Wednesday, January 20, 2016
All's Quiet and the End of an Era
There has not been much going on around here except some quiet slow stitching. One of the things I have been working on is the Oak Leaf and Reel blocks that I started right before Christmas.
There will be four Oak Leaf and Reel blocks in this wallhanging. Here are the two blocks that are currently done on my small design board. Ignore that other quilt behind them... we can talk about that another time. :-)
I decided I wanted to frame each block with a sawtooth border. So I was playing with some half-square triangles, otherwise known as HST. :-) These were leftover from another quilt.
On Sunday I sat down at my sewing machine and reintroduced myself. It had been a least a month since I had turned on my machine.
I cut a stack of cream blocks and a stack of red blocks and got to work.
Then you just cut them apart and remove the papers. Easy!!
It felt good to get back to the sewing machine.
I moved onto my next applique block basting down my pieces. I am enjoying working with just one color. It is a nice change.
Lastly, I made my final trip to Aardvark quilt shop. As I had mentioned in a previous post, Sally and her husband have decided to retire and close the shop. It's sad to see a quilt shop close, but I certainly understand, they have been in business since 1987. This is their last week.
Fabric was down to $3 or $4 a yard. Most everything else was 75% off.
I picked up two books, a Christmas quilt book and a Jo Morton book. Also some needles and applique pins - can always use those!
I asked Sally if she was selling the big glass jars that she had on her cutting tables. It is the one thing that I always remember being in her shop - filled with a variety of candy for her customers - mostly chocolate!
She graciously gave me the glass canister. I will use it in my studio for spools of thread or something. And I will think of her every time I use it....