My First Weekly Blog Post

Earlier this past week I wrote to say that I will only be posting once a week.  There is so much going on that I find it easier to consolidate the week’s events into one post.  This is my first.

The biggest news is my pattern Dashing Through the Snow is in the Winter 2016 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  Those of you who know me know that red is my favorite color.   This quilt is one of my favorites and I hope that everyone else enjoys it as much as I do.

The week’s mail call brought a lot of wonderful new threads to my disposal.  Sue Spargo’s website had an incredible sale on Genziana wool thread; 40% off.  I couldn’t resist this sale and my order arrived in a nice box.  Oh what fun I will have with these.  A few days later another two packages arrived.  One was from Rainbow Gallery Threads with new embellishing threads.  These are so great to use in the embroidery I add to my wool applique.  They just add a sparkle and dimension I can’t achieve with perle cotton.  The last package was a bag of cream/taupe wool scraps from Jackie’s Woolens.  For those of you who have never used Jackie’s wools, you are missing out.  They are so soft and lush.  I just love them.  Thanks Jackie!

I really like staying busy with handwork so I joined Jeni Gaston’s Facebook group and have actually kept up with the blocks.  These are so cute.  Can’t wait to see the next block.jenis-5-blocks

A couple of weeks ago I stopped at Barnes and Noble in the Princeton area and purchased the latest copy of Quilt Mania.  This is issue #115.  Warning:  there are so many amazing quilts in this issue that I would love to make.  The one that caught my attention and kept it is the tiny basket pattern called Baskets Forever by Mieke Duych.  These tiny baskets fit perfectly on a charm square.  I am doing mine in reds, blues and taupes.  There are 257blocks that finish at 4-1/2”.  This will take some time to complete but I love needle turn applique and these are so portable.  Will keep you posted on my progress.tiny-baskets

I have gotten back into teaching and have a class scheduled on October 29th at Quilting Possibilities in Forked River, NJ.  This is a beginner’s wool applique.  We will be working on the center design of a pillow.  The pattern is called Dresden Blooms.  If anyone is interested in taking this class contact the shop direct.  There is limited seating available.  pillow-for-class

During one of our trips up into the Trenton/Princeton/Pennington areas I found this cute cigar box.  I loved the unusual shape of the wooden box.  Still working on how to add wool to it.  cigar-box

I have been working on a series of tiny floral blocks reflecting some of my favorite flowers.  These are done on a cream wool background and I have been adding embroidery in various threads and textures and some beads.  There are 30 blocks and I have 7 more to do.  Almost there.   The cat tail photo is from my design Bountiful.  It uses Rainbow Gallery thread, Fuzzy Stuff on the outside edge of the cat tail head.

cat-tails-from-bountiful

I also love to cook.  While out grocery shopping I saw some smaller sized turkey breasts.  I bought one and roasted it.  I have to say it was delicious and the best part is that I can now use the breast bone to make fresh stock.  There is nothing better to use in my cream of cauliflower or broccoli soup than fresh turkey stock.

There was a full moon last night and when I got up this morning (extremely early 5am) it was setting.  I went outside to take a photo.  The setting moon  had a double ring.  The light it cast on the layer of fog on the open field was both  pretty but so eerie.moon-setting

The past week has been packed with activity.  Hopefully this week will allow me to have more time to work on new projects and designs.  Until next Sunday, wishing you all a week full of happiness and stitching.

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