January 20, 2020
I am happy to announce that my daughter, aka my darlin' daughter, just finished making a gorgeous quilt. She's always been an artist and a crafter and now a great DIYer, but as far as fiber goes, she's been much more smitten with crochet and clothing than with quilting.
But quilting made its big debut because a new baby needs a great quilt. The new baby in question is her boyfriend's brand new nephew. The boyfriend loves astronomy, and the two of them planned a solar system quilt to introduce the new little one to his new home.
January 10, 2020
Just about three years ago, I posted about a quilt I repaired. The great-granddaughter who brought me the quilt for repair wrote the story of the quilt and its maker, and sent photos, all of which are included in my post. The pattern is Pointed Tile, and both the great-grandma and the great-grandpa were quite handy with all sorts of needlework and crafts.
Christina Waldman found that post and wrote to me about a Pointed Tile top made by her grandmother that she was quilting up.
Well, she's finished the quilting and written a most lovely story on her blog. She perfectly captures the love and memories that make family quilts so special. She's included tons of details, the kinds of things small children notice, which I find especially touching.
It's fun to see these expressions of the personalities of two different women and to read about their lives:
The story of the quilt I repaired.
The story of the top that Christina quilted. (These photos are hers.)
And here's Christina's grandmother.
January 6, 2020
We had just a few holiday plans, no travel, no guests, and so I decided that sewing on all sorts of back-burner projects of my own was The Thing To Do. It was so fun! Here are the results.
Another (could it be the last?) quilt in my Something From Nothing series. This one's been in the planning stage for nearly two years, taking tiny steps towards construction. It entered full-out construction mode during a fiber retreat in October. And now it's done! (It's made with plastic produce bags.)
December 30, 2019
Charm quilts, as the name indicates, are made with thoughts of good luck in mind. I'd heard the folklore that the magic happens because each piece is a unique fabric....but if one and only one fabric has been used twice, the quilt has a special magic. So that's what I did. My charm quilts were made for my babies because, as a quilter, I of course had to make them each a very special quilt.
December 17, 2019
I'm starting something new! I've put up my first post as a contributing blogger on the Just Wanna Quilt blog. Just Wanna Quilt is: a research project to investigate all the who-what-why questions of the quilt world, a research project to clarify copyright and other legal aspects of creating art and craft, a super fun quilt adventure, and a great group of vibrant and interesting quilters. There's a podcast (which I've been interviewed on) and sewing challenge projects and lots of great discussions in the facebook group, and etc. etc. Woo hoo! Thanks to Prof. Elizabeth Townsend-Gard for brainstorming this wonderful adventure!
Here's my inaugural post:
December 2, 2019
This lovely quilt came to me for washing - it had met with a disaster or two that had left stains. I'm happy to say that I got the stains out.
The quilt is huge, about 112" square, so the full quilt photos were especially tricky. So was laying it out to dry, because it was not much smaller than the plastic drop cloth I use at drying time and had to be positioned just-so.
Isn't this quilt lovely? Springtime personified. A good thing to post here in the Chicago area where winter snow came early and we are clearly into the time of grey winter days.
November 14, 2019
This year, maybe because of our super long and wet spring, the fungi group has flourished in my yard and neighborhood. Such variety this year!
The one pictured above is probably the most stereotypical mushroom of the bunch. The variety beyond that seems to go on forever.
This is an interesting community, seen in a nearby parkway.