Simone, the Queen Bee for September, visited Grand Teton National Park over the summer and wanted a block to commemorate her visit. I can hardly wait to see this one.
Leisa’s mother used to live in Ghana, a missionary for the LDS church. While she was there, she sent Leisa a box of fabrics that she’s turned into African Queen blocks. In case you want one, here’s the info on the pattern by Anne Batiste.
I also saw Leisa’s block in my latest Quiltfolk Magazine, issue #4:
I have to admit, even though it’s a bit more than I’d usually pay for a single issue, I do enjoy this publication, as it generally focuses on the regular people of quilting, not the big Brand Names of Quilt Stardom. A nice change, which exposes me to a wider range of our quilt world (and lets me find an African Queen pattern!).
Here’s another I really enjoy–Uppercase Magazine. This issue hit it out of the park, in my view, so if you decide to subscribe, make sure you start with #35. Neither of these publications have advertisements, they are subscription based only, which is why they cost a bit more: the advertisers aren’t subsidizing the costs. I like advertisements okay; it helps me know what my favorite companies are doing. But I also like not having advertisements, too.
If you join up with Jeanine’s mailing list, she’ll give you a deal on a new subscription, plus you get her cool little missives. Never heavy, only intriguing and fun, filled with art and creativity everywhere. I’m sure you can sign up to get those all by themselves, if you want. (And no, Uppercase doesn’t pay me.)
Okay, as long as we are in the panting-over-something-but-don’t-know-if-I’ll-get-it phase, look what came in my mailbox this morning:
You get one box at a time, filled with stuff to make two Di Ford blocks. I’m not even a Di Ford aficionado (although you might persuade me) and I’m tempted. They are only making 400.
This news comes from someone who has the complete set of Frivols, yes, boxes 1-12. It was my retirement gift to myself. I still haven’t made ONE of those quilts, although I still like seeing the boxes. Soon.
My box fetish comes honestly from my mother, who always had a cupboard full of empty boxes for gift-giving, and a stack of them outside in the garage next to the freezer, just in case we needed one. I’m sure there are other box-hoarders out there, besides me, right?
Coming November 1st: my final quilt in the Four-in-Art experience. Although I’ll not be a part of it, the art quilt group still continues on, however, as Endeavourers, with Janine and Catherine at the helm.
They had such a nice response that their slots are full, but having run a few groups, I know that the line-ups change all the time. If you are interested in joining them, drop either one of them a note and ask to be added to their waiting list. It has been a wonderful experience to make art quilts these past five years, and being a part of a group is wonderful.
See you November 1st!