I started working on these blocks for Shauna almost a month ago, when we got together on our local stash night to pick out our block colours, share our greys, and review the 'how to'... and I think I'm the last in the bunch to post!! Just in time for June to roll in.
Shauna and I have been friends since highschool! Our friendship dates back twenty years...gulp. I first met Shauna in choir, and then student council, and through highschool our friendship cemented. We come in and out of our lives but always pick up right where we left off. We are canoe tripping buddies, we had our babies at roughly the same time, we live about 20 minutes apart, but we have had a hard time fitting 'friendship time' in over the years. Until now! The quilting group has been the perfect way to find a bit of time every month to discuss something we both have a big passion for - art, creativity, inspiration, fabric, and treasure hunting. I think of our friendship in the same way I think of sewing or quilting. It absorbs the details of our lives, it is flexible to the changing pressures we have, and it is an outlet and a source of inspiration for me, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
May took me over in a whoomp. It was busy, tiring, and a bit all-consuming. So I finally sat down last night after a mostly yucky week to finish these blocks for Shauna. And I was on such a role I made an extra set in green. Shauna, you can pick and choose which ones you want to keep. I really think of you in greens, and I think you think of me in blues, so there are eight instead of four for you this month.
I did take inspiration from Shauna for my background greys. One piece I acquired on our local quilt night, either from Amy or Shauna (??)! It has swirlish whisps of smoky grey on a darker grey background. I always think of Shauna when I see swirls, so it fit right in. The other greys are all from recycled men's dress shirts I found at the Goodwill by my office on a short lunchbreak. I also found an old shirt of my dad's in the back of my closet...I've held on to some of his shirts for sentimental reasons, but what a great way to sew his memory into something new.... he felt close when I was working with the fabric last night...
I love this design so much, I think I'm going to make my own quilt with it! I can't wait to see the final product Shauna! I'll bring them by sometime this weekend.