Hello, September!

September’s Baccalaureate
A combination is
Of Crickets – Crows – and Retrospects
And a dissembling Breeze
That hints without assuming –
An Innuendo sear
That makes the Heart put up its Fun
And turn Philosopher
Emily Dickinson

Even though the days seem to be endless, September has arrived. We are expecting a “cool front” this week, which means our temperature high will only be 89. It is better than the 100 degree temperatures we were having.

September does bring many happy memories, and some very special birthdays. My grandson already received the quilt I made for his birthday. This past week, I got busy making the birthday gifts for one of my DIL’s. Next, I need to make something for my brother.

For my DIL, I chose pink roses as my theme. According to FTD by Design, pink roses symbolize joy. The different shades of pink have different meanings. Giving pink roses as a gift is a token of admiration or gratitude. I have been drawing my own patterns for embroidery, but I wanted to find a new way to embroider a flower. I found a free pattern by embroideryloversteffi that was simple and easy to transfer and embroider. I chose three different shades of pink to embroider the roses. A few weeks ago, I ordered some decorative embroidery hoops that were just perfect for this project.
In my stash, I had some beautiful pink rose fabric, and a coordinating green print. Jordan Fabrics has a super easy tutorial for making place mats and cloth napkins. I used a coordinating gold and pink rose print for making double-sided cloth napkins. Since I only had a yard, I could only make the smaller size cloth napkin. There was just enough leftover fabric to make a drawstring pouch for the embroidery hoop roses. As for the place mats for my brother, I will be picking up some fabric tomorrow.

In April, Mary Puckett had posted about a Quarantine Quilt pattern that she designed. She used a Figures Zen Chi fabric from Studio Stitch, in Greensboro, NC. The fabric caught my eye, and I took up the offer of a free pattern and contacted Studio Stitch for some fabric shopping. The people in the this shop are so friendly and helpful. It is now one of my favorite fabric shops. Mary gives excellent directions and tips on her pattern. I was able to finish the quilt in two days; one for cutting, one for piecing. My friend, Linda Jennings did the quilting for me. This lap quilt is now on my recliner, waiting for cooler weather.

Studio Stitch has such an amazing selection of fabric. I found this super fun autumn fabric with crows, and squirrels, and everything fun. It reminded me of the poem by Emily Dickinson. I ordered six fat quarters and the backing fabric from the online site. Then, Carrie, helped me pick the remaining 7 fat quarters that I needed for my fall quilt. Sometimes, it is difficult to get the true color from their online site, and that is where Carrie stepped in and helped me make the right choices.  This was another two-day quilt to cut and piece. I dropped off the quilt top at Linda’s, and I am looking forward to having it back just in time for fall latte’s and pumpkin scones.

In between these projects, daily walks, and other tasks, I am continuing to work on a one inch stamp quilt. After making one 12″ block, I stored it in a UFO box, asking myself why I would even think of starting a quilt like this. Since then, my interest in this quilt has grown. It is now out of the UFO box, and I work on it every now and then.  All the pieces had been cut already. I began using an assembly line approach. Now, I have enough strips to make a total of 16 blocks. In order to keep myself motivated, I completed 6 blocks. I am thinking of making five rows of four blocks, plus some borders.  Still thinking about the final design.
In the meantime, I plan to enjoy these September days.
Hope you enjoy your September days.

 

 

Block #6: Friday, February 9, Valentine Roses

Nobody knows this little Rose —
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!
 by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is my favorite poet.
After reading her poem about a rose, I decided to try to thread sketch some roses.
I recently subscribed to Debra Wirsu‘s website.
She is a textile artist from Australia who creates amazing works of art.
Debra is very generous in sharing ideas and tips.
I decided to try out some of her suggestions.
Using a gray quilter’s pencil, I lightly sketched the outline of roses and leaves.
Debra does not pencil sketch, but I needed at least an outline.
This was just for practice, so I deliberately tried different movements.
You will see that each rose is different because of this experimenting.
I used Pentel fabric crayons and Tulip fabric markers to fill in the empty spaces.
At first, I was just planning to set this aside as a practice sample.
But then, I decided to include it in my 52 Fridays Quilt Journal.
The journal is to reflect my year, and this thread sketching learning journey should be included…mistakes and all. I won’t list all the flaws. Mistakes are part of the learning process.

 Valentine Roses

Background: White on white polka-dot fabric
Technique: Thread sketching, free motion quilting, crayons and markers
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: Red beads
Post Script
I had a near miss today, as I was thread sketching these roses.
The machine needle broke. The needle point flew out and hit my cheek right under my glasses.
I am so glad I was wearing glasses!
Maybe I need to get some safety glasses.

Hope

 Source

Today, I am binding and putting the finishing touches on one of the quilts that I entered in the Salute To Texas Quilt Show.
Back in January, I was walking around JoAnn’s and I found six different fabrics with birds.
I love birds.
Anything with birds.
With no plan in mind for how to use this fabric, I purchased some yardage of each of the six.
On the way home, my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson came to mind.
At this time, I was studying and making blocks from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I chose some blocks and used the bird fabric for the center points of each block.
Here are some close ups of some of the blocks:

I’ve made and attached the label.
I have also made the sleeve.
Now, it’s binding time.

Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers  
That perches in the soul,  
And sings the tune without the words,  
And never stops at all,  
   
And sweetest in the gale is heard;          
And sore must be the storm  
That could abash the little bird  
That kept so many warm.  
   
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,  
And on the strangest sea;         
Yet, never, in extremity,  
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson

This is one of my favorite poems.
It came to mind as I made two blocks from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I decided to use some of the pretty bird fabric that I purchased on a whim.
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Block #42 : Three Squares
I made a mistake, so I added border to make a 12.5 inch block.

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Block #45: 5 of Diamonds

 

This might become another quilt project. 😉