Of course, of course, yesterday's complaints about no natural light ever were rewarded by sun this morning. I love the weather here (although I do not love the vast field of moss that nonstop rain grew in my backyard last winter), & I especially love that I live someplace where I get three or four days per year of this in my yard:
At peak, it's a fabulous big pink puff, completely without subtlety.
Anyway, the quilt:
It's A Day at the Beach from Denyse Schmidt Quilts, only without the corner pockets because I made it to be a throw for our couch instead of a picnic blanket. I don't know about Denyse Schmidt, but I'm not quite at the level of casual & speedy quilting proficiency where I wouldn't be reduced to tears by, say, a popsicle drip or ground-in strawberry, &, much as I enjoy the idea of frolicking outside with amazing handmade accoutrements in the style of a Marie Claire Idees spread, my children are substantially grubbier than the French ones seem to be. At any rate, this was my first quilt ever, & I am very happy with the way it turned out.
I really love the barely-patchworked simplicity of this design (although my first true DSQ love was Drunk Love in a Log Cabin, which I saw lo these many years ago in Martha Stewart), & I'm already planning a couple more in this style -- but maybe with a little more oomph to the pieced strip. We were down at Seattle Center last weekend (took the kids to the Ralph's World concert at the EMP) & I noticed for the first time how quilty this installation is.
One quilt in, & I can already tell that this is going to be one of these things that has me seeing inspiration everywhere. I'd better get a notebook.