Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Stars and Bars

 Stars all stitched, sashing added, backing fabric purchased, ready for the long arm quilter to work her magic and time to begin a new quilt or three.  

While tidying up the craft room, found this bag of scrap mess and decided it was time to do something with them.

Ahh the beginnings of a court house steps.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Winter 2024

 Winters in Nashville are normally very mild.  Last Sunday 7.6 inches of snow fell.  More snow in one evening than the yearly average for our area.  Then the temperature dropped and then it dropped some more.  Single digit temps for days.  I’ve cooked, baked, stitched, quilted, binge watched documentaries and worn two layers of clothing.  

For those hardy souls out there who are accustomed to winters like these, I salute you.  

Friday, December 8, 2023

Shooting for the stars

 Finish one quilt, start another.  Quilters, they are always thinking ahead to their next quilt or three.  

The stars stitch together quickly.  With lots of blue fabric in my stash, blue starts on a white background seemed like a good choice. 

This is a hooked rug from Minnick and Simpson.  Yes, I am easily influenced by things I see in books, magazines, Instagram, Flosstube.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

 After weeks and weeks, 24 blockheads have been completed.  This project started back in late September.  Have I really been working on it for two months?  Block one was a self challenge, just to see if I could make the block.  That challenge expanded into color combinations from my stash which expanded into stash reduction which finally ended with “can I make the blocks into a quilt?”  

Much has been learned.  A class in color would have been very helpful.  Yes, tones play nicely with each other and yes chocolate brown and pink is a great combination.

Organizing fabric by color family would also have been helpful.  No more organizing fabric by designer or manufacturer.  (Almost all my fabric is Civil War reproduction).

What’s next?  Cleaning the sewing area, adding the sashing and setting the quilt.  Borders?  How many?  What color?  Width of border?  And. . .I saw another blockhead challenge for a star, there is lots of blue fabric in my stash.  

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Veteran’s Day 2023

 in remembrance of all those who have served and sacrificed so I can enjoy freedom.  Thank you for your service!

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Twelve Down

 Twelve blocks completed, twelve blocks remain to be made.  Am making slow progress on the Moda Blockhead #5 challenge.  Digging deep into fabric stash hoping to make all 24 blocks different and realizing taking a color class would have been a good investment. 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Gentle Stitches

                              Gentle Stitches by Shakespeare’s Peddler

This piece was designed by Theresa Vanette/Shakespeare’s Peddler and released as a kit in 2012.  It was stitched with Crescent Color Works fibers (now called Classic Color Works) on 36 count Linen by Weeks Dye Works.  I made one change:  I added beads between the row of button flowers and the words.  Adding the beads reminded me why I seldom add beading:  they are very tedious.  The piece will be finished into a needle roll and will play nicely with my Shepherd’s bush needle rolls.