Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Some Finishes


Good morning and how are you today?

I have a few finishes I can share!

My Lagotto Romagnolo quilt is already mailed and hopefully will arrive at Jeannette's soon.  You recall, she made Lucky his red coat and it has come in hand very much this winter!

Lizzie always does a wonderful job with the quilting and I was excited to get this one finished.

I also finished the Phillies quilts:

I have just enough Phillies scraps to make a small wall hanging for us and I need to get on soon.

The split four patch is also completed and I'm going to take that over to Jenny's soon.  It's a Tummy Time quilt for baby Nora.

My guild is doing another "Better Done than Perfect Challenge" again this year.  I love UFO challenges and though I got a lot done last year, I still have UFOs in the sewing room.  

This year I have 14 projects on my list but many of them are quilt tops at this point.  Hopefully I will get them done and get them passed on to whoever...

Wishing you a safe and happy day!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Work Rhythm


Hello and happy Tuesday!

We were supposed to get a light snow on Friday night which turned out to be 7-12 inches (depending on what part of the valley you were in).  Late Saturday we got squall warnings across our phones but none occurred in our neighborhood.  Still it is February 20 and I can feel March coming!

I spent the weekend caregiving and working on my shoo fly blocks.  The blocks have become a bit of an obsession at this point.  I started out using 1930s reproduction scraps.  But sometimes a block is so much fun to make and you develop a rhythm.  

I love when that happens and soon I was opening the suitcase full of actual 1930s-1950s scraps and going to town.  

It's the idea of the rhythm that is so appealing.  One article I read defined it as "the ability to work without feeling overwhelmed or stressed."  

Hand quilting used to provide me with that kind of peacefulness but I can't do that anymore.  So it's wonderful to find tranquility when making a block.  It's a simple block, one I haven't made in decades (I think the last time I did these blocks was with my Nana).  

There was a time I felt like I should do more challenging blocks or make some kind of artistic statement.  But the beauty in getting older is dismissing those kinds of feelings and embracing what makes one happy.

Shoo Fly blocks make me happy.  Is there a project that makes you happy these days?

Have a safe and happy day!

Monday, February 19, 2024

President's Day: 2024


Happy President's Day!

Did you know that Washington was actually born on February 11?  But in 1752, Britain and all the colonies discarded the Julian Calendar that had been used and switched to the Gregorian Calendar which made George's birthday February 22.

Block featured in one of my redwork quilts.

I also like the Mountain Mist Cherry Ripe quilt this time of year.  Even if George didn't chop down the cherry tree, I still connotate cherries with him.

The original Mountain Mist pattern shows a more elaborate center but I think I prefer this simpler version.  The original pattern is being sold again at a variety of places.

One of my favorite Washington inspired quilts is one made by Carrie Hall and is featured here.  The quilt is an adaptation of two patterns, one by Lydia  Le Baron Walker (who created the United Hearts pattern I featured on Valentine's Day) and used other aspects of a Ladies Art Company Catalog pattern.  More information about the pattern can be found here on Brackman's blog.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe day!

Friday, February 16, 2024

Flower Friday: February 16, 2024


Happy Flower Friday!

I love the above meme.  I thought of it when it snowed about 7 inches here in town on Tuesday.  

No matter what, there is only 32 days until spring and I can't wait.

We spent the snow day doing some sewing.  Lucky decided to rearrange the house (a few times).

Lucky also went on a full bite everyone craze, destroyed just about everything he could get his teeth on.  When he doesn't get his full walks (over a mile just in the morning), he's a maniac.  I did walk him as much as I could yesterday, often in the streets until my neighbors cleared their walks.  But it just wasn't enough.

He was so naughty that I woke up with horse vocal chords on Wednesday from yelling, "NO!"  I felt lousy enough to take a covid test and fortunately, it was negative.  

Still spring is coming.  

The heather began to bloom before the snow:

The snow will probably start really melting by Monday when the temps go up to the 40s F .  I'll be just happy to walk the dog without worrying about ice on the sidewalks.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Happy Valentine's Day!

I thought the above meme was a hoot so I'm sharing it with you!  Of course what's good for the goose is good for the gander so here's another fun one:

Here's a lovely quilt pattern that I found.  I'm not sure if I ever posted this one before.

A similar pattern was made to crochet:

The patterns were offered in a column by Lydia Le Baron Walker.  Her daughter, Mary Evangeline Walker did the illustrations.  More on them next week...

My favorite heart themed textile is one that was unfinished.  I think it was intended to make as a pillow cover.  The piece is made of tobacco silks that depicted flowers:

Whatever kind of day you have planned, I hope it is a good one!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Status of Quilting

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

After about 2 weeks of spring-like weather, the northeast part of the country is getting a snow storm.  It's a perfect day to stay in and sew (except when you have to take your puppy out).  With that in mind...

Today is a happy day.  Last week I read some positive news and wanted to share it with you.  For the last few years, there has been some speculation that quilting was on the decline again.  The popularity of quilting has often had it's ups and downs throughout history.  

Some of the anxiety about the status of quilting may have been because many small quilt shops closed, especially after the pandemic (and some were struggling and closing even before covid).  We have all seen signs and memes encouraging us to support our local quilt shop.

But the overall status of our world may be positive.

According to all the studies I read, the market size has actually increased.  According to the Craft Alliance study (here) quilting is now a $4.2 billion industry in North America.

Predictions for the global market are positive and expected to continue to expand "at least until 2030."  I liked this article that cited that consumers are actually willing to pay higher prices for handmade quilts.

I've heard over and over again how the British monarchy survived because they changed with the times and modernized.  It appears our quilt industry also did that as well.  Quilting has survived because of innovations and quilters embracing more digital aspects of the market.

Still there are downsides to the age of covid.  Attendance at quilt shows and guilds have decreased.  The Craft Alliance study indicated that 51% of the participants in their study did not feel comfortable at large gatherings.  Most of the studies indicate that the largest population of quilters are over 55 years old.

There is an additional con to the innovations.  Most of us realize that the book market for quilting has declined drastically.  The studies do not indicate that the price of fabric could be considered cost prohibitive especially for new (younger) quilters that have budgetary considerations.

Still, there are more positives than negatives as we continue to cut and sew our fabric blocks together.  

Have a safe and happy day!


Monday, February 12, 2024

Happy Birthday Abe!


Happy Birthday President Lincoln!
Today I'm posting some log cabin quilt photos in honor of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln!

Have a safe and happy day!