Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nothing Fancy

This is my favorite summer quilt. Hands down. It is vintage but in good enough shape to use.

The Dresden Plate blocks are all hand pieced and the quilt is very nicely hand quilted.

This quilt is soft and the batting is thin. The blue centers and occasional red and white petals remind me a bit of the 4th of July.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bernie's in rehab

I also thought about titling this one "If it's a national holiday then something's going to break." I had Big Plans for doing some quilting over the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May. But, our air conditioner went on the fritz at the same time Mother Nature sent us record heat for "so early in the season." Instead of quilting (I wilted at the thought of quilts) I imitated my late Golden Retriever and sprawled out in front of the fan with my tongue hanging out while I panted. The a/c is repaired and we are much cooler now. So, again, I had Big Plans for stitching over the July 4 holiday weekend. Friday night was good...I stayed up late starting another red and white project. When Saturday morning dawned, I slipped down to my sewing cave to stitch a few more Bernina would only sew...backwards. Believe me, I considered compensating by feeding the fabric in backwards but the little naggy voice in my head kept saying, "call 9-1-1; this ain't normal." I dropped Bernie off at the repair shop and got the news yesterday that she's slipped a cam and needs "refurbishing." I told the repaid wizard, "whatever it takes." She and I go way back and I hope to keep her around for a long time to come.

So, with no machine to distract me, I am working away on the next block from the Flower Garden quilt. I also took note of the amount of bright fabrics I have managed to accumulate. Impressive for someone who was only going to "pick up a few fat quarters." Who else needs some rehab? Hmm? I indulged myself with some photos of the ones I've pre-washed and ironed.

This last photo in the part of the stash that is still waiting on the pre-wash.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I missed you guys!

It's been about a month since I posted and just as long since I've done some serious blog reading and commenting. June was a busy travel month - some of it was fun and more of it was work. The fun part was in Surfside, South Carolina with my family (see last post) and I also had the privilege of visiting New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Michigan for my work. I carried my fourth block of the Flower Garden pattern with me everywhere but never took a stitch. Finally, finally, I had some time at home over the Independence Day weekend (and some extenuating circumstances to be expounded upon later) and did some real hand applique work. Ta-da! I completed my fourth flower block. The funky shading in the background is the result of photographing this on a dark rug. This is my favorite block. I just love yellow.

In order to have more than just my one feeble completed applique block, I am going to include some graphic, gratuitous antique quilt photos. The Delectable Mountains design is, well, delectable. Or is that Delectible (no, I don't think so)? This is a pattern I would love to own but could never exercise the self discipline to do it myself. Doesn't this one have a gorgeous blue/white fabric?

I am seeing some quilts with complex patterns like this popping up in the blog world and I am so impressed with the skill involved in putting together a quilt pattern like the one pictured above. I also love the colors (soft and aged) in this one. Should I challenge myself to try something like this?

The quilt above is one I like because it initially reads as two-colore (and red and white, to boot!) but has so much variety of great, authentic fabrics. I keep peeking at it when I want to make something that says - oh, she just used what was in her scrap bag. Hee hee!

This is one I used to own. I say used to own because I bought it as a gift for one of my very favorite people, my sister-in-law. I think those legal formalities are so cumbersome. She is one of my longest and best(est) friends. I won't bore you with the details of why the butterfly is significant here, but it is. The pink on this one is quite overpowering but the hand stitching (quilting and embroidery) is quite nice. That is why I got it as one of those BIG DECADE birthday gifts for my great friend.

I have no good reason for this picture except you know I love house blocks and am playing around with this pattern. I can't decide about colors. Do I mix them up, how do I set them? Oh well, I'll come up with something.

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