Moonlight Gnome was our Wooly Adventure block in 2016, and it started a whole series, that I'm happy to share with you.
I have three more blocks to design, and less than 2 weeks to get this project made!
Our little Gnome, will be traveling to North Carolina, and then on to Portland, Oregon for International Quilt Market in mid may! The wall hanging will be featured in the Weeks Dye Works booth, #2261. Please stop by and say hello!
I'm so excited to share these with all of you.
It has been too long since I posted, there just aren't enough hours in the day!
Here are the gnomes! Kits can be ordered at Piecemakers Quilt Shop
The Stars Look Very Different Today.....
Blackstar - The last album from artist David Bowie
This is a personal post. Last night I couldn't sleep, and I was working on a new project. I checked Twitter, and was saddened to see the news of the passing of David Bowie.
His music was the soundtrack of my life, beginning in 1973 when I saw him on the Midnight Special tv show that was on Friday nights. He sang the song, Sorrow, and I was hooked. My parents were mortified. Here was this thin man, wearing makeup, his eyebrows shaved, and his hair was dyed a shocking shade of red. I was in love. He was different, wild, edgy, and magical.
It was a love affair that would take me through high school, college, and beyond.
Way beyond. Every album was unique. In the days before social media, and cd's, our albums came in large cardboard sleeves, with artwork, lyrics you didn't need a magnifying glass to read.
This is the cover art for his Pinups album. Twiggy is the model posing with him Sorrow is featured on this album.
I'd have Bowie weekends, when I would stay in my room, and paint or draw, while playing all of his albums in chronological order. There were too many! I'd run out of time.
I read those liner notes and studied the cast of characters.
I became familiar with his musicians, and producers, and I just couldn't get enough. Each album experience was a new version of the man. Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, Luther Vandross, Niles Rogers, Peter Frampton, Mick Ronson, Ava Cherry, Carlos Alomar, and Earl Slick.
I had heard that his concerts were theatrical productions, and for my 13th birthday, my parents gave me tickets to his concert. It was the Diamond Dogs tour. I was so excited, and anxious to see one of those amazing productions.
Much to my surprise, he had decided to do the last leg of the tour, with a stripped down version. Just the man, and his band. No costume changes. Just the man and his music. At one point he forgot the lyrics, and he just started to laugh. He sat down on the edge of the stage, and laughed it off. Again, I was in love. This man was human.
Notice those two silver bracelets. They were a trademark. I always wondered the significance of those bracelets.
I will miss him, but he will live on in my memories, and we fans are blessed to have thousands of hours of recordings of video and audio. There are so many ways we can keep him alive in our hearts.
Tonight I think of his beautiful wife Iman, and their daughter Alexandria, and their loss. They have such a beautiful love story and a lovely daughter.
So tonight, as we look to the heavens, there's a new star, shining brightly.
Well, it has been one week since I brought this fluffy creature home, and today I brought her to work with me at the quilt shop. She has been hanging out with my mom, Mary, all afternoon. I'm so offended! Lily decided this cubby next to my mom's desk was a perfect place to hang out. She looks good surrounded by fabric and quilts. I don't know how I'll ever get her to come home! She has grown so much in a week.
Lily is adjusting to her new surroundings, and her new family. Sophie, my Pom, is also trying to get used to sharing her toys with a new baby. Lily is a handful. She wants to climb everything! Can you resist those pretty blue eyes? I can't...
It's official folks, our first flakes were floating through the air just a few days ago. It seems like just last week it was warm, and sunny, and we were begging for an excuse to go outside. The Flakes are coming....
To honor this cold, and well, Blue, season, I've made a couple of winter wool or wool felt applique projects. Quick to make, and delightful results.
As a tribute to my dear sweet cat Jasmine, I'm working on a needle book, or sewing organizer. It is in progress, but I wanted to honor her memory in this way.
Since Jasmine passed, I've been hoping for another kitten to join my little menagerie, and I'm happy to say that in about a week, I will bring home Lily.
I'm not sure my dogs will appreciate sharing the attention again..but they will just have to get over it, as this precious kitten has captured my heart.
So without further adieu, I bring you Lily.
Following the rules for the event, this pattern is free if you stop in the store between June 21, and September 8, 2015.
Kits can be pre-ordered on the Piecemaker's Quilt Shop web site, but can only be shipped after October 31, 2015.
Spring Quilt Market was held in Minneapolis this year! It is always so much fun, and so much inspiration under one roof! I put together a few new pieces, and a very simple booth. Here are my new designs.
Tweet is a pretty little brown bird resting among the spring flowers, on top of his very own bird house!.
This block is made with Wool Applique on Flannel. The block is set off center to give it a more modern approach.
Below, is Bluebelle. This would be the perfect size for a journal cover, or framed wall hanging.
My precious little Dachshund Gracie was just diagnosed with cancer, and is going to need surgery. I've started a gofundme campaign to raise money for her medical needs. I love this little peanut! She is the sweetest little dog, and it breaks my heart. She's only 6. She will be 7 this summer, and I want to have her for many more years.
If you'd like to help, donations are greatly appreciated.
I'm still working on the rabbit. We have this amazing flannel fabric, that looks like hand dyed wool, and feels just incredible. So I decided to have another "go" at the bunny. Your thoughts?