Wednesday, March 14, 2018

And yet another new quilt

You know that I like to scour thrift shops for unique finds and vintage treasures. One thing I always keep my eye out for is vintage sheets with bright colors and fun prints. I often use vintage sheets for the backing fabric for my quilts. In my years of thrifting, I've found lots of great sheets and have been hording saving bits of my favorites. I finally used all those bits and made a quilt. I love how the stars are hidden and yet pop out and become visible depending on how you look at it. I love how soft to the touch and drapey this quilt it.  I love the colors. I just flat out love it.  Hard.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Another new quilt - Rob Pete or Orange Peel Quilt

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I started this one in December. I used a mix of tiny floral prints on a mixed background of gray and white. I've given it to my parents because I love them and hadn't given them a quilt in awhile. Quilts are love.  And I really love them.  They are the best.


Monday, February 26, 2018

X Plus Quilt

I started this quilt last June. I made all the blocks and even assembled the quilt top but it wasn't until December that I finally basted it up and got 'er done!  One thing that this quilt taught me . . . well, just reinforced yet again . . . is that I love scrappy quilts. I love a billion different fabrics and colors together in one quilt. I love making the riot of color come together. This quilt has me fired up and committed to making ALL THE SCRAPPY QUILTS!  All scrappy, all the time!   (all caps, jazz hands and bug eyes too!!)


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Proper thanks and new things

A thank you is in order.  Last post I waxed poetic about the state of my blog and whether my time here was done or not.  The outpouring of support and love I felt from you caused my heart to leap into my throat and my eyes to get all misty. I've never been a journal keeper but one day in 2007, I started one here. I can type faster than I can write with a pen. And I can include photos with the click of a mouse. So, for over ten years I've been writing of my days, thoughts, makes, travels and motherhood. And the knowledge that you're here with me makes me feel all sorts of feels.... encouraged, supported, accountable, understood, safe to share opposing opinions and just warm and fuzzy.

Thank you.

Last summer my neighbor and I spotted a leucistic cardinal at our feeders.  (We immediately thought it was albino but are pretty sure it's more accurately leucistic. You can click here to learn more.) We saw him a few times and then he was gone. However, last week I spotted this guy at my house. I wonder if it's the same one or maybe an offspring.

I also recently found these old, metal, two sided signs. There are 24 of them in total and they are currently leaning against a wall in my mudroom while I decide what to do with them. Suggestions welcome.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Tap. Tap. Tap. . . Is this thing on?

Here it is the end of January 2018. That went fast, didn't it? We rounded out 2017 with our oldest home from college, a ski trip with extended family, cold weather temperatures, and quilt making. Lots of things have been happening which has my attention elsewhere. And the longer that time goes by, the easier it is to not sit down and click at the keyboard to write something here. I've considered not blogging any longer. My children are older and I feel like their stories are their stories to tell. They have been so gracious with allowing me to share things about their lives here but it just feels like the natural stopping point for that. And so does that leave this space merely a place to catalogue the quilts that I make? Maybe. But I've been blogging here for nearly 10 years and though it really has served as a way to chronicle our lives and be a record for my family to look back on, it has been a space where I work out lots of thoughts rolling around in my head. Thoughts of motherhood.  Marriage. Travel. Aging. Time and how I want to spend it. Politics.... not really, though I have lots of thoughts on that topic.

I don't know.

I guess I don't really feel done with this space just yet even  though my posting habits will undoubtedly be even less consistent. It's just the stage of life that I'm in where my children are older and my parents are older and it all makes the everyday things feel so fleeting.

So, I'll still share my quilt making with you. And gardening. And probably baking or cooking or canning. And occasionally those thoughts about it all that are rolling around in my head.

I'm still here. Are you?


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Flowers in December

How fitting to photograph this quilt outside my greenhouses. A midnight zinnia flower garden. And the backing?!? A long horded vintage sheet and narrow strip of the most perfect plaid along one side. The mere sight of this quilt makes me giddy.  I imagine that having it around on the grayest days of winter will make me itch to get my fingers in the dirt.

Along the way I've share the process of making this quilt over on Instagram using the hashtag #midnightpatchworkposies. Perusing that hashtag, I see that I started the quilt on July 8. The top has been pieced and finished since August sometime. The basting step turned me into a procrastinator . . . again. 

Now that December is here, I'm feeling the need to hibernate. I'll be with my family curled up under this quilt. We have fun things planned and plenty of down time scheduled too. Cookies will be baked. Movies will be watched. And lots of rousing games of Blokus and Double Solitare will be played as well.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season full of peace, warmth, and nourishing food to your body and soul.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Patchwork posies -- A new quilt

I made the quilt top over the summer while sewing with friends and I finally buckled down and finished it up. The basting step always turns me into a procrastinator. Simple patchwork quilts are always, always, always my favorite.  They are the ones I use every single day and I'm so pleased with this new addition. Bright tiny floral prints for the win! I pieced together a vintage sheet and several yards of vintage dotted Swiss in pale yellow for the the backing. I'm going to ask my mom if I had lots of dotted Swiss items when I was a kid because this fabric feels like the fabric of my childhood.  Of course, I could just be making that up.

I've even basted a second quilt with a third one soon to follow. High fives!