Good evening! How is everyone, good? We had a couple of stormy nights and today is cooler and bright sunshine. Pushing 80* though, not exactly a frost!
The past few weeks I have been getting some wonderful treats in the mail. And it isn't even my birthday. Some things are gifts [which I treasure] and some are treats I have bought myself.
From Kelley, in California---darling, perfect---and much needed!---new flip flops. I love the colors and flower pattern. Thank you, Kel!
And from Penny, in South Africa via a friend travelling to the US, the most wonderful big envelope containing vintage Jan Patek/ Sandy Klop books----and the fabrics to go with!
The three books, c. 2002.
Some of this design teams very best most interesting work:
The three books actually function as one presentation, so I am especially thrilled to receive all three parts.
There are so incredibly many exceptional projects in these books! This one is the culmination of all three books' info. [I'd change a few things, the quail though cute is not, to me, iconic enough; I'd add bee skeps and another of the game boards maybe; get rid of that fence, yeesh]
Game boards! Maybe with wool applique?
And yes, just for me: Pineapples, Pineapples. I will make them all. 2020 and 2021 will be the years of Lizzy's pineapple fixation, how fun.
The fabrics---think how involved it must be to get these fabrics from the US to SA, then back to me! Penny has collected them and saved them all these years and so generously has now shared them with me. I am so touched. Here they are, all carefully marked as to the designer and fabric group, all long out of print, never to be seen again. Like quilters' gold, really.
They are all the fabrics needed for the Pineapple quilt[s]---do I use them or treasure them?
Keep this blue in mind, a 19th century style, c.1870?
And this eye boggling stripe, possible set aside for Cheddarback.
The chocolate brown with the black cresent moons is my favorite among many faves. The moons are nickel sized or bigger. You just do not see primitive prints like this nowadays. Maybe worth a trip to Spoonflower for a copy!
Thank you, Penny!
Then for myself, I guess bec labor intensive Bitty is heading for completion?--I finally bought the Susan Smith pattern, Chasing Zinnias. It came all the way from Australia in about one week.
See why I love it? Bunnies and zinnias!
And it has a feeling of Quilty 365, doesn't it. But now I see the included template, ugh. Gonna be really hard to make 79 tiny needle turned 2" zinnias, all those tiny scallops and innie points. Maybe a No, after all, too bad. [Too small to even do raw edge zigzag by machine!]
Another: I love little kits, I'm not sure why. Usually I want to impose my own design sense on a project but when a kit is small and cute, I'm a sucker. Little wool bowl fillers for late Fall, in a wooden bowl with tiny pumpkins. Adorable.
Another book, via Amazon used book site. I think it cost 4.oo plus free shipping. This is quite a few years old too, though I do not find a publication date.
I am considering doing the white on white wool and linen coverlet, using my inherited sheets.
But it also has darling funny stuffed fruits and lovely more colorful designs too.
And last, this delightfully funny blue fabric which is my choice for the secondary sashings on the Chedderback Quilt project. You can read about, and see the original Cheddarback HERE though the wonderful detailed photos and analysis are, as far as I can see, removed at the end of each month. The patterns remain available for a very small fee after being FREE for each month.
That antique quilt, being offered as a sewalong by Gaye at Sentimental Stitches has a few sashings of a faded Lancaster blue or Double blue. I actually have a couple Lancaster blues in my stash, but really this is so much more fun! And authentic to the quilt's time, see the other blue repro from Brannock and Patek above.
Thanks everyone! Friends---old, new, internet or unknown--- are just the Best.
Mo and the too small bed: [Dorothy was of course, right.]
I brought in Mo's big mattress bed so he could stretch out by my desk.
gone to the beach....
piping plover, no babies seen this years so far.