I love getting a call from Mary, my quilter. She does such beautiful work and it's always so much fun to see what fabulous stitching she has done. I knew the May Flowers quilt would be spectacular, and it is!
I find it so fitting that the quilt is completed just when the flowers in the garden are beginning to make their debut. I love Foxglove. To me, it's fairytale, secret garden and romance all rolled into one.
Recently I was asked if I do my own quilting. I usually don't quilt anything myself that is larger than a baby quilt. Because of the volume of custom orders I do this time of year, it would be impossible to have the quilts out in a timely manner.
For me, piecing and quilting come from different parts of my brain. I can follow a pattern and after all these years of quilting am finally feeling like I can be confident in my color choices and don't have to use a kit. That took me quite a while.
The quilting, however, is an art form that I'm not skilled in. Mary can look at a quilt and see things that I don't see. She looks at the design and knows how to enhance it. When I take her a quilt she will ask me what I was thinking about for the quilting. Ninety-Nine percent of the time it's her call. I trust her completely as an artist.
I have a growing interest in handquilting due to Mary at Molly Flanders. I can't imagine adding that to my list of things to learn right now, but her techniques are wonderul as are her quilts. I love how God gives all of us different gifts and each of them produce something beautiful. Blessings!
Our season of fun is beginning at Friendship Farms. We have six weddings scheduled for this summer with the first one the beginning of June.
Recently I decorated the barn for a fundraiser and a retirement party. It was fun to use the bunting I made as well as the ruffles I put together using inexpensive plastic tablecloths. When I find the tutorial on how I did these, I will let you know, it escapes me right now.
I took these pictures last week before the fund raiser. I don't know if you can tell, but a big storm was rolling in. It was very calm and peaceful though we knew what was coming. Everything went great, but it did rain "cats and dogs" that night.
Aren't these vintage pieces fun? Nancy has many fun things to use at events. I just love pink and had to share these with you. It looks like rain here today, so I'm off to quilt!
I was very excited yesterday to make my annual trip to Countryview greenhouse with my friend, Diane. Walking into a greenhouse is like walking into paradise for me.
I was struck my the similarities between the flower colors I chose and the quilt that I just completed. This is a custom order graduation quilt and the Mom and I shopped together for the fabric.
The Mom is an artist specializing in painting and she has a wonderful eye for color. I enjoyed shopping for fabric with an artist who comes with a different yet similar perspective on color. This quilt is from Camille Roskelley's new book, "Simplify". It was fun to make!
I would like to take a moment to answer a couple of questions from some past posts. Yesterday's bag was made from fabric called, "Betty Dear" by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufmann fabrics. It is a reproduction and I actually saw the original fabric at a barn sale earlier in the month. The original was more blue and less aqua. Both are wonderful. The white flower in my last "Friday Pretties" post is Trillium. A friend of mine brought it to me from Ohio when I moved here almost eight years ago. It's a reminder of my years living there. This is the first year in all these years that the plant has produced another plant several feet away from it. I was so excited! I apologize for not answering questions more often and I will make a point to do so in the future. Blessings!
This month makes the fifth Sewing Christmas Monday, we are almost to the halfway mark! I have to share with you a wonderful bag and accessory pattern that I found on my last trip to the quilt shop. I have to say that they are the easiest patterns I have used and come out looking great! I have already made three bags in the past couple of weeks. I have always been apprehensive about sewing zippers and this pattern made it a no-brainer. If you would like to share an idea for Christmas, please use the link below. Remember, it can be any idea, not just a sewing one. Blessings!