Monday was the montly meeting of Mimi Dietrich's Grad Class group - and our annual pot luck holiday luncheon. I love this day every year - good food, good company, lots of great quilt-y show and tell. :) 'Course, I was so focused on the people around me (and blissing out on being home with buddies:) that I did not take any photos at all. When I wasn't chatting, clapping for gorgeous show and tell quilts, eating or shopping, I was sitting in the classroom at Bears Paw Fabrics where we meet, just meditating on what makes life good. :)
I've known many of the members of this group for going on twenty years. Even though most of them are 'aquaintances' in the strictest sense, I've seen their handwork, heard their family stories, comiserated on health issues and generally spent time with them as a group and as individuals - long enough to feel like they are all a necessary and wonderful part of my world. :) Some of them (Barbara B. and Patty S. especially) are true friends (my definition? People who have seen the inside of my house and still associate with me:) ... and many were good customers for years. On the whole, people I care about. :)
I had a bug in my ear (so to speak:), too, yesterday - I was shopping for more fabric for the En Provence mystery. It occurred to me (and Barbara mentioned it, too) that my purple-batik-with-orange-leaves would maybe not be a good fabric to use in the quilt body as it is a large scale print and many of the small-ish pieces I have to cut will not actually _be_ purple. :) So, I bought four different pieces of purple tone-on-tone batiks for the body -- might get to use the leaf-y batik for a border?
When I was cutting on Sunday afternoon at Sew&Tell I chopped up all my neutral prints for the background four patches to sew for Clue 1. Duh! So I bought some more neutral background prints:
I like scrappy quilts a lot so I bought two more oranges to use as my 'constant':
I also bought a piece of fabric I saw from a sample that I just could not pass by (one of those 'leaps off the shelf into my basket' fabrics:).
This photo shows one stripe repeat of the four printed on the fabric (selvege to selvege). I have some pieced tree blocks from a Bee that I think this fabric will work with nicely. :)
The sun was shining in Towson when we got out of the party and drove home - we saw a fairly rare sky phenom which I _think_ is called a Sundog (NOPE: Just looked it up. Not sundogs, Irridescent clouds). A bit of rainbow in the sky that is just a blob, not the more usual arc. We watched it from various angles in the sky all the way to Howard County - where there were so many gray clouds, it got covered up. :)
This is something like it looked:
I was supposed to go to yet another potluck holiday party on Monday evening with my local guild, Faithful Circle. Sadly, I was so tired after I got home, I just went to bed early and so missed that group party. Sigh. Still, a happy beginning to the winter season. :)
Today the rain is pelting down and it is COLD outside (in the 40's) so I've been huddling in a chair, piddling around on the internet. Now I'm off to cover up in quilts and watch something on Netflix while I stay warm. Guess my body is just not ready for winter, yet. :)