Friday, October 31, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution - part 3 - stripes

I'm really enjoying this quilt-along organized by Lori at Humble Quilts.  It's "homework" but the really fun kind.

Can't wait to see how the other quilters' flags have turned out this month, especially with three of the blocks calling for buttons.  I don't really want buttons on my quilt, so I got creative (lazy?).

Here are mine:

Guilford Courthouse Flag.  For the "buckles" the block called for, I blanket stitched felted wool ovals:

Sons of Liberty, aka "Rebellious Stripes".  You can see that I ran out of the tiny red stars on white, and patched in something else.  PRIMITIVE.


U.S. Navy Jack.  The fleet signal issued for the first ships of the Continental Navy:


Bennington Flag.   This one called for thirteen star buttons arranged in an arc over the 76.  I tried embroidering small stars.... finally opted for one big star - I figure it's ok to improvise - it's true to the spirit of the flag and this quilt.


First Stars and Stripes.  Sort of.  Perhaps I will find a way to attach a circle of 13 tiny white stars, perhaps felted wool while I am quilting it.

These blocks are all taken from Jan Patek's book Flags of the American Revolution.   Thanks Lori - can't wait to see what our next assignment will be!

Monday, October 27, 2014

row by row - first row

I've joined the row by row group at Chelmsford Quilt Guild. 

This month we were to make our own first row, with a "summer" theme (think Fourth of July).

Subsequent rows will be made (but not attached) by quilters along the line - rows depicting the seasons plus several "sky" rows.  Then the whole thing returns to me, and I sew it together however I want.  Sounds like a plan.

My row-by-row will be traveling in this cute bag made by my sashiko teacher Kazuko Yoshiura (from when I took lessons in Japan):

Goodbye little project, see you again in May!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

seeing yellows and reds

We are in full autumn leaves mode here - I just love this time of year.

Our front yard is at its best during these weeks.

Raking can wait...

In the past two weeks I've started a part time job, and hosted a gathering with family from Ireland, Ohio, Washington State, North Carolina, and New York!  Three generations, sharing memories of Grandma Mary Lou... and lots of great food!

Here's how the teenager of the house sleeps when the house is filled to the brim with company:

I have to admit after such a busy time, I am relishing a quiet Saturday.  Today I took myself to a quilt show organized by the Women's Alliance of our local Unitarian Church:

The quilts were draped over the pews - white gloves for those of us who wanted to touch and turn the quilts.

I put in my Kimono Friendship Quilt from our time in Japan:

The show coincides with our town's 300th year anniversary. 


I love the really big red center squares on this log cabin: 

And check out this stunner, in my mind the "best in show": 

And of course I was drawn to these beautiful quilts by Miho Takeuchi (Studio Aika):

I was so happy to meet Miho and talk "sashiko" for a few minutes!  I had found her website a couple of years ago while I was learning sashiko in Japan.  What a small quilting world.

It was fun to weave in and out of the pews and see quilts of all kinds.

I didn't have a title for this post but after skimming back through it, I see yellow leaves, and then lots of RED in many of the quilts I was drawn to today!

Hope all my quilting friends out in blogland are having a good good weekend!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution - part 2 - Tree flags

For September we made the four tree-themed blocks for the Flags of the American Revolution quilt-along at Humble Quilts:

The Continental Navy sailed under this "Appeal to Heaven" flag:

A flag depicting the Battle of Bunker Hill:

The Pine Tree Flag - a symbol of strength and used as a symbol of Massachusetts long before the Revolution:

And another form of the Pine Tree Flag,

All of the blocks are from Flags of the American Revolution by Jan Patek.  Working these was challenging and I kept reminding myself that extra-primitive is OK in my book!

Meanwhile... fall is arriving!  My favorite season by far.

The first time I ever saw my house, I thought wow, someone had the guts to paint the door ORANGE and I love it!  It is high time to repaint the door... and I'm thinking of keeping the orange...

With the cold weather coming, someone has to stack this wood..... not me:).