It suddenly struck me while I was waiting for The Hubbie to return from a walk last night, that is wasn’t windy. This might sound a minor thing to notice, so let me expound slightly as to why this was so significant.
The night before it had snowed on the hills, despite it being mid-January, and the middle of summer. We have had a howling gale of a wind for weeks now, with a weather bomb mid-week, and another storm coming. Flooding, landslides, all the usual winter stuff, but in summer instead.
There is a joke doing the rounds on FB that the Bible calls 40 days and nights of rain a biblical curse… whereas here in the Manawatu it’s just called Summer.
Anyway it wasn’t blowing, so I did what any sane person would do and grabbed a quilt top, a camera, and a person to hold the quilt aloft.
May I introduce my variation of the Midnight on the Oasis quilt by Jen Kingwell. It has one border less than the original pattern, and I took a few liberties with the other borders too, but otherwise it’s pretty much what the pattern ordered.
My plan is to ditch stitch around all the borders, and then attack with Perle 8. There is so much colour that nice big stitches will accentuate the folksy nature of the quilt. First comes basting of course, which I’m saving for tomorrow, when the next summer storm is set to arrive.
Today it’s lots of fun with fabric dyeing, which I’ll share next week. Here is a hint of what we are playing with. Colour swatches on art paper, from our experiments in fabric dyeing. I have been dyeing the greens and blues, while Daughter #1 loves the brights. Needless to say our hands are brightly multi-coloured despite wearing gloves.
Have a great weekend.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.