Yes, the umbrellas are continuing to take up all my free time and I can easily say that I've become addicted. It's been so long that I've done this much hand work its so much fun albeit slow....I mean really....slow....so slow that I've only gotten about 12 blocks done. Still the collection is starting to shape up!! I have really love playing the pattern and color. Some umbrellas make bold in your face
statements while others have soft edges that kinda just melt into the background. Funny how this little block becomes an exercise in value and color.
I decided to do each individual block at a time that way I don't get sick of doing them. It's taken a while but my fingers are remembering all my many hours of hand applique. It's gotta be over 15 yrs since I did any real applique even though I really love it. I absolutely LOVE using my collection of Bottom Line bobbin because it does work amazing on making the stitches sink in. Not to mention I have a TON of Bottom Line that I don't use often enough.
Speaking of which....that brings up a topic that came to mind while I was stitching....
Everyone has them and this week mine really showed themselves.
I love children's music. I became addicted when we listened to XMKids every morning during our school commute. The more I think on the quilt design, the more I want to base it on one of my favorites...It's Mary Kaye's Rain. (Take a listen - its less than 2 min) Listening to the song again....also reminded me that I always wanted a good pair of rainboots. I bought those too since they were on sale !
Anyways....I decided I'm going to design this quilt as I go basing it on the song...and since Rebecca Grace is exactly right....I will show all the ups and down of the design process. Also this song is on my spotify Playlist.... Kid's Music Adults love too! in case anybody has kids in their lives!
So what has kept me going through all this hand stitching??? I rediscovered romance novels where the girl always has great sex and gets her man in the end. I haven't read them in so long, it's like revisiting a long lost friend. I ended up getting Audible Escape so I could listen to some of the older romances I loved (a lot of the romances today are just a bit too wild for my tame self). Don't get me wrong, most are ridiculous but they make me smile and what more can you want during a global pandemic?
If you let me I would buy every print of my favorite fabric collections in every colorway. I'm not quite sure if this obsession with the Umbrella quilt is because I love the handwork or it gives me an excuse to play with Sue Daley's Abbie collection! It took a while but I tracked down another set of fat quarters plus yardage of some of the other prints so I have plenty to work with. I'm quite sure I won't NEED all of this ...but I WANTED it all! Not to mention I want ALL the colors of my favorite thread collections
(hence my TON of the bottom line thread!)
Normally, I live a pretty discipline life but this week it seemed all my guilty pleasures collided!!
Okay 'Fess Up....WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES!?!?!?!?!