Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for yellow cottage in the woods















My dear darling husband built this darling cottage in the woods for summer painting, reading, and get away from it all...  We call it the Fairy Cottage...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

W is for Women of the Bible




In 2016 I was part of a Bible Study. We learned about Women of the Bible and each made a quilt with blocks representing 40 women.  I pushed mine into an art quilt and didn't always follow the directions, but my friends kept me in the group and welcomed my creativity!

I won't bore you with 40 blocks, but will share a few of my favorites.  

For Delilah I used a lock of my daughter's hair and an old pair of scissors I had kept from childhood:



Rachel and Leah features my Barbie Doll wedding dress from 50 years ago. My mom made the dress and accessories.


The Eve block is made from a hand towel a friend gave me.  It came from Germany.



One of my favorites is the Joanna block.  I like to think that she had her dog at her side as she followed Jesus,  and just what is in that picnic basket?

My husband likes Esther's block.  I think he likes the colors, although he is colorblind and I am not really sure what he sees!

Women of the Bible is currently hanging on the wall in our dining room.  










Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V... Very Slow Stitch...



A "slow stitch" project is one that you take your time and enjoy the process.  In my case, this little quilt has become a VERY slow stitch quilt.  It got tucked away over a year ago and just came out of the box for today.  Maybe with butterfly season upon us, it will get worked on again.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U is for Umbrella



































A fun experiment layering very thin strips.  This quilt went to Ireland to the Irish International Quilt Festival in 2013!

Monday, April 24, 2017

T is for Tea Bag



When I first starting saving all of my tea bags, my husband just rolled his eyes and put up with it.  We now have a system of saving and drying that includes adding the tea to our compost bucket.  This little quilt also has some tissue papers, stamping and stenciling.  This was the perfect project for the girl who has trouble throwing anything away!




Saturday, April 22, 2017

S is for snowflake quilt



Each snowflake was cut from freezer paper and ironed to the fabric before applying dye:







Friday, April 21, 2017

R is for Rust



"Crane Lake" quilt used a combination of rusted fabric and stamped fish (paint).  The down side of rusting fabric is that it will continue to decay the fabric and at some point will begin to fall apart.  Not a big deal, I'm enjoying it for the present...




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q is for Quilt



I have a few old quilts that were made by my grandmother and great grandmother.  My grandma Helen helped me make my first quilt back in 1972.  It was a 4H project.  It is still in my collection and every now and then, I bring it out for a trunk show to show just how far I've come...

Some oldies in my quilt collection:







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

N is for Nature




This weekend I spent time hanging prayer flags, bird houses, and bird swings that I had made during the winter months.  It was so delightful to walk thru the woods after sunrise service at church and enjoy the beauty God has shared with us.  I wish I could post the wonderful smells, the songs of the birds, and the feel of the soft dirt under my feet.