Greetings dear readers! The hand work of my fellow Cocheco Quilters Guild member, Rainy Stevens, is extraordinary. I had a chance at this year’s show to ask her for some advice on how to quilt my “Sweet Journeys” and she invited me to her home to look through her extensive collection of stencils. At that visit I had a chance to see her amazing Baltimore Album quilt in progress – after years of work, she is finally doing the hand quilting. She’s happy to let me share some photos with you:
Her workmanship is exquisite! On the appliqué, she outlined every piece with a single layer of thread (regular, not embroidery) to make the pieces stand out more. Many single thread lines of vines look like they were inked on. Tiny French knots are made with several wrappings of single strands of thread. I’m in awe!! Take time to enjoy these photos and click on them to enlarge them further!
The above photos capture the true colors of the quilt better than the closeups below, which are too yellow, but show the details pretty well:
Rainy graciously allowed me to take photos of some of her other quilts that were displayed in her lovely home:
I brought home about 20 stencils and got started with one of them right away!
Thank you Rainy!
I completed my Library silent auction donation quilt, “Garden Joy” and delivered it yesterday. Hopefully it will raise a couple hundred dollars for them! I think the “curvy” quilting complements the sharp lines of the piecing.
The back – I wanted something calm to balance the wild front!😊
Autumn is moving away from its colorful phase and into “muted”. I was tempted to say “drab” but wanted to choose a more optimistic word!😊. The golds are still holding on for now!
This tree looks like it’s on fire!:
I was thrilled to learn at the Okan Arts blog this morning that there is a new, big quilt show in Japan happening in Yokohama. Looks like it’s a replacement for the defunct Tokyo International Quilt Festival. I do hope it’s a yearly event and I want to go!! I’ll be keeping my eyes open for potential tours next year that include it. Meanwhile the blog post includes many photos of extraordinary quilts from the show. If interested, go to okanarts.com to enjoy them. I highly recommend it!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi