Evening in the Garden Quilts

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Simon in the Garden

I’ve had requests to see the whole quilt, so here is Simon in the Garden.  Now you know why I usually use a cropped image-it is wonky!  Every couple of years I block him back into shape, he’s square and flat for about a month, then sags back where he wants to be.  But, hey, I made this in 1993, and I am happy that my work has improved some.  This was a finalist in Quilter’s Newsletter’s contest, “Evening In The Garden”.  You know, back when we mailed in slides to have our work juried in…   The cat is taffeta, there is broderie perse, and quilted 3-D flowers, slightly radical stuff back then.  And all hand quilted- I don’t do that anymore!

I love having Simon’s image around me daily, as he was a truly wonderful cat.

To see more (better) applique, go to Angie’s Applique Thursday page on A Quilting Reader’s Garden (she was so kind to invite me).


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Sunday Stash Report

Did I mention that I had a lot of Christmas fabric in stash? To see if I was remembering correctly, I pulled it all out yesterday. Yeah, it’s quite a bit. And when I looked at the fabrics I had pulled last November for the Oh, My Stars quilt along by Sheila at Thought and Found, I had a renewed urge to sew them. I joined last year with good intentions. We all told her it was a busy time of year, and that we might get a little behind, but slowly the blocks and then the quilts appeared on Flickr, and I had not even cut into my fabric. It seems a little early for Christmas sewing, but I think it’s now or never. Nonnie just found this quilt and wants to make one, but I don’t think that influenced me. This has been on my conscience all year. This quilt has many, intricate variations to choose from, especially challenging on the little 4″ stars. I know I won’t have the patience for those. I’ve cut some of the large (12″) stars in the simplest design and will see where I go next.

This week: 0 yards in, 6 yards used (baseball baby quilt)
YTD: +99 yards, -171 yards
Net stash used in 2012: 72 yards.

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Here I am!

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Hello to all you quilty people in the Blogosphere!  I’ve taken the plunge, and it does feel like a major plunge, because I’m not a public person.  I’ve done a lot of new things in the almost two years since I retired, most of them successful, all enlightening, so here I am.  How long or how frequently I end up blogging, we shall see.

The books say that I should have a purpose in mind for a blog (or for any major new project, like this quilting thing), and I have a few vague ones.  First and  foremost, I want to be a bigger part of this quilting community.  I want to link to themed days on other blogs, and to have a site for others to link back to.  I want to share my work in greater detail than twitter or facebook allow.  Eventually, I want host and support my own ideas.  I’m sure I’ll have some after I get going on this.  I want to post charities and contributions I am supporting, and share products and posts I’ve discovered.  I subscribe to lots of blogs, and like them with lots of pictures, so that will be me.  Oh, and I want fabric companies to notice me and mail me luscious new fabric for sewing…  Well, I do.

My header features Simon Kitten (Ohio and Kentucky people should get that) in “Simon in the Garden”, a finalist in Quilter’s Newsletter’s “Evening in the Garden” contest, 1993.  I’d been quilting since about 1976, but that was the first contest I entered, and the last for a long while, because in the winter my son was born.  I only have the one child, but he lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, so our lives have been challenging and busy for many years.  Now he’s off to college, the house is amazingly quiet, and I have no more excuses!

Simon is no longer with us, but I have three other cats (Anni, Krissi, and Yuri) who “helper” me with all aspects of quilting.  They will certainly appear in this space, along with gardening, and current books.  I am fortunate to live in western Ohio where I am surrounded by fresh, local food, so there might be recipes.  But mostly quilts!

Please chime in, let me know that you’re seeing me, what I’m doing wrong, and what I can do better.

Back on Sunday with an actual, properly linked Stash Report!