Today is a two quilt day, each has character.
Dad Would be Honored is the first Feathered Star using Marsha McCloskey’s directions I ever made. Most of the quilt is made with dad’s ties. Dad himself was a bit of character writing rotten poetry, his preferred place behind the camera – always observing, listening. I brought his ties home with me shortly after his death. It took me a little while to work up the courage to cut into the ties, and make the quilt. Every once in a while I think about making changes, if I did this or that the overall look would be more pleasing, and effective. The most important thing about Dad Would be Honored, my stepmom loves it just as it is, flaws and all. The moment I gave this to her is priceless. There is one thing I would change though I’d add fusible stabilizer to the ties making some of the piecing a lot easier. Part of me wants to sit here and rip apart the quilting, however I won’t because at the time I know I stitched to the best of my ability. Memory quilts hold something more, they hold our hearts stitched with great love.
If ever a quilt had a journey it’s this one. The fabrics are all Moda Marbles by Patrick Lose. The quilt itself is based on a Jinny Beyer pattern the setting corners should be 9 patches. It was a little bit beyond my skill level at the time so using solid pieces seemed the thing to do. The quilt was much larger at one point having squares in the corners and borders, it was quilted. I always like the quilt, didn’t like the quilting, so it sat in a UFO pile unfinished. An opportunity to make a quilt to donate came along, the seam ripper and I had a date, all of the quilting came out, I cut the quilt down, and re-quilted it. This may have been the first quilt I un-quilted, then re-quilted. The moon and stars seem to be a recurring them in my quilts. Oh sweet heavens inspire me!
Both of these quilts taught me so much. Trying something new is a good, using a seam ripper to take out something that isn’t working well is good, starting over is good.
Have a great quilterly day,
This and next week are full of paperwork and very little, if any quilting. So very little to show. The sewing machine has been turned to the side to give me the space. I’d go down to my office however it’s still chilly down there, I’ll enjoy that cooler area during the summer.
I appreciate your indulgence until the stitching begins again. The Moon is Made of Cheese is sitting to my left whispering sweet nothings in my ear. And next to her is another project that I started that is as yet nameless. Is anyone shocked?
So for now, here’s a gratuitous quilt that I worked on a while ago. It’s a sampler type that I’ll reprise as a quilt a long in about 5 weeks. Are you ready for some stitching?? If you’re interested comment on this post. This will be different than the one I’m currently running on Lucy’s Nickles, but it will be hosted there. If you’re on facebook please join the group.
See you soon!
I keep coming back to Let Your Light Shine. Right now the Live Your Brightest Life – Yvonne Porcella exhibit is at Meissner’s in Sacramento, CA. If you have a chance stop in and see it.
There are a few elements of this quilt that I want to explore more. These will probably end up on The Moon is Made of Cheese, Cheddar Cheese.
Debby Brown has a great pic on her Instagram for how manages left over fabric. What I love is how organized this feels. It’s also got me thinking about how to work on quilts down the road.
Have a totally fab quilty day.
And I am in a place I want to be, the AQS Show in Lancaster for the day, and then will see friends who got married about a month after my sweetie and me. I met Jules in PA, though it wasn’t until we were living in GA that our friendship blossomed. And she’s stuck with me now. After this long it’s not likely that we’re parting company any time soon. She quilts too, so bonus!
Today though is one of those days that holds deep, life long memory. Ten years ago today we said good-bye to our dad. It was Palm Sunday. My sweetie and I usually go to Church late in the day, and oddly I was showered and dressed in the morning. When my sister called to let me know what was happening I was able to get ready, and get out of the house, on my way in less than 20 minutes. I know my Sweetie helped facilitate that. And for that I am so grateful. Dad left on his favorite day of the year. April Fools Day. Oh how he loved getting over on his kids, writing Rotten Poetry, writing letters. Today I will have Coke in his honor, and memory.
