Thursday, September 17, 2020

Phew! A Finish

 The only thing for certain
is there will be plenty of curve balls
for the remainder of 2020,
so when you have a quilt finish
 it's reason to celebrate.

"Social Distancing"

"The Lewis Coverlet", 
pattern by Susan Smith

I started this quilt over a year ago 
as a BOM from 
Homestead Hearth quilt shop.
I thought it would be fun to receive 
a bundle of fabric each month to
make this delightful medallion.  

It is the perfect size to be a topper.
73" x 73"

The applique was done the 
needle turn method and the
stripe fabric made fun stems.

Even these squares were appliqued 
rather than constructed as a pieced border.

I had my LMQ, Kathy, 
quilt a variation of a clam shell design overall.

 The quilting needed to be as light
as the quilt design. 

is also working on this quilt.
Take a look at how she's putting 
her fabrics together.  

Running Man and I left home for a few days.

We went to Manitou Springs 
to the west of Colorado Springs.
It was nice to escape the smoke and ash
of the fire still burning west of Fort Collins.

We stayed at the lovely historic hotel
The Cliff House.

tucked in the mountains
at the base of Pikes Peak.

Enjoying the change of scenery
and having a quilt finish

was just what I needed.
Hopefully,  you've recently had a
 reason to celebrate too.

Until Next Time-

Monday, September 7, 2020

Crossing Over - One Over Two

It wasn't until recently
 that I discovered what a comeback
 cross stitching has made.

There are all kinds of wonderful
designs and designers,
antique sampler repros,
smalls,  folk art,
and contemporary.
I did do some cross stitching 
back in the day, but not for many years.

It was in the late spring that
I caught wind of a Mayflower and
Pilgrim 400 year commemoration design 
by Brenda Garvais.

It was only last year that
I discovered my ancestral link to
Francis Cooke, 
my 12th great Grandfather,
a member of the Separatist 
group from Leiden, Netherlands, 
that boarded the Mayflower and set sail 
from England heading to the New World.

After 66 grueling days at sea
this small group of 102 along with about 30 crew
dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod on
November 11, 1620.

Francis and his oldest son, John (13)
came on the Mayflower in 1620 leaving behind his wife, Hester
and their other 4 children.  After the Colony was better
established he sent for them
and they came to Plymouth in 1623 onboard the ship, Anne.

I can't even imagine.


Brenda Garvais's cross stitch design
honors the Women of the Mayflower.
Of the 18 married women that
came, only 5 survived the first winter and
only 4 were still living for the first
Thanksgiving the autumn of 1621.

For the next 66 days
I will be stitching on this cross stitch design
on a 40 count linen, one over two.

I imagine I might be as slow as 
the original trip, but
I'm looking forward to this journey
to commemorate these brave women who
courageously boarded that ship crossing 
over that expansive ocean
looking to a new future.
Until Next Time-

Friday, August 28, 2020

Live in the Sunshine


August is a serious time for ice cream.

It's time to start school no matter 
what form it takes.

Even my daughter who teaches first grade 
 has made quite a few adjustments. 

For me, it's time to share an August mini!!

The fields behind my house looked like the colors
of my quilt, golds and greens.

Wish it had been a field of sunflowers!

"Live in the Sunshine"
47" x 47"

(despite the skies still being smokey and hazy)

You might remember from earlier this summer
that I started appliqueing these sunflower blocks. 
 Susie Wright of 
Fixer of Old Quilts on Instagram had
drafted a pattern of an antique sunflower block
inspired by a 1862 quilt from the collection
of Cathy Erickson of quiltingcat2.

I decided to place the blocks all facing
the same directions, just like sunflowers
moving and following the sun during the day.

The border is designed with sets of golden flying geese
circling the field.
Again I tried to figure it out mathematically,
but luckily it worked out better in real life
than on paper!

All four corners actually, came out the same!

I kept the machine quilting simple
with echo quilting around the sunflowers,
straight lines in the skinny borders,

and leaves in the outer border.

I added the flange binding with the
dark gold and green to frame the whole design.

I found two older pieces in my stash for the backing,
 ancient yardage from South Seas designed by Theresa Kogut 
and a very old piece by Sandy Gervais.

Summer isn't really over yet.
There's still plenty of time to play
and even enjoy a little ice cream.

Until Next Time-