Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hexie star completed

Finally I have something quilty to share.  I bought a hexie punch at JoAnns and have been punching away at those little subscription postcards that are found in every magazine.  They are just the perfect firmness and flexibility for this project.  It has taken over a month to get this much done but progress is one step at a time after all.  (As long as you're going forward)

This project is in the Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  Spring 2013  Stars in the Garden
Only I am using 1" hexies compared to the 3/8" hexies the pattern calls for.

I didn't realize till I was done that I've repeated colors in a methodical way; pink from the flower in the middle, maroon from the sprigs in the pink, peach from the center of the flowers in the maroon, and then I repeated another color from the center for the outside border.  I just picked out what I liked from my stash - who knew I have such complex things going on behind my eyes.  I was just trying to get contrast.

I'm going to try and keep that in mind as I make the other stars.

But, lest you think I haven't any more barn blocks to share - here are two more.  We went to Chilton and New Holstein (yes, we're in Wisconsin) this week and saw this unique block.

I don't know the name of this block but I think it has something to do with swallows or maybe doves.  I've always loved a red, white, and gray theme.  The house I lived in till I was almost four was gray with white trim and a red door.  It must be implanted on me for life.

Our adventures will take us to Janesville and Prairie du Chein this week.  I will be REALLY surprised if we don't see more blocks on barns.  Southern Wisconsin has them everywhere.  And, of course, Shawano County west of Green Bay has them around every turn. (Look at my left sidebar)

Hopefully it won't take me a month to finish another star.  But, if it does............. then I'll have two completed.


Friday, September 12, 2014

I found a place to buy barn blocks

We went to Sturgeon Bay WI.  It is located on the thumb of land that juts up into Lake Michigan from Green Bay.

It is a fun artsy area.  I would love to come and spend a summer or fall with my paintbrush.

It is the first place I have seen quilt blocks for barns that were for sale.  What a treasure!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

It's me again with more barn photos

This pretty little block was on the front of a residence.

And then the same block was across the highway on the side of the barn.

These pictures were taken East of the Monroe area in Southern Wisconsin.


We saw this group of migrating cranes in front of the  barn above.

Wisconsin is having their biggest quilt event of the year in Madison this week.  It is Quilt Expo.

Wouldn't that be nice to attend?


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nice surprise~

We traveled to Escanaba Michigan this week and saw this sweet block as we traveled south of Bonduel.  I think the soft green of the building really accents the block.

I put my blue and white quilt away.  It isn't finished - just the small outside border and binding.  But I get frustrated because I don't have much time to work on it and when I actually do have some time I'm so emotionally exhausted that all I want to do is hold still.

I'll get back to it when we get home.  It should only take a couple of days to finish.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wisconsin nature and quilts

Unusual cloud formation

Red breasted woodpecker (female - I think)

Early spring in a glade

This is a brand new book.  It is on pre-order here.  I love the color choices and the fresh shading and subjects.  I have admired the Baltimore quilts for years.  This has a flavor of Baltimore that tempts me.

Oh well, four months from now I can spend more time doing things quilty but for now I'll just dream.


Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July quilting style

What could be more patriotic than a barn block from Shawano County, Wisconsin?
Have a Happy 4th!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I love to Quilt

I just reread this post on the Repro Quilter blog.

I enjoyed reading it again and was reminded that it's okay to love my craft.  I've decided to stop feeling guilty about my stash and just enjoy it.

 I often feel like I need to cull my pattern and book collection.  But, sometimes when I can't do much actual quilting (like right now) I gain so much satisfaction and pleasure by getting the patterns out and renewing the desire to make those special quilts.

As long as I'm making forward progress in my quiltmaking it doesn't matter if I never get around to quilting all my tops.  The joy I gained by sewing them is the important thing to me.

There's a part of me that doesn't want my children to have to figure out what to do with my treasured cloth and sewing when I'm gone.  That's just downright silly and a terrible way to exist (not to mention depressing).

I can hardly wait to get back to my sewing studio, breathe in all the color and clutter, and just delight in the fact that I know how to sew.