Besides working on the pattern, I've been listening to the aria from Madame Butterfly on a loop... that should tell you pretty clearly where I'm at mood wise!
Last week I started a paper pieced new york beauty block. I have admired this quilt pattern for years; there is a fabulous example in one of my fav quilt books, America's Beautiful Quilts, by Zaro Weil.
|New York Beauty, circa 1920|
I love the scalloped border!
When I saw that Jeni (author of one of my favorite blogs) participated in a new york beauty quilt along this past spring, I knew I wanted to make one like hers!
I'd never tried paper piecing, which was remarkably painless. I couldn't find the fabric I wanted to finish this block up, so for now it's in four pieces.
Now for pics from my vacation to the bay area, all shot from the car.
|Been a long time since I've been on a road where the trees touch overhead|
|High above the bay, an alpine ravine|
|This place was one of my favorites, there was a great peace about it|
|All of a sudden a lake|
|Getting back into desert|
|This was an amazing sight|
See the railroad track goes into the hillside, just like in a cartoon!
|The golden color of the grass was fantastic, it reminded me of a Van Gogh palette|
|This looks like an old picture in my Nanny's photo album|