Monday, April 20, 2015

What Goes Around, Comes Around



I’ve reached an age where the only thing I want for my birthday is not to be reminded of it, unless, of course, it’s with a birthday quilt from Barb. For that, I’ll admit to each and every one of my 59 years.

Imagine my surprise, when I opened Barb’s package this year, and found a block I’d given her for her birthday a few years back. “Wait... What?” It took me a minute to process that the block was now beautifully finished and back in my hands.


The pattern is from Applique with Folded Cutwork by Anita ShackelfordBarb echo quilted it by machine, with silk thread in the traditional style of Hawaiian quilting. Such lovely work!


The backing fabric represents Barb’s old stomping ground, New York City.

Barb, I'm humbled by your thoughtfulness. Thank you for your beautiful gift!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!




Easter blessings, Passover greetings, Happy Spring!

About this time each year, I remember an Easter  project I’ve always wanted to try. The trouble is, I think of it at the last minute when it actually takes several weeks of advance preparation.

What I had in mind was an Easter basket filled with live grass and a display of bunnies and chicks, colored eggs and candies, all nestled amidst the fresh green sprouts…


a springtime vignette, like you’d find inside those panoramic sugar eggs we had as kids. Cute, huh?

Convincing my husband to help with crafty projects like this is the tricky part. His willingness to humor my flights of fancy goes only so far, and generally does not include arranging porcelain figures into whimsical tableaux. Fortunately, an Internet search for “Living Easter Basket” helped validate my request. "See? It's not a silly idea. Come on, it'll be fun!" 

So, three weeks before Easter, Jim planted grass seed in an old basket. Within a week, the tender shoots began to sprout. By Easter, the grass had filled the basket entirely and was practically ready for a trim. Perfect timing! 


I’ve paired my Easter basket with a basket quilt, made from blocks I won at a guild raffle, way back in 1987. You may recognize the pattern from Fons and Porter’s book, Classic Basket Patterns, 1984 (out of print).


In any quilt block exchange, there are a few blocks that end up too big or too small. Rather than discard them, I used them to make a pillow…


and label for the back of the quilt.

Raffle Baskets
36" x 51"
machine quilted by Stover Quality Quilting
1987

Wednesday, April 1, 2015