“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. ”
― Washington Irving
My sister passed away a little over a year ago. She loved to do cross stitching and her favorite designers were from Blackbird Designs. This is a sample of her work completed the summer before she died.During one of the many medical procedures she endured during my visit, I escaped for a mental health break to a quilt shop and found the book “In the Meadow” by Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird designs for quilts! I bought it and took it home and we pored over the photos and designs. The book has wonderful photography in it. This is one of the “Sweet Memories” I have of our last little time together. I purchased a group of Civil War prints to interpret the pattern.
When I returned home, I started the quilt. Our local quilt guild has an annual quilt challenge and show in December. As it happened, the challenge for last year was to use a fat quarter of a fabric that by itself was not very attractive.
It just happened however, that it blended very nicely with the fabrics that I had selected for my “Friends of a Feather” ! I worked on it for most of the year. When it was displayed at the December quilt challenge, I won the prize for the traditional category.
The finished size of the quilt is 78×78 inches. The designs are machine appliqued on to the squares using a small buttonhole stitch. The quilt is hand quilted using a 1″ cross hatching to emphasis the applique pattern.
I walk by the quilt and fond memories of my sister come to me!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
I had moments of reflection, sadness and great joy this Thanksgiving. I miss family members that have gone beyond us and sadness that they couldn’t share in our celebration and also great joy in being with family and seeing friends from another lifetime! Mostly, I’m smiling because it all happened.
This is the latest addition to my quilt pile! Actually, I surprised my husband a couple of weeks ago and actually gave away 2 finished quilts and 3 quilt tops. His first question on completing a quilt always is, “What are you going to do with it?” I don’t make them with doing something with them as the potential outcome. . . It’s just the process and where it leads me!
The center of this quilt is hand appliqued and the pattern is taken from the book “Applique in Reverse” by Teri Henderson Tope. I have to admit to using the patterns and ignoring the technique! The border blocks are a continuous pattern “Pointed Tile” from the Aunt Martha series: Quilts Modern-Colonial published about 1954.
Size is 60×60 in
hand quilted, machine pieced, hand appliqued
There’s no better way to spend a long, cold winter than by hiding away in my quilt space. Whether I’m daydreaming, creating designs or using a tried and true pattern, burying myself in color and pattern make the days fly away. One of my big projects over the past few months is a pattern from Michele Hill’s book “More William Morris Applique” http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=10878 published by C & T publishing in 2012. I’ve always been fascinated by the art created during the Arts and Crafts Movement and especially like some of the fabric designed by William Morris.
I used a fused raw edge technique and finished the edges with a double buttonhole stitch. I used a rayon thread to enhance the designs and set off the colors. I mixed batiks and more traditional cotton fabrics. I enhanced the edge with a bright yellow piping. I used a wool batt, which is a dream to hand quilt. It does however have a higher loft, but with the crosshatching quilting I think that it set off the designs.
Here are some close up details. . .
machine applique, hand quilting
The sun is shining, the icicles are melting, you can actually see some grass coming out from under the snow. It makes me think that spring may actually be a possibility this year.
This is a pattern by Laura Heine called Flowers and Flies. It is a wonderful whimsical design that let’s you use all those delicious batik scraps! It looks like she is now offering this as a block of the month on her website.
Machine appliqué, hand quilting
It’s snowing today – and snowing and snowing. 12 inches so far and its not supposed to stop until tomorrow. We could accumulate several more inches. The snow is wonderful for all the skiers, it’s not so good to try to get to the grocery store!
The snow is even accumulating on the fence which is waiting for the peas this spring.
How better to stay warm and think of spring than to do some more quilting. This was just finished, labeled and hung!
The flowers are from the book “A Celtic Garden” by Philomena Durcan. The flowers are done is colorful batiks. They are mounted on a print fabric that has architectural motif.
The solid box outline is hand quilted with King Tut variegated thread with turquoise, creams and browns.
machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted,