Saturday, March 23, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Now that I'm home from Appliqué Academy, I've had time to get back to them. There's this gorgeous large leafy print with Queen Anne's Lace flowers that I've been saving for a dramatic border and it is the inspiration for the colors in these little blocks. More on that later when I have the rest of the blocks embellished. In the meantime, here are the baskets I've finished with embroidered flower embellishments.
All nine blocks are appliquéd. They were very fast -- gotta love that! The blocks will finish at six inches and there will be a total of nine blocks in the little quilt top. I'm planning to bite the bullet and actually hand quilt this little piece myself. Wish me luck!
In quilting news, be sure to check out Tresa Jones' new blog:
Here in Florida, it feels like Spring is just around the corner. As we head into that magical time of transitioning from one season to the next, I wish you gorgeous days with time spent stitching something you love!
Friday, February 22, 2013
|Elly Sienkiewicz and I are standing in front of my quilt, "Love's Horizon,"|
a valentine for my niece, Emerson. It was expertly quilted by Anita Shackelford.
And we had lots of fun.
Our project for the two-day add a day class was "Nature's Gifts." We focused on completing the cornucopia, making at least one stuffed ribbon rose, and constructing the bird's nest.
|By the morning of the second day, the cornucopias are underway and we had|
made a padded rose and the bird's nest. Claudia (kneeling in front) holds her
nest, ready to appliqué to the block.
|A happy group, well on their way with their own versions of "Miss Lucy's Garden."|
On a more personal note, Appliqué Academy was a healing time for me as well, because stitching and teaching and being with friends is comforting. Before I left for Williamsburg, our beloved dog, Carrie, who would have turned 10 on March 1st, died suddenly. She was the poet of our three dogs, very sensitive and attuned to us, the gentle one. She was the smart one, too. She loved coffee and almonds and knew the moment you left either within her reach. Our sweet dog... we are all adjusting to the vacant spaces she has left in our home and in our hearts.