Our family decided to head out into the marsh this weekend to see if the pussy willows were budding. We headed to my childhood playground, where there always fun things to see and do and smell. Sadly, the pussy willows were not yet budding, but lucky for us the skunk cabbage was sprouting. Oh that is a smell one never forgets and a smell that every child (and adult) should experience at least once!
Archive for March, 2010
The local artists studio co-op, Globe Studios, is having its annual Spring Show and Sale at the end of April. I have a textile arts studio at Globe, so I am busy preparing items for the sale. I am aiming to have at least one item from each of the textile arts available for the show and sale, but I am finding my other projects are taking up most of my time right now.
I do have some knitted pieces ready.
That quilted runner is one of two quilted pieces that will be available at the show as well.
Now to finish up the quilt and move on to the yo-yo’s this weekend. Hope yours is a crafty, cozy weekend!
My eldest daughter has a b-day party tomorrow for a friend at school. Part of her gift is going to be a craft apron. My eldest picked out the fabric, a vintage cotton of blue flowers, and ribbon covered in strawberries.
I think I know two more girls that need a craft apron of their own.
The scent of spring is in the air in this part of the world. But it is only March. Although I fear there must be one good snow storm waiting to blanket us in white, I am feeling the season of spring! I want to surround my self with the sights, scents and colors of spring! Bunnies and eggs, the heavenly scent of hyacinth, and the fantastic, popping colors of spring greens, bright blues and saturated pinks.
That can only mean its time to knit a hop, hop, hopping bunny purse for one of the little girls in my life!
With the help of my mother-in-law (expert knitter extraordinaire), I designed the bunny purse 4.5 years ago when my eldest daughter was only 3. Since then I have been revising and perfecting the pattern, adding trims, creating new characters. They are a fairly quick knit, so many of them have been gifted over the years. Every spring I crave the pinks and purples of the bunny purse.
My youngest has made it clear however, that she would like a baby chick. The bunny will have to wait a little while.
If you want to knit up a bunny purse for the little girl in your life, the pattern is available for download in my shoppe!
In December, my family was blessed with the arrival of a new baby girl. A sweet, oh-so-tiny, little girl who has a super excited auntie!
Whenever members of my circle welcome a new addition into their family, I like to welcome the new arrival with their very own quilt. A self-taught quilter (with much to learn), I made my first quilt for a boyfriend while I was in university. That was 15 years ago.
My quilting has been few and far between, but I always try to welcome wee babes with one whenever I can. I always look forward to the planning and choosing of fabrics. Really, I think the planning and choosing of fabrics is my favorite part! The colors, the prints, it really is a fabric addict’s heaven to be surrounded by bolts of comforting quilters cotton. This time, as I planned a pictorial quilt, I was eager to start hand quilting. I pieced the top in 3 hrs so eager was I to quilt!
It was the quiet that I craved. As I quilted my way through grass, clouds and a tree, these are the bits that came clear to me:
- The years between quilts do nothing to improve my stitches! With each quilt I can tell where I started and where I finished by the quality of my stitches – they are always much better at the end!
- I must quilt more often.
- I love the delicious calm and relaxing pace that come with hand quilting. It is almost meditative. The peace refreshes my soul and my mind, forcing me to be present and infuse every stitch with love and good intention.
- I must quilt more often.
This is what I passed onto my niece. I really think it is one of my favorites.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!