Spring is slowly starting to appear
here in Colorado.
I've also been slowly working
on projects one day at a time.
And the results are beginning to show.
There are a few projects that have been finished
and a few ongoing ones.
A pair of springtime bunnies.
Scattered Seed Samplers
5" x 7"
Scattered Seed Samplers
5" x 7"
I changed a few thread colors and
changed a few design elements.
The first adorable vintage frame
was from a thrift shop in Santa Fe.
I love it.
The second one was a shiny gold colored inexpensive
frame from another shop here in Fort Collins.
Running Man got out his air brush and toned
it all down to a reasonable shade.
This next project is far from finished.
It's a Mystery Quilt Along through
I'll be the first to admit that quilt mysteries
are not my favorite.
My time and fabrics are just too
valuable and expensive to be working
on something that I might or might not like.
But I was caught in a weak moment
and Lisa B reassured quilters everywhere
that she would not let anyone down!
So I've started.
31 nine patch blocks, scrappy, blue and white.
We'll see where the mystery leads me.
If you're in a weak moment too,
check out and sign up for Lisa Bongean Blog,
to get the monthly mystery patterns
for O Say....Can You See.
This part will be gone at the end of April when
the May chapter is issued.
Sometime ago I signed up for a
Hands Across the Sea's pattern
exclusively for Hobby House Needleworks.
I had never done one of
Nicola Parkman's vintage reproduced samplers.
This one is Rosa Ada Featherstone, 1894
Through the process of working on a reproduced antique sampler
I came to several conclusions:
1. Samplers done by young girls could have many errors.
If the sampler is designed to even include these flaws,
I'm going to have to fix them.
I make enough of my own mistakes, that's for sure!
I had to do lots of changes to make
this design work for me.
2. I like the style of many of these antique samplers,
but if I used Rose's name my family would be thoroughly
confused as to who she was in relationship to us.
So I customized this sampler with my
maternal grandmother's name and date of birth.
3. I decided while working on this sampler that Rose's heart wasn't
into this project or needlework as a whole
or she had a poor teacher with limited supplies.
I changed many of the motifs because
I didn't recognize what they were.
I also changed and added more colors.
An example is that the ships
were originally bright green.
I had to change that
as well as a few other color choices.
I first mentioned this
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
back in December,
Well, I'm still happily working on it.
The hand quilting is coming close
to being finished,
A dozen more hexies to go
75" x 80"
I'll have to decide how to bind it
with the zig zag edge.
It hasn't been all work or stitching.
The other night we were able to go
to a live concert featuring
two of my favorite musicians,
They are on their final
US Tour as a duo.
I listen to their beautiful cello music
which includes classical, popular and rock music.
Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic'
They put on an incredible show
and we had fabulous seats.
The audience was a mix of young and old
and I loved every minute.
Check them out on you tube.
Until Next Time-