I went to an awesome and fun quilt retreat at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point WI and had a totally awesome freakin’ time. I took a bunch of indigo dyed fabric – both cotton and linen – and no plan. I figured that, as long as it was blue, anything I made would look lovely.
I love improv quilting. It’s very freeing and fun. I sewed a buncha squares together and found that I had made enough for two small quilt tops.
My husband happens to have two co-workers who are expecting babies in the spring so I needed to make two baby quilts anyway. But then I was done and had used up all my cotton indigo squares. Never fear, I had a pile of linen fabric too. I made four nine patch squares and then sewed them together. I was inspired to try something that required a little planning by all the quilters around me.
But I can only plan so much. I started stitching this mandala inspired circle with no plan but to go in a circle. This one may keep me busy for a long time. It’s really fun to sew. The running stitches are actual quilt stitches and all of the embroidery stitching only goes through the top layer.
I will also be kept busy by this little guy who just joined our family. He’s Augustus The Strong! He’s named after a Polish King and also the dude from The Fault in Our Stars. Luckily it’s a name that both kids could agree on, even if for totally different reasons. I just call him Gus.