Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cooler Times

Here in New Hampshire, we were all breathing a huge sigh of relief that the thick, hot, muggy air has, at last, been swept away by a wonderful Canadian High! Cool and refreshing breezes danced in the sunlight and made you glad to be alive.

Below is the Upstairs Group of the Friday Quilters with Claire at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire.

We all work on our own projects, with or without our sewing machines, help each other out if we can, and share a story or a giggle.

From the Downstairs Gang, Maureen was hard at work designing a pouch for her beloved granddaughter, Ashley.

Maureen did this name piece on her embroidery machine. Really nice!

Sue was off at a family gathering for a loved one who had passed away, but Beverly, seen below,
was making progress on her circles design.

As she struggled with the layout of patterns, she made a decision to leave off the blocks that had any of the bright white.

We all liked it better without the white! Do you, too? Below is what it began to look like without the white blocks.

I have loaned Beverly my pair of "Red Glasses" for viewing those tricky value placements as this is very much a work in progress.
There are many more blocks to be made and Bev liked my suggestion that she might make pillow shams from the now-leftover white blocks.

As for me, I was lazier than usual and only finished stitching up a pair of Civil War pillowcases that feature a Mary Koval magenta madder paisley.

I was pleased to get them finished and to have used two yards of stash in a quick but inspired way.

The cheddar accents are a Judy Rothermel and you may click on any picture to enlarge it.

Before I go, I'd like to share a photo of two very dear friends of mine that I introduced to each other. On the left, is Frances, who is 99 years young and still enjoys a glass of wine now and then, but she quit smoking cigarettes when she was 85. 
And on the right, is my neighbor, Ilse, who at 83 is single handedly caring for her failing husband, Alfred (89), as well as keeping chickens and raising a great garden. These two remarkable women are my role models for graceful aging and I love them for it!

I had a few "Stars In A Time Warp" (link) blocks that got forgotten and here they are for you:

Happy quilting!


cityquilter grace said...

oh yeah love that canadian high...makes for great sewing weather!

Janet O. said...

I know my SIL had told us Saturday was supposed to be 100% humidity. Has that changed now--I hope?
Yes, definitely better without the white. Hey, I know the Red Glasses lady--the one who created them. She just lives a few miles away. : )
Very pretty pillowcases. Love those colors.
You have some great role models there, Vic!
Always love to see the latest in your star creations.

Helen in the UK said...

Glad to hear your weather is improving. The new drunkards path layout is great, sometimes extra pairs of eyes are needed to make things work out :)

Cathy said...

Yes, like the drunkard path quilt better w/o bright white. And I like the way you know the name of your fabrics, for heaven's sake. And that pic of you holding up the two pillowcases makes it look like the pillowcases are a bit short! And value???? Red glasses??? Hmmmm...that's too much for me. Is that involved in quilt making??

It's all about the fun and it looks like you have all definitely cornered the market on that.

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