Friday, February 15, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
has come together after 5 months of planning, cutting, marking, stitching, and embroidering.............
all by hand.
You may remember I posted on this post
about Grace Snyder who inspired me to make my own quilt block.
by cutting hundreds of tiny triangles
which, when sewn together, make very tiny squares.
I decided to make a different basket design than the one
shown in the vintage quilt book
I hand cut and hand stitched each little piece
I then embellished it with my own hand embroidery
adding french knots and .....if you look closely,
thorns to the rose stems,
and a lot of little lazy daisy stitches
I wanted a pointed border frame to run around the design
All together there are 3,200 triangles
which when sewn together make 1600 squares that
are 3/4 ".
the quilt, at the moment measures 28" X 22" It will be a wall hanging.
I now need to place the batting and the back fabric on ,
and then hand quilt it all together.
I think I will name this quilt
" My Summer Basket"
what do you think?
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
My imagination and inspiration to put my embroidery needle aside and to make a quilt block, came to me when I discovered Grace Snyder,
quietly hiding in a vintage quilt book that I thumbed through to pass time, while sitting outside in the truck, waiting for my husband as he browsed in a parts store.
I am not sure about how you feel, but for me, going inside of a parts store holds no intrigue what so ever ......so I grab any interesting book I can find at a nearby vintage store, as my save from boredom and impatience, while my husband happily browses.
As I casually turned the pages.........this stunning image stopped
me, and I had to read the small article about this quilt........with the creator's name
leaving me to want to find out more about this amazing
quilt artist. I researched her and.........oh my.........what an
amazing story she has! I have included this link to a wonderful
video about her and her quilts.
The pattern for the lovely quilt was also in the book and easy to follow,
however, I wanted to see if I could make a quilt block a little different.
I chose a design that I felt could be
pretty and enjoyable to work with.
Incorporating the method for this block, with the design I chose, I
started hand tracing and hand cutting the tiniest of triangles
and hand stitched them all one by one, together.
I started this "block" October 4, 2018, which is
the reason I am showing you a "sneak preview" .....because
of the time it is taking...........who knows when I will completely finish!
Getting the seams to line up, is also tedious and I already realize some things
that I would have done differently. In fact, I almost decided to quit and put this away........
however, the colors and the desire to see what it will look like , when finished,
made me press on. I am keeping a journal on it , as I work from
day to day.
I have so much to do throughout the day from cooking, cleaning and such,
that I only get to enjoy stitching on it in the late afternoon..........which
is another reason it is taking so much time to finish.
Now I am glad that I have kept working on it.
One thing I realized, as I am working through this block.........
that it is probably going to be a "small quilt"
instead of a block for a large quilt. I really don't think I want to make 12 or more of these for a quilt.
When I actually finish, I will let you know what the
actual size of this will be.
So tell me.........have you heard of Grace Snyder.......or any other
wonderful "pioneer" quilt artist?
Do you have a favorite quilt block?
I would love to hear!
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow."
A new year is here. I have many plans and projects for
this year that I hope to learn how to do, ..........and to finish.
I have spent the last few weeks sorting and organizing my stash
of floss, yarns, and fabrics.
I have decided to try my best......and I do mean......try
to use up and to work on what I already have instead of
purchasing something else.......
.but oh my,
how hard it is to resist all of the pretty new patterns and
materials that are offered wherever I turn!
This week, I am sharing 5 simple things
that I enjoyed this past week......
1. I am happy to have put the Christmas trees and decorations
2. Our youngest son flew home to visit, adding joy to our holiday.
3. A nest full of tiny eggs, from tiny chickens, comes from the henhouse.
4. Miniature roses are still blooming on my inside windowsill .
5. We had a peaceful and quiet New Year's eve.
So tell me...........
do you have plenty of projects and materials to finish up.........or do you have plans
for something new to try? I would love to see and hear!
Here's wishing that something simple and enjoyable comes your
way this week!