Tuesday, December 29, 2015
On another note, I picked my word for 2016: Release The adult word for "Let it go!" Release stuff, release stress, release anger, release extra poundage, release ideas, release joy to the world around me. Release doesn't have to be negative. It can be very positive! One year when my word was Joy, I bought three random mugs spelling out Joy. I don't see myself buying seven new mugs. That may be counter-productive to releasing stuff. It's been a tough year and I need to make a real effort to release negatives and move on to releasing positives. A deep breath in, exhale it out. Jerilynn
Monday, December 28, 2015
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
P.S. I lost my dear mother-in-law Alice this year. She was a quilter, too. In fact, I believe I helped her do her first quilt after she retired. She went on to be quite the prolific quilter. Her favorite types of quilts were tree quilts. Her last quilt, not quite finished before her stroke and quick passing, was of trees. 16 big trees representing her children and spouses, and 24 little trees, representing her grandchildren. Even though I am no longer married to her son, we always remained very, very close. She was Swedish, and I know she would have loved this simple design.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Here is the link to the Etsy pattern.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
here, she did a large bear paw block with some reds added to some of the Wild and Free fabrics. I decided to copy her, and make not only the red blocks, but some yellow and blue ones, too. I used my 4.5" square ruler to cut the little blocks, making the block finish at 28" . I figure if I make two blocks of each color, and use one of the great Wild and Free prints for a small border, I should have a quilt that is about the right size for a twin topper. Once again, it is a fun time to go through my fabric bins and find not only some colored fabric to throw in the mix, but also find some great backgrounds. There is another new collection out that is trying to break my resolve: Threads of Time by Julie Hendricksen.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Today I am doing the quilting on the flannel quilt. I decided to use black Mettler thread for the quilting. I thought it looked best on the back red plaid, and, on the front assorted flannels, it looks folk-arty. I first stitched in the ditch, every seam. I took a class once and the quilting teacher said she always quilted ESS....Every Stinking Seam. Yikes. But, her quilts were amazing, so maybe she has something there. Anyway, after quilting ESS, in the ditch (I had pressed the seams to one side, so the "ditch" was just slightly off the seam on the side without the bulky pressed edges). I decided the plain 9" blocks needed more quilting and I chose a Churn Dash quilt block motif to fill the space. It is working out great! The churn dash is basically a 9 patch pattern, so it fits easily into the 9" block. It is also somewhat continuous to stitch. I am quilting it on my new Brother Dream machine, and, the machine is living up to its name. Perfect stitches, loving the walking foot, and the laser light is making the geometric stitching a breeze! I might even be sad when I finish this quilting. I left the batting and backing about 2" longer all around the quilt top, and I am thinking about bringing the back to the front as an easy, red plaid binding. What I haven't liked about this technique in the past is that the ends of the quilting show unevenly when brought to the front. I solved that problem by continuing my quilting lines all the way to the end of the backing fabric. This way, when wrapping to the front, the quilting lines will just match up. The weather is just super cold here right now, and will be even colder here tomorrow. At least the sky is blue, the view from the studio is quite gorgeous, and I have a fun project to do. No complaints! Jerilynn
Monday, January 5, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
My list of things I need to work on is patiently waiting on my studio desk. I continue to treat myself by finding projects on hand that get pushed aside when more pressing tasks need attention. I bought this wool little runner kit a couple of years ago. The canoe, of course, caught my eye. The wool pieces came with the kit, and, had the pieces been larger, I would have made the cabin red, with a green roof. I stitched on the pieces with a hand-stitched blanket stitch over the course of two evenings. It made me think back on the old days, when my sewing group did handwork as well as machine work. My friends that are in an angel sewing guild are pleased. I backed the runner with another big piece of wool, and did a blanket stitch around the edge. Years ago, we used computer paper with its perforated edges to keep the stitches consistent. There probably aren't that many left that would even know what "computer paper" is! I just went for it...the stitches are perfectly imperfect. And, I had fun making this little project and remembering auld lang syne. Jerilynn