At This Busy Time of Year....

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Re-Post, One of my Personal Favorites

The First Day of Fall, 2015

I woke up this morning thinking about the Fall photo below. I remember everything about that day. I remember waiting for the gentleman doing some garden work at the church and how he was so absorbed in that work he didn't even see me standing beside him. I snapped a couple pics and chose to post this one. The tress were glorious. The Ladies brought such great quilts that day, as usual, but this day was special. On that note I wanted to share it again. 

Have a beautiful Fall Day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall Color, The Sew and Sews Show & Tell

I took a little field trip on the way to my quilting group today. I walked about 50 feet from the parking lot of the church where we meet. Fall color, it has been rather washed out this year, supposedly because we have had so much rain. Someone forgot to tell these trees!


  Here are a few photo's of some work in progress among the members.

This little quilt is made with 1 inch squares. J. said this is her first attempt with this technique. These are not strip sets, off-set. They are individually pieced and quilted. I am so impressed. I just love the colors and the style of this piece. I have never done anything like this. Another member R., does lots of this. I will try it some day. Add it to the to-do list. It is really getting long.

 A gift for a family member, P. made this beauty with her daughter. She also machine quilted it. What's really different is that she used a double layer of batting in the hearts, they are very dimensional. 

A close up of one of the hearts, just look at the doggie menagerie. What a great gift. Also, what a good idea for the hearts. I am thinking of several applications for a technique like this. Even a 9 patch would have a new character with a little stuffing. Not trapunto exactly, just a little dimension.

Now this is a really special piece. This is an antique quilt K. received from another family member. It is a baby quilt. The colors are pastel, the blocks are about 2 inches square. We found an interesting bit of embroidery on one of the squares. At first we thought it was a mend. But on closer inspection it appears to be a cross. If  you look very closely you can see it in the left upper corner on one of the white blocks. (count down 5 blocks and over 5 blocks) Of course, I forgot to photograph it. Now after we all studied this antique quilt we offered some speculation. Since this was not a mend, we are wondering if the maker used this cross embroidery as a sort of signature. There is no label on the quilt. K. is applying one as we speak. This led to another conversation, should we consider doing something similar, a makers mark so to speak. I will be thinking on that.

 And last but not least, BJ brought in this Holiday Wall Quilt. This has been a UFO for several years. Another person in the group also has done the same quilt. BJ just has to add the little woolen scarf to this happy fella. The carrot nose is a button and so are the coal eyes and mouth. Too cute.
the full view
  All righty then. It has been a busy day, I always enjoy my time with these talented ladies. They never cease to amaze me with their passion for quilting and their general zest for life. We talk about quilts, life and just about everything else. As is frequently commented by one member or another..."'s cheaper than therapy!"

Gratuity Moment: the Sew and Sews

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