Monday, May 27, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 27, 2019

Today is Memorial Day in America, and I am showing a redwork center of a crib quilt that I made a few years ago:

We are going to a Memorial Day parade this morning, and visit with hubby's two sisters.  

I have not been quilting this week, as it's been a busy week.  From the messages on the internet, I think it was a busy week for everyone.  I hope you had some time to sew.  I picked up my knitting needles, and knitted a dish cloth of cotton yarn, while I was waiting at the hospital with my sister (for a routine checkup on her fistula in her arm which is needed for dialysis).  Here is the dishcloth.  I used a free pattern from the internet.

Knitting is very soothing for me when I am waiting in a hospital.  Nancy's fistula checkup was scheduled for 9:00 AM, but didn't happen until 12:30.  Hospitals are places where waiting is the name of the game, right?  After the wait, her checkup went fine, and she is back at home safe and sound.

What have you been working on this week?

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 20, 2019

I am feeling much better this week, thanks for all your well wishes.  That cold really knocked me out, so I haven't made much progress in quilting.  However, I did make some progress on the tiny pink hsts doll quilt.  Here is my progress so far (two columns of broken dishes sewed together with sashing and one almost ready to attach to them):  

I envision having five columns of broken dishes, (alternating the plaid, small check, plaid, small check, plaid) and with the stripes of sashing between each column and on each side - there will be a total of six of the fussy-cut pink sashings.  So I am about half finished.

Spring rain has really brought things to life here in Michigan.  Outside my sewing room window there are lots of beautiful ferns to look at.  Every year, I watch how fast they grow in the spring.  Here is a picture taken yesterday:

They are commonly called "Interrupted Fern" and you can see how the inner fern fronds grow naturally at the start of a stalk, then change to tighter, smaller ones, then change back to the natural looking ones.  The "interrupted" part will later be the spore bearing fertile leaflets.  Here is a picture from the internet that shows what the ferns will look like later this summer, with the fertile brown spore covered parts:

These ferns, Osmunda claytoniana, form a lovely tall vase shape and grow to about four feet tall.  The internet tells me that paleontological evidence indicates this fern has remained unchanged, even at the level of fossilized nuclei and chromosomes, for at least 180 million years.  They have been native to Michigan long before I was born......and will be here long after I'm gone.  The best part is they require no care from me and look so calm and peaceful outside the quilting room window.  I am blessed by them.

What are you working on this week?  We have had beautiful pictures posted last week, that kept me entertained as I lay in bed with my Kleenex box and cough drops.  Thank you all for keeping me entertained!  Looking forward to seeing what you are going to post today.  Please refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post, and thanks for joining in!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 13, 2019

Hello bloggers!  I have been sick as a dog for three days now, and have nothing to show you this morning.  It's a cold, with aches and chills.  My hubby has been taking good care of me, and I should be bouncing back soon.  So I really am looking forward to seeing your design walls, since mine is empty.  It will brighten my day when you link up.

I have been cutting sashing strips earlier this week for my version of this vintage quilt:

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 6, 2019

Triangles, triangles, triangles.....and they are yet too small for the design wall.

Since I make small quilts and doll quilts, people sometimes give me their leftover fabric bits, and I am working on some of them this week.  My friend Gretchen Weaver, (Blog) , gave some to me last fall at a retreat.  Gretchen is a fantastic quilter, and has just finished hand quilting a wonderful quilt - called "Pastor's Attic".  I marvel at her skills!  

But back to the triangles:  The white triangles with the little sprigs of spring flowers on them that Gretchen handed to me have been matched to some of my stash pink fabrics, and now I am beginning to play with arrangements.  The fun begins!

I have a great striped fabric that I'd like to use as sashing, but we will see where the triangles lead me.  

What is on your design wall this week?  

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