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!