Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm Thinking Spring

This morning I hung The Honey Flow where its bright colors sing out to me as I move from room to room or sit to enjoy a little rest.  This has been an easy winter for us, as winters go, very little snow and not too cold.  That being said, it's still to cold to sit outside without a coat!

But........ I see signs of spring.  The crocus have bloomed, tulips and daffodils are following close behind.  Last week was President's Day which signals that it is time to start feeding the honey bees sugar water to urge egg laying and building up the hive's population for the big spring bloom and "honey flow".

The sun is shining bright, The Honey Flow brightens up my home, and friends will be here to stitch.  It's going to be a good day.

If you would like to make your own spring garden, The Honey Flow pattern is available in my Etsy Shop, just click HERE.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Quilts In The Closet

Just take a quick look at Pinterest and you will see a lot of Pins about cleaning everything in the house and even making a journal about.  Sorry if I offend anyone, but is there a bigger waste of time than making a housecleaning journal?  Anyway, I got off track............ moving my sewing room forced me to do some sewing room cleaning (forget the rest of the house), and I found some quilts.

I'm calling this one Blackbird Pie and I made it at least 3 years ago but never had it quilted.  It's now quilted, bound, had its picture taken and can go back in the closet.

This is a Blackbird Designs pattern and I can't remember its name.  Again, made 3 or 4 years ago and just quilted and finished a few weeks ago.  Already in the closet.

As I look at these two quilts it's obvious that I love red, and I think they mark a time when my style was changing from dark primitive colors and designs to the brights that I love now. Or as I sometimes refer to it, leaving the dark side to see the light.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On The Road

Last week I joined my husband for a road trip to Mesa, Arizona to visit the Desert Wood Carving Show.  While he was busy with all things carving I visited Beads Galore and spent way too much money. 

We traveled on the "back road" through Kanab, UT and spent the first night of our trip at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation.  Not only did we have a very nice room, there is an amazing garden area and restaurant that boasts antique stained glass and a huge tin ceiling.  I was fortunate to watch a Navajo weaver working on a "Storm" pattern rug and was mesmerized at her skill. If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon area this is the place to stay.

Did I mention how nice the 80 degree weather was?  Did I mention having lunch in Sedona, sitting in the sunshine - without a coat?  Heaven comes to mind.

Speaking of road trips, I've been invited to teach at  Hens & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa next October.   Yes, that's a long time from now but some of you live in the mid west and you just might want to travel on over, up, or down to Heidi's shop for her anniversary celebration.  Keep it in mind, and I promise to remind you as we get closer to that time.  But for now, dream of warmer days and check out Hen's & Chicks Studio Here and don't forget to look at the amazing retreat center with 18 beds!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Will I Ever Be Enchanted?

Several months ago my Enchantment quilt was carefully put away while I moved my sewing room, prepared for Christmas, and started even more projects.  Feeling guilty, I pulled it out and hung it on my design wall just to be reminded how much I want to get back to it.

Here's proof that if you don't like the color of the wool you used it doesn't need to be unpicked.  I had appliqued 3 orange circles here that just didn't do anything for me.  To the rescue was the new Single Loop from Painter's Threads.  I love the variety of colors in each packet/skein of Painter's Thread - sometimes just one little drop!  All 3 of these circles were covered with the same packet, each with different results but blending together beautifully.  

Remember, there is a 1" orange wool circle under each one of these.  On the upper left circle I started stitching down the Single Loop in the center and worked outward.  On the other 2, I started on the outside of the circle and worked towards the center, which I think gave a better result.  I stitched the Single Loop down with a size 8 pearl cotton but wish I would have used the #4 metallic braid for just a bit of bling buried down deep at the end of each loop.  This trim has been so successful that the supply is very limited but I have a few colors on hand.  If you would like to add this to your thread stash give me a call at 801-706-4671.

I think my "While The Cat's Away" BOM will have to take a turn on the shelf as I become Enchanted once again.

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