Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope your sweetie pie surprises you with flowers, candy, dinner or whatever makes you happy. Mine will be home after a trip to Charlotte, NC where they experienced another snowstorm. And the east coast is getting dumped on again today – you have my sympathy, all of you! We have almost no snow at all but the cold temps are getting old.
Remember Harvey, the big rabbit we made way back in 1997? Our model is so faded and dated that on the spur of the moment I decided to remake Harvey with new fabrics that would make any Easter bunny proud. His trousers are navy pin stripe, his shirt is an off-white grunge, the background is the new Marcus gray aged muslin (I absolutely loved working with this fabric and after washing the quilt, it crinkled up beautifully), his bow tie and cuffs are orange with purple polka dots and the border is an array of Easter egg colors. I had lots of help binding Harvey as you can see. I blogged about the quilting and will explain it to you as well.
I am not an accomplished machine quilter and don’t even really like having to do it but our machine quilters, Ina and Brandi, are overwhelmed with customer quilts right now and in all good conscience I simply can’t ask them to slip my quilts in ahead of all the waiting customers. So after studying various quilts on Pinterest I came up with something even I can handle and I like it. With my quilting foot on my Bernina, I quilted “casual” straight lines up and down the length of Harvey. I used a light grey thread on top and ivory on the back. I started with one line down the middle, and several more about 1/3 across on either side just to anchor the layers together so they wouldn’t shift and create a “tuck” in the backing. Then I stitched up and down with a slight curve and weave making “casual” straight lines. Nothing was marked and I eyeballed every line. I am thrilled with the result and will now quilt like this on anything that isn’t too big to handle. I tell you this because I don’t think I’m the only experienced quilter out there who doesn’t like to machine quilt or has very little experience doing it. Am I right? We’ll be taking the cover photo today and cutting the kits which should be ready for shipping the first part of next week – in plenty of time to sew him up and enjoy him before Easter Sunday.
What’s new in the barn you ask? Well, in the bitter cold temps last week, these 2 geese were struggling to walk so I brought both of them into the barn to recuperate. They wanted out so badly yesterday when the temps got up to the mid 20’s that I gave in and let them outside to rejoin the other geese and Lucky the duck.
And this is Susannah’s way to tell me she wants more treats that are on the top of the cupboard. She looks up and then looks back at me and then up again as if to say, “I know there are more treats up there and I could use another handful of pretzels! Please?” She also loves to chew on cardboard boxes so I give them to her occasionally to entertain her. Does anybody recognize this Moda fabric box?
And Faye and Telly, my constant companions and best friends ever! They are so bored with this frigid weather – too cold to play outside, I don’t go out any oftener than I have to and I don’t go in the car making for long boring dog days.
This bowl of treasures sits in the middle of the dining room table and in my boredom walking around the house I quickly took a picture of it. I think it might be fun to take everything out and lay all the stuff on the table so you could see it all. It’s very fun vintage “stuff”. I’ll do that sometime soon.
I leave you with this disgusting picture taken of the window sill covered with “snirt”. The reflection in the window shows that we don’t have much snow but all that rich black Iowa topsoil is now in every crevice in every house and yard in North Iowa. Ick!!
Until we get Harvey online, you can call the shop, 641-923-3893, to order the kit which we will price today.
Only 2 more days to purchase current $7/yd. fabric on the 100 bolt sale and only 1 more day to order any Country Threads pattern for $3.00 (with very few exceptions).
I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: – ‘No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.’
– Eleanor Roosevelt