Christmas came—and went. The new year is coming but we have long way to go before things get back anything like the ‘old’ normal. Until then, I will do my part to not make the pandemic worse which means staying home, wearing a mask if/when I go out, and visiting with people outside. But it’s not all bad because, like you, I will my time with a wide range of quilt-related activities.
One of the things I spend time on is planning the weekly Time Out sessions. In last week’s Time Out, I showed the notions that I take with me when I sew on the go. Sandboards are always at the top of the list. Surely you have one?
I have three of the larger size and, amazingly enough, I use them all. One stays by the sofa, one in the studio, and one is reserved for gluing. I don’t use the travel sandboard at home much, but it is nice on the road when space is an issue.
If you decide to make your own sandboard, use a very fine grit sandpaper and glue it to a rigid board. Masonite is nice but I don’t recommend using a clip board because the ‘clip’ part can get in your way.
Joanne O sent me this photo of her Fresh Picked Posies. I love it!
…this was my first attempt at a full size hand appliquéd quilt…to prepare for this undertaking I watched your U- tube videos on the Piece of Cake Way for hand appliqué . I found the pattern easy to follow & the larger pieces were great for a first go at hand stitching . It was machine quilted on a long arm by my friend Karen C. I am so pleased with how it turned out. …love love love this pattern. Thank you so much.
Joanne, you made a great quilt! Way to go, you!
If you get my newsletter you will have seen the Hexy Bird block I’m working on now. I still have to add a pupil to the eye, stitch the blue hexies into flowers, and stitch the yellow and orange hexies together to make the larger hex that surrounds the bird—and then applique them to the block—but you can see where it’s going. I think this will be the center of a terrific baby quilt!
Below is Linda’s Hexy Bird, which is also very cute. Isn’t it surprising to see how different a block can look in a different colorway?!
It may be a while before I have borders around my block, but when I get it together, I’ll share the photo. Click to see the Hexy Bird ePattern if you missed it when I showed it before.
My mom began this quilt in May of 2012. The finished quilt went on her wall a couple of weeks ago…
Mom chose some fabric from my stash and then I brought more fabric. I offered to give her ‘help’ but she was very happy do make this on her own. She did it her way and it’s perfect!
The top was finished in time for it to hang on her wall last year, un-embellished. I quilted it this summer and she spent the following weeks adding embellishments. Can you tell that my mom really likes sequins :-)?
None of this was easy for her. She struggled with her glasses, arthritis and neuropathy in her fingers. Threading the needle and dealing with the little sequins and beads was a challenge—but she did it! Click the arrows on the slideshow, below, to see more of the blocks.
Have I said that I’m proud of my mom for sticking with this? I am! It has a folk art vibe that just can’t be beat. Way to go, Mom!
My wool eyeglass project is featured in the December 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! See my project, as well as other featured projects from this issue, here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/december
This issue will be on newsstands October 6, subscribers will be getting their copy any time now. Look for this cover:
These eyeglass cases are quick and easy, and they make a great gift! In addition to glasses, they will also hold a rotary cutter—great for traveling quilters.
Fabric note: I used Pepper Cory‘s Brushstrokes line (not Peppered Plaids) for the background fabric in these projects. The colors I used are Tangerine, Horizon Blue, and Sprout. They have a good hand, they are neither too thick nor too thin.
I also love her Peppered Cottons. The warp and weft threads are different colors which gives the fabric depth. These, too, are a very nice weight to work with.
For lots more information about wool applique, please do look at our book, Wool Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way.