Spawning New Ideas with Scraps

When I had finished the Mod Olive QAL earlier this year, I was left with a lot of discards. I couldn't bear to throw them away, so I had created a new quilt HERE. The above photo reminded me of fish swimming upstream, so that gave me another idea for using the cast-offs, except this time I got a hold of a fellow Mod Olive quilters white leftovers. 

I created a background that reminded me of looking into a pond with concrete borders. I pinned on the "fish" and began playing around with different shapes. I took photos between each move to re-evaluate where I wanted changes.

*.* So Happy *.*

This has been one of the nicest summers that "we" Pacific Northwesterners have had in a long time. We want to be outside, and moving! And with the nice weather, comes less time for crafting, quilting, and just about any sort of sit-down hobby. 

I had neck surgery on July 7th, and I had been anticipating some down time while recuperating. Before surgery I pieced some quilts together, with the idea that I could sit and hand quilt. 

 The girly-girl scrap quilt was pieced with various fabrics and somewhat improv. The hand quilting took approximately 2 weeks. 


How exciting to have two winners!  I am in awe of Nicki's designs and how she turned some uniforms into creative quilted pouches! You can follow up with more information about Friday evening HERE 
Since I am on Day 5 of Post-Op, I couldn't make the celebrations, but have enjoyed following Ragfinery on Facebook.

I've been busy handquilting when I have a moment or two. I have some mild exercises to follow, but other than that, it really does take time to heal. Thank-you Fibropreneur for the well-wishes! Speaking of surgery, I hope you will join me in sending positive thoughts to our fellow blogger as well! 


Did you enjoy the holiday weekend? 4th of July for us in the USA.
We had some rain on Friday, but come evening, the clouds thinned and we could see the fireworks over Bellingham Bay.

I'll be taking a month or so off from blogging & the Paisley Parkes Facebook page. Monday (7th) I'm going in for my second spinal surgery (cervical as in neck) in two years. This will be followed up with rehabilitation. 

So, the above quilt will be one of things I'll work on as I recuperate. I'm not so much worried about perfection in the handquilting as I will be in the ability to hold a needle and thread. If you'd like to see what I'm up to during this time, I'll be on Instagram @pamela_banis I enjoy seeing what others are doing as well. 

Finally, I'd like to know, what are you Thankful for

I know that we all list family, friends, & our health. But, what hobby/talent/craft are you thankful for? I truly believe that our hobbies calm and enrich our minds with creativity and growth. 

I'm thankful for turning fabric into something pretty and useful. I am also thankful for spinning wool into yarn, & using felted wool fabrics to make rugs. Most of all, I am thankful for those that taught me how to use my hands to create things of beauty. 

Until next time, Have a fun summer! Pam