Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quilt Along Update - CHILDHOOD

So I have been working on the June (month #2) theme for the Gwennie Marston Inspired Medallion QAL.  The first border theme was chosen by Cynthia over at wabi-sabi quilts.  She chose the theme of CHILDHOOD.  I needed to give this some thought.
I grew up in New Jersey (still live here!) in a working class suburb where my great-grandparents immigrated to in the late 1800's.  We were about 45 minutes from New York City. My childhood was pretty simple living in a small cape cod home with my parents and older brother in a small town.
Our family was small and most of my extended family lived within 3 miles of us.  Holidays and Sunday dinners were always fun and I learned a lot from my Mom, grandmothers, and great-aunt.  That is me on the left.  I think that must be a home-made Easter bonnet on my head. LOL

However, when I think about what from my childhood has had the most impact on me, I would have to say learning to sew.  Learning to sew and tapping into my creative side started a lifelong love of fabric, sewing and eventually quilting.  This is a picture of me with the first dress I made.  Looks a little short.. hahahahahaha.

As I have mentioned on this blog before, my paternal grandmother thought that all young girls should learn to sew.  I also think she saw a future opportunity to tap into those skills and have me help her with some sewing projects! LOL  So at age nine, she enrolled me in sewing classes at the Singer Sewing Center downtown.  I spent some of my summer vacation at her house (across town) would take the bus from her house to downtown for my sewing lessons.  I still have my turquoise sewing box that I took with me.

So for my Childhood theme borders, I chose a wonky border made using sewing themed fabrics and also some fabrics that reminded me of fabrics I may have used at that time.
The red print here kind of reminds of those red patch pockets on my dress.

I added a second border with pins on it to finish off the SEWING theme.
Now onto this month's theme - Log Cabins.  Oh boy, this was my sewing table over the weekend.  Still looks pretty much the same and I won't show you the rest of the room!

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Tisket.. A Tasket... My Gwennie Medallion QAL Basket

Okay - that was cheesy, I know.  It's summer ... we can be silly, right?
 Anyway, here is my finished center block for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Along.  This was fun and a nice change from some of the more formal or traditional turn needle applique I have been doing.
 Here is a close up of my main flower.  Like this blue and orange combination.  Opposites attract, right?  On the color wheel anyway. :-)
I decided to have some fun with the basket and used some selvage strips that I had been saving.

Two more close ups of flowers.

After my last post, Sally over at Objects of Design blog suggested I make my basket like the cute basket pictured here to keep my thread. Hmm.
I took her suggestion (Thanks, Sally!) and made these two little handles on either side of my basket.

You can see the other basket blocks for this QAL over at the linkup that took place at Humble Quilts.  Check them out - they are beautiful!

Now onto the next border for June.  Cynthia at wabi-sabi quilts chose the next theme: CHILDHOOD.  Here is the explanation:

This is meant to be a very open theme to be interpreted however you like - it is your quilt!

Your childhood; your folks' childhoods; the children in your life now or back when; children of the world;

For example....
Someone might piece improv triangles in "apple" colors to remind her of learning to make apple pie with Grandma...
Someone might piece a simple checkerboard reminiscent of playing board games....
Childhood summers at the beach? How about a riff off of Ocean Waves. Or appliqued whales.
Anything that reminds you, in any way, of any aspect of childhood! 

Okay.. this should be interesting.  I have some ideas and of course since I am joining late, I knew the theme and have had some time to think about this.  However, doesn't mean it has made it easier. :-) 

Happy Stitching!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Late to the Party - Gwennie Medallion QAL!

I recently saw some wonderful posts about the Gwennie Medallion Quilt Along going on right now - which actually started in May.    This quilt along is a collaboration of 5 quilters who are setting the monthly themes for a medallion quilt inspired by Gwen Marston.  Cool, right? 
So while I have resisted some pretty tempting challenges and quilt alongs... this one I just had to jump into.  Maybe it was the idea of working in a Gwen Martson inspired environment...  think liberated quilting!  However, this meant that I had some catching up to do and I spent part of my holiday weekend playing in my sewing room.  Always fun!  Here is my initial fabric pull.  I tried not to overthink it.
The first month of the quilt along was chosen by Lori over at Humble Quilts blog - Baskets.  This block will be the center medallion.  Love basket blocks!  I was even inspired by Lori's block with a cheddar yellow background.
I based my basket block layout on a design by Lori Smith of From My Heart to Your Hands and the style of the flowers from Piece O Cake Designs.  Also pictured here is Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston - the inspiration for the QAL!
I may have even taken some inspiration from the flower pots on my deck....
I had fun over the holiday weekend working on this block.  No time to waste when I have catching up to do!  But the long weekend gave me the time to be creative with this and have fun.  This is one of my favorite spots to stitch.
This is the progress I have made as of today.  Great fun and I can't wait to show you the finished block and move onto the June theme.  I'll catch up with the rest of you!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July!
I finally finished my Uncle Sam table runner this morning. 6 years to get this one done! LOL  Glad it is finally finished. 
I also made this flag pillow for my front porch chair.  
Yesterday my husband took a ride to Pennsylvania to go to the Kutztown Folk Festival.  It was a good day with great temps and low humidity.  
Especially nice was the Quilt Barn that has all the quilts displayed and most are for sale.  It is a must see at the festival. 
The prize winning quilts are displayed around the room and will be auctioned off next Saturday.
It was a good day with great food, wonderful artisans, and beautiful quilts.
Hope you have a safe and happy holiday... and get to relax a little like Lucy!
Oh, and of course get to do some stitching!

Happy 4th of July,



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