To my fellow Americans – Happy Thanksgiving! For all those eyes that may ever come to view this page, a word gift:
Glory be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Me: Yarn, Fabric, thanks for coming in to chat with me today. I’m sure you’ve noticed that things have changed around here a bit.
Yarn: (looking sheepish, smiles)
Fabric: Well yeah. I have hardly seen anything of you lately. You’re like a stranger to me.
Me: I know, I know. I still love you. I really do. I want to spend more time with you, it’s just that Yarn and I have had a lot of things planned, and well…
Yarn: I don’t make her come and sit in the room with me alone you know Fabric! I spend time with her and the husband in the normal parts of the house, not hidden away up in the sewing room.
Fabric: That’s not my choice! I love it when I get to be handwork, and that can happen anywhere right?
Me: Indeed Fabric. It’s not your fault at all. As I said I still love you. Tell you what, let’s plan something special together over the Christmas holidays. What do you say?
Fabric: Okay. (looks happy, and cuts a mean face at Yarn)
Yarn: Oh… uh Letty, did I show you that Madelinetosh Merino Light in Cove yet?
Fabric: That’s not fair!
Me: Stop now. I love you both. Kiss kiss.
This week I’ve finished my Lucky Penny Quilt top. I really like it, but my immediate thought was, ‘gee, it’s kind of babyish’. This is a perennial problem for me. I love toys, children’s and babies things so much that I keep making them, but what I mostly want to own and have in my home is not really like that. So. After I quilt this up, I’m going to be making a grown-up quilt. My talented friend Anita (Bloomin Workshop) and I are cooking something up that both of us will share (hopefully in the near future).
When I saw that the Fat Quarter Shop was doing a SAL (sew along) with Lella Boutique for the Goody Goody Binding Kit, I could not jump on that bandwagon fast enough. I LOVE a fun, fast project like this. The first one I made is here. Looks babyish right???
So the next day I made another, more grown up. I didn’t like my stitching on the strawberry at all, but didn’t notice how ick it was until after the kit was together, so I used a permanent pen and made my stitches dark, so less noticeable. You can see the after shot in the closeup. This is a trick I’ve used a few times before, and since this won’t ever be washed, it is a perfect fix. Otherwise I really love the way this one came out.
I’m also knitting like a fiend. This Naima Sweater is going to take a very long time, but I think I’ll really love wearing it, and I’m enjoying the knitting. Just cannot wait to see it with sleeves and blocked, etc.
We finally have a bit of rain in the PNW. Very refreshing. Such a long hot summer. I like balance. Lights and darks. I guess childish and grown-up, knitting and sewing, and cooking and photography…
Here are a few snaps from the week. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen some of these.
***Finally, this is the last week for a crazy discount on Pinwheels Past quilt pattern, so grab it now!***
May your spool be endless,
So I’m going against the grain of modern quilting with this one, but I have been craving a meeting place where modern and the best of traditional quilting meld. I’ve created a new pattern called Pinwheels Past © 2015 that I think is just that.
Pinwheels are a quilting classic because they appeal to young and old, modern and traditional quilters. This charming quilt may be made with a modern twist of new fabrics and colors, or with the soft look of yesteryear.
It looks timeless in these scrappy prints, yet can’t you just picture it in beautiful modern fabrics too? Here are some ideas I had.
This pattern is available at a sale price right now on Craftsy, for a short time. I hope you like it, and that your take the pattern and make it your own with just the right fabric choices for your aesthetic.
May your spool be endless,
My vacation has begun! I am already stuck into all the things on my ‘want to do’ list. My husband says that in the summertime I turn into a one-woman sweat shop. Ha, that’s because I’m so pent up from the normal pace of things where I have a lot of obligatory things to do in my day, and often I just want to sew, knit, read, etc. You know what I mean! When I dream of being on vacation, I think of myself in the sewing room, knitting on the patio… I have a lot of wonderful images in my head about how it’s going to be. Well already some of that has become a reality.
As a college professor, I opt to take the whole summer off – and so I’m just luxuriating in the time that is stretching out ahead of me. I don’t have many real plans, but in a way, that’s part of the luxury.
On day 2 of my vacation I managed to move things around in my little sewing room to make a place to hang a design wall (also known as a piece of batting!). I’ve knitted on the patio, I’ve fondled yarn, one that happened to match my nail polish, and it’s only just begun! The quilt on my design wall is called The Lucky Penny quilt and it is made with half hexies. (Pattern and template from MSQC)
Naturally life throws in the unexpected. We were thrilled when on the morning of her graduation ceremony we were told that our daughter was indeed eligible to graduate and walk! What joy – we dropped everything and had the most wonderful day.
Yesterday we saw a pine squirrel coming out of our eaves with a big wad of insulation in his mouth! We put out a live trap, and will drive this little dickens enough miles away where he won’t likely return.
I’m feeling super creative, how about you? What does the summer mean for your creativity, do you just want to be active outside, or are you like me ready to craft!?
Knocked Back But Creating
It seems that just about when I get my quilting mojo back, something happens to take the wind out of my sails. That’s just what happened after my last post. I don’t want to have my blog be a downer, but it is, after all, about my life and creative pursuits. So I’ll just tell you that my big sis died unexpectedly a few weeks ago. We still don’t know why for sure. She was only 57. I know I don’t have to explain the kind of sadness that this has left me with. For some reason my default grief mode is to sit quietly and knit. So I’ve been doing a bunch of that still. However, I did just put together a simple low volume quilt top for myself, and as I was making it, Psalm 42:11 came to mind. So I’m calling it my ‘Yet shall I praise Him’ quilt. I like the idea. My soul gets downcast, but in the end, I find my needs met by Him.
It’s actually an extremely cheerful quilt, wouldn’t you agree? I’m going to embroider a tiny bit on it and then I’ll layer and bind it. I think it’s far too happy looking to make me sad, and rather than reminding me of loss, it will remind me that there is constant goodness. *update* finished pictures of the quilt on this post: https://happydancequilting.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/wordless-praise-quilt-photos-and-knitting/
Do you love plus quilts? I do too. I saw Jen Eskridge’s pattern on www.ReannaLilyDesigns.com and just had to try the mini version. It was done in a blink. I’ve yet to bind it, but that will also be a snap.
Finally, I joined in an IG (Instagram) QAL called the Pop-Up Mystery Quilt #popupquilt being hosted by @richyjr16 https://instagram.com/richyjr16/ It’s a fun project.
So, my last post promised quilting, and amazingly I’ve done some, but it’s been a bit different than I expected. Isn’t that the way life is?
May your spool be endless…