I’m often asked where I get my ideas, especially the colors. Like so many creative people, I consider myself especially blessed in many ways. I was encouraged to be observant and taught to pay special attention to the miracles in the world around us. I’m constantly blown away by nature’s pallet and the give thanks each time I have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me. Having upper respiratory issues, I can’t spend as much time outdoors as I’d like at times, but Glenn built our beautiful home with windows big enough to bring the outdoors inside.
This spring the magnolias were just starting to tease us with their luscious blooms when a late hard frost zapped them. I did get some photos before they were hit but now that the days are warming up we have the second wave of color with dogwood, crabapple, pears and cherries. There is a distinct advantage to living on a wildlife sanctuary and arboretum (especially since this is Glenn’s creation and I don’t have to do much of the upkeep – ha).
I’ve gone a little nuts on the spring fever quilts. I’m into tiny piecing of scraps and yes, I have been trying to “organize, clean up and clear out”. Even cutting the scraps into manageable pieces, I still can’t bring myself to throw a lot of it out. This weekend I’m clearing out a bunch without looking through it and it will go to the local Senior Center next week. If I look first, more than half will end up on the shelf again!
I’m so pleased with my brother Jimmie’s quilt “Morning Song”. It’s a tribute to our mother at the same time as being a special gift to show him some special love. He’s been having health issues even worse than mine and we live too far apart for me to do much in the way of help. I think most quilters start making quilts for the sheer joy of being able to give warmth, love and encouragement through our heartfelt creations. I used pieces from 2 panels for the birds and it fell into place as if Mama was whispering in my ear. I love how the black looks like window panes. I think you could safely say, he loved it!
My “Happy Scrappy Stars” was another personal challenge after seeing these pieced stars on several blogs and Pinterest. With the bright fabric scraps from all of the youth quilts I’ve made these past 10+ years, I didn’t have to buy anything! Yes, the temptation was there and I can always find an excuse but it was nice to utilize what was at hand 🙂
I find by piecing some of these small bits as a filler instead of cutting threads between sections, I end up with lots of little partial blocks that can then be added onto in the same manner. I keep a box handy with small strips just for this.
This winter I also pieced a top for one of the male groups, whoever needs it will get it, Veterans Groups, Homeless, etc. It should quilt up beautifully and I’ll put the navy on the back. I call it Flight Check. The eagles are wonderful! I have quite a bit of that fabric so you can bet it will go into more for the guys.
Had to make a birthday gift for friend Pam so here is “Zoe” (yes, I name my Hen Cushions LOL) and naturally she had to have a zippy bag to match. Isn’t she just too cute! Love that sassy tail and that wild ‘do’.
I just finished pinning “Mt. Hood – Maybe” from Pat Speth’s pattern. Love the scrappy piecing and the colors really glow and remind me more of beach houses instead of mountains. The back had to be pieced and what are you going to do with those odd blocks that wouldn’t fit into the front … (you probably remember the small one I did with the lighter colored purples last winter). Makes me happy 🙂
So now you’re caught up. I just have to knuckle down and QUILT and stop having so much fun making more tops! I have lots more in progress but I absolutely have to ignore them for a while 🙂
Take care and God bless you and yours. And for those quilters and quilt wannabees, Happy Creating!