The Gramma has been stuck creatively for a couple of years now, but was recently given new creative life when presented with a little less than a yard of Kaffe Fassett fabric. It's such a particularly beautiful piece of fabric; it truly went straight to the marrow of my bones and lifted me up in a way that I hadn't been in YEARS! Here is a pillowcase for my buckwheat hull pillow that I sleep on every night, made from this same fabric:
Well, that's not the picture I thought I had, but I want to show the end of the pillowcase anyway. I got this pattern from this blog... one of my very favorite blogs:
While you're there, check out the rest of her blog.... amazing! Well named! I LOVE color, and the idea of EXUBERANT color just makes me so happy!
Here's a better picture of the fabric:
Here is the next thing I made, using this "less than a yard of fabric", given to me by a friend:
Darn! Again I picked not the perfect example! In this picture, you see two adjacent pieces that are alike. NOT what I was trying to show; but since we're here... please notice that it was too much work to take apart and resew once I realized there would be two adjacent pieces from the same fabric. I am cut from a more relaxed bolt of fabric, I guess. I let the ball be what it was, and I'm letting the picture stay as it is. A very wise and wonderful quilting friend once told me not to bother redoing things, but to keep marching forward, improving as you go, leaving a history of your progress. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
The entire soccer ball is hand stitched using the English paper piecing method; the only saving grace for all those annoying card stock postcard things stuck in magazines to sell you subscriptions. I enjoy making grandmother's flower garden parts, nothing near a quilt, mind you... maybe in a thousand years. OR maybe this adorable grandchild will want the finish THE GRAMMA'S quilts. Wouldn't THAT be great?
When I got the soccer ball all finished and gave it to her, I could see that it's a little big for her right now. That's when I made the smaller ball, made just from the pentagons that I used in the soccer ball. I used this book for both balls:
I owe a big thanks to my friend, Kate, who graciously gave me this fabric, giving my creative soul a huge boost.... Thanks, Kate!