Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tropical Colors for a Winter Day

Every day the suns gets a little higher in the sky. I took this photo on Friday, January 26th at 12:38 p.m. It will be fun to try and check the sun's location in a few days. Today there was bright sunshine standing in the same spot...just one day later.

I am still unpacking from our Kauai trip. I bought a stack of Robert Kaufman tropical batiks.
which got soaked in hot water for a couple of days so now they are ready to be ironed.

I also picked up this pattern, "Gimme Diamonds," which I saw made up two years ago in one of the Kauai quilt shops, Vicki's Fabrics. You probably aren't surprised to hear that I have several stacks of thematic fat quarters that would look great in this pattern...big prints that I don't want to cut into little pieces. I have a quilt retreat coming up in a couple of weeks and this will be a fun project to take.

Before we left for Kauai, I ordered a 2017 hardcover, printed book of my blog posts. If you get on the mailing list with Blog 2 Print and wait for a coupon code you can get a pretty good deal.

There are many options for cover designs but I usually pick something very simple. 
You can select a front and back cover photo.

So fun to put this photo of my cat on the back cover. He just barely fits in the top bed of his cat tower. I think I am going to have to custom design a new cat tower...Maine Coon sized!

I need to go back and publish earlier years. This is the third year I've published a book. My 2017 book is just over 100 pages long and cost $37.00. I had a great discount offer of 35% off that brought the price down a nice chunk.

I keep trying to spend some time on the computer working with EQ 8. There is a new way to import fabric images so the size of the design is kept in proportion. My pets keep sabotaging me when I sit down to work. Usually it is the dogs wanting to go outside. But yesterday Eli just didn't want to let me work on my computer. 

He exemplifies, "Catitude."

My Material Girls quilt group has a panel challenge we need to have finished by early May. It took me months to select this set of Hoffman layercakes printed to mimic Hawaiian applique. I would really like to preview a couple of design ideas on EQ though I did find a free pattern on the Hoffman website that might be one I can adapt to my needs. Again...working it up in EQ would be nice but I'm getting a little worried...I expect the quilting to take a great deal of time too! I can't discuss all my ideas as I think it is supposed to be a surprising reveal. 

I did finish the last Santa in the Pirate Santa set, Jamaica Santa.

The animals are all sleeping. 
Hope I can spend some more time on the computer before they get stir crazy.


Ramona said...

I never thought to have my blog posts bound into a book. What a cool idea. I’m going to have to look into this. I’ve never used any of the EQ programs and have been tempted.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

with as much as I blog I think I would need to trim it down to a couple post a month - can you do that? and do you have a link
Love those batiks

Sally said...

Making your blog posts into a book sounds like a great idea....thanks for the heads up! I love those batiks you propose using for your challenge....tropical sherbet colors!

Suzanne said...

I did not know you can have a blog printed into a book. Thank you for the info.

Suz J said...

Wow... learn a new thing every day. Turning the blog posts into a book means a very good reason to keep blogging regularly. I am going to try and be more regular this year!