Saturday, July 28, 2018

Winter in July with broken dishes swap blocks

We've had such a heat wave, followed by some gorgeous weather, and then thunderstorms.  And July is all but over - how can that be??

Through it all I've had winter on my mind - finally finishing up this project.

The broken dishes border is pieced from Fun with Barb swap blocks (2016 I think?).  Thanks ladies for all the red and white!

The appliqué blocks are from Jan Patek's The Winter Quilt pattern.  It is a very loosy goosy pattern, really a series of sketches, from the late 90's.  For months this was my portable appliqué project.  I adore this primitive style, but decided to call good enough, good enough, after six blocks. I still wanted a large quilt, so I went a little nutso with the borders.

A pleasure to use my Grandma's 830 Record to sew the string borders while my main machine was in the shop getting maintenance.

A scrappy primitive puzzle...

I marked it with my current absolute favorite for overall quilting, a large baptist fan stencil also from Fun with Barb.  It took 1 hour to mark the whole quilt.  I use washable Crayola markers.  Mmmmmm... could have done a better job pressing the top!  I pin basted it to death so I think we are OK.

In other news we had our house painted blue and we are in love with the color, Ben Moore Newburyport:

And I'm emergency painting the kitchen cabinets (again) -

I had painted the dark brown 1982 specials last summer when we first moved in.  I used Ben Moore Stonington Gray, but it looks strangely icy against the Dove White walls, and has bugged me all this time.  David has single handedly painted all the brown trim in the kitchen white... and he's encouraging us to just go ahead and repaint the cabinets a richer color - and with Tommy home to help as well, the time is NOW -

Narrowed it down to these three....

Are we having fun yet?  ;)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Shibori Napkins

At David's suggestion, I decided to make napkins out of the the pieces I dyed in at the Vermont Quilt Festival - that was fun once I got the hang of it,  and we are just going to use them as everyday napkins.

This basket belonged to my Great Grandma Una Fisher in West Virginia.  It's one of my favorite things and embodies wabi sabi.... old, well loved and well used, and showing the crafter's skill and artistry, the use of natural materials.   Utilitarian and beautiful - a great combo.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Westering Women finally finished

Finally finished my Westering Women this week - from Barbara Brackman's BOM in 2016 on her Civil War Quilts blog.  The blocks measure 12".   I've had the top waiting for I think more than a year - this week it was just time to get it done already!

I used mostly Japanese fabrics so I'm calling it Westering Women via Japan.

I used Fun with Barb's large baptist fan stencil

Free motion and Netflix -

To be honest I'm really *not* proud of my quilting... should have slowed down and engaged some quality control.  I was all over the place and not in the zone.  There was a lack of flow.  Errgh.   But, moving on folks...

And the overall baptist fan effect is nice:

Finished the binding and label last night, washed it this morning, and done!

And I'm enjoying this year's Civil War Quilts BOM for sure - Antebellum Album.  Here's the latest block - Madame's Star -