I know my previous post was a tough read.
It's not upbeat or positive-it was just a burden on my heart that I decided to share with you.
Do you set goals each new year? Each January I think about what creative goals I want to meet over the coming year. This year I'd like to create quilts from some of the vintage quilt blocks that have been used in so many unique ways. I think some of my favorite quilts are new renditions of old quilt blocks! And I don't know about you, but I have shelves of books containing quilt patterns/blocks, so I have a plethora of choices. Another creative goal I have is to use up some of the quilting scraps that I've accumulated. I think quilt scraps multiply while you sleep!! I had thought about buying more containers, but what I really need to do this year is make scrap quilts-lots of them and that will take care of the container problem ;-)
Keeping that in mind, this week I started a small quilt using the T quilt block as a starting point.
The quilt, Blueberry Buckle, by Cathy Wierzbicki, is from the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts published by That Patchwork Place. I was thumbing through this book the other night and I realized that I was choosing one quilt after another that I liked and wanted to make. So I think that I've found a great source for using up those multiplying scraps!
My version is using various green and beige scraps-
I thought that I'd hand quilt this using Sulky 12 weight Cotton Dream thread.
My husband, Marshall, had some time to turn on his lathe the other day, and he turned a small plate out of a chunk of ash wood. I love how the dark part of the heartwood contrasts with the rest of the wood.
This is the front of the plate-
and this is the back.
A few months back I spindle spun some Merino dyed a soft pink, along with a darker rose, lilac, violet, and then blended them with silk.
I knit up a warm hat using the pattern, Rollin' Beret, from Wooly Wormhead.
I stranded the Merino/silk blend along with one strand of upcycled cashmere
from an unraveled thrift store sweater that I had dyed black
so that the hat would be very warm.
I'm in the process of knitting some fingerless gloves to match the hat.
I love Wooly Wormhead's original, funky designs that look great and are easy to knit!
On the spinning side of things, I'm spinning a blend of violet, plum, lilac merino blended with silk.
Not for a specific project, but just because I really like the colors :-)
Here's hoping that you have time for fabric/fiber today,