Hello Spring!

Hi everyone! Are you feeling the seasons change in your part of the world?  We are definitely in the midst of some major shifts and boy is it nice.

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A couple weekends ago, I took the kids to the Sonoma Valley for some hiking and exploration at the Jack London State Park and on the way there we went to the “Unconventional and Unexpected” exhibit to check out the quilts from the book of the same name.  What a treat this whole trip was.  We loved hiking around Jack London’s estate and seeing his homes.  That man traveled to the far reaches of the world (Alaska, Hawaii and Australia), established a working ranch and wrote several well known books and short stories all before he died at the age of 40-INSPIRING!  Minus the philandering and alcohol/drug abuse, I want to be Jack London when I grow up. 🙂

The quilt exhibit was also fantastic.  Being the only ones there, the person at the front desk kindly gave us our own private tour.  She showed us the quilt backs and even the glass window effect shown on the last pic above (evidently they discovered the pretty effect when showing off the quilts to some local Elementary School students.)  Those bright polyester quilts are dreamy!

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In my own creative world, I have continued to play with the Triangle in a Triangle blocks and have started working on one of my scrubs quilts in earnest.  (One of them is going to be a bias tape quilt which I had alluded to in a previous post.  My wandering mind has veered me in other directions since I last posted but I will come back around to it.)

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I have also been playing with recycled leather and made up some Springy bags.  At some point I need to share my tricks for leather appliqué as I have discovered a few really helpful techniques.  The orange leather by the way is from a skirt donated by Bianca (Thanks! I made them!).  That generous donation has spawned at least 4 different recycled leather projects-AMAZING!

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In my attempt to Spring Clean I have also been tackling my UFO pile and combined two quilt backs to make one quilt.  It is so simple it would almost more qualify as a blanket.  This heavy quilt out of remnant bin red denim and silver corduroy, red linen from my enormous fabric stash and ikea canvas Triangle block pleases me to no end however.  It is HEAVY and the texture is squishy and it is made of non-boutique substrates; a WINNER for me on all counts  This quilt will get used and loved in our house and will fit right in with my crew.

Wishing you some similar sublime weather and creative vigor.

Hillary

5 thoughts on “Hello Spring!

  1. This is such a visually stunning post. It was a joy to linger over ever photo. So glad you are still enjoying the leather. I would love to hear about your leather applique techniques. I am still learning to control my new machine. I am impressed with your precision on such small shapes. Love your bag and quilts.

  2. Oooh! Leather flowers! I would read and take notes for any leather tips as I have yet to open my bag of leather scraps and try using them.
    I like the life goals – adventurous minus philandering alcoholism is a good place to aim. 🙂
    Here is autumn, which feels like spring. We have milder but still warm weather and a bit of rain, so everything is in a green growth spurt before the autumn leaves fall and the winter rains begin in earnest.

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