Isn’t she pretty? I think that we will be very happy together. Never mind that I’ve already forgotten how to thread her …I was able to get a copy of Kumiko Fujita’s book, ‘318 Patchwork Patterns’. The alphabet patterns are wonderful and I hope to make a baby quilt fashioned after the one that Ayumi’s friends made and gifted her with. It is said that imitation is the purest form of flattery, and I agree! Small log cabins made entirely from scraps. By the time that this project is completed I should have some experience with freehand quilting under my belt. It would be fun to be able to quilt this one on the Juki. (Her name is Valentine). A wedding quilt is coming along nicely. This is the Snow Blossom pattern found on Quilter’s Cache.Six weeks into 2015 finds me fully engaged in WIP’s! Today marks the fourth anniversary of my father’s passing. It’s about 7 below outdoors with a fierce biting wind. He would have spent the day indoors stoking his wood stove and watching Nascar. My mother would have made little snacks for them to share on wooden tray tables. The house would smell of something good – something homemade.
Today my mother and I will bundle up (be sure to wear your knickers!) and drive to the cemetery where we will sit in the car and reminisce on his life. We will laugh because he was a scoundrel and a very comical man. And we will weep a little because there is a hole in our lives that cannot be filled up. We miss him.
Later we will go to the fabric store because that is what we do.
Two new placemats for mom – she loves the color blue. I have never been a great fan and my stash is pretty pathetic. Guess we all know how to remedy that problem! Hello Hawthorne Threads …The little Friedlander shirts are calling to me. Make more, make more …Blocks for my Hive – again, I am seriously light on the blues.Auditioning blocks for a wedding quilt – now THERE’S a blue that I can get behind! Pearl Bracelets continues to be a go-to fabric for me.
I’ve posted pictures of my amazing 40+ year old Bernina Record. I had to get it out last week because my 180 was back in the repair shop. Something terrible happened. The Buffalo, otherwise known as my golden retriever, ran under my sewing table, got caught in the cords and took the machine with him. All the way down the hall.
I am emotionally connected to that machine in ways that I cannot describe. It knows things about me that no other person (or machine) could possibly know. I literally have been GRIEVING its demise. But gone it is, as the people I trust to repair called and gave me the bad news. So I did what any good quilter would do.
I ordered a Juki 2010Q. And I feel a little bit better.
The newest member of the clan. Oscar O’Malley. Heart stealer.
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Do all quilters have one special fabric line that they cannot bear to cut into? I think it is so. Always a huge fan of Charlie Harper’s wildlife illustrations, I nearly fainted when I discovered FABRIC displaying his art. Mecca. I purchased what I could and put it aside. I thought about it, I dreamed about it and then clever Melissa Lunden published her Tatami Mat pattern. . . it was time to cut into my little stash!
We have crossed the autumn threshold – the winds are very brisk. If you are a Beekeeper it is time to secure the hives for winter. Make sure your covers are weighted down and waterproof.