Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Good Old Days

Elegant Migration 2008
I shared this old traditional quilt on IG last week and was quite surprised by the positive response.
I guess you can't ever go wrong with a classic.  I was inspired by this quilt.  You know, I wish I had done the double yellow striping.  I am not sure why I didn't.  Maybe I didn't have enough gold?
This is one of my all time favorite quilt books.   Did you know that my friend, Barbara was a co-author?  If you are not reading her blog, it is wonderful see it here Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors.
Here is another oldie by goodie from 1994. 
This was my husband, Rich's, quit that he hung in his office.
the backing was fun.  I just cut along the buildings and appliqued it by machine to a backing.   I wish I took more time like this to make creative backings.  Maybe I will.
I'm working with solids a bit this week.
TIP:  it is good to grade (or trim) the back so that solids don't show through the white. 
aren't these sweet
I am working on this too.  I am following Kelly's Tree Tutorial.  She makes it looks easy, but it takes practise.
I've already chopped down that one on the left and have re-done the left side.  It looked to controlled and awkward.

We had a fun weekend here.  Hanna came home for a 5 day visit and we celebrated Rich's 60th. 
 I had to move all my truck show quilts to the sewing room.  Today I'll sort them and put them away.
I found this sweet little clump of crocus in my yard.  If I hadn't looked I might have missed them.
Spring is surely coming.....

Monday, March 11, 2019

Wintry Mix

Happy Monday!   Hooray three out of four Whig Rose blocks are done.
 My least favorite part of applique' - prepping the block.  One day I'm going to do ALL the prep before I if.
 I had a great visit with the Crazy Quilters of Emmaus, PA.  Can I just say that I LOVE to visit Pennsylvania?  It is such a great quilting state.

What a wonderful surprise!  Kelly (of Pinkadot Quilts) came to my talk.  I was so touched and it was great to visit in person.  She brought me this beautiful painting as a gift.  She is so talented! 
I had a wonderful and creative group of quilters at my Lollipop Workshop.  They were making perfect circles in no time.  Here is some of their work.

I love to see this - auditioning ideas right on the background.
Nicole is going totally off pattern which I really love to see.  This is really why I like to teach.  To inspire everyone to do their thing.
We have snow people.  March: in the a Lion...
 I looked very pretty.
 I love the quiet hush on a snowy morning.
With the clocks changing and the snow, my cactus is so confused it bloomed again.
Have a great week and I'll be back soon since I missed last week!

I'll leave you with this easy wintry

Friday, March 1, 2019

Welcome March

Pineapple is the International Symbol of Welcome, so Welcome March.
started the next 2
I am almost finished quilting the center of my medallion quilt~
 I hope to finish it this weekend.
 It is really easy to get a bit lost and have to go back and fill in.
 I'm quilting the leaves in all different ways just for fun.
Annie took a little dip in my scrap bin
And now she is ready to have a visit with Molly.  Janet, of Rogue Quilter, sent me the adorable pineapple pincushion. 
Molly looks like she is being productive
While Annie (my mini-me doll) is gossiping and waiting for 5 o'clock to roll around, lol
I feel so much better with them dressed and doing things than laying around uncared for or in storage.

Here is a talk that Gwen gave at the opening of her solid color exhibit at the Dennos Museum in MI.  Have a cup of coffee and enjoy.
Here is another lecturer, this time by Gerald Roy.  It is on Color at the opening of the exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
This book was recommended to me and I can't tell you how much I am enjoying it.  It centers around the Los Angeles Central Library Fire of 1986 but is full of so much history and storytelling about Libraries you almost forget the fire.
Happy March Everyone!

p.s. It is funny, I wanted to run a poll to see whether blogging is even relevant anymore, but they discontinued that gadget.  Readership is getting lower and lower so I really wonder.