Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas

And if you don't celebrate this holiday, warm wishes for good times with family and friends. Prettige Kerstdag - to my Dutch-speaking friends.

My Stone Soup Quilting group had a lovely luncheon for we volunteers. Is is such fun to be treated to a lovely meal and of course, charming company. One gal brought along a couple of 'show and tell's'

Sorry the red one is sideways. She used Native designs and then worked those as the centers of the blocks. The buttons, very typical of Indian blankets are both sewn and glued. The blue/green are batiks and even the cream is a batik she found in one store. I've never seen one like that. It's fun to see new things to keep your mind going. I'm not a designer, but do have a myriad of ideas bubbling away just waiting to get going.

Although several things are not yet finished, I couldn't wait to get started on a particular new project. My daughter is named Amalie - an unusual name. I understand it's origin is Scandinavian and I first saw it in a painting of some of Queen Victoria's Scandinavian cousins. So now fast forward to this past summer and while visiting Shipshewana, Indiana (an Amish community) I found this Darlene Zimmerman pattern: if you can't read it, it says Amalie's Log Cabin

Ms. Zimmerman takes real people and creates letters about their life and their quilts. Well, of course I had to make this quilt.

I have begun, per the instructions, making the red stars

These will finish at 4 1/2 inches square. The larger photo is to try to show you the fabric I found at Yoder's Amish Store in Shipshewana. I loved this fabric design and felt like it was just right for the pattern. I have lots of left-overs in creams but did buy a few fat quarters of the needed browns, although I have several of those as well.

So you know where you can find me whittling away at the stack of 1 1/2 inch squares to make my flying geese. I think I have finished 19 or 20 of the needed 36. Onward, but ain't it fun?

Happy Holidays.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It looks like retirement is agreeing with you.

You are probably busier than you were when you were working.

Quilting brings a lot of joy into my life too.

Cindy Carter
Quilt Patterns from Seattle