Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pincushions {Pt 5} ~~ finishes

New pincushions to add to the small basket. And I remembered to add my labels to these before I got to the hand-sewing part. Woohoo for on-time memory!


There are two but they are very different. One is large and round, the other is rectangular, but both were made from scraps. The fabric for the round cushion is the last of this cute, paper umbrellas print. To break up the print and add some drama, I sewed in some skinny strips of coordinating scraps; then quilted it in random diagonal lines. It has a modern, funky feel.


I left the backing fabric plain and unquilted so that it can be used that way if the eventual recipient prefers. 


The second pincushion is just a simple I-sewed-some-scraps-together item. This one is quilted on the front and the back in a straight-line grid. Easy, fast, fill 'er up in no time!


And speaking of filling up, both have crushed walnut filler. It's my favorite goto filler, and I can't believe it, but the 10 lb. bag is almost empty. 


There have to be more pincushions on the way, so I guess I'd better find another bag soon. What have you been working on lately? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pin It Weekly #181

Happy Weekly! Know who's pinning what?

Rhonda Hedrick is pinning pretty teacups and cookies. Isn't that a perfect combination? Let's have a tea party!
Purple Violets Teacup & Saucer   c. 1900: Royal Albert tea pot. Thoughts? So lovely-I'd love to see the tea cups!:


Sunny Vintage Yellows! If you don't have matching china, it's just as beautiful…:

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies: Cinnamon Roll Cookies:

Arpie Makdessian is pinning coussins (pillows) and hand fans.

French fan:

SWEATER PILLOW TUTORIAL If you can sew a straight line you can make these sweet sweater pillows!: encaje mosaico almohada ...  toque femenino:

Folding Silk Hand Fan Blue with Flower Pattern 9":

Pillow:

Anita Henry's pins are all about fashion. Want to know how to dress? This is the place to go. Anita and about 45 others have 50 boards about fashion. 

Boden Wrap Dress #SS15: LOUIS VUITTON BABYLONE MONOGRAM LEATHER BAG:

classy-inthecity.com Your Dose Of Classy!: All the New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits You Have to See | StyleCaster:

|Lilshawtybad|: Leading Role Grey Suede Lace-Up Heels//:
Formal Evening Gowns by Mon Cheri - Fall 2016 - Style No. 216691 - blue evening dress with lace illusion cap sleeves and neckline and V-back:
The perfect booties:















It's easy to get lost in there and look at the pictures for a while, but I'll let you do that on your own. I warned you though.

Have a great rest of the week and try not to contain yourself on Pinterest!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, Monday / So good to me...

"Solicitude"--finished last week
Woohoo! Back at work and all went well. Returned home and played in the studio for a couple of hours. Rich cooked. After supper I graded (some) papers. I've spent the last couple of hours visiting a blogs. What more can a quilter ask for? 


If I haven't visited you recently, I'm sorry. I have been trying, but now there are so many great blogs that I'm struggling to keep up. If you have a system, I'd sure appreciate knowing how you manage to keep up with reading and responding to all of the bloggers you've come to know. 

I'm shutting my brain down for tonight, but goodness I had a fantastic day. If you need some interesting quilt reading, visit any of these linky parties that I joined over the weekend. You will not be disappointed, except that you can't visit everyone who linked up. I know this because I've tried.

Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


Fabric Frenzy Friday for Fort Worth Fabric Studio





NOTE: Song lyrics from "Monday Monday"
 by The Mamas and The Papas

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Puritans

Yes, sure. Puritans deserve a moment. Besides I've been grading papers about the Puritans and The Scarlet Letter. Thank goodness that is over with, but it meant missing Sunday Quilt Inspiration. I'm trying to catch up before too many people realize it! 

