Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Progress...The Emily Munroe Quilt

More blocks completed for the Civil War quilt. There are so many creative details in each block.  The couching of the yarns around the flowers really accents the designs. How creative for Emily to use this technique so many years ago.  I just learned couching specialty threads from Sue Spargo a few years ago.

Another detail that was pointed out to me was that when Emily ran out of one wool color, she started with a new color as in the blues which you don't seen in the backgrounds until the third row.  You first see blue flowers in the sixth block.

I couldn't get upstairs to my sewing room because of my fractured femur to cut wool when I bought the pattern last year. The shop had all the wool backgrounds cut to correspond as closely as possible to the original, huge benefit for me to be able to get started.  I couldn't be more pleased with the wools and the patterns.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What We Did Today...

We looked to the left,

and then to the right...

don't want no one watching us give kisses.

  Yep, she's watching us.  When I say go, Joe you head to the right, Sam to the left and I'll head out back.

On your mark, get set, go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I said go,
not wrestle.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Emily Munroe Quilt

The Emily Munroe Quilt, also called a 'Civil War' quilt that was stitched by Emily Munroe in 1865. 
A combination of wool, embroidery and applique with details of twisted yarn for couching.  Such a spectacular quilt that is so primitive and folk art in it's design and construction.  So...I've been working on reproducing it since this past winter. 

The first block pattern from Hoopla Patterns, adaptation of the design is by Frances Quinn.  The quilt measures approximately 59" x 68" and consists of 54,  8 1/2 blocks so the applique pieces are tiny.  I'm using all wool for the blocks and applique.  I purchased the pattern from a local wool shop.
My first block on an army green wool background with couching of white wool yarn for the stems.  There is also couching of red and white wool yarn around the flowers.  I have more blocks completed and will show them in the coming week.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Evening Grosbeaks

These are all pictures of male Evening Grosbeaks.  Large, colorful bird with a large beak to crush sunflower seeds.

I'm learning a new software program to process my photos, Lightroom 5, and it opens up a whole new learning experience.

I need to make a quilt inspired by the colors of his feathers.

I don't have one nice bird feeder due to bears.  I use an old wooden ladder with boards on each step for a feeding tray.  They seem to like it.



Enjoy the beauty of nature...


Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunflower Tote

I finished sewing this wool tote last week.  It was started years ago and I had an urge to finish it.  Wool seems to be on my mind.  It was made from a Woolrich jumper that I had bought from the thrift store.
I cut the shape for the tote so that I would have the pockets on the front to add interest and a place to tuck small items.

All the applique is wool.  I found an older Brannock and Patek cotton fabric in my stash for the lining to coordinate with the golds in the wool applique.