Look what came out to play while I flew to Dallas!
It was luckily an uneventful trip, and I happily stitched away while talking to a very interesting lady who lives in Greensboro not too far from me.
She was interested in what I was doing, I showed her how each hexagon is cut larger than the paper foundation under it, explained why the paper is there to hold pieces in an exact shape so they fit easily together like a puzzle.
I showed her the whole process of attaching one hexagon to another, to another, and she was amazed that this project has been going on for more than 2 years now.
Meanwhile, she told me all about her family and her working farm outside of Greensboro and showed me pictures of everything she grows. It was wonderful to hear about another's passion for what they do. While I am happiest with needle thread and fabric at hand, she is happiest when she is digging in the dirt and communing with nature. I loved our chat!
This section is ALMOST done. I will finish it before I am home, and will start on the next. There are 4 of these elongated triangle shapes needed to turn my hexagon shaped medallion in to a rectangle so I an call it done.
Yes, it takes a long time to make something of this magnitude, but it is worth every stitch, every found moment of otherwise wasted sitting time. I’m happy to have it out again!
Bonnie & Irene go Antiquing!
So fun to have Irene meet me at the airport and whisk me away from lunch out and a day of antique mall browsing before we headed over to Fabric Fanatics in Plano and got everything ready for the next 5 days of workshops.
Here you can see we are all excited about what we might find inside!
And find we did!
36 patch quilt!
Love the yellow sashings and green cornerstones!
In talking to the booth owner, both of these quilts are from the same maker and were found at an estate sale. Of course my heart goes right to the family wondering why they didn’t want/keep these lovely farm style quilts with all of their wonderful vintage dress and shirt prints of the period.
But maybe there just isn’t anyone. I’m understanding that more and more as I get older. There isn’t always a “next” generation to be the care takers of these objects, and this way they will be CHOSEN by those who really want them, rather than just passsed on as another item to those who don’t feel a connection in an “old object.”
I LOVE THIS!!
Look at that red!
Close up of great fabrics!
Yes, I could see myself making one of these!
I love the soft apple green fan bases – and those fabrics! Someone loved this quilt a lot as it was shredded in many places, some fan blades completed worn away. But oh, what a life this quilt had while it was so loved!
Now THIS is fun!!
Yes, I can see myself doing this one, can’t you?
16 patches and strip sets. Great fabrics!
Ha! I must be in Texas!
I was sorely tempted to buy these, but they weren’t the right size. I really do like the black and white so I looked around to see if I could spot a theme.
The weirdest thing in the antique mall that fit the theme:
Charles & Diana commemorative dolls?
No thank you! These are right up there with Chuckie and clowns, ventriloquist dolls and Elf on the Shelf, all which freak me out!
Hello little black beauty!
Do you fit the black/white theme?
Close enough! And you are 25% off!
Works for me!
My birthday is in 3 weeks. This will go home and be a companion to my tan one! It’s a Singer model 20, the same model that Carla used to sew her way to China and back. See her in hand cranking action HERE!
We really had a great day!
Today starts our 5 days worth of workshops. Today and Sunday ((day 1 and day 5)) are a mystery that I have designed just for this event. I won’t be sharing any of my photos of projects, but you will get plenty of photos of happy quilters sewing away and doing what they love best!
When I am done with this workshop series, the Plano mystery quilt is being shipped off to the folks at Quiltmaker Magazine, and it will appear in the May/June 2016 issue –out in April! So hang tight, and in just a few months you’ll have a chance to see it. My hope is that my students will have perhaps finished tops by then, if not full quilts and I am planning on doing a show and share on the blog to kick off the magaine issue when it is released. So stay tuned for that!
Today’s Wise Words!
My feeling is that photos of quilts on their own are nice, but if there are words there, maybe the quilt will mean more, maybe people will take time to read it and gain something from it -- it's more than "just a quilt" that way.
There is a story behind this quilt: Scrappy Snails Trail 1995, pre long arm. Straight line walking foot quilting, tons of scrappy neutrals and even recycled plaids. I forgot how much I loved my early quilts! I want to share my earlier quilts as well as new ones and antique ones, and I think the quotes are the best way to do it.
The question is, do I save them for the END of the post, or do you want them to be the first thing you see when you read my blog? Thoughts?
We are up to 80+ entries in Monday’s Mystery Link-Up! Have you checked them out? Go HERE and take a look!
Have a terrific Wednesday, everyone!