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ISSUE 41 :: Drawn In :: WHAT'S UP :: WORTH A READ :: ROUND-UP :: ON TREND

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So this is how it goes going planless . . . something pops up and you're drawn in, like I was to Strawberry blocks. But that's ok! The fluidity is what I wanted, and considering I'm still making progress on my two other wips, it's all good. 

WHAT'S UP

One of the most interesting things since the last issue was the reaction to my Labeling Solid Fabrics post. Nearly half of those responding either don't choose to label or had never thought of it. Of those that do, writing on the selvage made up nearly half of them! Amazing what we don't know until we ask.

WORTH A READ

ROUND-UP

After the unexpected response to the Labeling Solid Fabrics post, solid quilts were definitely on my mind. One of my very first was HST Love, which I made with FAITH Circle of do.Good Stitches. I remember being struck by how profound they could be in their simiplicity.
Another favorite was my Poster in Coral, an experiment in enlarging a Bee Sewcial bee block and the first time I used such a bold background.
So I've rounded up a few other favorites just as a reminder how striking and stunning working in solids can be.

Triangle Victory
Svetlana/S.O.T.A.K Handmade
[sotakhandmade]
Delta Breeze: A Tutorial
Cindy/Live a Colorful Life
[lifeacolorfullife]
Plus Plus (pattern available)
Cheryl/Meadow Mist Designs
[meadowmistdesigns]
Mountain Scene
Heather/Quilt-achusetts
[quiltachusetts]
Mini quilt
(post includes link to freezer paper piecing tutorial)
Allison/Allison Sews
[allisonsews]

ON TREND

Over the weekend, my social media feeds have been full of Love All Around blocks, the brainchild of Lee/May Chappell, whose intent is just to spread some love. She plans to make a block whenever she sees kindness in her community this year. How cool is that? See her blog post for a list of those already sharing blocks, and of course.... consider making a few yourself! You know, to share some love.

P.S. I've recently discovered BLOCK, an art blog about quilts and quilt culture. Quoting the author: "BLOCK is an evolving platform of featured stories, interviews, exhibition coverage and more, pertaining to the layered nature of quilts & quilt-making - edited and produced by Aimée Littlewood Allen. An art blog about quilts, BLOCK explores the meaning, making, and metaphors that quilts elicit as a form of art, and, therefore, a unique conduit for beauty and expressions, social justice, education, and charity." It's a good and thoughtful read.

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