In The Studio

February 1, 2022

New this month….
After receiving a large donation of very nice quilt books, I decided to turn my bookshelf in the studio, into a Little Free Library for Quilters. I registered the library and just wanted to let everyone know how it works.
It’s very simple…take a book, bring a book. There are no library police, no forms to fill out. Come over to the Studio, plan to spend a little time to sit on the couch and browse the books. I am generally working in the Studio M-W-F from 1-5pm. But if you expect to be in the area, just call ahead to see if I’ll be around.

I have a lot up on my design wall. With all the snow we’ve had this month, I’ve been hibernating in the house and working on lots of different things.

All of the January geese are finished for my Temperature Quilts. The one on the left represents the average daily temps reported in my hometown for 1955. And the one on the right for 2020. Both are using the same fabrics for each 5 degrees of temperature range. I’m curious to see if the quilt for 2020 temps looks warmer!

My Quilt Top in a Shoe Box, started out as Martha’s Block of the Month and will now become My State Blocks. Six blocks representing the six States I’ve lived in. This month I made Delaware. That’s the blue and gold block on the upper left on the design wall and just below. It was quite tricky to make, I used applique and paper piecing techniques. The Virginia Block, on the right on the design wall, was already finished.

The block in the center of the design wall is a challenge block. The yellow fabric was purchased on-line as a quilt back, but as often happens with on-line purchases, it did not go with the quilt…so our group turned it into an “ugly” fabric challenge.

I paired the “ugly” yellow fabric with some NYC cab cars, a little black, red, and checkered fabric and voila…a very attractive block.

Sadly, my Canada geese are still floating on the wall. I’ll make them be my art quilt to finish this month…time to get this one finished!

This art quilt did get finished and given away. I was not able to post the photo sooner, because it was a surprise! The quilt is titled, “Princess Squirrel” a short story written and presented by one of my good friends. She just recently moved into her own apartment for adults with developmental challenges, I’m very proud of her.

My small project this month is a kit with an embroidered bee. I generally find some hand work project to do while I sit and watch TV, especially football. I think I’ll finish it and make it the central focus point of a hexie quilt.

On the long arm, I quilted off this Bright Star Quilt for a friend. My quilt group makes these small quilts for children in the Bright Star program, a “Head Start” like program for pre schoolers.

And I just finally loaded up my black and white and red quilt…woohoo!

Until my next post…Happy Quilting!!

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