I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunday Quilt Finishes

Hi, guys! What a great rainy weekend I had! Home alone with Mo and I accomplished THREE finishes. Goals set and met. The two quilt finishes are long term projects from 2018, so the finishes [tops only] are especially sweet. Plus I love them which is unusual.

First ~ 1880 Sampler from Temecula Quilt Company. One 4" block made every week from mid-January to mid September. This was so fun, the tiny blocks are adorable, I think.

The quilt is approx 34" square. Somehow I expected a much larger quilt but in the end I  love its smaller size and can imagine actually hanging it on a wall someday.

The back will be pieced from two ''poison" yellow fabrics, aka chrome yellow. [ a deep lemon yellow, no hint of schoolbus orangey yellow.] One of the yellow prints is very similar to the setting black fabric I chose.

I did the zigzag setting, which I love.

I think the original antique is well captured by the TCQ design.


Quirky Sampler Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
c.1880 Sampler

Original at Stella Rubin Antiques here

Second ~ La Grande Sajou, the quilt formerly known as Sajou Doll Quilt or Little quilt, from Lori at Humble quilts. My Sajou [a shop in Paris], grew and grew. And grew. 54" square.

The red border, a classic Provencal style is from the "Lorraine" line by American Jane for Moda Fabrics. I was very surprised to discover that the American Jane like is not just retro 40s-ish youth prints, but also these French inspired designs.

Sajou is not a scrap quilt. Each bit of fabric was carefully chosen from my fabric collection.

I have more fun finishes planned for her, including backing made with  a small tablecloth or large scarf/ pareo my mom brought home from the south of France (The Riviera! St-Tropez, Cannes!) long ago.

Her Souleiado


tablecloth is fine white cotton lawn, with handblocked flowers and picotage.


And finally, my PomPom hat!

This was a kit given to me at Christmas by my children. It took me a long time to make it because I started over SEVEN times. The pattern is simple but I was reading it wrong so the swirl knit design never would form.This is supposed to be a beginner pattern [I've been knitting since I was 9]  but it is very unforgiving of any mistakes and required careful, constant counting of stitches, even when the pattern was finally decoded.

Stitch & Story USA HERE

The kit is perhaps from UK, given that measurements are in centimeters and maybe they write patterns differently there. [Thanks to my friend for modelling!]

Once I got the hang of it, it went fast and I love it! Softest yarn, barely spun almost like  wool batt or roving [unspun wool]. And the cutest pom ever! I plan to make this for my daughter and friends for next Christmas. Wish me luck changing the instructions to circular needles.

Today was a lovely faux-Spring day. Mo sat out on the deck in the sun.

Indoors the Costco forced tulips have grown like crazy and are in full colorful display.

This week: a doll quilt with TCQ leftover blocks, another cutie? And some velvet strawberries for the handsewers out there. Tomorrow, the annual Flower Show! I can't wait!



 gone to the beach...

PS I have added some fairly large bits of red, from Sajou's borders, to the Scrap Bag Giveaway box. Perhaps as much as a fat eighth, if that entices anyone to add their names to the drawing next Tuesday on Mo's birthday. Antique and vintage fabrics mixed in, plus some old blocks, late 1800s. You can comment on FB if you prefer.