Working Through An Idea While Pedaling
If you've read my posts, you know I'm a bit of an outdoor enthusiast. Okay, maybe a bit more like an avid outdoor enthusiast! While I'm out hiking or cycling, I'm usually working through design ideas in my head, thinking about possible color/design/size, etc. For months now, I've been thinking of making a bear's paw quilt, pondering how I wanted to make it, and then one day while pedaling it came to me.
When I got home, I sat down (after showering!) and started working on the quilt. I know that there are a lot of labels in the quilt world, and I don't think my quilts really fit any of them. Modern? Traditional? Improv? Hybrid mix? Well, anyway, I'm not convinced that labels really matter, so on to the quilt. I used the Whitewash Cottage fabric line from Moda to go with the bed quilt that I just finished. The blocks were pieced using long strips and segmented strips, some cut straight and others curved free hand.
This quilt measures 46 x 46 inches (117 cm x 117 cm) and it was hand quilted using pearl cotton thread in a soft peach color.
I was so excited about finishing this quilt, I took this photo of it early one morning, just as the sun was coming up.
It's now on my bedroom wall, hanging from a cherry quilt hanger that was created by my husband, Marshall.
On the spinning side of things, I have some lovely vivid purples dyed using drink mixes and acid dyes, from the Merino fleece that I bought from Cleo.
Have I mentioned how much I love wool?
There's such a delicious softness to this Merino that makes you want to gently squeeze it while saying, "ahhhh."
I'm spinning a soft single on a Marshall original spindle with a walnut whorl and an oak shaft turned from a branch from the oak tree in our front yard. How neat is that??
I've started knitting another lace scarf with the purple Merino yarn fresh off of my spindle.
Now I understand why people love knitting lace-it's airy and simply lovely to wear.
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,