Saturday, September 8, 2018

Scenes of Summer

How was your summer? Mine was filled with extraordinary moments shared with extraordinary friends...

Like Wanda Hanson of Exuberant Color who surprised me with this remarkable gift -- one of her signature batik colorwash quilts. Read more about it here

It hangs nearby so I can enjoy it every day!

My quilting friends bring "show and tell" whenever they visit. They inspire me to keep "thinking quilts" even though I can't make them anymore.

Foody friends shared the bounty of their gardens and kitchens: fresh-picked cherry tomatoes and basil, delicious peach cobbler, and the best blueberry pie I've ever tasted!

Local troubadour, Bill Glaysher, entertained me with song one fine afternoon.

Which enabling friend helped make this fabric purchase? The colors and prints were irresistible.

I asked a bookish friend to read aloud to me. Pure bliss! 

My friend, Linda, hosted a beautiful bridal shower for her daughter and son-in-law-to-be. What lured me out on a 97-degree day was the promise of mango mimosas and eight different kinds of cake!

By summer’s end, my friends had me convinced that I’m worthy of love, respect, and the occasional niceties of life. That's the best gift of all!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Spring At Last!

What a welcome sight -- crocuses blanketing the landscape like a colorful patchwork quilt!

I love the way their hardy blooms spread with abandon through the grass.

If you're ever in search of a color scheme, look to nature for inspiration!

I'll bet that's what the maker of this 1940s Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt did. The soft colors dance across a field of white, just like crocuses poking through early spring snow.

The quilt is soft and light as a feather from years of use, which makes it a perfect choice for cool spring nights.

Small, even stitches outline the pieced blocks... 

while a simple teacup pattern fills the muslin squares. 

I'm not usually a fan of pastel quilts, but when the weather warms up and flowers begin to bloom, I just can't help myself. 

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Midwinter Blues

With each passing year, I become more grateful for my February birthday. Having something to celebrate "in the bleak midwinter" helps keep the blues at bay. This year, there were so many birthday cards, phone calls, and visitors, I barely had time to feel glum! 

My most eagerly anticipated gift is always a small quilt from Barb. The moment I opened this one, I knew it was special!

It's called “Midwinter Blues,” and was designed by Lori DeJarnatt of Humble Quilts for her 2014 blog sew-along. If you’d like to make your own, instructions are still available at the following links: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Finale.

Barb used exquisite fabrics, didn't she? The strong contrast between her deep, saturated blues and bright cheddar prints makes the quilt sing!

I love the juxtaposition of curved quilting designs on angular patchwork. Barb explains how to stitch "teacup" quilting here.

On the back is a patriotic print, "E Pluribus Unum," meaning "out of many, one."

The secret to this quilt is written on the label. Barb made it as a gift for our dear friend, Mary. I'm honored and humbled that Barb chose to pass this precious keepsake on to me!