Debby Brown has a Handi Quilter Avante in her studio, and on occasion when needed she lets me use it to baste my larger quilts. Yesterday I basted two quilts Arsenic & Old Lace pieced by Keith Dommer and Supernova in Chartreuse designed by none other than Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. A&O L has lived in my studio for a while as life has happened. As I basted yesterday thoughts of quilting came to mind – which is such a good thing oh the thinks you think when you think quilting. Keith uses elements including hexagons, circles, and old linen, well leaving me with great blank space to work in. When he sent the quilt I looked up the color of arsenic gray, yellow, and black all come up and then there are shades of blue and acid green leaving me a lot of room for interpretation here.
Now when I get to Supernova I don’t have a particular plan in mind however as I write decision made, whew. I need more fabric. She says, shocking no one reading this missive.
Kindness and gratitude matter. Both are a balm to wounded souls. They are a cup of cold water to someone who is in need of refreshment. A cup of coffee with and a good chat with good friend. Lemonade on a hot summer day. These things are all refreshing.
Sometimes we have challenges in life, challenges in our communities. Friends have troubles. Things are going all icky in the greater world and the events trigger awful memories. Things at work go all haywire in so many ways and we need a word of encouragement and support. We might see all this happening and want to do something about it. We may not be able to fix it, but we can be there through our words.
While I was at Debby’s we had a facebook live with Joliene Williams. Joliene supplied me with Girl Scout Cookies. First I’ve had in a looooooooooooooong time.
Debby Brown and I are starting a project called 1000 postcards for peace.
In the next week or so I’m starting a facebook page that will be a place to offer ideas, share experiences and support those in our life who might need a little support or a little something because we can. I’ll post again here once the page is up, and directions are available.
A few weeks ago I offered to make a quilt for Maria from Pinwheels, you see she has some new Oakshott cottons of the striped variety. Before I get there Pinwheels is now open in Hurleyville, NY. Check out this facebook video. Congratulations Maria I will get there soon and oh I have an idea!
The stripe makes me quite giddy. The tone-on-tone stripes and the texture of the Oakshott have the potential for adding so much to a quilt top, and in a way that will prove so much fun.
I started stitching Monday afternoon using a layering and free-form cutting technique that I used to make the quilt for the Cherrywood Challenge. Cutting, stitching, layering, cutting, stitching, rinse repeat. Just the beginning stitching is producing some lovely results. Layering the fabrics and cutting the curve to produce this drunkards path block…not bad at’all.
I’m using Superior’s MicroQuilter for the piecing of this project and am rather chuffed with the results. But wait! There’s more. I currently have 7 other blocks stitched together, and a few more pieces of the stripe, there will be more cutting, stitching in a curvilinear kind of way. I can hardly wait to see how this works. It’s so lovely finding joy in quilting once again, enjoying the boundless opportunities to explore piecing, shape, and adding quilting later.
When I started writing this post, the idea for the quilt came into full-view, getting me all giddy and excited. A smile on my face, hands going a mile a minute, bringing the quilt into focus. This is the stuff of the quilting world that I love.
A while back I started working on the Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge. I thought that I’d piece diamonds, and either set them into a Starry Night type of background or applique them down. Well, something went all wonky and I set those pieced aside to use them in a different project at some other time, because who doesn’t like teeny, tiny pieces?
And yet, niggling in the back of my brain, whispering sweet nothings to me was something else entirely. I do love The Starry Night with it’s whirling, swirling stars, sweeping across the night sky, forever in motion.
The fun thing about this is there is no right, or wrong. You may be wondering where that purple came from as it is not part of the Van Gogh fat quarter pack that Karla bundled together for the Challenge. We can incorporate other colors that make sense to us and that might help achieve the feel of what we’re going for.
I’m making progress stitch by stitch, pressing by pressing. Once the top is done and I get started on the quilting ooo, I can hardly wait to get started, that’s totally my gig. No wait, there’s more than one gig.
So, there was this one day when I picked up a few things at a quilt shop. It’s been a really long time since I made garments. I used to make skirts pretty easily, but shirts. Well lets say understanding how to adjust patterns to the curve of my person is a bit of a challenge, one that got the best of me.
So in a moment of “I’m never going to do this gain, ever!” I purged the sewing room of those patterns. I was okay with that for oh! so many reasons. Then I saw a few patterns that I thought, Hey I can give this a try, and if it doesn’t work out, then I know for sure that sewing garments isn’t part of my sewing repertoire. Yes, yes, I know, Classes exist, and I could take them. A bespoke wardrobe isn’t in my future.
But trying a few new to me things is always a good idea and helps stretch those creative muscles. I’ve had a couple of pieces of batik rayons maturing gracefully over the last couple of years, with the intention of making them into quilts. yes this is possible. So when I saw the next pattern I’m going to show you my whole life just feel into place, the heavens opened, the sun shone, the heavenly choirs greeted me with a chorus of Hallelujah’s and shouts of Eureka! could be hear for miles around.
The City Stroll Wrap Skirt.
I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but I’m short, or vertically challenged either way ya go. I’m just over five feet tall, so I shop in the petite section of the store because, short. In the late spring through mid-fall I like to wear knee length skirts, or skorts. Skorts are easier to wear to work as they’re kinda no fuss, no muss. The skirt should go right down to the top of my knee, which will make me happy. Now I just need to find a shirt to go with it.
I cut most of this out (one more piece) and hope to have it done in time for Quilt Market. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to use a 60 wt polyester thread top and bobbin, and a microtex needle. Well I’m off to challenge myself with something new, old, new again?
Oh. Oh. Oh. So I started quilting yesterday. My husband stood at the door of my studio trying to get my attention. Trying to get my attention. The zone, where fabric, batting, thread, machine, and I are working well together. That moment where creativity and ideas flow. That moment of peace when even the background music isn’t present as I stitch.
It’s been a while since I’ve been there, in that zone. Even with all of the quilting I’ve been working on lately, that space has eluded me. So, going there was a complete delight.
This week will see phone calls, emails, quilting one more quilt and generally getting ready to attend Quilt Market.
Stay tuned to instagram for a few more sneak peeks of the quilts I’m working on.
Oh! and look for a Character post later this week.
No sewing this week. Under the needle sits the quilt started last week, that has a due date quickly approaching. I’ll probably finish binding on the plane to St. Louis in a few weeks. Perfectly normal, I tell ya. So why no sewing?
My brother and I made plans to meet for lunch on Friday. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the City. Part of me misses going, part of me not so much. So I get my patootie out of bed, and pulled something in my low back between my hips. The stars were so beautiful. So very pretty, something to capture in a quilt pretty. I made it into the City and did a little bit of walking around finding the location of Candy’s Quilting. Once Candace and Charles get closer to opening I’m going to go in a do a facebook live and show everyone the cool digs.
Thankfully my brother was a little later and my very slow walking was completed before he arrived. We had burgers and a beer for lunch. Good burgers at Schleppers on 23rd. We talked a bit of business related stuff. He’s wicked smaht.
So rather than sewing, which I wanted to do, I’ve been reading the next book in the Outlander Series. Thanks Jake. So this afternoon, after not being able to stitch over the weekend, I’m heading to the sewing room and getting some stitching in. Watch my instagram later for a photo or two.