Hi everyone! Sometimes a hobby, craft, activity, or pleasure just wears itself out, ya know? Lately I'm wondering if my quilting days are over---seems like lots of work, lots of money spent, not much fun being had.
I remember when my dad told me he was no longer going to make furniture---OMG, what a shock, he'd made everything from my baby changing table and crib to my dollhouse and all its furniture, to my gorgeous Shaker blanket chests. one is below, with the flag
He built our various houses and every piece of furniture therein, including the kitchens, except the couches. And much of my furniture too, as an adult. So I had found punched tin pie safe panels on eBay and wanted him to make a pie safe [blue!] like I had never been able to afford. But---no. He said the blue six-board chest he made me was the last thing he would ever make. And that was that, he never touched wood again.
[this is a pie safe, turquoise-blue] more blue primitive furniture: BLUE
What did I do in January? Let's see. The BIG little finish is the small quilt Little Tree from TQC's Christmas sewalong. free patterns here
Here is why I especially was charmed by the design and its name, a very loved poem and book, by e e cummings.
little treelittle silent Christmas treeyou are so littleyou are more like a flowerwho found you in the green forestand were you very sorry to come away?see i will comfort youbecause you smell so sweetlyi will kiss your cool barkand hug you safe and tightjust as your mother would,only don't be afraidlook the spanglesthat sleep all the year in a dark boxdreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,put up your little armsand i'll give them all to you to holdevery finger shall have its ringand there won't be a single place dark or unhappythen when you're quite dressedyou'll stand in the window for everyone to seeand how they'll stare!oh but you'll be very proudand my little sister and i will take handsand looking up at our beautiful treewe'll dance and sing"Noel Noel"
Funny--- I have been criticized for humanizing or anthropomorphing my little Beach Tree in the story in the header. Yet I'm in good company, as cummings does too in this Christmas classic.
The little quilt is not late---or heaven forbid a neglected UFO [unfinished something], this is my 2020 Christmas busywork project, to fight the holiday letdown, over so fast and another year gone.
TQC's designs are fun and the directions are good.
This little quilt has more to it than may seem at first glance. There are 14 fairly intricate blocks that finish at 2" each. If full sized they'd be enough for a whole bed quilt project.
I added tiny bits of a Christmas print fabric that my SIL had wrapped around some tiny silver buttons in my gift box.
I even had the mercury glass mini ornaments TQC used for their photo prop. Here's my fav, the little tree.
And I added this fun tape saying Merry Christmas. Subtle I am not.
In time I'll add a small rusty star to the tree top. I'll make and rust a star myself, next time I use canned soup. I looked online and truly do NOT want 600 starts for 25.oo, one is plenty.
The back of Little Tree is a dishtowel from Hobby Lobby, repro of an imaginary flour sack design. I enjoy little touches like that.
QB on her blog Amity Quilter measures her quilts before and after they are washed, to gauge shrinkage, so I am following her example now. I was surprised this mini shrank 1" in both length and width, from 12 1/2" x 16" to 11 1/2" x 15.
TQC is reprising this design in red and pink for Valentine's Day. Not this year, nope. heart quilt
And a final look at T-Shirt Quilt. My friend, the mother of the giftee, finished the binding and washed it, took pictures.
I like the modern effect of no sashing, plus the softness of the flannel.
We made the binding wider than usual for again, a modern look and to compensate for the bulk of all those flannel layers. My quilter refused [or strongly objected to] minky or fleece backing. Has anyone ever tried that? I agreed with quilter Lori C.'s advice, potential disaster, plus I feel using the fleece back marks it all as so 2020-ish. The recipients did not want a label or name tag.
It's been grey but fairly warm so Mo and I are extending our sunset walks. Today as we walked through the empty lane, it was, as Mel pointed out recently, so ugly and grey and desolate in its winter phase.
Have a good weekend, Welcome February! no rabbit-rabbit here, lol, what's with that?
gone to the beach...
Shaker furniture here