Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'm Back....in my Sewing Studio!

Well, it's been two months (and too many months) since my last post, but I'm finally getting my mojo back.  Just thought I would share a few things that I've been working on.  I bought some beautiful blue, silver, and gray Christmas fabrics late last winter, and finally found a lovely medallion setting by Kaye England that I thought would work well.  Maybe some of you would disagree, but I find the medallion setting with the low tolerances for piecing error, to be one of the hardest to work on.  I'm very happy with how this turned out.

"In the Deep Mid-Winter"

I finished another top about a month ago:  this was from a Konda Luckau pattern that was published about a year ago.  Konda blogs over at "Moose on the Porch".   She used Kate Spain fabrics, and I did, too, except my fabrics were a newer set that I purchased at Virginia Consortium of Quilter's "Celebration" last March.  I was able to mix them with some '90s bright greens and reds that I had.  It was fun to match up some pretty old fabrics with these "new" tints.   I love the softness of these colors for a Christmas quilt for a change.  It doesn't quite scream "Christmas" to me like some other prints.

I've got the borders on this; just need to piece a back now.  Somewhere there's a picture.....hmmm.....

And guess what.....some "Little Monkeys" are back.......

Yep, I've got twenty-five of these bad boys done; little 5-inch Monkey Wrench blocks. These are done in 1930s reproduction fabrics and scraps from a huge bag of dress scraps from that era that I inherited.  I think I'll try for a 42-block layout this time, to give me a bigger quilt (I'm getting tired of square quilts, but I get lazy making more blocks sometimes).

Hope all of you stayed safe this week, and dry.  We were very lucky to just get hit with rain out here in the Shenandoah Valley, but I know there are others who are just coping with getting power and water back. 

We're almost into November....hard to believe Christmas is less than 2 months away.  Have a Happy Halloween.....I think I'm finally back to my sewing on a regular basis....it feels good.

Yours in quilting,  Kathy