Here's the latest fabric that arrived from Henry Glass & Co. The line is called Holly Hill Christmas by Mary Jane Carey. The fabrics are a very nice mix of polka dots, plaids, and stripes in this traditional Christmas line.
I studied the fabric for a day, and then it spoke to me. I designed a block in EQ software one day and then concentrated on the sashing and border the next day. I thought about it overnight, and in the morning I did some tweaking to the design. The blocks are going to finish at 10". The sashing is going to be 3" and it's a little different than my usual sashing.....which is a good thing.
So I switched from making a table topper for Fall and went right to Christmas. This isn't the only line of fabric from Henry Glass....they sent TWO lines at the same time! I'll post the other line later on in the week. I know someone who is going to be very busy! Lord help me if I suddenly get designers block!
I pretty much can't adhere to the one month turn around for the completion of a project(s)....especially when I receive two lines in the same month. Those of you who know me, know that I don't do simple. I like complex, and interesting blocks, and that takes time, and considerable effort on my part. My designs are a reflection of me, and I will not compromise my style to get a quilt in the finish column. My design is also limited to the amount of fabric I receive. I'm constantly calculating and re-calculating the fabric requirements.
If a design is going to have my name associated with it, I'm not going to slap something together and call it a finish. It has to be thoughtful, well-planned, interesting, and something that I want to have on display in my home for years to come. It has to be a pattern that is well-written, and something that quilters would enjoy making. I think you will enjoy my new design called Christmas Ribbons. The word ribbon should give you a clue to the sashing design. Insert smile here....even Mr. Joe likes it.
On another note, Mr. Joe and I have also been working in the yard. We have to maintain 2/3 of an acre in preparation for fire season. It is a daunting task since we are on a hill. We've been pecking away at it day by day. Misery loves company, so we always work together in the yard. It also is a safety concern in case one of us starts to roll down the hill! We call this bowling for old people. So far, neither one of us has had a strike!
So my days consist of sitting in front of my computer designing and pattern writing. Or I'm in my sewing room happily quilting away while listening to podcasts or music. Or I'm holding a pitch fork and rake while I'm tackling the enormous pine needle problem. Please refrain from any pitch fork comments!
Fun start with this festive new fabric! I'm eager to see those ribbons. One of my favorites that I see in your quilts. Keep safe with all that pine needle work and head scritches to sweet Maizie :-)ReplyDelete
This ribbon is going to be different! Stay tuned. Mazey loves to get her lovies.ReplyDelete
Your pattern designs, instructions, and fabric choices have been what makes you so successful, Lynn. Looking forward to seeing this one too! Stay safe on the hill and I will refrain!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Paula. You are showing great self restraint by not mentioning the pitchfork!Delete
I do not now how to insert a laughing hysterically face regarding "bowling for old People" The visual is pretty interesting. As Paula said your designs and consideration in all your fine detail is what makes your quilts so special. Can wait to see "Ribbons"ReplyDelete
I have rolled down the driveway twice in the past 15 years. Once I rolled under the car.....now that quite the trick! I guess I was checking the transmission.Delete
We have our pine needles awaiting until we're "allowed" back into the county! I can only hope that comes before the fire inspections! I really regret not being able to see the bearded Iris I planted last year, I hope they wait for us too.ReplyDelete
Do you want me to do a "drive by" and take pictures of your Iris? Our date for clean-up has been moved to July.Delete
On second thought, maybe it's too early. I was thinking about it when I saw the Iris in bloom when I take my neighborhood walks, but I just checked my photos and they didn't bloom up there until the first week of June last year. I appreciate the offer.Delete
Please be careful. When I fractured my pelvis my doctor told me "Old people don't bounce". Since I didn't consider myself "old" I was a bit insulted. Now I laugh.ReplyDelete
We never really think of ourselves as old, do we? Now my Grandmother was old....I'm not!ReplyDelete
One reason that I enjoy your blog and patterns so much it that you do make interesting designs. Often, with a lot of little pieces. That's a good thing in my book. I sincerely hope the gift of creativity never leaves you.ReplyDelete
Sorry but the thought of bowling for old people made me laugh out loud.
I appreciate your kind words Julie. We can all use a good laugh during these turbulent times.Delete
I currently have Quilters Block, i.e. Nothing being sewn!ReplyDelete
Oh dear! We need to remedy your quilters block. I'm so afraid when our confinement is over, I'm going to say I could have done this...and why didn't I do that?Delete