Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring? Where?

My son said today "mom, if you build it; it will come"....Spring that is.  I sure hope so.
It's a Miracle!!!  Paper Pieces now offers circle papers for making berries.  Seriously how did I not think of this?  I've been cutting my own for over 20 years.  Now I have to fix my tutorial and start with "order circles..."
They work perfectly and I'm super thrilled.  They come in many sizes, find then at Paper Pieces.
Today I did a little Easter decorating.  
My vintage postcard collection and family egg collection.
 Bunnies and eggs are always a cheerful harbinger of spring.
Mr. Starbuck spent several hours looking for spring today too.
I'll be presenting a Lecture and Trunk Show Monday, April 2nd at The Shoreline Quilters Guild right here in Branford, CT.

Have a great week!   

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Darling Doll Quilts Duo

So, it's snowing again here and that's all I'm going to say about that.

Love Nest - Little Liberated Medallion Quilt 22 x 24.
I made these two workshop sample blocks a couple of weeks ago.
Last week I just felt like playing in my sewing room.   You ever do that?  Just want to make something for no reason?  
 I raided my two miscellaneous block drawers.
and composed this fun little piece.  I used leftover stars, the black and red pieced section on the right was from Jill's sewing room.  I added pretty bird and floral fabrics, one little nine patch and
I quilted it by machine with my Newest Baptist Fan stencil using 
Invisafil 100 wt thread.   I LOVED using  this tread.  It blended across all areas of the quilt.
I even used left over binding pieces.  See?  It was like a public service project, right?
I just love this texture
The backing is a cheater print - still needs a label.
Darling Doll Quilt #2
I received this sweet Doll Quilt from blog reader/friend, Rondi.  She lives in KY and has sent me very nice notes from time to time and a few little quilts.  How cute is this one?  It is a Gwen Marston pattern.
Hand quilted with little fans - squeal.  So cute.   It has Little House on the Prairie fabric for the backing which I have never seen before.
It fits perfectly on one of my little beds.  So charming.  Thank you Rondi for this wonderful gift.
In other news:  I'm working on this Medallion Quilt (again).  Talk about over cautious
I've been working on this top for so long.  It first appeared in spring 2016......that is 2 years ago!  how did that happen?
Wish me luck with the last 2 borders.  
Hope you're having fun with whatever you are working on.

p.s. thank you for all the nice comments and appreciation of the swap this year.  I'm so glad that everyone had fun and likes the Churn Dash blocks.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Barb the Builder

Hello!  Thank you Ocean Waves Quilt Guild for inviting me to present a lecture and lead a Workshop.  I had a great time and you did too.
Helen and Denise came from Cape May on a very bumpy ferry - thanks ladies! 

We had a very busy day of liberated home construction. 
 There were 25 women in the workshop and they all built great houses.
 Wow - what an amazing collection of houses!  We had a piece of Elmo fabric and he featured in many of the houses.
 I love the variety.  Each house is different and has its own personality.
If you would like me to visit your group or quilt shop to teach this fun workshop send me an email  I still have booking openings in 2018 and 2019.

Thank you Wendy for hosting me in your beautiful home.  I'll be sharing some of her amazing garden and collections soon.  We were guild friends in NJ and had such a great visit.
I was billeted in NJ to wait out the Nor'easter that hit Wednesday.  Here is how it looked on Thursday.  Still think it's "beautiful" Pauline?  ha ha 
Coco and I surveyed the damage at our local State Park; Chatfield Hollow.  It was sad to see so many trees and branches down.
Tuesday, we woke up to this.....again......
The (2nd) nor'easter provided a good day for me to do the Repro Block Swap. 
Here are the sets of 22 blocks before they were swapped.
Today I'm going to tackle the 1944 Modern Churn Dash Blocks from 36 swappers.
Guess what?  we have another winter snow storm coming next week!  wee.

I leave you with my Christmas plants which are blooming again.
Have a super week!

p.s. did anyone in the workshop find my pearl bracelet?  :(