Friday, October 26, 2018

Tonya visit!

My friend Tonya (Unruly Quilter) came to visit and left this "doll soup" on my stove at the Quilt Cottage.  (I know not the most inspiring name but for now it is all I got!)

We did a lot of shopping at the local flea market and now Tonya has more creepy doll parts to play with!

I feel as if I am working on too many projects at once and not making progress with any of them!

Additionally my Goldie isn't doing too well.  She is getting close to 19 years old and very thin.

On the up side I did go to a quilter's estate sale and found a entire fat-quarter bundle of what may be my favorite collection ever!

This is the 1930's Around the World collection from 2005.  I've been searching for the Paris fabric for years now!    It was only $1 for each fatquarter or $3 a yard!  Yes I came home with way too much fabric but I'm not sorry!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

An old UFO finished!

What may have been the oldest UFO in my quilting room is now a real quilt!

I started this Baltimore Album quilt in a year long class with Mimi Dietrich back in 1992.  I lived in Baltimore so it seemed like the right thing to do!

Anyway, over the course of a year my fabric choices changed significantly and after my "real" quilt was finished I had almost a dozen blocks that didn't make the cut.  They traveled with me for many years.

Last year when I was packing to move I debated letting them go but instead they went to the top of the "to-do" list!  This is hand appliqued, hand and machine pieced, and hand quilted. 18 year old quilt cat

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Teddy Pruitt lecture

A few weeks ago quilter, quilt historian, and appraiser Teddy Pruitt spoke at my local guild.

If you ever get a chance to hear her lecture take it!  She has great stories and wonderful quilts.
Antique String quilt...
For this lecture "From Sublime to ridiculous" Teddy showed antique or vintage quilts ant then a quilt she made that was either inspired by it or used a similar block shape within the quilts.
Teddy quilt...
A quilter who sat at my table told me "I don't usually like antique quilt talks but this one was good."  I was glad to hear that...and will sit elsewhere next lecture!

Monday, September 24, 2018


I'm not sure it is quite the same going on a Caribbean cruise when you live in Florida.
San Juan...
I mean we see water, beaches and palm trees all the time!  (and why does that sound like I am complaining...hummm)  Anyway, we spent 7 days going from Amber Cove in the DR, to St. Thomas, San Juan, and then Grand Turks.
St. Thomas
All good...not a lot of sewing or quilting but then again no cooking or cleaning!

Now back to design wall...a zipper Christmas table runner, some grey free pieced background blocks for applique and a couple of random blocks found while folding fabric! The zipper table runner is a good way to use some of the charm packs that seem to be multiplying in the fabric baskets...they are like candy in the checkout lane!

I also have Bonnie Hunter's leader and ender for this year under the needle.  I'm using a controlled scrappy fabric selection since my niece asked for a purple and orange quilt.  I was surprised just how much of those colors I had in my stash!  I now have a very large box of 4-patches and another large box of hst's.  I think it may be time to start making more blocks...

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Quilt House needs a name...

So we moved to Florida but my quilting "stuff" didn't fit in the house my husband picked.  His solution?  A small quilt house for me to sew in...only the little house needs a name.

Well, first it needed some work...but after some cleaning, painting, tree removal...well, you got the picture.  It is now a fully operational quilt studio (and yes, I am channeling Star Wars when I type this....)

It isn't fancy but I have great light and lots of space.  I'll have indoor photos soon.  Best of all the Kola table fits, a huge work table is against one window, and I have not one but TWO design walls!  I also have one room to store quilts on large racks.  I kept the back bedroom as a bedroom so if/when quilt friends visit we have a "clubhouse" and can do sleep-overs!

It needs a name...quilt house just doesn't seem fun enough!  I want to paint a "barn block" and hang it right between the front two windows but think I should know what to call the house first?  Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

a look back

I was editing some photos today and since my photos are filed by date taken I wondered what I had done previous years at this time...

In 2012 Goldie was modeling on a scrappy top I was gifted.  I started making a repro of this one...wonder where that UFO ended up!
2013 - This was my first project using linen for the background with wool appliqued on top.  It is now an almost finished table runner!
Interestingly Goldie was posing that day too!
2014 - I taught a string spiderweb workshop!  Very fun day...but no cats!

2015 - I was in Boston...not a lot of quilting going on!

2016 - I was doing some work on my Singer 404 with Goldie supervising (amazingly I do have another cat and a dog but I guess they don't pose like Goldie does!)

Sunday, September 09, 2018

First Florida Quilt!

My first "florida" quilt!  We live very close (too close even!) to Renninger's Antique and flea market.  It is one of the largest in the state.

I try not to go often as I am still in the process of organizing what I moved down here! But this one caught my husband's eye and while had my back turned he bought it...which is fine by me!

Not sure if it was a kit or a pattern.  The pink fabric is almost a sateen which makes me think this is circa 1920's.

The workmanship is excellent.  This is one of those quilts that looks best on a bed!  Recently I've just kept is folded over a chair in the spare bedroom.