Monday, September 28, 2020

September 's Monthly Mini

 Pink isn't one of my
favorite colors, 
but  occasionally, 
I'm Tickled Pink to use it.

Tickled Pink
31" x 31"

September's Mini Quilt

You might remember from my last post
the BOM I finished.

Each month I received the fabric in the mail
for another border or for the appliques.

Homestead Hearth was very generous in
the amount of fabric they included.
So I had lots of the pinks leftover
from the appliqued flowers.

Those fabric scraps had sat on my
sewing table for a very long time and 
now it was time to use them or loose them!

I wasn't sure what the plan 
should be, but then I 
remembered some of the fun patterns
I had from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

This is a Carrie Nelson's snippet pattern
called X-Rated.
The pieces are sewn with a diagonal layout
so it takes up quite a bit of space on my design floor.
The good part is there was very little
of the pink fabrics left!

I machine quilted around each of the X's.
I quilted half of an X and then went on to
the next one.  When I got to the end of the 
row I turned around and did the other half.  

You can see where I travelled
from one X to another.
It's good to keep some things simple
when you life can fill up with
other more complicated things.

I hope you've recently had some 
tickled pink moments.

Be sure to take a look at 
some of the monthly mini's organized
You might be tickled pink
by what you see!

Until Next Time-

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-