New Life

Sunshine Quilt by rarebird detailGoing to try to breathe some new life into this old project. The truth is, my life went through many changes since the day it was conceived — and so quickly seemingly abandoned. It wasn’t,  in my head anyway.

The last time I wrote I showed you my bionic gear bag, which has become my very best traveling companion. I made it to take on a trip to the northern redwood coast of California. Little did I know that a year later, I’d find myself living in NorCal with light, cheerful sewing room and much more time to run the needle through fabric. I haven’t been here long so don’t expect too much yet, but let me catch you up on some projects:

The Sunshine Quilt

Sunshine Quilt by rarebird

Right before we moved, I finally finished this quilt-as-you-go medallion. I absolutely love the color. It just reminds me of sunshine and hopefulness. Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake on the green border. Those are quarter square triangles instead of square-within-a-square blocks. QSTs are super stretchy and it took me a while (and several more borders and quilting) to realize why the quilt was puckering in the center. The QSTs had over stretched and were causing it to bubble. I guess I could have taken it all apart and started over, but I prefer to keep it as a reminder of a hard lesson learned.

Abby’s Birthday Quilt

Abby's birthday quilt by rarebird

A dear friend’s daughter just had a baby girl, so one of the first things I made in my new studio/home was this baby quilt. It’s Zig Zag Love by Hope Nelson.

Gypsy Queen

Gypsy Queen wk 5

And now I am working on the Gypsy Queen Mystery Quilt along on Cora’s Quilts. I learned about this quilt-along from an old SoCal friend that I recently reconnected with. After we both moved away, we ended up in neighboring states but lost touch for some time. This past summer we both moved to opposite coasts, reconnected (now that we are farther away than ever), and realized our mutual love of all things quilty. So late though we are in the actual quilt-along, we are both working on the Gypsy Queen. Should be interesting to see how they turn out; her quilt is in wonderful green & purples whereas I am all about the hot oranges and pinks still.

Stay tuned for the progress!



3 responses to “New Life

  1. Great quilts! The medallion colours and centre piece make me think of Mediterranean summers for some reason. 🙂 I love your ZigZag Love quilt. Such lovely fabrics for a baby girl quilt. The border you added looks good too. 🙂

    I hope you and your friend enjoy your Gypsy Queen journey together. It’s always fun to see different interpretations of the same pattern, particularly when it’s a friend making the same pattern as you.


    • Thank you so much for your kind comments about my quilts! I need to get a picture up of my Gypsy Queen, which was so fun, particularly making it with my friend. Yes, they are so different!


    • Hope, I just realized — duh! — that you are the author of the Zig Zag Love pattern. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Your pattern was great to work with.


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