Look for a couple of facebook live vids from the show floor at least one on the Generation Q Magazine page and one will be on my personal page. If you’re there please say hi. Meeting quilters is a favorite thing.
Eighteen years, or pert near close to it we moved into this place, purchasing a high efficiency, stacked washer/dryer. Loved it. Dealt with a few issues over the years, yanno, stuff happens. Sometime in the last 12 months it started sounding like rocks took up residence in the washer. Getting louder, and louder, and louder. When the machine went into a high speed spin hearing ourselves think became a challenge. In February, early February, before the fabric for the Indigo & Oatmeal fabric arrived from SewBatik. The fabric needed to be washed before the quilt could be made. Not just washed but run through with Retayne and Synthrapol. My sweetie pulled out an unused, clean tall plastic bucket for laundry in the meantime. I’ve been doing laundry for nearly 2 months in a bucket. Yeah, there’s a laundromat near the house but hauling everything over there blah, blah, blah.
So imagine a fun-sized quilter, at a sink that’s a wee nip too tall, filling the bucket with water (lots of water). I can hear a rather purple dinosaur saying, “fill it up one, fill it up two.” Pick up the bucket, dump it, rinse, repeat.
We had such great success purchasing our first washer/dryer from Appliance Driven (was Appliance Connection when we were first introduced to them) that we went back to them for a new one. After looking around a bit my sweetie found something that will fit our space, and meet our needs. We’re getting this Speed Queen.
So now I’ll be able to wash all that yardage waiting patiently in my basement. Yeah, that’s right. Yardage. ha!
I might have a bridge to sell ya.
And so off to launder, get the hair cut, look for work (still need that day job), and get ready to go to the AQS show in Lancaster.
Slowly, ever so slowly, there are changes happening here. Much ado about character on the blog lately. This conversation will continue. Character and confidence work hand in hand, they build each other, and with that. when we show up to do the work our creativity increases. All of this takes practice. I’ve struggled with confidence in quilting. Oh hell, I just struggle with confidence sometimes.
I have, with some hard work, and a husband who believes in me, some really great friends grown in that area. There’s room to grow. Of course there is, and that’s the best thing ever. There is room to grow. There is room to grow in quilting, there is room to grow in teaching, there is room to grow in confidence.
Whether I get it or not I’ve applied to offer three seminars later this year. If I do get to offer them then I’ll be expanding the type of work I offer. It’s a bit of a leap, however sometimes ya gotta take a leap off a cliff so you can fly.
And the winner is:
#6 – Jean Congdon! Congratulations. I’ll contact you for your address.
Outside my front window the Mockingbird is chasing the Blue Jay away from the berries on the Dogwood. The Mockingbird’s nest is towards the top of the tree so apparently the tree belongs to it. (I don’t know the difference between the males and females.) Spring happens in just about fourteen days, to say I’m eager, though this winter is amazingly mild, is something of an understatement. I’ve been enjoying the days filled with more light, the sunsets through the studio window inspiring. One of our hyacinths has bloomed, so we’ll see what happens with the rest.
Back to our regularly scheduled post:
Keep stitching until it makes sense, pull out the seam ripper if you’re not happy, play until your heart is content.
I made this stitch sample a few years ago and gave it away. I think I’m going to make another one using this as inspiration.
This piece is one way of practicing, and keeping a library of stitching motifs.
A piece like this helps explore stitching motifs until you’re really good at it.
A piece like this can grace your studio walls giving you inspiration.
Perhaps done quarterly, a piece like this can show your progress as a free motion machine quilter.
Stitching different motifs across the surface of the quilt is something that speaks to my quilterly soul. As the words flit from my brain to my fingers I can see three quilts in my head that I want to work on, okay 5…okay it’s an unending roll of visuals. By keeping the quilts smaller I can make more of these.
For now off I go to start quilting this beauty:
Oh should I tell you the character building secret about this quilt?
I will, another day.