Friday, January 11, 2019

Strings and strings and changes

Lori at Humble Quilts is doing a string QAL, and Wendy at The Constant Quilter is doing a monthly mini quilt challenge.... so.... this month I am combining the two...

And I must say, I may want to foundation piece string quilts a little bit every day for the rest of my life!  Soooo fun!  I'm using muslin foundations, and my usual - lots of indigo, with low volumes.  A pop of orange on each end too.  It is so satisfying to trim up the blocks using the foundation as my guide.

I've got a plan to make a large summer coverlet for our bed with 10 inch blocks; and in the meantime I'm making an itty bitty version, for starters.

What a difference setting makes - here are the same four blocks in two different configurations:

So, IN OTHER NEWS.... it looks like we are going to be moving back to Japan in the spring for David's job.  This has been swirling around as a possibility for the past couple months and now it's for real and I'm sort of stunned!  We just downsized to our cozy spot in the woods less than two years ago!  Now, we will be further downsizing into a shoebox apartment in Tokyo, ha ha, this time for three years.  Mixed feelings for sure.

Soooooo.... time to take off all the refrigerator magnets...

and do 1000 other things to get our house ready to list... including nearly dismantling my sewing room, sadly, but where there's a will there's a way, and I'm determined to steal a few minutes a day for these fun string blocks!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Winter Quilt in a warm home

Happy New Year! 

When Kaela visited in October she asked if she could take The Winter Quilt home with her to Austin TX.  Yes!!

THIS is why I quilt!


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Rolling Stone finished

This is Noelle and Keenan's wedding quilt.  They were married last March, and so they got their quilt for Christmas.  It is one of my favorite quilts to date.  A lot of piecing, but I really like this soothing color palette.  Noelle wanted cool blues and grays.  I bought most of the fabric at Quilted Threads and Cobblestone Quilts, and I supplemented with some Japanese fabrics I already had.

The block is Rolling Stone - such a good old fashioned graphic block.  I tend to add a little sashiko stitching to all of my quilts -

Noelle wanted one red block.  This print (fussy cut) reminds me of her childhood artwork;)

The quilt lives in Raleigh NC with Noelle and Keenan.