Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I have a month until my next show - going over inventory, adding inventory, and some clean-up and re-make of the shop. This show was canceled last year because of the flood - the complex is almost completely restored with lots of outside volunteers (who have been a huge help to our entire community). It is nice to see a heritage landmark back as we lost so much. I hope those in the area spread the word and support this show.
I am working on this month's Jelly Roll Quilt. I have never done a brick quilt, so thought this super JR 'Simple Marks' by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda with Bella light grey would be perfect. I was going to put this Jelly Roll up for next year, but I really love this, so just had to play with it now. A few rows done inbetween other projects - keeping it sweet, keeping it calm.
I shared this tip with Sheila - oh you have to visit her at sewcookandtravel and see her lovely Fire and Rain for the Simply Charming Mini with Konda. All those tiny HSTs can be intimidating, but put two charms right sides together - draw a line from corner to corner and then opposite corners. Stitch each side of the drawn lines - I am so glad I have my faithful New Home machine back as I know her sweet spots - just a scant 1/4" -with her I know where I am about 2 threads short of a 1/4". Cut in half, half again and then cut along the drawn lines. You get eight 2" HST's - I only had to trim just the dog ears on most, but not all charms are created equal, so a little trimming.
I had one of our Quilt Guild members send me a few photos she had of the Honor Quilter - Susan Reed - for the past quilt show I vended at. A few of the pincushions she does.
Lovely quilts with wool applique. There were a number of these around the room.
And Sue has a passion for redwork, too. This Christmas corner of her room was just tucked full of things. Wish I had more, but thankful for the few I could share.
"The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold."
- WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT