Window on the world

I ventured out to the quilt room above the garage today for a little sewing.  Thought I would share my Window on the World view:

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You can really see the trees and snow with the blinds up. Great light coming in today, even with the snow.

I put those garden flags in the windo last year before I had the blinds.  Working up here at night was a bit like a fish bowl.  Now that the blinds are installed, I have raised the flags to the top half of the window and my view is less “obstructed”.

I’ve been busy with other things the last few days!  I received a wonderful gift in the mail from my blog friend Avis! Her blog is called Sewing beside the Sea ( http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/57115310/)  She has been busy making these wonderful patterns from left over bits of crochet thread.  When I  commented on them, I said they remind me of the “spool doilies” for Vintage sewing machines. You know; instead of the red felt circle, a sweet handmade crochet circle.  Well; don’t you know, she was inspired, and she gifted me 6 of them. wpid-20140303_123653.jpgwpid-20140303_130406.jpg

Doesn’t the old girl look nice?   Its fun to see her looking so pretty (Really must name these machines!). Avis sent me a lovely note; and told me to feel free to share them!!  Since I only have 3 vintage machines; I have 3 left to share!  I would love to share them with you, if you comment back and tell me what kind of vintage machine you would adorn with these beauties.  These come all the way from Avis in Whitburn Swudeyland England!  So; do let me know if you would be interested in receiving one or more of her lovely creations.

I mentioned I have been busy; well, I haven’t sewn a stitch since last Wednesday night, when I posted about my Summer in the Park project.  I went to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Roads VA on Friday (via bus trip with the guild). Had a blast with over 30 other guild members.   Whose quilt did I see ?  Maria Shell’s “Under the Big Top”….I knew whose it was as soon as I saw it hanging there.  Fun to see a quilt you know by a fellow blogger!! I will share some of the photo’s.  I did a couple of close ups on the one-block wonder, and if you look at it alone, not in the gallery, you will see the amazing stitching.  The thread painters are amazing!!

Under the Big top 29 x 35 - Maria Shell.  Love her work and recognized it immediately! :)

Under the Big top 29 x 35 – Maria Shell. Love her work and recognized it immediately! 🙂

B.J. Hibiscus Prelude 74x74 by Sylvia Snyder, Hurlock MD.

B.J. Hibiscus Prelude 74×74 by Sylvia Snyder, Hurlock MD.

Twisted Ribbon 67x60 by Joanne Howe Delavan Wisconsin.  I think the name comes from the twisted ribbon on the borders. Love the use of the cubes in the One block wonder quilt.

Twisted Ribbon 67×60 by Joanne Howe Delavan Wisconsin. I think the name comes from the twisted ribbon on the borders. Love the use of the cubes in the One block wonder quilt.

Love the heavy thread work on this block on Joanne Howes Twisted Ribbon Quilt.

Love the heavy thread work on this block on Joanne Howes Twisted Ribbon Quilt.

check out the thread work in Joanne Howe's blocks.  I love the way she added the texture to this hexagon.

check out the thread work in Joanne Howe’s blocks. I love the way she added the texture to this hexagon.

The cubes on Twisted ribbon were well done.  Do you see the ribbon coming from the cube?

The cubes on Twisted ribbon were well done. Do you see the ribbon coming from the cube?

Jingle Bells - 66 x 74; by Kathy McNeil, Tulalip WA.  The threadwork in this quilt is stunning up close; and the quilt feels alive when you stand back 15 feet.

Jingle Bells – 66 x 74; by Kathy McNeil, Tulalip WA. The threadwork in this quilt is stunning up close; and the quilt feels alive when you stand back 15 feet.

I spent a lot of time looking at this quilt, made of servicemen/women uniform fabric, and photo's of the family members who were in the Armed Forces. Wonderful tribute quilt.  labeled Proud 2 Serve: My Family's Military Legacy -  77x 78; Bobbie Moore Newport News VA

I spent a lot of time looking at this quilt, made of servicemen/women uniform fabric, and photo’s of the family members who were in the Armed Forces. Wonderful tribute quilt.
labeled Proud 2 Serve: My Family’s Military Legacy – 77x 78; Bobbie Moore Newport News VA

Hope you enjoy those photos.   I was in contact with Maria after the show via email, and she asked me if I would post “close up photo’s” of my Summer in the Park blocks.  I made 5 distinct blocks; some of them are combinations of fabrics that are in other blocks.  Because of that, laying them out was a bit tricky, but I am pleased with the overall result.  I have to join the 6 blocks left on the wall into a row and add to my quilt, then I will be on to the process of borders.  The gallery shows 5 blocks, and each row had 1 repeat, since I needed 6 in the row, and my brain could not wrap around making up a 6th block.  The fabrics are a bit “dizzy” to look at, but I love them, with the peak of yellow/gold in all of them.  I have decided I have the WRONG yellow fabric for my inner border, but will dig through my boxes of stash to see what I can come up with before going out to buy MORE fabric. (Note….I went to JoAnn’s on Saturday, and did not buy ANY fabric…just some rotary blades…and at the quilt show, I only brought home 5 fat quarters…)

I am ready to get to work on my T-Shirt Memorial Quilt, now that all my products have arrived. Still waiting on the sashing fabric….grrr…ordering on line is a PAIN  sometimes.   While at the quilt show I did pick up more stabilizer, so I won’t come up short!

Time to sew! Spent an hour in the quilt room blogging…so…stay warm where ever you are, and please….let me know if one of those sweet doilies is meant for you.

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14 thoughts on “Window on the world

  1. These are beautiful quilts – and what a lovely gesture for Avis to send you those things! I wish I had a vintage machine – I gave the closest thing to vintage away a few months ago, to the wife of a coworker who wanted to learn to sew. I hope whoever wins these will really love them!

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    • Judy, it was stunning. I was also stunned to see it did not win an award. Quilt “judges” are an interesting bunch. Was it too much like the “Budweiser” horses? I loved it.
      I was really attracted to the quilt with all the family member faces who had served in the armed forces. Thanks for always stopping by to read and comment.

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    • I’ve seen the cubes in my OBW book, and decided I was not confident enough to do it on my 1st one. I’m working on a 2nd OBW, and may throw a few in…placing them is really tricky. Thread painting is the “latest” thing at the shows. We saw a finished quilt hanging that had been part of a trunk show as a WIP a few months ago. 🙂

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  2. I wanted to let you won that you won a copy of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker for my February giveaway! Check out my post Quilters’ Book Club March Selection and Winners! at starwoodquilter.blogspot.com

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