I finished “Many Moons”! Well, I still have the hanging sleeve and label to go, but I consider it finished. I like how the majority of the fabrics carry the “circle” theme. This one will go into my guild’s show this fall and I think I will hang it in my office at work, exchanging it for a different one that’s been hanging for years; the change will be nice. (Click on any pictures for enlargements and closeups.)
I started the third doll quilt for this year’s “trio of doll quilts.” My doll quilts have mostly been made with reproduction fabrics with the exception of 2 Amish style ones made from solids. For weeks I have been trying to decide what to do for this year’s third one. At Vermont this year I bought a fat quarter bundle of “Lilies of the Field” fabrics by Jan Patek – they looked like they would go with the chintz type fabrics I’ve been collecting for a chintz style quilt and I was right. Those fabrics have been “calling to me” but I haven’t been ready to start a big project with them yet. Yesterday I realized I could use those fabrics for the third doll quilt in the meantime! I’m keeping it simple with half square triangles, but I may do a simple applique border, something I have not done before with any of the doll quilts. Here’s what I have so far:
I just love these colors and prints! They are a little brighter and more modern looking than most reproductions but they still look traditional. Meanwhile, I have almost finished the hand quilting of the center of the first doll quilt – will maybe have another finish next time I post!
I also completed Block #8 for Sweet Journeys! Look at my berries, made with my new technique – better!
At the same time I picked up “Many Moons” from the long arm quilter, I picked up “Joyful Noise.” Remember this?:
I would have preferred to hand quilt it, but I have only so much time and decided I would rather spend my time hand quilting some other quilts instead. I had Sue do relatively simple geometric type designs, nothing fancy:
There was a bit of a problem where 12 seams all come together as Sue would not have been able to get her needle close enough to the center without it breaking because of the bulk. I am going to hand quilt in the ditch in those areas to make sure they stay flat so that is going to take me a little while but I still should be able to finish by the guild show in October.
Of course I could have eliminated the problem by appliqueing a circle or other shape over those spots and cutting away the bulk of all those seams coming together, but I made a design decision not to do that at several times during the making of the quilt, including a last chance to do so when I discussed the quilting design with Sue. I’m still OK with that decision even though I now have some extra hand quilting facing me.
Here are some picture of antique quilts from the Vermont show this year. I didn’t take as many pictures of this exhibit because I have the book “Plain and Fancy” on which the show was based, but hope you enjoy these:
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I love to read and periodically share info about and recommendations re books I’m reading. My focus this summer has been on 2 authors. The Durham Library (one of 3 excellent libraries I have access to) has a “long read” over the summer. A knowledgable facilitator chooses the book, sends e-mails with info and resources over the summer and leads an in person discussion of the book in a meeting in September. This year it is:
This is 800 pages and not an easy read! I’m reading 1-2 chapters most days and figure I will finish it in late August. I am 1/4th of the way through and it is starting to get interesting. I’ve read 5 other major works by Dickens and loved them all but am having a harder time with this one. I’m also reading a trilogy by Jane Smiley about an American family from Iowa. It starts in 1920, every chapter is a new year, and the trilogy covers an entire century. I am close to half way through the second book (1966!) and liking it a lot. The first book was “Some Luck” and here are the second and third:
I am a fan of Jane Smiley’s work; I think she writes really well and I very much enjoy her stories. I got hooked on her writing when I read The Greenlanders many years ago:
It takes place in the 1200’s and is one of the best books of historical fiction – a genre I like if the writing is excellent – I’ve read. I also thought “A Thousand Acres” which won her the Pulitzer Prize was excellent. I highly recommend her books!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi