Thursday, December 1, 2016

Front Porch progress, and London

I'm late finishing up the bicycle.  I procrastinated starting it - thinking that I would do something different - but - I'm pretty happy with it.  A fun summery quilt after all.  It is VERY "wonky" (I hate that word but it's the only good word for this) and might be missing a few parts but it is finito!  It is counterintuitive but I will remember watching The Crown when I look back at this bicycle!

I have to say, as much as I love Jan Patek patterns..... I often come up against construction problems.... the flower pot section is too long....

So I shortened up the brown flowerpot and it all worked out:

One more section to go!

Lori has a link up on her blog Humble Quilts.  Her sewalongs are great for helping us keeping on track and motivated.   She has chosen another Patek pattern for next year - fall themed.  I had already chosen another Patek pattern (the Winter Quilt) to do with two of my long-distance sisters in law.... so I'm not sure about the fall quilt, but it's tempting!  For next year I definitely want to do Barbara Brackman's block of the month.  Looking to simplify a bit.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  David and I were visiting family in London!  Our middle daughter and son in law traveled with us.  It was a lot of fun.  We stayed with family and doing something so different took the sting out of being empty nesters!  I only wish I'd taken more photos.

A trip to Liberty is a must, if only just for browsing:

On the way out at Heathrow, "Santa" might have done a little shopping at Cath Kidston, with a little guidance from "Mrs Santa".  I wonder if English women 50+ years of age use these bags?  Well, I don't need to know the answer to that question - this American woman just loves it!  Oilcloth.  Floral. Durable. Practical.

And a quick stayover in NYC before returning to Mass:

HOPE might be my theme for 2017!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Quilts in Frederick

Last weekend with David in Japan, and in a burst of appreciating my empty nest status (which now includes a nest empty of pets) I spur of the moment took a solo road trip down to Frederick Maryland for an AQSG study day, and to catch up with dear old friends (none of them quilters, but that's ok;) in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The study day was really well organized and packed with history and quilts - starting with a walking tour of downtown historic Frederick:

and followed by a quilt turning, lunch, and two more quilt turnings.  One amazing old quilt after another.  Photos allowed only for personal use though - social media pretty strictly prohibited.  So, not a fabulous blog post but I can show this mid nineteenth century signature quilt hanging in the Historical Society:

Lovely Prussian Blue: 

If you love old quilts, consider joining AQSG - and see you Oct 2017 at "Seminar" in New Hampshire!  I didn't know a soul in the Maryland group but quickly made a couple of new pals - introversion is not really a barrier when a bunch of quilt lovers get together.  ;).

Glad I took the trip, despite the difficult drive.  Now thoughts and to-do lists turn to the holidays... with a little time here and there in the sewing room.  Feeling overwhelmed with too many projects... and I'm thinking of ways to simplify, simplify, simplify for 2017.  But just as I say "NO MORE NEW PROJECTS"... I see that Barbara Brackman is doing another block of the month in 2017, and this one I surely can't resist!!  Yankee Diary.  I'm in!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Porch Quilt part 6

This is a fun Jan Patek pattern and QAL with Lori at Humble Quilts.

This month we worked on our birdhouses:

My Mom always liked birdhouses and this makes me think of her.

Here is the bottom of the quilt assembled (my quilt math didn't work out and I ended up adding a bunch of coping strips here and there)

It's fun to see the different interpretations - check out the link up at Humble Quilts.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday!