I have been making good progress on the quilt for our friend's baby who was born a week ago today. I was hoping to get it finished for today as we should have been visiting baby but unfortunately Mum and baby have had to have a few more days in hospital so I have been given a reprieve for a few days. Just as well really as my machine is not behaving itself and I keep getting broken threads. I've adjusted the tension and I am already using a new needle so I think I may have to change the thread I am using and see if that helps. Anyway here's a pic of the progress so far:
I've settled on a random swirly quilt stitch and I'm quilting it a quarter at a time so that I don't have to keep heaving acres through the throat of the machine.
After what seems like a long wait my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project arrived yesterday.
I've had a great time today colourwashing some pages and I've also decorated/strengthened the front cover. The sketchbook is fairly small at only 8.5 inches by 5 but what surprised me was the weight of the paper which just about takes a wash. I quite like the effect on the reverse of the pages where the paint has soaked through to give a light texture.
My working title for the sketchbook is 'This is not a Sketchbook'. I thought that would be less daunting than a set theme and in my mind it means I can do pretty much anything I want in any medium. I'm thinking there will be a fair bit of collage work and some printing but I will try and get round to doing some sketches here and there. The sketchbook will eventually be returned to America and will go into the permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library where people will be able to take it out to read just like any library book. The sketchbooks will also be available to view online from the end of this year and will be going on tour. If you fancy joining in there's still plenty of time.
A few days ago I received an email inviting me to participate in a project that will benefit a village in the Central Africa Republic. I checked out the projects credentials and found that several people I know in blogland are already taking part so I decided I would join in too. I reproduce here Amy's initial invitation.
"I would like to ask if you would consider becoming part of this project that will benefit a village in the Central Africa Republic. A few ladies have been taught quilting and they are really enjoying it. These ladies have sent our organization 2 beautiful squares and we are hoping to put these squares together with other squares from around the world to make a beautiful quilt that will be auctioned off and 100% of the proceeds will go to a new well for a village in Central African Republic and a latrine for a school in CAR. We are asking quilters to donate a 12 x 12 or 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 block for our Global Quilt that will be auctioned. We will build 2 latrines (one for the boys and one for the girls) at a school and a nearby clean water well for the community's use. These latrines will provide the privacy maturing girls need to stay in school and the well will help prevent water related diseases. "
Hopefully these crazy squares will fit the bill. There is still a little time if you want to join in. The squares have to be in Florida by 31 August so if you can spare a little time click here for details.
My sketchbook is going to be christened tomorrow. We are travelling up to Berwick by train and I am going to do some 'travel lines' a la Margaret Cooter. There is also going to be a meeting with another blogging friend see you soon Julia!
Oh yes, I nearly forgot, I've been adding a bit more to the sketchbook I am making with Carole Brungar.
I've still got lots to do before I can get to the binding but I'm really enjoying the change after making my festival quilt.
Have a good rest of week :o)