Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spring Bling

All over town the daffodils are blooming, it is February 19.  There are many days and nights when the temperature is barely above freezing.  The calendar says it is still winter and there is a chance of snow.  There have been years when the daffodils were blooming and there was snow on their blooms.  March 20, one month from now, is the first official day for spring.

Winter is full of browns and grays, but Spring dips into her magic box of 120 Crayola crayons  and paints the earth with dazzling yellow daffodils and forsythia, bright red tulips, chartreuse green of tender new grass, red velvet leaves on Japanese maples and sweet pinks of flowering crabtree trees, magnolia and redbuds.

In celebration of spring, I decided it was time to add a spring quilt to my little quilt/tabletopper collection.  My quilt fabric stash has many Civil War reproduction prints and I just received 26 fat quarters from Jo Morton for the LWC 16 for 2017.  There are a few 30's prints which would work but the fabric winner for my spring bling quilt is from Joanna Figueroa and her fig tree fabric.  One day while I was shopping in my LQS, her fabric caught my eye (no small feat when there are hundreds of bolts of fabric).  The fabric seemed to embody the colors of spring.  A bundle of fat quarters founds its way into my shopping cart.  

Martingdale released a new book called I Love Churn Dashes.  Jo Morton has a really sweet church dash set on point quilt in this book.  One of the patterns in the LWC 16 for 2017 is a church dash.  Ahh, the elements are coming together--fabric, pattern.  I have been reading, studying and watching You Tube demonstrations to improve my quilting skills and have added a new ruler to help with accuracy.  The church dash blocks are 3 1/2"  

I will enjoy the daffodils while they are blooming and the colors in the spring bling quilt when the cold winds return.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This and That

April Bunny
Stash Linen (Lakeside? 32 Ct)
NPI silks

In my endeavor to stitch more seasonal pieces, I have chosen April Bunny by Nickyscreations for a spring piece and sweet pinkeep for the old dough bowl.  In my linen stash was a piece of soft green--bunnies enjoy tender green grass.  NPI silks has a brown range of fibers called Bunny Brown and this seemed a no brainer choice of color to stitch the bunny.  The chenille trim is from R & R Reproductions, it is called Kelp.

Blackbird Designs-Home for the Holidays
Poinsettia Stocking
Stash Linen

The Blackbird Girls, Alama and Barb released a book at last years Nashville Needlework Market called Home for the Holidays.  Four of the designs inside the book are sampler stockings.  Yes, it is February and if I start now, I might actually have at least one of these stockings finished to add to my needlework tree.

The Poinsettia stocking is stitched with Cherry Bark, Brick and Baked Apple--a wonderful blend of colors.

The backing for the stockings is French General fabric--I found this is my stash and it is under consideration as a possible backing choice.

Prairie Road Designs
Wool stash

A couple of years ago, I saw this whale at the Beat the Heat Wool Event in Clarksville.  I thought he was really cute!  The designer has a whole menagerie of animals.  

Jo Morton fabrics for LWC 16 for 2017

There are no LQS hosting a Jo Morton LWC so Jo Morton offers the patterns and fabrics for sale through her blog.  I am such a sucker!  

I have been reading and studying Jo's techniques and tools and am going to put on my patience cap, steady my best quilting skills and attempt to make more of Jo's LWC's 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Keys' Keeper

The Keys' Keeper
The Primitive Hare
Nashville 2016 Limited Edition
30 count Old Salem Linen by The Primitive Hare
Au Ver A Soie Silks

As I am on a mission to catch up on older kits and projects, The Keys' Keeper was the next project on the list and in the basket.  She's not quiet finished--I could not locate Noir (black) to stitch her shoes!  Don't you hate it when that happens?

AppleJack found these old keys and he thought I might find a way to incorporate them into the needlework.  They are perfect for this piece.  The Keys' Keeper reminds me of a colonial lady and she will make a nice addition to include with the Colonial Gatherings Club pieces.

The weatherman has forecast falling precipitation for tonight.  Sounds like a good time to start stitching something spring.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

House on Pumpkin Hill Pinkeep

Stacy Nash Country Sampler Girls Club
House on Pumpkin Hill Pinkeep
32 count Belfast Linen--Charcoal Gray
Gentle Arts Fibers

It's past time to catch up on club pieces.  I have learned if I want to enjoy seasonal pieces, I have to start  stitching long before the season.  Stitching on the darker line was challenging.  There is a similar club piece called Wooly's Pinkeep which is also stitched on Charcoal Gray, I will stitch at a later date as I needed a break from the darker linen.

I found a great piece of trim in my stash--the jury is still out on the backing fabric.  

Catching up is still on the agenda--have started stitching The Keys' Keeper from The Primitive Hare--she will make a good addition to my colonial pieces.  Will share when there is more progress.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Primitive Gatherings

Snow, ice, rain, mudslides--the weather outside is frightful.  Watching that weather map is scary.  Temps in Tennessee went from 7 degrees to almost 70 degrees in three days.  Adaptability is the word of the season.  Head colds, flu, bronchitis are keeping the people in the health care field busy.  

