Reflecting

In the middle of the joy and bustle of the holidays, I like to take precious moments to sit quietly and reflect on the lessons learned, the chances not taken, the mis-steps, the words spoken and unspoken, and the joys and accomplishments of the past 365 days. Hand sewing always gives me that chance. #quiltbonding time can be therapeutic.

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The road to the farm under a December fingernail moon:

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Color of the Year — you guessed it

Dear orange, Orange, ORANGE: you can call yourself “Living Coral” all you want, but I still see you!

What a cruel trick to play on my orange-weary psyche — you go and get yourself named the Pantone color of the year for 2019 using an alias, an also known as, a fake name — you clever color, you. However, that old adage is true: a tiger can’t change his <orange> stripes. I. Still. See. You.

Pantone picks ‘humanizing’ color as 2019 color of the year

Now that I understand what I’m up against– a conspiracy of orange/living coral/tangerine/pumpkin/salmon or whatever you are calling yourself today and the world-wide marketing reach of Pantone, (the greatest color arbiter in the world)— I vow to conquer you in 2019, embrace you as my friend, and win this struggle using love, not hate.

I will make you into a carrot, just you wait and see.

Resignedly,

Sandy

 

Return to Ohio!

Dear Sandy,

I am just so sneaky!  When you left Ohio in August after our whirlwind week of sewing, I secretly kept a vintage block leftover from your “Christmas in Ohio” table runner.

For anyone reading this,  you can download Sandy’s amazing table runner pattern by clicking on this link:  Christmas in Ohio Nov 2018

So, what was I suppose to do with one leftover vintage Ohio Star block?  Well, I made a cute little mini quilt for you!  It was suppose to be a surprise but I just couldn’t help myself and have to share it with everyone.

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I hand quilted this block to try and keep that vintage vibe you like so much.  It didn’t take me too long because it’s only 11 inches square.  Here’s a close up preview for you.

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I’ll be popping this in the mail for you today.  I am thinking you might want to hang it in your office during the Christmas season.  I hope you’re not too mad at me for sneaking a block from your stash!  Please Return to Ohio so I can sneak more of your fabric into my stash!

Hugs to you and my adorable nephew (who has grown up way too fast)!

Love always, Cindy

P.S.  If you would like to make an Ohio Star Mini Quilt, click on the link below to download the pattern:

Ohio Star Mini Quilt GBD 11 15 18

 

 

 

 

Some Assembly Required!

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in.

Yesterday was a rainy day in Ohio…here’s an outside view from my sewing room…(Oops, photo includes window screen!)

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On a day like this, what choice did I have but sew for hours on end?  Here’s an inside view from my sewing room…Sadie and Norma were on hand to keep me company.

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In last Thursday’s blog, I mentioned Sandy sent a quilt to me so I could help her overcome creative block.

Did I mention there was some assembly required??!!

Her block design features 4 inch (finished) half square triangles.  Not a favorite piecing technique for me but I just so happened to have 4 inch Thangles on hand!  I had perfect half square triangles in no time flat!

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Thangles get all the credit for these beautiful, perfect points!

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I also assembled a few piles of squares and rectangles.  Needless to say, my rotary cutter got a major workout…yikes!  My blade needs to be changed after all this cutting!

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I’ve got the basic piecing completed, now I’m ready to assemble the blocks.  Once I have the blocks pieced together, I can get creative on the quilt design.  Stay tuned for another update!