Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Farewell August...


MATA HARI


TIME WARP

My 8 block round up for August.

I'm Jumping ahead on a fun new project...

Barb Vedder of Fun with Barb is hosting a wonderful new Swap.
Participants are making and trading Red Broken Dishes blocks.
It's a favorite block pattern of mine and I LOVE Red quilts!
So of course I rushed over and gleefully signed up for this exchange.

I've got 160 HST's pieced and ready for pressing.
These are for the first 40 Broken Dishes blocks.
I will be making 80 blocks for the swap, using reproduction red prints against a natural cotton muslin. (more pictures coming soon)

I'm looking forward to September...
Apple season and cooler temperatures for open windows & outdoor stitching.

every quilt tells a story...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Botanical Show & Tell

These are all of the blocks that have been posted thru August for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt sew along! I laid all of my blocks onto my friend Pamela's design wall last week to have a better look at them.
(they are not in the order they will appear in the quilt)

The Botanical Blog has received LOTS of beautiful block pictures this month for Show & Tell! To see the latest submissions click HERE!
The next block in the series will be revealed later this week on September 1st.

I hope you are having a Happy and Stitch Filled end to August!
every quilt tells a story.....

Monday, August 22, 2016

Double Dutch and something New


GAIA


MATRIX

It feels like I'm finally making progress again on these little blocks.
The pair above will make a total of 6 Dutch Treats completed so far for August.

I discovered a fabric collection at The Quilter's Studio in Fairfax, VA on Saturday that just drew me in to take a closer look. The line is called Foxtail Forest.
I haven't used my sewing machine very much the past 3 months.
That's about to change, at least for a couple days this week.

I love the colors and the childhood prints remind me of sweet, simple joys.
Looking forward to making this into a small couch quilt, perfect for a little Cutie to cuddle under this Fall.

Monday, August 15, 2016

2 Treat blocks for mid August


SPINNING STAR


GEOMETRY in MOTION

Today is also Mid Month show & tell day for the Botanical Album quilt sew along.
I love the diversity of these blocks each month!
Just look at these beautiful "Yellow Tulip" blocks.

You can see more of these beautiful blocks posted on the blog HERE!

every quilt tells a story...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer Treats


WOODEN SHOE


HEAD DRESS

Are you working on a Dutch Treat quilt?
There is a Dutch Treat facebook group found HERE.
Judy Garden (author and designer of the original quilt) is a member.
How awesome it would be to share your journey with her and others working on this quilt. Admirers are also welcome to join.

I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Kucera Roberts LeClerc! known in blogland as "Quilting in Oz". Several years ago, Mary inspired and encouraged me to begin working on my Dutch Treat quilt. Mary created the Dutch Treat facebook group so others could share their work.
She was a prolific quilter with a kind and generous spirit. She will be greatly missed by many quilters, myself included.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY BOTANICAL ALBUM QUILT
I'm late to post my Lily block for the month of July but here she is:

And the block for August has just been announced on the sew along blog HERE.
The block is Yellow Tulip and this is my Red & Taupe version.

I've been putting all of the blocks into a grid to keep track of my progress.
Below are all the blocks that have been assigned to date:
(the colors look a bit more vibrant in person)

July was a blur... my sweet little grandson had surgery and was not able to continue with summer camp. So he's been spending the past few weeks with me at Camp Nana's house. He was such a brave boy before & after his operation to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. Thankfully, Nana knows the best place to go to cool a sore healing throat.

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I wish you a Happy start to August!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A little behind.....


IMPALA


SEA WAVE

I've fallen a little behind on blogging the past couple of weeks.
Family life has just been filled with lots of big activities...
The most precious event was my little grandson's graduation from Nursery School.

On our final day in Colorado our group went to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. We shared the day with our hostess Dawn Ronningen, Shona Halberstadt and Terry Pryke (who traveled all the way from South Africa)

The exhibit was:

I don't want to spoil the exhibit for those planning to attend, so for now I will just share 2 of my many favorite quilts. The first one was by Kay Haerland of New South Wales titled: A Different View

The detail in this quilt was truly amazing! 3 dimensional layering of fabric and embellishments made this so lifelike and drew you in for a closer look.


There were several fabulous hexagon quilts!
This one was the simplest in design, yet I loved this interpretation of the traditional Mosaic Diamond pattern.

Especially how the large floral prints were showcased in the center of some of the hexagon diamonds.

It was such a wonderful exhibit with many more beautiful and inspiring quilts!

The entire trip to Colorado was Awesome! I've taken away SO many fond memories of wonderful places and special friends.

every quilt tells a story....