Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Reflect upon your present blessings,
of which every man has plenty.
 ~ Charles Dickens ~

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp

Big accomplishment here! 
Today is the last installment of
Barbara Brackman's year-long
study series, and I made it through the whole thing!
Our final assignments were
 shawl prints,
 printed textiles which resemble woven paisleys: 
stick prints:  
 and cracked ice prints:
both of which were popular novelty styles
during the 1800s.
I learned a great deal about textile history from this series, and also spent some quality time throughout the year rummaging through my stash for appropriate fabrics!  I was able to come up with at least one example of every week's study topic -- what can I say beyond "deep stash." :) 
I've ended up with 44 stars that have blue fabrics:
 and 114 stars that don't include any blue colorations:
The blue stars are on my To-Do Short List 
to become a strippy quilt, and the others will eventually be another large quilt.
Thanks, Barbara,
for an enlightening and entertaining year!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A November smile

Nick and Dave made these little turkeys when they were Cub Scouts, 30 or so years ago.  Every year when I get them out, I am thankful for my dear family.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bright morning

We had some 'weather' yesterday - about 6" worth!  It's always so pretty here after a storm, with the brilliant blue sky and the sparkling new snow.  The snow slows us all down, which is a good thing.  I hear the school bus rumbling slowly down the road right now - tire chains are required for stopping on slick mountain roads in winter!
Looking forward to a day at home: finishing up some handwork, enjoying the scene outside my window, and having soup for lunch.  Life is good.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Shop work

Here is this week's batch of completions
for the shop.  The runners are extremely popular,
and sell as fast as we put them out.

This is quilt #4 for the same customer - each of her grandchildren gets to choose their own color scheme, and we still have one more to go. It's an easy quilt anyway, and after four I can just about do this one in my sleep by now :) Earlier quilts from this commission series HERE

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp

Our study topic this week at
I read Barbara's articles early on Wednesday mornings and then think about fabrics that I might have to illustrate the topic.  Some weeks I know right away what I will use, and other weeks I need to ponder for a while.
I did have a good idea this time what I was looking for in my stash.  "Storms" in this case referred to prints that look like cyclones with rings of branches and stars twirling in the "wind". It's nice to have a very DEEP scrap bag -- yes, there's the piece I was looking for!  Here's how my bag of purple scraps turned into a star this morning.

Only three more weeks left in our Stars in a Time Warp series.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Opening day for our local ski resorts is this Friday!  The usual target date is Thanksgiving weekend.   Our local economy is heavily dependent on the success of the ski season, so we're all thrilled to be starting early this year.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp

I'm still working along on Barbara Brackman's


Just a few weeks remaining on this informative series!
This week's topic is Provincial Prints - bright multicolored prints that became a fad in the mid 1800s and remain popular even today.

I have nearly 150 stars sewn already - this group which barely fits on my design wall any more, and also another set that includes blue fabrics.
Looks like several projects in the offing :)