Over the Thanksgiving holiday I found (really it was my hubby) a lighting solution for the studio. We were at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, on black Friday no less, looking for a deal on a dishwasher for the dead one in my son's townhome. No luck on the dishwasher, but my hubby spotted this lamp. I hemmed and hawed over it for a bit, but decided to make the purchase. It was the last one and on closeout, so no returns. Thank goodness it works perfectly. It sits against the wall and arcs high enough so I can walk under it, but gives me light right on my cutting/work table. (There is no overhead lighting in our apartment.) I can even close the shades to block the bright sun and still have enough light to work. Watch me do a happy dance for good lighting!!
I made two more blocks and then I ran out of the original fabric. I didn't want to simply sew them together, so I plopped them up on the design wall and had a ball playing with layouts. I finally decided on this "Circle the Cabins" design. I used another yellow and brown that are a bit darker in value than the fabrics used in the blocks. I color blocked the outside of the quilt and I really love the cross that is formed in the center. I've never really used yellow as the focal color in a quilt, but I have to say I'm a fan, especially paired with the neutrals that I love so much.
I had a consultation with a local longarm quilter yesterday. We had so much fun talking quilts and working through quilting designs. She went home with two tops. I'm excited to tell you more about her and show you her work.