Thursday, March 1, 2018

sunny baby quilt

A fun finish a couple of weeks ago... made more fun by the fact that my sister in law pieced the top.  So adorable!!

All I did was sandwich and quilt it, and bind it.  This is for our fellow sister in law who is having a baby this month;).

The label is from a set of vintage embroidered blocks I won at silent auction at the AQSG seminar in Manchester.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Antebellum Album - a start - and LQSs

Are you joining in with Barbara Brackman's Antebellum Album block of the month?  Her posts are entertaining and educational - and I love the theme of connections between North and South.   

My main fabric inspiration is this small piece of bright, multicolored 'madras' (?) linen David found in Japan.  I also purchased some gorgeous blue linen and some brights, plus plenty of bright white muslin, at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH - a new shop to me and about an hour's drive away.  

It really is a fantastic shop and I was nearly giddy walking all through it - and I took some photos hoping to share them here but.... oooooo.... I was roundly chastised for taking photos.... ooops... embarrassing... but take my word for it, if you are within any driving distance - it's a great shop and I'm glad to add it to my route as a "semi" local quilt shop.  

The shops I frequent regularly are:  the folky classic Quilted Crow in Bolton MA (where I am always sure to find a great selection of repros and have enjoyed classes through the years)  and the quaint and colorful Cobblestone Quilts in Townsend MA (where I am now teaching sashiko classes).   I know a lot of folks shop online now, but I dearly love visiting shops in person and really seeing the fabrics, often picking up bits and pieces to add to my stash, sometimes the unexpected and very rarely shopping "from a line" - I hope all three of these shops are around for a long long time to come. 

Back to Antebellum Album... 

The first block is Wandering Lover - so sweet for Valentine's Day... 

In the sewing room, I've been listening to Anne of Green Gables - performed so delightfully by Rachel McAdams.  Anne would love the name of this month's block - Wandering Lover.  


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

sashiko happiness

It just can't be the last day of January already! 

One highlight this month was teaching a couple of beginner sashiko classes at my most local quilt shop, Cobblestone Quilts in Townsend MA.

David purchased some gorgeous Japanese linen for these projects.  It was a bit loosey goosey to work with but I think the results will be beautiful.

Both sessions were so much fun, great gals, and there is interest in more classes, which just makes me so happy!  I'm already dreaming up the next project.

I'm so grateful for the classes I took in Japan with a Kazuko Yoshiura who taught me everything I know.  Nothing makes me happier than passing it on down the road! 

Happy to see February around the corner.  Happy quilting everyone!

Cynthia (@cynthiananto on Instagram)