Monday, September 15, 2014

Great Quilts

Wonderful Star quilt.
Red and  White Deletable Mountains Quilt
 Yesterday I blogged about the new book, Four Centuries of Quilts, the quilts of the Willamsburg Museum.  It is a great book, here are some of my favorite quilts from the book.  My favorites are the star quilts and the red and white quilts.

Rail Fence Quilt from the 1800's

Lone Star Quilt
 In addition to reading this great book I have also been working on Snow Happy wool applique blocks.  I have almost finished two of the blocks.  I did the wool for the kits for this pattern from Homestead Hearth so I decided to make it for my self.

Mitten Block

I love the red stripes in this heart block.
Can't wait to finish Snow Happy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great New Quilt Book

While on vacation this summer in Williamsburg one thing I looked forward to purchasing was a book on their quilt collection. Imagine my surprise when I found out there wasn't  a book available.  I looked at every quilt book in the book store at the visitor's center, there were some wonderful books and I found several that had to come home with me.  When I asked about about a book of their quilts I was told that a new one was coming out in the fall.  As soon as we returned I went on Amazon and pre-ordered a copy. It was pricey but worth it.  My copy arrived on Thursday, and it is definitely worth the wait.  Will post some of my favorite photos later in the week.

Friday, September 5, 2014

New (to me) Author

 Sometimes you are aware of an author and for whatever reason you just have never read any of their books.  One of those author's for me is Dorothea Benton Frank. Over the years people have told me how wonderful her books are but I just never picked up one to read.  That changed when about a month ago, my brother told me he had just read Folly Beach and how much he enjoyed it.  I decided then that I had to read it.  Oh, I have been missing out on some wonderful stories.  It is now one of my favorite books.  After reading that one, I checked out Bull's Island and The Last Original Wife from the  public library.  I really enjoyed both of them, but absolutely loved The Last Original Wife.  I can't remember the last time I laughed so  much while reading a book.  Will definitely be on the lookout for other books by this author.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September, already???

Where did the summer go?  I guess technically it is still summer, but I have been back in school for  a  month so to me summer is over with.  I have been keeping busy at work getting back in the groove of school.  I have also been trying to do some projects for fall, one thing I  am working on is a  wall hanging for fall.  This is a wool qpplique  pattern that I started on a couple of weeks ago.  Hope to get it finished soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last flowers of summer

 With the temperature in the mid to upper 90's it is definitely still summer here in Atlanta. but my flowers are starting to fade in anticipation of fall. These are the last of my cone flowers and they are sorta of sad looking.
Last of the sunflowers, these are my favorite summer flowers.

With the dog days of summer comes thoughts of winter or at least fall.  At stitch in this summer, my friend, Sarah, shared her Midi bag made from wool.  I knew after seeing hers that I had to make one.  I started it today, lots of 2 1/2 inch squares in my future.  Cant' wait to get more of this done, and I would have but fate intervened today and I had to go shopping for a new refrigerator.  When I woke up Saturday morning I noticed that water was dripping out of the freezer part of the refrigerator, that is never a good thing.  As the day went on I noticed that the entire refrigerator was really not working the way that it should.  my DH always takes care of things like this, but DH was out of town this weekend so it was up to me to take care of it, not that I mind, but it did cut into my sewing time.  Thankfully the new fridge will be delivered on Wednesday, now there are several coolers full of ice and things out of the fridge all over the kitchen.  Can't wait for the new one to be delivered.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fig Preserves

Yesterday you saw the figs being washed, today they have been turned into jam.  I added raspberry jello to make them fig/raspberry jam this is DH's favorite.  This is just the first batch of many to come.  What is your favorite jam/jelly?

Monday, August 11, 2014

This was my summer

 Although I am back at work I am still doing all of those typically "summer" things.  DH went to our garden tonight bringing back okra, tomatoes, figs, and peppers.  I love all of those things except okra, for a Mississippi Girl I never developed a taste for okra either fried or boiled.  Figs I absolutely love, these will become fig preserves tomorrow after school.  I discovered a great pretzel dip this summer using fig preserves, mix very coarse ground mustard with fig preserves to your taste.  I usually do about half and half, this is great with pretzel sticks.  Yesterday I canned tomatoes, put okra in the freezer, canned peppers, and put peppers in the freezer.  I love having a garden but am looking forward to the end of it.
I have also done lots and I mean lots of wool dyeing this summer.  I have recently started dying some yarn and love the way that it is turning out.  (The yarn is just for me)  This is in addition to all of the wool fabric that I have been dyeing.  I am really excited I have my first show coming in October where I will be a vendor.  Watch for more about that.