Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March's Mini Quilt

I really can't remember if
March came in like a lion or a lamb,
if anyone celebrated St. Patrick's Day, 
if we really had a spring break, or
if National Pi Day was even enjoyed.
The start of the month seems like
a long time ago,  
and here we are, March 31st.

I do know, 
that it's time to hook
and share our Monthly Minis.

"Be Calm and Think Green"
28" x 28"

You might remember that I started this quilt
when my quilt group decided for March's show and tell
we all needed to share a GREEN quilt.

That's when I discovered I had never made 
a predominately green quilt!


No question that
March's mini needed to be GREEN.


The center is a wool applique.


To make life easier,
I did the quilting before
adding the applique pieces.


No starting or
stopping around the pieces that way.

I decided to add a flange with the binding

to repeat that strong magenta color
of the center wool applique.

The good news is that 
now I have a GREEN quilt


and with this March  behind us,
it will be ready and waiting
for the
March show and tell, 
2021. 
Until Next Time-
Kyle

Friday, March 27, 2020

Making the Best of It!

Well, we made it to the weekend!!!

Miniature Daffodils
blooming in my yard

Each day can be challenging,
readjusting to the new normal,
but I keep trying to focus on the positive.

What have have you been up to?
Working on old projects
or maybe even trying something new?

I've been getting quite the work out,
but the results will be well worth the effort!!

****
I recently saw a sweet paper doll

"Honey Bee"

that Kathy Schmitz had designed and 
posted  free on her website.
She was encouraging people to share
what they're working on.

I printed "Honey Bee" and put her together.
 She wants to show you what I've been working on
during my "sheltering in place".

****

For the past couple of weeks I've been stitching
this pattern by Marie-Claude Picon
from her book French Farmhouse.


With the top done,
I  moved my machine to the kitchen table.
I need the extra space 
to spread things out when I machine quilt.


It's a slow process,
but Honey Bee is hopeful that
I'll have it done by next week.

****

Recently, I found tucked away
on a shelf, a kit for a small wool coin purse
I had purchased in Vancouver, BC in 2014.


After a few struggles,
quite a few changes,
and lots of fuming,


a smiling Honey Bee can show you a
finished coin purse.

My only thoughts are there are
those who can design and
there are those who can write directions!

****

A continuing project
has been a BOM from
Homestead Hearth for the "The Lewis Coverlet"
designed by Susan Smith.
I'm on the last border so
the end is in sight.


It's a good night time 
TV time project.
Honey Bee is optimistically thinking
that it will be done soon. 

****

Next week will be filled with 
new opportunities and
 maybe, a few challenges.

Focus on the positive
and keep smiling.

How about making a Honey Bee of your own
and sharing what's happening 
in your little corner.

 Until Next Time-
Kyle

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Perfect Ending

What did I do
this week while self quarantined?
Can you believe it was something 
that I've wanted to do
for the past 33 years!?!

Really?

Do you remember 
my last post and my story
about this quilt?


Broken Star
83" x 93"
1987

You'll remember
the one thing I was thinking
about fixing.

The binding was so 
worn and faded after
all of washing abuse 
 the quilt had gone through.

The main reason I had
continually avoided the situation 
was that I really didn't know 
what to do. 

If I changed the fabric
I changed the provenance of a 
documented quilt.
If I didn't do something,
every time I looked at the quilt
it made me sad.

But I've learned that 
sometimes it takes someone else's
thoughts or visions
to see a possible positive solution.

My oldest daughter was recently visiting
and suggested
I should simply turn the binding fabric
inside out. 


Duh?
Could it be that easy?
Why yes, especially 
with the fabric being a solid.
It had never occurred to me! 

 Jack and I
got the  binding off in record time.

The binding looked so awful.


I soaked that devilish binding once
more for good luck, narrowed 
the width, obviously I use to 
cut it very wide,  and
pressed the inside to the outside.


It was like adding a new fabric, 
but not!


The color was the original color and
the binding was sewn on with
a lot more finesse and skill
than I had 33 years ago!

Putting in that last stitch
felt so liberating and made a sweet
ending to this story.

Lesson learned:  Never say never.
There's always a solution.


Until Next Time-
Kyle