Hey there folks! I just wanted to let you know that my sewing and quilting studio is on the road (in the back of the truck belonging to a man in a festive marijuana outfit)
It is on it's way to a storage facility in Kansas.We can't wait to move it into our new house in Leavenworth! I think we are going to do some renovation on the house before we get our shipment.
My blogging will be spotty, but I will be back in business before you know it. So get to work on those quilt tops and be ready to send them to me for quilting!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Anyway...enough of my technology woes! Let us chat about all the treasure up on the table! Do you remember me rattling on about Marjorie Horton? She wrote my favorite Welsh Quilting Book (Welsh Quilting and Design Handbook) I did a book review not too long ago. Since then Marjorie Horton and I have become virtual pen-pals of a fashion. I adore her! I want to go up to Washington state and pet her quilts and play the human sponge so I can absorb all she has to teach. She is so sweet and patient and answers all my questions. Well she wanted to know if I was interested in one of the books that influenced her to begin her Welsh Quilting journey. Heck Yeah! She said she would send it to me and maybe a couple other things.
Aren't they just gorgeous?
These are the two books she sent me. They are chock full of quilt beauty. Some really amazing examples of Welsh and English quilts. I have been reading them before bed in the evenings and I am learning so much about a craft I thought I was pretty familiar with. Oh, and the quilt inspiration within is dangerous. My mind throbs with quilts I want to make, but they will have to wait until I am settled! You can find both books on Amazon. Quilt Treasures and The Complete Book of Quiltmaking. Both are worth investing in if you are interested in Welsh or British quilting.
I bet many of you are familiar with this quilt. It is from Gwen Marston's Liberated Quiltmaking. This quilt alone turned me into a liberated quiltmaker and a devoted follower of Gwen Marston.
the complete Book of Quiltmaking" and I recommend you add it to your library. it is wonderful, really.
2 amazing tea cozies
And 3 Mind blowing hand quilted little Welsh quilts. I wish you could touch these little quilts! I can't find where her knots are....they are so thin and the stitches are all perfect and so little. Well, I think they are little. Marjorie said she actually had to make her stitched LONGER and slightly CROOKED to achieve the look of traditional Welsh quilt.
Don't these quilts make you want to pick up a little quilt sandwich and do some hand quilting? I sure do.
She sent me an 1899 English penny to use for marking feathers and adding machine paper that she uses for spacing when figuring crosshatching and church windows. And fabulous little notes!
So, wasn't that the best box of quilting treasure ever? So much great stuff I can't wait to try out, learn from and hopefully pass that knowledge on to others! Thank you again Marjorie! I love it all and am so honored you felt I was worthy of all this.
Marjorie Horton has a blog! She will be posting all sorts of techniques and pictures on it as soon as her new laptop arrives. Go visit her and book mark it as well.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I signed it so Sharon won't forget who made this quilt. Normally I just sign in the binding, but I had plans to do more to this binding.
This is the back. Pretty simple, 200 thread count muslin by Moda. It is my all time favorite quilt backing.
Finally this is a little flag. It will be a wall hanging. I did not quilt this one with my long arm.
I used my Bernina 820. I love this machine when it is working well.
I hope all you fathers out there are having a great day!
Happy Fathers Day!