The Downton Abbey quilt is off the frame and ready to send back to Jill. The quilting design I used is my all-time favorite free-motion motif...it's what we call the HPCQ Signature Design around here. It features echoed free-form feather plumes of varying sizes and ascending or descending fronds. This quilting takes awhile -- it's not quick work, for sure -- but I just think it looks so beautiful that it's always worth the time. I chose it for this quilt because the tonal border fabric has similar looking plumes in it, so it seemed like a good match. Thanks again, Jill. Quilting this was pure pleasure!
Are you nuts about "Downton Abbey" like I am? Actually, I was a real late-comer to the series because I didn't start watching it until last winter. By the end of the second episode, I was hooked! I remember seeing one of my favorite English bone china settings in one of the first episodes. I was so surprised that I quickly scrolled back so I could double check. Yes! I was right! Royal Albert Derby Imari. I have about a dozen pieces of this beautiful collection, and I really use it! It's not stashed away in a cupboard waiting for someday. Anyway, Downton Abbey...this coming season will be the last one. Bummer. The good news? There are several Downton Abbey fabric collections from Andover, and the photo you see below is one of them. This is the quilt that goes on the frame today. It has a sophisticated look, and Jill did a beautiful job with the piecing. Don't you love the backing fabric, too?
Fastest blog post ever...this is one of the super cute, charming blocks from one of our clubs -- "Aunt Bea's Parlor", by Black Cat Creations. If you have an embroidery machine, you'll love it! If you don't have an embroidery machine, there's a hand embroidery version available, too! Too good to miss!
The "Sunny Days" fabrics from Benartex arrived this week, and our new Eleanor Burns Club, "El's Attic", is a GO! This one is going to be so much fun -- of course, how could it be anything else with Eleanor Burns at the helm?
Our fabrics have all been spoken for, and these beautiful 1940s style fabrics are going to be just delightful. I'll try to post a few blocks as we get going...can't wait to make the first one. The block is from a McCall's pattern from 1940, and the technique has been updated by Eleanor. Should be fun, even though I may use a different method. I'm even thinking of making two versions -- one with Sunny Days and another with...hmmm, don't know yet!
I've been working on another quilt for Heidi, and it's been a GREAT trip down Memory Lane! I just can't deny that one of my favorite things about quilting is seeing and working with fabrics that trigger memories. It's kind of like walking into a kitchen and smelling bread in the oven...I'm almost instantly "transported" back to another time and place. This quilt of Heidi's has one print in particular that sent me on a search. I was pretty sure that the fabrics were from Blackbird Designs -- probably my all-time FAVORITE Moda design team (Alma Allen and Barb Adams). I thought the collection was called "Garden...something", but I just couldn't find it in a Google search. I asked Heidi, and she thought it was "Garden Magic". YES! This collection goes back more than ten years...way before "Garden Party" from just a few years ago. Anyway, in the process, I came across many photos of Blackbird Designs fabric collections, and my trip down Memory Lane inspired me all over again to work with their beautiful fabrics and colors. The slide show below includes a short trip down Memory Land so YOU might enjoy some of these beautiful fabrics and quilts. I even found a photo on the web of a finished customer quilt from our 2007-2008 Moda U Block-of-the-Month Club, "Piece and Plenty", which had kits that included all fabrics from Blackbird Designs...mostly from their Madeira collection. The Bride's Bouquet block you'll see is one of mine for the quilt called "Nosegay for Mother" (from their Home Sweet Home book). Those fabrics are from the "Sweet Romance" collection. By the way, one of the FQ bundle photos shows "Hyde Park" -- the upcoming Blackbird collection for late fall 2015. We'll have lots of this fabric for sale in November!
Here's a portion of Diana's newest quilt...Stars Over Capri...a gorgeous quilt full of striking batik fabrics and jewel tone colors. Diana's work is ALWAYS beautiful, and her quilts are always big! State park sized, I'd say. She's also a master with needle-turn applique, and I've learned so much from her over the years. Thanks, Diana!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy these creative adventures from the Hearts & Pines Country Quilts Studio.