Play

Solid Triangle Play Quilt Top

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In a way, it makes perfect sense to finish this quilt as summer ends. Although I started it a few years back, only as a class sample, it symbolizes the play of this past summer. And the stress relief that comes from play.

A bit of a loose plan - the rules of the game:

  1. Each block to be made from only two fabrics.

  2. Fabrics must be high contrast.

  3. Piecing is improvisational.

  4. Use the triangle and the many ways to make it, manipulate it, shape it to piece together the blocks.

That’s it. The rest of it evolved as it went, like kids making up new rules as they play the game. Square up to similar sizes once I’d made a few blocks. Oh look, I like it in rows so it goes in rows now. And then it was big enough and the game was over. Actually, the game was over and I just made it big enough.

(It finishes at about a lap size but I don’t know the actual measurements.)

As I shared the blocks over on Instagram I had some people mention different shapes they saw. How cool, like watching clouds! That completely changed my plan for quilting. For now, though, it gets added to the pile of quilt tops and moves places on the list of quilts under construction. Soon enough.

Solid fabric Improv Piecing

Now, as our brief moment of fall starts to pull back the curtain and as I ready myself and the family for our active schedule I will hang on to this spirit of play for it did me a load of good!

Summering Part 2

Well, it turns out I was completely burnt out and I didn’t know it. Taking copious amounts of fresh air, friends, and family and the subsequent actual relaxation I felt made me realize that. Huh, who knew? Any quilting I did was because I wanted to or only to play. So before I totally jump back in to the chaos and and schedules now that the kids are back in school let me linger in summer a little bit longer.

Camping on the Sheep River with friends.

Camping on the Sheep River with friends.

Still tried to swim for exercise, back is improving.

Still tried to swim for exercise, back is improving.

Met and visited with Katja Marek at her  gorgeous store in Kamloops .

Met and visited with Katja Marek at her gorgeous store in Kamloops.

Mount Robson, the start of our road trip.

Mount Robson, the start of our road trip.

Ferry rides.

Ferry rides.

In Cowichan Bay with the bioluminescent plankton after the sunset.

In Cowichan Bay with the bioluminescent plankton after the sunset.

Catching a winter supply of salmon.

Catching a winter supply of salmon.

Parksville beach. Those tides!

Parksville beach. Those tides!

Solitary morning walks.

Solitary morning walks.

Trying something new!

Trying something new!

My ballet boy at the Aga Khan Gardens.

My ballet boy at the Aga Khan Gardens.

The two projects I worked on it August.

The two projects I worked on it August.

I realize that sharing these is kind of like watching someone else’s slide show. But maybe I can share a deep breath with you and it can carry us all through the busy month ahead.