Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Leaving On A Jet Plane......

....Do know when I'll be back again.....November 7th.  I want to figure out a way to stay home more.  First on the agenda is teaching at beautiful Olde World Quilt Shoppe in Cave Creek, Arizona.  This a lovely shop and I'm excited to reconnect with my sewing friends there.  Then I will be going on to Houston International Quilt Show.  I will not be having a booth this year, but will instead be signing books in the Quilt Mania booth.  Then I round off the trip with teaching at Grand Country Quilters in San Marcos, Ca.  I imagine that in the days in between we will manage to get into some trouble!  You know we must make the most of our days.  I've learned how to manage with my bum shoulder, and I do believe it is doing a bit better.  I can sew at the sewing machine much easier than I can hand stitch.

There was a miniature exhibit at the quilt study museum......and since we made a doll bed at the Country Sampler in Spring Green this summer, this caught my attention.  So sweet and small.

I loved the little rugs and the pillows on the beds.  Its given me an idea for when I make my pillow.  I have some antique hand knit lace, and I can just picture it trimming a little pillow case.

They were all so charming and dear.

Out side the room holding the doll quilts was this pyramid quilt with so many wonderful old fabrics.  I just love looking at the different ones.

I'm always so pleased when quilts are made to commemorate an event.....this quilt evolved quickly and was done In memory of the Orlando Nightclub shooting.

Before leaving town my objective was to get the patterns written so that they would be ready for market.  I've named this one.....I See Stars.

And, this is the other new one which I am calling Set Your Sails.

In this quilt, I am in love with the shirting's, the check, that it is red,
And that it is a traditional design......many of my favorite things.

"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as if everything is."
-Albert Einstein

I'll be back the first week in November, and I will snap pictures of out activities.  I still have some amazing things to share from my previous trip......these trip are just clustered together.

Monday, October 17, 2016

More from the Quilt Study Museum.....

.....and Mountain Mist.

While looking through my pictures I decided to start out with this reminder about Love Never Fails.

Here is another of the lovely quilts made from Mountain Mist patterns for quilts.

I wonder if this one was hand pieces.

I was really enamored with all of the magnificent quilting!

On a different note....

A perfect title for this design.

"The end is nothing, the road is all."
-Willa Cather

Have a marvelous Monday.....and then may it carry through during the week.

Friday, October 14, 2016

I love all of the seasons......

.....however, I believe fall is my favorite.  This box on my table I discovered at an antique shop which we stopped at on our trip.  I kind of think that is and old ammunition box.  It has a metal handle and is made from wood.  I was excited to bring it home and stuff some fall foliage into it for my table.  I wasn't disappointed with my purchase....plus it was cheap.  I purchased the pumpkin a few years ago while traveling with friends......I love it when things have good memories attached.

I always look forward to putting this wood bowl out every fall to hold gourds.

More from Mountain Mist.

I love the blending of these colors.

The hand quilting on this quilt is absolutely stunning!

I still have more Mountain Mist patterns to share, as the exhibit was quite large.

I hope everyone can enjoy a lovely fall week end, and that hose in stormy areas stay safe.  I thank you all for your well wishes concerning my shoulder.  I leave this coming Tuesday as I will be teaching at The Olde World Quilt Shoppe this coming week.  Then I will head to Houston for the International Quilt Show where I am to do a book signing in the Quilt Mania booth.......then back to teach two days at Grand Country Quilters in San Marcos and then home again early in November.  I think that even if I'm on the road, it will still offer more healing time for my shoulder.

I found this poem by Louisa May Alcott that I want to share with you today.  "I do not ask for any crown but that which all may win;  Nor try to conquer any world, except the one within.  Be thou my guide until I find, led by a tender hand, The happy kingdom in myself and dare to take command."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

More from Mountain Mist

I set out to do some hand stitching, thinking that it wouldn't affect
my shoulder.....that's what you'd think.....right?  Wrong!  I have really been left high and dry as far as the stitching goes. :-(  So I'm having an abundance of time to read....and that is good.

This is made from many, many little squares!

It is the hand quilting which makes these quilts!  There is nothing quite so wonderful as a hand quilted quilt.

I love all of the motion in this quilt.

And here is the second half to Jack and Jill.

Now are main reason for hand piecing is because of troublesome curves.

This brings to mind all of the patriotic designs that came about as the result of 9-11.  One of the reasons we make quilts is to remember important events.

"Feed your life from the well of sweetness.  -Susan Branch