Events | Massachusetts Bay Colony | Timeline | The Association of Religion Data Archives:

John Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who brought reformation to the church in Scotland.In Geneva he met John Calvin, from whom he gained experience and knowledge of Reformed theology and Presbyterian polity. On his return to Scotland he led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland.:

In Puritan New England, adulteresses were subject to public humility, while their male counterparts were often allowed to quietly fade into the background, facing neither censure nor shame. The story of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” made it clear that the social mores of the time badly needed an update, and Prynne’s humility, dignity, and grace inspires women even now. She didn’t long for revenge; she only wanted peace and to be accepted for who she was:

Charles Haddon (CH) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of Preachers". He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. Many Christians have discovered Spurgeon's messages to be among the best in Christian literature.:

Richard Baxter (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer, theologian, and controversialist. Baxter became even better known for his prolific writing. His devotional classic The Saints' Everlasting Rest was one of the most widely read books of the century.:

Relating the "Scarlet Letter" to real world matters...including pdfs for students

Here are some things you might not have known about the high school English class staple. - 10 Ignominious Facts About 'The Scarlet Letter' | Mental Floss:

I think I’m finished. Initially, I thought I would fill in some of the grey, but I kind of like the light, filigree look it has now. Gotta go find a frame for it.:

I bet you thought it would be difficult to find some pins for this motif. I did have to search under both Puritans and The Scarlet Letter. Pinterest has mostly embroidered samplers or sampler quilts. But I also found a few quilts that could easily have served the Puritans' needs and aesthetics.

Jane Atkinson from The Scarlett Letter.  Look at that border!:

Ann Grimshaw - I have this in my stash, and want to stitch it for my Quaker wall (which is yet to materialize)

Picnic Quilt  Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop, think I have to do this one

The Scarlet Letter - Vintage Hanky Red Letter A

SDW German Sampler 1710  Scarlet Letter: This stunning black and gray hand-quilted Trip Around the World quilt is Queen Size. The fabrics include a variety of swirls, florals and more

brown and blue:

black ,white,gray, and it is beautiful, I put it on this board because of the blue binding, could use any color that you love or that fits the room it will go in.:

Early American Antique Quaker Schoolgirl Needlework Sampler - 1798, USA (from rubylane.com):

And so now, the papers are graded, Sunday Quilt Inspiration is posted (sorry for the tardy) and I get to go sew, unless the power goes out and, considering the weather, that likely will happen. No matter, I will sew until it does! Have a great week, everyone. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Grisdela Beginnings with a Periwinkle Finish

I have been working on a different kind of quilt lately. I haven't said much, because well, what if it didn't work out, you know? lol I hate to admit defeat. While in Houston I met Cindy Grisdela and purchased her book, "Artful Improv," which she signed. After reading it through a couple of times, I've moved on to rereading bits and pieces as I work. 

I decided to make a quilt in the manner of Cindy's art quilts. If you know me, though, you know that I can't just follow a pattern: I have to make it my own. 

So while this quilt  started out using a "Complementary Color Recipe," it finished a little differently. I still am not certain that I want to call it an art quilt, but I'm feeling pretty good about it anyway. 

I started with red, orange, and yellow solids and tossed in what was supposed to be just a bit of Kona Periwinkle. 

Periwinkle usurped the quilt somehow. My idea was that the Kona Bison would work with the hot colors and the Periwinkle would add a bit of sparkle. 




Oops on the periwinkle, but maybe not too much. I love the color, and it does a great job of breaking up the brown and adding asymmetrical lines that allowed for many quilting motifs.

Basically I used the lines as borders for each motif. At the beginning I was going to stick with circles, but that didn't last long. Ha! Once all of the bison sections were quilted, I changed my needle thread to a soft yellow and quilted diagonal lines that matched the one periwinkle line in each improv block. 





Putting on the binding was just as much fun, because when periwinkle takes over, it messes with all parts of the quilt. Check out the corners. 





Three of them have a little periwinkle trim. It is meant to look like the periwinkle dips in and out of the binding at will. Again, just taking over. 



This quilt is titled "Solicitude" because I still feel a little uneasiness about it, which is unusual for me. It's entirely possible that the uneasiness I'm feeling has nothing to do with the quilt itself, but I have no idea why I feel this way. I suppose I'll just go with it.

Linking up with:
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric Frenzy Friday for Fort Worth Fabric Studio