Monday, July 24, 2017

Fall Festival (aka All Hallows Night) finish -

I finished Fall Festival weeks ago but life has gotten wild and I haven't had a chance to post it.

This was the latest sewalong with Lori at Humble Quilts.  It's from a Jan Patek pattern.  The only change I made really was switching out the turkey for a cat:

He's Isaac, my daughter's fiance's sweet old cat.

Unusual, but this Japanese print made for a great binding:

My favorite block is this one:

And the pineapples, which will always remind me of my Mom (hospitality):

As you can see, I quilted it pretty minimally, and free form, mostly free motion - so fun!  I mean really freeing and fun, since I am not a perfectionist;).

The best part of photographing this quilt was a nice visit from our neighbor with her new LAB puppy - I mean, could there be anything cuter!  My helpers were David, and a young friend of a friend staying with us for the weekend.  

And... after 11 years in this house, we move out next month to downsize.  More on that later!

Here's a little treasure I found while packing.  It's a letter my Mom wrote to my Grandma, in 1976 (bicentennial) - it's a thank you note for a red white and blue quilt my Grandma made for my little brother.  Precious!

I almost forgot to mention - I quilted the words of a poem into the border of the quilt.  It's a great Halloween poem.

All Hallows Night

Two things I did on Hallows Night:— 
Made my house April-clear; 
Left open wide my door 
To the ghosts of the year.

Then one came in. Across the room 
It stood up long and fair— 
The ghost that was myself— 
And gave me stare for stare.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fall Festival, and pies

Today is the day we are linking up our finishes - or whatever we have - for the Fall Festival QAL with Lori at Humble Quilts.  Click here to see everyone's progress.

I neglected to get a photo of the top!  I am already machine quilting it, and snapped this quick pic before work this morning.  I really hope to have it finished in the next week or two!

I secured things by quilting in the ditch (along all the sashing and therefore more or less around each block/section) and now I'm just taking it section by section and free motion quilting - my very basic imperfect free motion but it gets the job done and it's just so relaxing!  I am absolutely in love with my machine - the Bernina 740.

I love the pineapples in the quilt.  Pineapples always remind me of my Mom (she loved that they symbolized hospitality)

.... and skillet pies always remind me of my Grandma Mary Lou.  My Mom passed away back in 1999, at just 55 years old (which seems younger and younger the older I get) and I still miss her so much.  I was so fortunate to have Grandma much longer.  She lived into her 90's.

I love using Grandma's cast iron skillets.  Nothing better.   And I smile remembering how my Mom would make a fresh apple pie, and we would devour it in one sitting "like a pack of wolves" as she liked to say!

Memorial Day called for a cherry pie:

Grandma's cherry pie recipe (although I admit to often using Comstock canned filling, with a little almond extract added):

Always homemade crust!  I've tried several through the years and this is my current go-to: 

In a couple of weeks I'm sure I will be making David's favorite blueberry pie for Father's Day.  This recipe is THE best, from the old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  I wish I still had Mom's old copy of that cookbook.

I know we all have our versions of the best;).


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spools for Alyssa

Finished this one - it was so fun to piece.  A quilt for my niece Alyssa to take to college.  She is a cancer survivor and wants to be a pediatric oncology nurse.  She is a star soccer player - and a quilter!
Alyssa loves homespun, repros, batiks, and wanted some maroon.

I always like to add a bit of sashiko to my quilts:

The machine quilting was fast, simple, and fun -

8-inch blocks.  Medium/dark spools on light backgrounds, with a few opposites mixed in.  Plenty of gold/orange to complement the maroon.  Some "fade out" blocks.  Blues and greens too - to balance those assertive maroons and golds.

Wish I could deliver it in person but it's packaged and ready to send to North Carolina tomorrow!