Sunday, January 25, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Our winter travels have taken us away from the beach and to the middle of Texas ranch country. We are in the middle of long horn cattle country surrounded by sprawling live oaks that stay green all year.

Out one window of our camper is a tree loaded with mistletoe.

Out another window we frequently see deer.

We have had two to three weeks of cold weather, and while we are thankfully not shoveling snow we have been inside for several days because of wet drizzly weather. I have been doing a lot of stitching. Patchwork of the Crosses has been a great small space project. I happened to have packed a small piece of batting and it is a nice work surface to hold the individual pieces in place while I am stitching. I do not get fussy cutting elements in every block, sometimes working on getting different colors and pattern variations in the mix of blocks. I have 22 blocks finished here are my most recent ones:

When the weather clears we try to get out for walks. There is a nearby lake and the other day we went there to go out on some of the hiking trails. We were given the following flyer at the park gate and my husband and I had a little nervous chuckle over it.

We cautiously proceeded with our walk and this is the only wild life we spotted that day.

That is not an alligator with it's mouth stretched open, just an Ibis wading in the shallows and it's reflection in the water.

Happy Stitching all!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Needle

Happy New Year!

As I was stitching on the last few berries of my rose fan blocks yesterday I realized my applique needle was so bent. I think I used the same needle for all four blocks and probably some buttons and other small mending items in between. Why? Needles are probably one of the least expensive notion we quilters buy. As I was drifting asleep last night after seeing the old year out it came to me: New Year, New Needles. My resolution for this year is already done. I am going to start the year right off with changing out all of my needles, in my EPP and applique projects and on the sewing machine.


The four rose fan blocks are finished and I love them. All of the berries are stuffed, a technique we learned in the Sue Garman class where these blocks were started. The berries on the vase picture show the stuffing a little better and the rest will poof out more when it is quilted.

I played around a little bit with lay out, vases in corners or in the center, but I really like the secondary berry design with the vases in the center. There will be a red sashing between the blocks and a red border and these blocks will become a Christmas tablecloth on my dining room table.

Ok, one last picture with a little distance, I can't help myself, I love the way these blocks turned out.

Happy New a Year!