Each year, the folks at Primitive Gatherings choose a theme and build their limited edition mugs, ornaments, wool appliqué patterns and quilts around that theme.  For 2016 it was a snowman.  This little guy was quick and easy to make--the jury is still out on his carrot nose--looks to me like he is sticking his tongue out and say blah to the weather.  This guy will make a great addition to our primitive Christmas tree.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

7 degrees

Grant House 1865 Sampler
Chessie and Me 
30 count Confederate Gray
NPI Silks

7 degrees!  The outside temperature is 7 degrees--winter has found me.  While listening to the national news last evening, the anchor person said there was only one state in the lower 48 states which did not have snow!  Brrr, it is cold.  There are benefits to cold temps: delicious soups, hot chocolate and snuggling with Miss Callie Mae Calico.  Cold temps mean staying inside and stitching, lots and lots of stitching.  Am down to the over one work on the Chessie and Me sampler.

Emma Lerch
The Scarlet Letter
stash linen
Ver A Soie Silks

She doesn't look like much yet, but Emma is big and bold!  I only had one color of the silks (the other colors are on order) and the one color I did have was in her border.  Stitching on Emma is pure pleasure.  With football playoffs, national championships games and cold temps, I will have more time to devote to Emma and her border.

Stacy Nash Club
Country Sampler House on Pumpkin Hill
32 count Belfast Linen Charcoal Gray

Let's not talk about the number of club pieces which are waiting to be stitched, let's not talk about the challenges of stitching on dark fabric, let's talk about the contrast of colors with the dark linen and lighter fibers.  I found some awesome trim and backing fabric in my stash for this piece.

The high today is forecast to be 30 degrees, great weather for staying inside and pulling some more fiber through linen.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Year in Review

The year 2016 is winding down and some have purchased party dresses and are ready to ring in the new year.  Being traditionalist, AppleJack and I will ring in 2017 the same way we rang in 2016--snuggled under our warm down conformer cutting zzzzz's.  We are party animals!  I usually watch at least one of those network TV shows which gives  the year in review, you know the ones.  The network gives a rundown of top news stories and of influential people who have passed.  As I watch these shows, my mind tends to wander (especially when they talk about all the negative things) and I find myself taking my own inventory of what I have accomplished and what I would like to accomplish in 2017.  As I put my list together it is always a little scary and sometimes disappointing because I want the list of accomplishments to be a loooooong list of finishes.  Here goes:

Hooking:  American Eagle Chair Mat
Not a stellar year for hooking, I did use my stash wool and am pleased I was able to make something I had seen on a blog come to life.  This will make a nice addition to my patriotic collection.

First the larger quilts:  Just One Star was quilted and the binding sewn on by my 89 year old Mother.  Susan, the long armed quilter did a fabulous job with the quilting.  In addition to being a prize winning quilter, Susan is just a super nice lady.  My Mother enjoys hand sewing the binding, she says it gives her something to do in the evenings and the quilts are more cherished  knowing her hands are a part of the quilts story.  Each time I see this quilt it makes me smile.

North and South (could not locate my photo)  The piecing is finishing and I have an appt with Susan in early 2017 for the quilting.  Due to my own ambition, the making of this quilt became a major project.    Setting this quilt took hours.  Hopefully, after Susan works her magic with the quilting, this quilt and I will be friends.

Jo Morton's:  Am giving myself a huge pat on the back for the making of three Jo Morton quilts, yes three:  Be My Valentine, Sadie's Quilt and Christmas log cabin (could not locate the photo of Be My Valentine).  Jo Morton's are teaching me patience and accuracy and to appreciate my Itty Bitty Rulers.

Primitive Gathering Frivol: Crown of Thorns  Lisa, Primitive Gatherings is a huge proponent of starching her fabric pieces.  Perhaps in 2017 I will try her method to see if it improves the accuracy of my quilting.

Wool Applique:  I treated myself to a wool appliqué class with Rebekah Smith in Mooresville, Alabama.  Rebekah was wonderful, the class was awesome her designs are just to my liking.  I have been watching YouTube and improving my blanket stitch.  (I have learned to make a three stack wool penny with backing).  There are many wool appliqué projects and wool in my stash and I see many wool projects in my future for 2017.  Oh, Rebekah will be releasing her second book in June.  Preordered thru Amazon, check.

Stitching:  Yes, after starting this sampler in 2012, I finally finished, framed and enjoyed for Christmas 2016.  It's Stacy Nash's Christmas at Hollyberry Farm.  I also finished three Stacy Nash club kits offered through Country Sampler;  December 25th pinkeep,The Gift is Small and Love is All and Sampler Sewing Bag.

A strawberry from Erica Michaels.  Quaker Berry is stitched and is off a the finishers.  I also see more Erica Michaels strawberries in my future.

Ahh Annie Magnolia (my photo file is not playing nice and I could locate a photo of Annie) aka Anne Pennsylvania Peacock.  Annie has been in my stash for more years than I am willing to admit.  Am so glad, Annie was stitched, framed, traveled and is living in Arkansas.  The best part AppleJack, his daughter, and grand daughter sat around a bond fire and talked about his life with his Grandmother, the real Annie Magnolia.  

I always want the list to be longer and finishes great.  Oh well, there is always next year, after all the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.  Hope springs eternal!