. They are such fun and satisfy that instant gratification need. I need to do more of that!!!

Mama Pea said...

I really love that little tumbler mat. It's so cute! Your pile of strings looks pretty inviting. You'll make something really great from that, I bet!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh I just adore Amy's blocks! :o) That house tugs at my heart. :o) I am super excited to work on Amy's blocks this month and can not wait to see what she has decided on. This is so much fun!!
Your little mat is so cute. :o) You are the best secret keeper, so many pretty projects behind the scenes, I look forward to seeing them one day. :o)
You have such a legacy of creativity. So wonderful. I am a first generation quilter and I hope to share my love with generations to come. :o)

Linda in TX said...

S - I just found you through Thelma's Cupcakes and Daisies and really like your blog. You also led me to Fort Worth Fabric Store (I think you owe me a lot of money!!!) and I believe they're the best on-line quilt shop I've seen (and shopped and bought and bought and bought from). Thanks so much for the recommendation! And I'll be following your blog from here on out.

Donna said...

I agree with your ponderings: quilting is a life joy. Your enthusiasm and creativity inspire me - so there's another life joy. Thnaks everyday.

Mary said...

Your little tumbler mat is really cute. I LOVE the house block with the big sun! I'm looking forward to what you just finished and the next set of Bee blocks.

Sheri Howard said...

Oh yes....those are so cute!!

Wendy said...

Oh those blocks! Charming, simply charming...and your scraps...like a little jewels box spilling over ...do I spy some Ruby there? ...nice...

Bloggymom said...

Love the blocks!! The mat is also great! Now I am itching to sew....

Talin's Corner said...

I totally agree with you. I, too, am so happy to have quilting in my life. It really calms and relaxes me to just sit design, sew, and quilt. I am sure that your string quilt will look fabulous with all those leftovers.