Monday, October 26, 2009

One more time!

Here are the weekend's latest version of the stockings (for review, Erin!):

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Stocking Design

Here are two more designs for review:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Christmas Stockings

I cut out a couple of stockings over the weekend (for my daughter and her husband), but since I know her SO well, I decided to send her some pictures before investing any more time and energy. She didn't like the prints, and wanted a snowman, not a tree. Back to the drawing/cutting board for me.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Barnful of Quilts Show - Waxhaw NC

I drove down south of Charlotte on Saturday to the Barnful of Quilts Show in Waxhaw. It was a hot & humid day after the early morning rain shower that hit just as I arrived, driving everyone inside the crowded barn.

Some of my favorites:

My one complaint about the show
was the lack of restroom facilities.
After driving 1.5 hours and drinking
coffee on the way, the line to the bathroom was about 20 people deep.
Had to cut my visit short at the show for a bathroom break!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quilting With Ghosts

A while ago I read a blog that mentioned how someone felt she was "cooking with ghosts" when she used different pans, bowls, and utensils that had belonged to various relatives and how using these things brought up feelings and memories of the past. I felt that way last week when I was working on a wall hanging made with a bunch of 1930's hexagons that I found in some of my mother's stuff when she died two years ago.

My grandmother had given her these hexagons way back in the 1970s, hexagons that had been made by one of my grandmother's aunt in the 1930s and were probably meant for a grandmother's flower garden quilt:

These are all hand sewn, and aren't in very good shape anymore. I don't think my mother really knew what to do with them, so they sat around in a bag for about 35 years. I sorted them and thought I might want to make some different little wall hangings and pillows.

First, I started with some in the brown/yellow/green color family. I zig-zagged the hexagons around the edges (for stability) and blocked some together.
Then some free motion quilting:
Here it is all finished: