Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Work


My new work in progress.


"The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work."
~Berthold Auerbach



Have you seen this vintage photo?
Wonderful, yes!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Icicles


As the last of winter melts away.....


Small Studies 2
Icicles through the Window


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stitchery Blocks


Sweet Nostalgia July Block
Fun at the Beach


Sweet Nostalgia August Block
Hide and Seek



Hocuspocusville (my 4th block)
Hermoine's Split Ends

Now that all my Sweet Nostalgia blocks are complete, I read the finishing instructions for the quilt.  Though a beautiful finish, it could send one running.  For now, I will cut my blocks down to size, maybe add the first round of fabric strips and think about a simpler plan to finish it off.

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Recipe for Friendship Part 2


So you can see the true colour and detail of the fabric used, I snapped a close up.  My original idea was to have a mix of hexagons as the center of the quilt and use the yellow and red polka-dot fabric as the border, but that was over three years ago and now I see things differently.


The new plan has the center of my Recipe for Friendship quilt looking like a very large hexagon flower, 34 inches to be exact.  All the yellow polka-dot fabric is gone now, but I still have quite a bit of the red polka-dot and a solid red that can be added to the mix if need be.


Next up, a round of colourful hexagons!

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Airing of the Quilts


It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens


Painting by Valeriane Leblond


Monday, February 24, 2014

Small Studies 1


You may remember, some time back, I purchased Gwen Marston's book, 37 Sketches.  My intention was, one day stitching a series of Small Study quilts.  Well, around the end of summer I pieced together my first one, Small Studies 1.


Also, stitched the June Sweet Nostalgia block, Let's Play Ball.


And, appliqued my Fish Challenge quilt.

Today I finished stitching the July Sweet Nostalgia block, Fun at the Beach.  I am going to prep and start right into the August block as this is the last block.  It only took me what, four years?  Now I am rushing to finish!

Worked a bit on my Postage Stamp quilt and now have 992 stamps pieced together.  Small Studies 2 is almost finished. And, well thinking about warmer days to come, I prepped two quilts for spring, a small applique and a mid-sized quilt for hand piecing.

Still to show you, the center of my new hexagon quilt, Recipe for Friendship.  I stopped working on it back in the fall to take a picture before continuing on.  That's right; I have yet to take that picture!  Or a picture of my mini quilt top called, Camellia, or my latest Hocuspocusville block.

Besides quilting I have been working on crochet and slowly learning drop spindle.  My rug hooking is back out and will be completed  by the end of March.

Hope you are enjoying your winter as much as I am and all is well.

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen