This is a changing mat that I made for a dear friend who has become an auntie! Giraffes were part of the nursery theme, so it was easy to get on board! Who doesn’t love a giraffe?
The backing is pale yellow terry cloth. This little piece is on its way to a Las Vegas baby named Harper (LOVE that name!) Congratulations to you all!
Meanwhile, we have been chugging along on the latest charity quilt for my guild – Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild. This is a sneak peak – my friend Elaine has been the guiding force behind this piece and I don’t want to spoil the end result.
Inspired by Wanda’s butterflies (Exhuberant Color blog), I dug deeply into my Kaffe stash and have been happily piecing butterflies. This quilt is for one of Scott’s relatives. More on it as it develops! I am waiting for one last piece of gold and then I can decide whether or not to lattice it. The pattern is called Butterfly Town and it’s by Gail Abeloe. Simple and to the point, the blocks go together very quickly. You may have noticed that I used the same background print in this piece as I did for my giraffe. I’m a little obsessed with it and have reordered twice! It’s called Boardwalk by Art Gallery Fabrics.
We’ve lost two huge trees this week, one day apart. Doesn’t that seem curious? No storms, no wind, no logical reason for these events. We’ve lived here for 15 years and it is so sad to witness the slow but steady demise of the apple trees. My heart has not been in the gardening this season and the telltale signs are everywhere … wild raspberry canes springing up in the day lily border, milkweed in the mint garden, oxalis and red basil crowding the herbs and roses. I keep telling myself that I must get out there and tidy the gardens, but I don’t. Instead, I retreat to the sewing room where color abounds and gifts are created and hours pass happily, fully. The gardens will have to wait.