A couple weeks ago, Audrey of Quilty Folk celebrated her fifth blogaversary with a giveaway, and I was the lucky winner of this book that arrived in yesterday's mail.
Quilty Folk happens to be one of my favorite blogs since discovering it during a Bloggers Quilt Festival a year or so ago. If you're not familiar with Audrey's quilts yet, you definitely need to head over and check out her blog. Her delightfully whimsical and original style is a breath of fresh air, and a source of inspiration to reach out beyond our own comfort zone with our quilting. She has a series of posts on the courage to feel creative that is thoughtfully written and I found very encouraging in trying to step outside my little box in fabric selection, color and fabric design combinations. Thanks so much Audrey, for taking the time to write these blog posts and inspiring us with your creative style! And for my blogaversary winnings!
I've been moving ahead with the basket blocks, and now have 23 completed and one more nearly done, as soon as I find the seam ripper to remove one badly mismatched piece and resew. Here are a couple of the more recent baskets. A few more (so I have plenty to choose from to play nice with the setting triangle fabric), and it will be on to putting this top together. Looking forward to seeing all of them laid out on the design floor.
Are you ready for August? Definitely not at this end! Happily, we still have at least one more month of summer before the threat of frost hits and we begin covering the tender garden plants at night. Will the main crop of tomatoes ripen before then? It's beginning to look doubtful, but at least right now we're enjoying green beans and a bumper crop of summer squash.