I had an anonymous comment on this post on Barn Blocks in Granton WI. She said she is the one who painted the block and has done 13 total. I would love to see them all!
I would love to know her name too so I can give her the credit she deserves.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
You can tell the sun was setting by the shadows and flickering lights.
I don't know the name of this block but a starburst seems appropriate for the season that celebrates a new star appearing in the sky over two millennia ago.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I wanted to start a new applique block. I've had a hard time finding the right needles for the project. I usually use Jeanna Kimball's straw/milliners needles size 10. But all my applique stuff is back home in Utah. I didn't want to order the needles online and have to pay postage for such a small item so I searched and searched.
Wisconsin has some wonderful quilt stores but they are in the Milwaukee or Madison areas and I'm smack dap in the middle of the state with only a Hancocks nearby. I finally bought these Clover needles and thought I'd just make do.
BUT I couldn't get my thread through the little teeny tiny hole of the needle!
I tried 3 different needles and using the same thread I always use. . . I ended up throwing the package in the trash. We'll go to Wausau next week, we're going to be stopping at Grant's March Quilt Store to see if I can find some decent needles.
We went to Steven's Point last week and surprisingly I found out this is the home of Herrschners. I've been receiving Herrschners catalogs for years and loved seeing all the cross stitch, needlepoint, yarn, Christmas stockings etc. Sometimes when money was short the catalog was as close as I got to doing any needlework.
We went inside and had a great time looking around. They even had quilting fabric (but no milliners needles). We ended up just buying a couple of puzzles but it was a lot of fun.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
When I saw my first barn quilt block last summer I thought it was just a "once in a lifetime" thing and was content. I m just dazzled by the fact that I keep discovering new quilt blocks.
It is such an adventure. I even have my husband on the outlook. He finds them before I do.
As you can tell by the barn above we've been having some really foggy days. It's that time or year, you know.
One of the people we visit on a regular basis in Medford gave me some butternuts that last time I was there. I want to try and dye some fabric with them. Does anyone have some experience with this that they would like to share? Is the dye colorfast?
In this book Borderland in Butternut & Blue by Barbara Brackman she talks of the use of butternuts to dye the Confederate Uniforms during the Civil War. This intrigues me, knowing that the gray of the Confederacy was often brown or beige.
Guess that's all for now,
Monday, October 28, 2013
I attended the Fall Quilt Show of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Central Wisconsin on Friday.
So I'll share some of the pictures I took.
This quilt was dazzling. I have seen this made up before (I think it's Millie's Garden by Piece of Cake) but this quilt was just amazing.
Be sure you take the time to read the quilter's comments below.
This is a picture of her with another dazzling quilt.
The reason I was so amazed by this quilt was because of the hand quilting.
It just takes my breath away that anyone would take the time to make such an heirloom.
This quilt didn't photograph well. The moths, dragonflies, etc. just seemed to "pop" on the surface of this quilt.
I know we've all seen this Christmas quilt before in advertisements but this is the first time I have seen one in person. It is so delightful. It has a lot of 3-D dimension on the blocks.
This was my favorite block. The snowmen are puffy. The colors are so bright. I neglected to take a picture of the maker's info.
I love the movement and colors in this sweet quilt.
What's not to like about this quilt. It has stars, it has high-contrast, and it's done it colors I like.
I particularly like the way the border was done. Very clever and appealing to the eye.
I have to say. . . this was my favorite quilt. This is the quilt I would have choses to take home with me if that had been and option.
It's just a hst Lemoyne star done in repros but it is so uniform and clean looking. I love it!
It just proves to me once again that complexity doesn't make things better.
The simple blocks, done well, are tops in my opinion. (pun intended)~
Hope you enjoyed the show.
Monday, October 14, 2013
My quilty posts are few and far between. We saw another quilt block on a building in Athens Wisconsin. Don't you love the little 4-H clover in the middle? This is probably a building used for their county fair. It sure is a bold block.
Fall is here in all it's splendor. Frost on the grass this morning tells me all the leaves will be falling soon.
One of my favorite poems for fall is by an Hoosier (Indiana) poet named James Witcomb Riley called "When the Frost is on the punkin". You can read the whole poem here but be sure and read it out loud so you can hear the music of words spoken in an old dialect. Too Fun!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Just finished a really tricky puzzle that was a gift from a friend.
Looks familiar doesn't it?
There's no mystery why when she found it she had to buy it and send it to me.
I just wish the quilt was finished too - sigh~
I'm on block # 14 of 32 so it's coming along.
I'm on block # 14 of 32 so it's coming along.