Tis the season for snowmen, figgy puddings, and the festive gathering of good friends and family around a blazing hearth on a cold winter's night.Read More
When my husband's parents passed away several years ago I put some of their cotton and linen clothing aside to (someday) make a quilt for my sister-in-law. Well I finally finished it! I had completed the piecing of the top and had sent it out to be quilted by Karen at Cosmic Quilting before I broke my shoulder. All I had to do was sew the binding. It was a little tricky with the shoulder, but I did it!
I used a simple plus design to symbolize mother and father and the four resulting squares representing the four children. I used Denim chambray in indigo by Robert Kaufmann from Hawthorne Threads for the binding and backing. I used the alphabet from The Proverbial Quilt by Denyse Schmidt to create the "SLEEP" on the back of the quilt.
I also finished a quilt top from a quilt-a-long hosted by Jeni Gaston from Woolen Willow Designs. My friend and I began this adventure about 1 1/2 years ago. We used hand-dyed ribbon and wool for all the applique pieces. I had to substitute a "square within a square" for one section of the quilt where I just couldn't get the piecing right. My friend cut the border fabrics and finished up my corner squares. We sewed them on and we were done! The quilt tops are going out to be quilted next week. Yahoo!
I'm amazed at how much I'm getting done while being housebound. It seems that breaking my shoulder has some pluses. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Happy Stitching Everyone!
I created this project in praise of hands. It's based on the Shaker symbol Heart in Hand and the multicultural symbol Tree of Life. It's a 5-inch zippered pouch like the ones I made previousIy, but it's a little deeper to accommodate the larger design elements. I used a piece of an old cashmere sweater for the hand and I pieced the tree.Read More
I thought I would start this year's blogging off with a little angel to brighten your day. You can make one to frame, or make several to make into a quilt. You can personalize it with your choice of hair, skin, and dress colors. You can also stitch different words on the heart (e.g., hope, peace, faith). Be creative and Happy Stitching!Read More
Whenever I'm out hiking with Winston (my corgi) I pick up "Treasures." Really they're just little bits of nature, like an unusually colored leaf, a piece of bark with a hole in it, a dried gourd, or acorns. I fill my pockets and when I get home I empty the contents into a bowl on my desk to await further inspection. Most of the time it ends up in the dust bin, but occasionally a spark of a idea appears.Read More
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir, The Mountains of California