Monday, February 29, 2016

Log Cabin Improv, 'Slow Stitching' a book review.....

Log Cabin blocks trimmed to 12" sq.

Slow Stitch book by Claire Wellesley-Smith, published by Batsford 2015.

My own 'slow-stitch' project, violet alphabet..

Happy Monday!!

My Log Cabin blocks are progressing! I built them up and now they are trimmed to 12" sq.. I'm calling it 'Green at Heart' because most of the center squares are green.

I found the most amazing book at my local fabric store, 'Slow Stitch' by Claire Wellesley-Smith from UK. I picked it up and started looking through it and it was 'yes', 'yes' and 'yes' ,in my mind, all through her book. She writes about thoughtful creating, using repurposed fabric and gorgeous vintage threads or hand dyed threads. Her methods of dyeing are natural, not using toxic chemicals requiring
 respirators. It was just the encouragement I needed to slow down and create in a more relaxed state of mind.

Sometimes when following the quilt fabric industry I get the feeling that I need to be punching out a quilt every week and then having it heavily machine quilted to within an inch of its life using expensive foreign produced thread. Wow! Talk about pressure! What if my husband is unemployed right now and I can't afford all that? Tough luck I guess!
Is that the way our grandmothers and their grandmothers sewed and made quilts? I'm not saying I want to totally ignore progress but do I have to be a slave of the current quilt industry's theme of faster, faster, more, more?
That's why I appreciate Claire's book, Slow Stitch, it's a breath of fresh air. 

Enjoy your day, happiness is a state of mind.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Spring Fling, Improv Experiment

Ornamental cherry trees blossoming at the pool.

Closer view to lift your spirits.

Experimenting with improv. blocks.

I'll border this with 1 1/2" gray then a wider border of muslin.

Monday, happy Monday!
The birds are insisting it's spring around here. The hawthorns, crabapples and ornamental cherries are making a big push for spring too. Excitement is in the air.

I've been putting together a small quilt to see the possibilities of the improv. block I decided on. I used scissors for most of the cutting and I liked using them. When I first started sewing and quilting there were no rotary cutters or mats. We all used scissors and it worked out fine. This little quilt will have a 1 1/2" border of gray and a wider muslin border, the binding will be the yellow  fabric I used in the blocks.
Speaking of excitement, Barbara Brackman's, Civil War Quilts blog 
is full of great ideas, quilts and fun bits of history, check it out!

I'm linking up with Sew Slowly AHIQ #6 .
Visit to see beautiful color and designs. Thanks for hosting Kaja, I hope you get well soon!
Remember to let your light shine!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Friday! Amish Crib Quilts book review...

Fair weather here...
Sewing border on...

My copy came in the mail!

Happy Friday already?
Wow, that went fast. I was busy with work and a family birthday.
I managed to squeeze some time in to sew borders onto two 'Piece of Cake' block quilts and plan for finishing them up.
Then 'Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest' came in the mail and I have been reading through it in all my spare minutes. I highly recommend it, so classic with plain simple design. Back to our roots! I found out about it on Nifty Quilts blog by reading her article, 'Amish Quilt for a Modern Baby.' Such a great quilt.
Also, Missouri Star Quilt Company, has a new tutorial using Victoria Findlay Wolfe's new fabric line, 'Mostly Manor', very colorful. The title of the tutorial is The Sashed Half Hexi Quilt. Fun to watch. 

Have a happy Friday, share a smile, it's healthy!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Butterfly Colors for February, Finished hand quilting, Improv Log Cabin Blocks

My butterfly calendar, February colors.

I finished the final round of hand quilting on Citrus Rose.

The back view, I love the texture of hand quilting.

'Improv' log cabin blocks in process.

Here's my 'What's up Wednesday'.....
The butterfly picture on my calendar is just lovely, I had to share it for color inspiration.
Then, my Citrus Rose quilt is totally finished, I put off hand quilting that final round, but it's now done.
I'm still adding to the 'improv' log cabin blocks and arranging them this way and that. Maybe another round of blue, I'm thinking. Slow and steady. Really what's the rush?

Also, don't miss this; over at Nifty Quilts, the post, 'Amish Quilt for a Modern Baby', is fabulous.
This is an amazing book, full of 'modern' inspiration for all kinds of art and design. 

"Keep your eyes wide open, you never know what you'll find," Dr. Seuss.