Where have I been lately? Well, I think this picture will say it all.....
With the long holiday last weekend, Jim and I have made the very most of the perfect sunny weather and warming waters. In 4 days, we did beaches on both coastlines, including the Canaveral National Seashore and Don Pedro Island State Park. Jim took this beautiful shot along the boardwalk over the dunes at Smyrna Dunes Park , just north of Canaveral. By the time Tuesday rolled around and it was back to reality, I felt like returning to work would at least give me a chance to rest!
Some tokens from all the adventures....
But it hasn't all just been frolicking on the beach. While gathering my thoughts for the last portion of work on Aoche, I decided to put my nose to the grindstone and return to Ann Grimshaw....at least for a motif or two. She's starting to flesh herself out a bit!
However, the hike across the dunes stirred up some other stitching thoughts. That low, scrubby plant growing as covering on the sand is full of the tiniest yellow blossoms. They're beautiful, but wiry and tough, well suited for life on the beach. It made me think of my barely started "Once Upon an Island" sampler....remember this?
As luck would have it, I laid my hands on the chart for it not long ago, which put one obstacle toward finishing it out of the way. And with the chart safely located, I realized I hadn't put so much work in already that starting over.....with a different palette of beachy shades....would be out of the question. I'm thinking those border blossoms really do need to be the same orangy yellow as the ones on the dunes! And to make it all perfect, my box of Needle Necessities rendered up two of the most amazing skeins of beach blues and greens....perfect! All this is just free associating in my head right now, and definitely won't get underway until Atoche is done. But I love the excitement of it and the idea of putting my own twist on a design that's been in the works for far too long. I'll post a picture of the design and my chosen thread palette as soon as Atoche is complete.
I'm so proud of my Mom!!
She won first prize in her division at the American Quilting Society's big show in Paducah this spring. But what I'm most proud of is that she did it after losing my Dad in December and adjusting to a new life in the depths of a dark and lonely Illinois winter. Those tough little beach blossoms remind me of her as well. I love you Mom! You've shown us all the beauty in being strong.
OK, so I think that brings me up to speed. As always, thanks for stopping by to visit and here's hoping that whatever you're working on, you're having fun with it!