Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wool, naturally!!

My hexies are ready for sandwiching, finally.  I have no problem picking batting for this nap quilt.  Have hand quilted wool twice and loved both the process and the result.  Needles without any stress on my hands and is so warm and lightweight that I can hardly wait to get this in my hoop.  Am planning to join Jessica's library group on Saturday.  Maybe we can have a "basting bee."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Modern Miracles

What is Modern quilting, everyone asks?  Jacquie Gering brought over 100 lbs. of examples to show the Empire Quilters guild.  This is only one of my favorites...her "log cabin" television with rabbit ears really cracked me up!

Jacquie answered lots of questions and gave her quilting story as well.  Her background in sewing finally came into fruition as a leading Modern quilter only a few years ago!  This engaging presentation won over many skeptics.  I later heard several quilters admit they didn't really care for modern quilts before...

It was a day full of surprises for me, too.  My "London  Connection" aka Dorothy Hill, was in NYC for the weekend!  It was so great to see her again...and to know she is now part of the Modern quilt group in London.  She asked about my Hexagon quilt, so I'd better get a move on....

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Low-Volume Day

Naomi and I turned down the volume today.   Sometimes a quiet day is all you need to recover from 
loss...whether personal or political...

We made these low-volume blocks for Metro Mod lotto. 

  Then we had herb tea and double chocolate pecan bars. 

 All better now!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anti-Depression Therapy

The weather forecast is for rain this week, so I am taking preventative steps against the oncoming gloom.  My Thirties Something quilt is the perfect antidote!  These Depression era fabrics always cheer me up.  I have also discovered free hand-quilting is great fun.  No marking, no rulers, no stencils...just going with the flow here.  As Gene Kelly once sang,  "Come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face."

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hampton Tiles

I saw this photo in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine last summer...

...and I have been making my own version ever since.  

I will hand quilt this around each tile ( 263 in all) and revisit every single fabric once more.  Some of these fabrics came from faraway places, so I can take an imaginary trip around the world now.  Thanks again to my friends in London, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the USA for all your contributions!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Challenge Update

Yay!!!  Naomi was the first to meet the challenge.  I love the decorative topstitching she added!  She plans to make another now.  The next one should be a breeze, now that she knows the technique.  "Keep calm and quilt on...."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I can never resist a challenge, so I took on this project--a sewing caddy by my Japanese friend Eri.  She is a master origami maker and sewer, by the way.  

You start with 4 strips of 2 different prints, each measuring 3 3/4" x 10 3/4"  Add batting to strips.  Sew bottom together like a pinwheel. 

Then sew up the sides in some mysterious fashion leaving a few inches for turning.  I wish I could give you the exact sewing sequence, but that is the challenge.  I figured it out in an afternoon...can you?