We all know that winter is a great time to quilt. Staying indoors by a cozy fire, out of the weather is definitely the choice option. Of course, staying indoors in summer out of the blazing heat is also a perfect time to quilt - in fact, when isn't there a perfect time to quilt? .... but one of the things I love about winter quilting so winter foods and one of my favorite is soup - nothing better on a cold winter day, smelling the soup simmering away as I quilt. My all-time favorite is Pumpkin soup!
Throughout its thousand-year history, stained glass has been known as colored glass outlined in black - usually leading - and found in windows of churches or other religious building. Stained Glass is still popular today and often referred to as art glass.
July has been a very creative month for me. I've been working on a number of different designs. Earlier this month it was a Bargello and this week something completely different. One I have named as "April Showers". Here's a sneak preview showing off some of the colors and stitching I've been doing.
With school break upon us, it is only natural that I spend more time with my granddaughters. Both my girls love to draw like many children their age. Being only 2 years old, Isabella generally likes me to draw for her and one of her favorite things for me to draw is flowers. We draw big ones, little ones, some to the right, some to the left, and various colored ones.
What's under my needle this week? Well, I've been working on my Bargello so not much to show you so I thought I'd share Sue's beautiful flower block instead. If you remember back in April I asked for flower requests to make a new flower block. There were many suggested and King Protea was selected. Sue received a free copy of the pattern and this week she sent me a photo of her finished block.
This week I have been working on a new Bargello design and although I cannot show you the full design, I can certainly give you a sneak preview. Like many of my other Bargellos this design is very unique.
This week I stepped away from quilting but of course, not from my sewing machine. My daughter is due to have her second baby and asked me to make some dribble bibs and gauzes so that's what I did - both very quick and easy. All I needed to do was run the overlocker around the gauzes - I made about a dozen or so, ranging in different sizes. The dribble bibs took a little longer.
Today I thought I would demonstrate how easy it is to quilt a design without marking your quilt top. I never trust those markers and even if I did, it can be quite difficult drawing on the fabric anyway. Drawing on tissue paper is much easier.
This week my penguin quilt was under the needle again.... this time to quilt it - one of my favorite parts of quiltmaking.
Inspiration for another baby quilt was gained a few months ago after visiting Oamaru's Penguin Encounter. It was quite chilly standing on the grassy bank at dusk waiting for penguins to return to their nesting beds for the night. The previous evening a good number had been spotted so we were hoping to get a glimpse, but alas, we saw only one.