Saturday, January 09, 2010
Winter is here in all of her glory! Have not seen the ground for many days, but with power on it leaves many hours for quilting and stitching time. With Valentine's day coming up I have the perfect quilt gift from your sweetie. Have him go to www.HyersWood.com and order this beautiful hand crafted Sewing Spool Caddy. It sits right next to my quilt frame and so handy for thread and needles.
A November Flash back found me teaching at the JC Campbell Folk School (www.folkschool.org). Another great experience seeing the completion of many Calico Crossover quilt tops. Always fun to show them off at the "bring and brag" final day.
You might recognize this quilt from the cover of Easy Does It Quilts. We especially liked Sandra Wood's top. Of course, she came to class fully intending to use the poinsetta fabric as the cross over strips, but we convinced her to switch it for the background. A success story, for sure.
Another November quilt trip took me to The Community of Jesus on Cape Cod. They have an active quilt group in a beautiful setting in Orleans, MA. Here in their light filled hall they started their project of completing 13 iconic saint wall hangings, 3' x 5' by next spring. I have no doubt they will complete their goal. It was a joy to work with such talented, dedicated students.
Another view of their great hall glistens in the sun and you might think this is snow on the ground. Not so, those are oyster shells! Each student has chosen their own saint to capture in fabric. They started with a full blown sketch and traced that onto Grid Grip for their patterns. Those light filled windows were perfect for that step. The last photos show the inside of their sancturary--the awsome stain glass window and also the marble mosaic floor. Make this a visit next time you are visiting Cape Cod. They have a lovely gift shop with candles, cards, books etc.