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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oh the Sunsets!!

Living in the desert has it advantages. Sure, it's HOT this time of year, but oh those sunsets! Monsoon season is here, and last night we were out on the back patio watching the thunderstorms roll in, with lightning across the sky and the thunder rumbling. It rained for a good 20 minutes and it really smelled so good. We get so little rain here that I so enjoy the storms when we have them.
The last couple of weeks the sunsets have been so beautiful. Golds, pinks, crimson. I ought to make a quilt out of all these colors!!
You just had to watch as the sun went down because every few minutes the sky changed.

I took these pictures right out of my own backyard!
I wanted to thank all of you who wrote in about what you do with your quilts. It was fun to hear how you use them, and if you wash them. I started a batik quilt for a client, and I have to admit that I ALWAYS wash and rinse the batik fabrics because they never fail to run. But thanks again, it was fun to hear from you!!

So these last few days I've been a little busy with a bit of everything. I decided to go through my tons of old magazines to save the patterns I really want to keep, and have filled a binder or two. I've also been working on my applique blocks, and this one here still needs a 3 dimensional butterfly, but I'm not so sure I'm going to put him on! The background borders you see here are from the block underneath, and I still have to sew the borders on this one too. What else have I been up to? Well, I just couldn't resist another painting job. My husband learned a long time ago

to leave me the painting! I love to paint, but I must admit I was sore the next day! Just couldn't take those beige walls any longer. I tried, but I just didn't last. Had to have some color in the room to warm it up! This is a quilt I finished longarming recently.

I've been working also on last year's BOM that I love. Here they are on the design wall. Now mind you, I have absolutely no green in my house, but I love this quilt. It is a Marti Michelle template quilt called Hidden Stars, and I finally finished it!! I'm still in shock. A quilt done for me, imagine that! Now to get it in line for longarming sometime this year.

My sweet daughter knows me so well. Here is my birthday present, and who can resist a stack of layer cake and jelly rolls and charm packs by Moda? I started digging around my stash to find another set very similar that I'm going to combine with these fabrics and start my sampler quilt from the Elm Creek series. The blocks are 6 inches. I haven't decided which format to use yet, but I think these fabrics will be so perfect!! I'm a lucky Mom for sure. Tomorrow will be a busy day, longarming and cutting out another project. Houston Market will be in full swing before we know it, and the new

projects are already starting to roll in. In the meantime, I'm going to keep working on that UFO pile!!
Until next time, keep quilting.


Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Good Morning Diana,

Those sunset pictures are gorgeous and could be the focus for a series of quilts. The colors are fantastic!!

Hope all is well with you - it looks like you are staying busy.

Have a fantastic day.

Rhonda said...

Hi Diana,
Happy Birthday!
I love the sunset photos. The colors are just so beautiful!
What a great post! All of are quilts are wonderful, and the new color in the room is lovely. My favorite color changes from time to time, and it seems that I'm partial to that blue at the moment. :-)

Sherri said...

We do have wonderful sunsets here in southern Nevada, don't we? I loved seeing all of your projects...I'm itching to paint some beige walls too...but I'm going to make myself wait until fall when it's a little cooler!

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