Labor Day always seems like the last hurrah of summer, even though school started last week and the leaves started turning even before that! While I often bemoan the impending start of cold weather, I do look forward to my longarm business picking up once quilters return to their machines after their days of gardening, hiking, and other warm-weather pursuits.
After a very busy spring and early summer, that included a college banner, many customer longarm jobs and two baby quilts as gifts for friends, by the end of July I found myself project-less. It’s true that I had three quilts of my own in various stages of completion, but none of those seemed compelling. Feeling restless to do something else, I went to my stash and started sorting.
The first thing that popped out at me was a dark brown with green and pink swirls and stars. It seemed a good choice for the “hearth” square of a log cabin quilt. I pulled out greens and pinks in various shades from light to dark. I knew I might not have enough pinks so I added in some white.
I cut strips and laid them out, then started chain piecing. The result was this lap/twin quilt, in a pattern called “Fields and Furrows”. I’m calling it Cabin Fever in July. It was quilted on the longarm, with a new pantograph I wanted to try. I’m not sure why my stash doesn’t seem smaller, but my sewing urge was satisfied. And in August I turned my attention to sun, sand, and swimming!