New Things

The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.
Temple Grandin

There are so many interesting people whose blogs I follow.
These creative people have exposed me to artistic and modern quilting.
I continue to read and research different styles as I try new things.
I am finding that I love to “draw” with my scissors.
After choosing fabric, I just start cutting and see where this leads.
This process is very liberating, challenging, and peaceful…all at the same time!
I showed my work to my sister, Emma, the illustrator and author.
She thinks I found my medium.

A few days ago, I combined a bit of free style and using a home-made template, to make a state of Texas block.

Then, a story came to mind.
It is the story of my grandson.
Rulers were not used for the main piecing.
I only used rulers to cut borders for piecing the blocks together.
The borders are different widths and lengths.

The funny thing is, I had just perfected making a flying geese with a ruler; and now, I made some without measuring or using a ruler.
I made a few blocks, and wrote down some memories for each block.
This is what I have so far:

I had some denim to use for the connecting borders. My plan is to add color by embellishing the borders with embroidery.
The yellow house needs some major outlining, or perhaps a redo.
The last house is made from remnants of my dad’s plaid shirts.
Shannon Brinkley offers free lettering patterns, so I made the letters of my grandson’s name in bright colors. The name will be placed on strip above the first row.



I remember being with my grandson when he first saw the beach. What a special moment!
This block will be figured in at a later date.
I want to start my granddaughter’s story quilt.
The process of choosing fabric from my remnant bins has begun.

Thanks to all of you for helping get started on something new.

Sunday’s Child

For the last few weeks, I have been reading about the history of quilts.
I am at a point where I do not know what I want to do next when it comes to quilting.
So, I am dabbling and trying different things.
A little bit of improvisation, a bit of artistic, folk art, a bit of embroidery and hand-stitching…and on and on.
All of the quilts I have made have been specific to family members; things they like, and bits of their story.
I had free cut some strips and decided to make it a block to tell about one of my grandchildren.
He was born on a stormy Sunday in October.
I thought of the poem: Sunday’s Child is Happy and Wise.
My embroidery is just basic.
I have been studying Sue Spargo, but I am still a novice at this.


I also added a heart made from a piece of my dad’s plaid shirts.
I was thinking of embroidering my grandson’s initials on the heart and writing the date of his birth on the left bottom corner.
Like I said, I do not know where I am going with this.
I am just trying out different things.