March 4, 2014 § 8 Comments
Time is flying by way too fast at the moment! While I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with my freelance work, I decided that I needed to start interspersing some sewing time with my computer time. You know… a little sewing as a reward for a little computer work. I’ve made a few alphabet blocks from the Spell it with Fabric blog hop from Moda. I’m working on my Do.Good.Stitches quilt. And I today I dug out this quilt above.
This is a quilt that my mom had started but not yet finished. I took it home with me when we were back home for her memorial service. My sister-in-law and I suspect that she was making it for my youngest brother. (Don’t worry. He doesn’t read my blog so it will still be a surprise to him.) And so I wanted to finish it for him. I only have 18 more blocks to make and then assemble them into a quilt.
The pattern is Samurai Squares. The blocks are quite easy & fun to make. They are all from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric. And I think it may be possible to make the throw size from a Jelly Roll plus some yardage for the accent color, setting triangles & borders.
It felt good to get back to the sewing machine.
How are you all doing?
February 20, 2014 § 8 Comments
1. My scrappy log cabin blocks have been sitting idle.
2. I cleaned the house for Valentine’s Day. (we celebrated big, eh?)
3. Stella & Charlie are keeping me entertained.
4. I finished the Vice Versa blocks (we just made this one block) for my Do.Good.Stitches charity circle in the month that they were required. Yay!
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I guess it’s true because I am missing my sewing room and you guys while I plug away at my pile of freelance work. On top of all of that, I have been meaning to update my web site. After being idle for many months, that project quickly went to the top of the list when a new guy took it on and has been cranking through the redesign like crazy. All my patterns are on sale through the end of February before the big unveiling.
I may be absent for a little while longer before I can see the light of day again. But that isn’t stopping me from pining after the Spell It With Fabric blog hop. I might need to make one block as a reward for every time I can check something off my freelance work list. I think I need a vacation.
You can always follow me over on Instagram for a quick fix.
February 8, 2014 § 12 Comments
Everybody has quilts that are on their wish list, right? Lately I find that I’m drawn to quilts that are a little more than a basic weekend quilt. While there are times that I love the therapeutic aspect of chain piecing the same block over and over and finishing something quickly, right now I am longing to spend more time studying a process or an idea. I feel like I need to make a relationship with my quilts. As Carrie Strine said over on her blog about her medallion quilt, “Slowly savoring each stitch of this project brought me a unique intimacy with my materials.” I think that is what I am craving. Intimacy with my materials. And maybe learning a few things along the way. About myself as well as about quilting.
These two quilts are from two different issues of the magazine QuiltMania. They often have photos of quilts from various exhibits at the very beginning of each issue. There is usually one or two that really draw me in. I really want to explore adding more things (blocks or applique) to the empty space around a traditional quilt block like these two quilts. Some other quilts on my wish list are applique silhouettes, double wedding ring, pineapple blocks, combining stitching with fabric, and so much more!
What’s on your wish list?
February 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Doing inventory for tax purposes shows that I have an overstock of a few patterns, so click on over to my web site for 30% off ALL patterns and FREE U.S. shipping during the month of February. International shipping will be calculated on an individual basis (adjusted before shipping).
January 30, 2014 § 5 Comments
I am so thankful for all of you who come by to visit me here at my blog. Your thoughtful comments about my latest creative obsession always encourages me. And often they lead to further conversations so that even though I haven’t met you in person, it feels as if we are neighbors and we could drop in for a cup of coffee at any time. It means a lot to me that you take the time to stop by and visit!
And, I so very much appreciate your kind & supportive comments, thoughts & prayers on the passing of my mom. I truly feel so cared for through all of this.
(Above: The gorgeous blue skies we had last week.)
January 23, 2014 § 54 Comments
My mom passed away unexpectedly almost two weeks ago. She just went to sleep that night and never woke up. It was such a surprise to us all. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and activity, family and friends, text messages, phone calls and emails.
I am so glad that we were able to attend the Gwen Marston workshop together last June. I will miss talking to her about quilting and knitting and sharing recipes. But I know that she is now in heaven making sure that everyone has quilts and socks to keep them warm. And one day we will see each other again.
To those of you who knew about the last two weeks, I want to thank you for your love, your kindness and your overwhelming support. You are more precious to me than gold. It is true, what they say. There is nothing like losing your mother.