Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mise en place

Although mise en place is a cooking term to describe all the preparation of ingredients before starting the cooking process, I think it's an accurate and useful term in quilting too. So much prep before you actually start sewing.

I made this star earlier this week. People on Instagram had such great suggestions for a name for the block too. I think I'm calling it Old Red Barn Star. And now I need to make hundreds of them in every color combination possible!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

These mountains under a darky and moody sky

These green and blue mountains. These rain forest mountains. These dry, parched mountains. Sunny sky. Cloudy sky. Moody, temperamental sky. There is hardly a day that I don't round a curve and catch my breath at the view.

Hurricanes and presidential elections. It all feels like too much. I'd rather nestle down on a quilt under the vast open sky. Feel the cool breeze blow across my face. Watch the leaves turn from green to orange.

And just feel rooted. Right here.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall Festival and the pesky SAT

I waited in my car nervously. According to the numerous outcomes laid out in her spreadsheet, she should be busting out of those door any minute. 12:35. 12:45. I started biting my fingernails in anticipation. Show time was scheduled for 1:20 but apparently the SAT test administrators didn't get the memo. I flew down the road. She rolled around the back seat pulling on white jeans and lacing up her clogging shoes as I screamed around the curvy roads to the closest entrance to the Festival Barn stage. We arrived in the nick of time.

The Fall Festival marks the season just as clearly as the sun, moon and stars around here.

I'm so glad she got to dance in it the final time before she's off to college next fall.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Chasing after them

Teenagers. They are busy people. Seems they take on more and more. And require far less sleep than I do to function. I thought the toddler years were the ones where I was chasing after them. Certainly I was. However, this feels kind of the same. But different. More complex. More fleeting. More final.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Project update

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had five quilts in progress and I asked you to hold me accountable to get them finished up before starting anything new. Since that time I've finished three which I've even documented here. That means that I still have two in the works. Well, make that three because I started a Halloween quilt now too. 

Though, honestly, all I really want to do is work on this National Park Centennial cross stitch. You can find it here. I'm not a cross stitcher. Well, I guess I can't really say that because I'm making this. And I'm not so patiently waiting for the mailman to deliver a new Halloween cross stitch kit too.

What are you working on?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Finally, the first day of fall

Goodbye summer. Hello fall. Welcome back. You were sorely missed.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Two Liberty of London Quilts

These two quilts are for my mother. The tops are made entirely from hundreds of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics. I had been collecting the fabric for ages and was waiting for the perfect project to use them.

Two quilts for Mom was that perfect project. Tana lawn is a silky, smooth fabric. Thin, slippery and drapey. The prints are mostly tiny florals with a few surprises now and again. The backs of each quilt are a voile base cloth that is nearly indistinguishable from a tana lawn in it's smooth feel and drapiness. The quilts feel light and airy. And very, very luxurious.

The fabric makes these quilts special for sure. Which is appropriate because they are for a very special lady. My mom is exceptional. She is kind and smart. Funny and forgiving. Strong and determined. Devoted and loving. She showed me how to be a mother. How to love deeply. And how to be fiercely loyal. 

Two quilts. One for her bed. And one for napping on top of her bed. So that she is surrounded by the luxurious, silky quilts. And hopefully feels my love for her like a hug.