Wishing you and yours a safe and happy new year! Flower Friday will resume next week so let me know if you have an image you wish to share! Here's a blast from the past that's perfect for today. Published in January of 1939 and syndicated throughout the country:
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Happy New Year Quilt
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Sewing in 2021
Rainbow Scrap Challenge: The post is up for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2021 at the blog, So Scrappy. You can read the first color for 2021 here and some of the rules. What I like about this challenge is that it is very flexible. I've been studying what quilters have made in years past (on Instagram mostly). Some folks use the month to make table runners, or blocks with a quilt in mind, or whatever they want.
2021 UFO Challenge: Sponsored by All People Quilt, this challenge encourages quilters to finish UFOs and even has charts and ideas to keep us on track. Read more here.
Stay-at-Home Round Robin: Normally a quilting round robin involves mailing this or that to a variety of people. This is a round robin made for the pandemic with no mailing at all. I know only a few things about this one: It begins in January 2021, will involve 7 bloggers (including Home Sewn By Us) and I think there will be 7 "rounds." I will share more on this when I find out more...
Pat Sloan always has some wonderful projects on her website. I love her site for free patterns and sew-alongs! Her website is here.
Jacqueline Stevens does a lot of free block of the months and you can register to be put on her list here. I think "My Hometown" begins in February and she emails you the pattern. You can read more at her site.
Elm Street Quilts: This website has a "One Monthly Goal" challenge and even has industry sponsors. Each month a random participant wins something. Check it out here.
Free patterns are always a way to get inspired. You can literally google "Free quilt patterns" and get lost for days dreaming of projeects. Here are some sites you may want to start with:
From fabric companies like Windham, Moda, Kaufman, Michael Miller, P & B, Hoffman, etc.
Other industry leaders or websites with free patterns include Eleanor Burns, Bonnie Hunter, Connecting Threads, McCall's,
Quilters Cache, Fat Quarter Shop, etc.
Have a safe and happy day!
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Preparing for Sewing in the New Year!
We woke up early and when the sun finally came up, we noticed we got a coating of snow but our neighbors across the street did not. It's winter and time to think about how we want to sew during the cold months.
What do you do to mark the end of the sewing year? Some of my friends write a blog post of all the finishes they made in the past year. I like these kinds of posts because they are very inspiring! Check out our friend Diann's post here of her hand sewn finishes! Wow!Other quilters make up lists of the unfinished projects or goals they would like to accomplish in the coming year. I've done this and found it to be very helpful.
But what is most helpful to me? CLEANING THE SEWING ROOM!
Monday, December 28, 2020
Men Who Quilt #4
Did you have a nice holiday? It sounds like most of you stayed home and safe like we did. I'm back from week vacation and thought I would share this article.
When we think of changing gender roles, we normally think of women. This particular gentleman faced a similar situation in the 1940s when quilting was still part of the women's realm.
I couldn't find any information on whether or not he received a medal for his work.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
I don't have much planned for the blog this week. My gift to myself is taking it easy this week.
Last weekend our friend Barb posted an email to our study group to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. Most of the members of the group have "hit reply" to check in and share Christmas greetings and wave at our group. It was so wonderful to hear from everyone!
Alice sent this nice photograph of an embroidered Christmas tree she made years ago, it's delightful!
I've been listening to James Taylor's Christmas album while I sew Christmas lap quilts for the next year. In particular, I am moved by his version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. He recorded this version years ago but it is absolutely appropriate for 2020.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Flower Friday: December 18, 2020
It's Flower Friday and time to brighten our day with floral images or photographs!
Sue sent this wonderful pansy cross stitch. She says she finally finished it after 25 years! The one positive thing in this pandemic is that we are completing our UFOs! Pansies are such a nice spring flower and this reminds us that spring is only 92 days away! It's a good reminder for those of us who got about a foot of snow this week!
It may be too frosty for flowers as Nann says but she got a sweet photo of this lovely leaf which she called rain-spangled (love that phrase):
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Colors of the Season
I'm naturally curious (in case you didn't realize that) and I've been wondering how we arrived at the colors of the season.
Red and green are associated with Christmas. Here is a great article on how the colors became emblematic of the season! We think of Hanukkah in terms of blue and white colors and Time printed this article on the symbolism and history of the use of blue and white for this holiday here.
Ruth Finley was a writer of a book called Old Patchwork Quilts which took 14 years to write and was published in 1929. For the next few years, Finley wrote syndicated articles on quilting including this one below.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Color of the Year: 2021
I googled "clip art paint chip image" and this came up 😂
It's nice to know that quilters are trendsetters ahead of graphic design. Those colors are sooooo 2014-2017:
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Men Who Quilt: #3
Have a safe and happy day!
Monday, December 14, 2020
Bracing for the storm
Well here in the Northeast, we are bracing for a Nor'easter--typically the worst kind of storm we can experience. Snow is expected on Wednesday. A couple of days ago, the weather channel reported we could get 3-5 inches. Yesterday it was estimated 12 inches of the dreaded white stuff. Now they are predicting 12-18 inches.
My husband and I are already staying home because of the surge and his recovery. Last week I got enough groceries to last us about 3 weeks.
So snow. I like sewing in my attic when it's snow, it's so much fun to watch! Pictured above is a close up of one of the flakes from my vintage snowflake quilt. I featured it a few years ago on the blog here.
Have you decorated for the holiday? I decided to skip decorating this year because it's just us and to be honest, I'm exhausted from caring for hubby for 4 months. I thought I would share some fun Holiday 2020 memes that I've found like this one:
Friday, December 11, 2020
Flower Friday: December 11, 2020
It's Flower Friday and time to brighten our day with floral images be they real flowers, textiles, or anything else that catches our fancy!