Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lammas - First Harvest

 
 
What are you harvesting this year?
 
My birthday comes up in a few days, so this holiday is a perfect opportunity for me to reflect on how my life has grown in the past year, and on what seeds of change I'd like to sow for the next one.
  
 A beautiful description of this traditional harvest festival HERE
 
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August

 
 
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp

 
This week's Stars in a Time Warp topic is
 
 
These fabrics were manufactured with a particular indigo dye process, and included madder reds in their  designs.  I was fortunate to unearth quite a few examples from my fabric stash, because I did a couple of quilts using similar blue and red fabrics a while back, even though I didn't realize I was using a "lapis" color scheme at the time.
 
 
 

 
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Long-range project planning

 
... as in: eleven years!
 
Here's a kit I purchased in 2004,
which has been curing in its box ever since.
 
The project is a large appliqued  quilt, called
 Christmas Memories - A Christmas Quilt for Emily, 
designed long ago by Blackbird Designs. 
The original quilt featured a subdued palette,
even softer and more blendy than this example I recently found online. 
 
  Many years ago I discovered a place (no longer in business) that offered kits for this quilt in
bright vibrant alternative fabrics.
 
  I didn't have the skill at that time to even begin working on it, so it's been waiting for me. 
 For a long time.
 
We are going to be travelling on an extended road trip this fall, and an intense hand applique project will be just the thing for a take-along.
 
So now, finally, I'm absorbed with
 rearranging block placement, 
 
organizing backgrounds,
 
and prepping applique shapes. 
 
In a few more Christmases
it may finally become a quilt!
 
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