Thursday, June 25, 2015

I found more barn blocks

We went to "Quilting in the Country" in Bozeman Montanaa.  There is a darling cabin as you come up the drive and this quilt block was on it.  Too cute.

This block is on an angle on another cabin close by.

The flowers and landscaping around the cute little store are wonderful.   The peonies were in bloom in this bed with an actual sewing machine on a stand in the middle.  The ropes are to keep people away because it was their Shop Hop and so many were expected.

Everything except the kits were 40% off.  I bought a number of Barbara Brackman pieces that I missed out on when we were serving in Wisconsin..

We later went to the Historical society where they had quilts on display.  The cheddar 9-patch is on an old fire engine.

The local quilt group combined their talents and made this historical quilt in the 70's.  It has cabins, buffalo/bison, covered wagons, fishing, tee pees, local birds & flowers, and geysers as Bozeman is only about 45 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

This quilt is kind of a mystery to me.  I think it is made out of tobacco wrappers.  But I've just seen the satin ones and this is all flannel.

This huge fellow was just walking along the side of the road.  Such an unusual looking beast with his heavy head, swathed shoulders, and bare rump.

DH went fishing out on the lake.  He didn't catch a thing all day which was rather discouraging but my cousin and son each caught a rather large lake trout.  Good eating.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Getting off my HIGH HORSE

Cutting out shapes and trying to get the placement right~
I seem to do everything from scratch.  For some reason making things the hard - time consuming way gives them more value in my book.  I think I inherited it from my parents

I was raised by two wonderful people who grew up during the depression.  It was a time of making do with what you had.  You saved string, screws, and scraps without a project in mind.  You just might need them someday.  My mother made all my clothes and my dad built our house.  You didn't go out and buy something you could manufacture with your own hands.  (And, they didn't have credit cards.)

I like the satisfaction of doing things that are difficult sometimes.  I started a stamp quilt a few years ago (1" blocks) and my son asked me why I wanted to do something like that.  "I want to do something hard" I said as I laughed at myself.

I made all the girls clothes when they were growing up.  Sewing for the boys was another kettle of fish.  I didn't want to make jeans and they often wouldn't wear the shirts I made. (Although Nathan has worn the Hawaiian ones.) Who would have thought boys could be so picky.  But sewing for the girls was fun.  I made shorts and tops, swimming suits, prom dresses, and eventually brides dresses.

I'm a scratch cook standing at the stove for hours just to keep stirring the perfect pudding.  I make my cakes from scratch, my pizza and pie crust from scratch. (I've been pondering making my own pastrami now that we have our own smoker). I can see the 70's influence of doing everything the natural way here.

My husband is the same way.  When I told him I wanted some quilt frames and showed him the Grace frame from a magazine he built me one for our 23rd anniversary.

I have quilted on these frames for 19 years now.  They are easy to assemble, keep the quilt taut, and don't take up much room.

So, when it comes to quilting and I've got an applique project going - I  do needleturn applique.  There is just something in me that feels like I'm reducing the worth and significance of the quilt by using a sewing machine to apply the applique pieces.

I hope I'm not offending anyone here.  It's just who I am.  (Keep reading, I turn into a real person later in the post)

So when I started this project;

When the Cold Wind Blows
I fully intended to do it all with needle turn applique like I have done with these  quilt tops.

Folk Art Tribute by Dawn Heese

Birds of a Feather by Blackbird Designs

Alma Allen & Jan Patek pattern

Moda Mystery

My daughter calls this one "Jousting chickens".
But, after prepping 3 1/2 blocks that took days and days I began to applique the oak leaf blocks.  I'm already falling out of love for this project.  I can see it's going to take me years to complete because the enthusiasm is dwindling with each stitch.  My leaves are crooked too.

Wrinkled frustration

I don't like the bulk of the 28 1/2 inch block.  It's way to big and the applique is a chore instead of a pleasure.

After extensive deliberation, I got out my Heat n Bond Lite and began tracing, snipping, pressing, and trimming.  It is going so much faster in the preparation stage alone. I'm having fun already

I am going to machine applique it like I have done with these tops

Fig Tree Danelions

Jan Patek

Center is machine appliqued
Compilation of Blackbird Designs

Santa heads are Debbie Mumm pattern

Black Mountain Quilt design

SO, I'm going to get off my "HIGH HORSE" and revive the  joy in sewing.  

That is the reason I quilt after all.


It appears I can be talked into anything

This could be considered a squirrel project but since it's my granddaughter's and not mine - I'm not counting it as such.  I was...