Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Springtime in PA Heaven

Happy Spring!

Do you recognize this gal?   It is my first attempt at the Pippilongstocking block that I saw on IG.   I wish I knew who to give credit to for this cute free pieced block.
Thank you to all my new and old friends at Calico Cutters Quilt Guild, Brandywine Valley Quilters and Penn Oak Quilters.  I had such a good time visiting your groups!

Kelly, of Pinkadot Quilts,  was my hostess and driver and I could not have done this trip without her support and help (and coffee). We  managed to steal a few minutes to play with some of her swap blocks.
 Did I mention she has the best kitchen I've ever seen?  the best.  I'm so glad I accidentally made all the swap blocks finish at 4 inches so they can go together.
After my workshop and programs I was treated to an afternoon at Longwood Gardens.  It is a life's dream and I plant to return soon!

Here are some highlights - red and yellow catch a fellow.
This is a living green wall - amazing!
I have a real fascination with Bonsai.  some of these are over 100 years old!
 The silver room in the conservatory - this is for Kathy S. in Illinois.
Hanna is a nut for catus.  They are so big right now in home dec.
what a fabulous display in the gift shop.
With spring the flannel sheets are off and the beds sport new quilts. 
 Mr Starbuck always takes the opportunity to sit on a pile of softness - what a princess.
Have a Great Week!

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Big Rooster Reveal

All Cooped Up
I machine appliqued the rooster and year.  It is machine quilted.  I lost my coin :(   I was going to sew it on.  I may turn up one day.
Here is the back
Thanks Two Thimbles for hosting a really fun challenge.   Lori is having a linky party if you want to see more.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments and emails.  It really gave me courage this week and I'm grateful to be part of such a supportive community.  I received these beautiful flowers from my family.  (you can see my new counters, range and sink, sort of)
At the AQS show in Lancaster my friends and I bought THE BEST NEW LIGHT - EVER.  It is a slimline light from 
 With it off
Aaahh, that's better.
I love that it doesn't obstruct my view of the awesome things that I'm sewing.  (okay, well I'm not sewing anything here, lol)
You can see in this un-retouched photo on a very dark and rainy day that my work area is lit up perfectly.  You may want to ask for the "show special" if you want to order one.  You never know, they may honor it.
I hung this fun quilt today because we're celebrating my son, Andrew's, birthday tonight.  I made it in 1996 which was is golden Birthday turning 7 on april 7th and it was Easter Sunday.  The eggs are gold lame' - now that's 90s for you!
I'm hitting the road again next doing
Tues 4/11 - 9am workshop (full)
Lecture and Trunk Shows:
Tues 4/11 - 7pm - Brandywine Valley Quilters 
Weds 4/12 - 10am - Calico Cutters


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In Memoriam

My Dear Mary passed away Saturday Night.  I will miss her more than she'll ever know.   She has been such an important part of my personal and quilting life.  Today would have been her 87th Birthday.
After moving to the east coast, we enjoyed a nearly yearly visit in Illinois.  
 At the AQS show in Paducah to see my Jubilee quilt 2015.
in NYC at the Red & White exhibit
My Last photo taken on a visit in October with our Alice Payne Quilts.
I took this secret photo on that visit.  We loved to sit and look through and discuss quilt books together.
I made the Sparrow quilt in memory of my Mother, Cathy.  It was Mary's idea to the sparrow make it a moniker of my work.    So, you see, getting the tattoo was a tribute to these special women.

If you missed it in my last post, here is the sparrow story along with the tattoo photo.

The Sparrow 
by:  Paul Simon

Who will love a little Sparrow
Who’s traveled far and cries for rest?
“Not I,” said the Oak Tree
“I won’t share my branches with no sparrow’s nest
And my blanket of leaves won’t warm her old breast”

Who will love a little Sparrow
And who will speak a kindly word?
“Not I, “ said the Swan
“The entire idea is utterly absurd
I’d be laughed at and scorned if the other Swans heard”

And who will take pity in his heart,
And who will feed a starving Sparrow?
“Not I,” said the Golden Wheat
“I would if I could, but I cannot, I know
I need all my grain to prosper and grow”

Who will love a little Sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
“I will, “ said the Earth
“For all I’ve created returns unto me
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be”
Being Mary's friend has been a gift and privilege.
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" - winnie the pooh

God Speed Mary until we meet again.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Change is Good - Real Good

I changed the quilt in my Bedroom.  The crystals and mirrors on this quilt make it fun to see throughout the day and evening.
I'm having so much fun with my OBW.  Here are some more blocks sharing space with my Gray Log Cabin blocks.  I'll share a few more tips next time.
 I am also making mini blocks (see in the corner of the photo above) with the leftover bits after cutting out the triangles.  These will be about 3".
I'm almost done with the big triangles.
On the Homefront:  poor coco has had a few hard slip and falls on our long stairs so I got these individual runners.  An easy and non-permanent fix.
I ordered them online from Dean Flooring.
 and just for my own record, a clean sewing room - a rarity ha ha.
I have made my Sparrow a permanent personal statement.  My IG and FB friends have already seen this.  I have some personal reasons for getting this now and I'll share that another time.  In the meantime, you can read more here - The Sparrow Story.
 Remember when only scary people and bikers got tattoos?
I'm off to the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster.  I'll be at the show tomorrow if you see me, say hello!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A One-Derful Life

Have you made a One Block Wonder?  I've always admired them and now I'm making one myself! Yay!
Here is the fabric I've chosen.  Thank you, Norma and Pauline, for all of your advice on fabrics and patterns.
It is a great idea to mark your rulers with tape for the measurement you are using.  Believe me, I've made a bad cut on a 4-patch posie and don't get that back.
Here are my 6 layers lined up.
I like to use soup cans instead of pins.  They hold it down without distorting the 6 layers.
I also like to work on the Dining Room Table where everything can layout nice and flat and I can walk around the end of the table.  I am also cutting the width of the repeat - NOT the width of fabric, 44" is too big to tackle for me.
If there is a spot on the strip I really want - I cut that FIRST, then I cut the rest.  You'd hate to cute this pretty lady in half, right?
and here she is.
Here is another one I planned carefully.
this is the same 6 pieces - amazing how different they look when turned a different way.
I've been studying the quilts of Bruce H. Seeds.  He is literally the King of the One Block Wonder and has taken this technique to a whole new level.    See his website here for a gallery of photos.

Here is another block shown in the 3 different sewing possibilities.
Which do you fancy?

This is TOO fun.  I'm really excited about this, can you tell?

Thank you again ladies of the Sisters Choice Quilters in Virginia for being such an enthusiastic crowd for my trunk show and lecture on Friday night.