02 August, 2008

Quilty Things, The Family Speaks...

It's time for a report on quilty things; yes, I can still thread a needle! This is a three-fold post, works in various stages of progress, all sandwiched in-between trips to "Mason-the-Magnificent"'s house!

In preparation for tomorrow's Southern Album class I have finished (just under the wire!) 'Audubon Pine'* (I also did 'Sweet Tea Stars', not pictured.) This, the *'AP' block, is my tree of life. It's dated, has one special little doggie(!) in place of the suggested birds, and one red leaf representing a precious new addition; my first grandchild, he had a voice in this design!

All Aboard!, Mason's Zoo Train wallhanging, is underway. Thanks for all the votes in favor of the blue stripe background, I liked it too; but Mason's Mommy and Quiltteacher (the retired art teacher from Fernleaf Lane) both made a good case for the white background, and so... white it is! I've stitched out three of the blocks (monkey in the middle... sorry, too obvious!!) six more to go. I will add red piping around every block and sash between the blocks with a solid blue... hue still to be determined (three colors are featured across the bottom), I think I like the light blue, but... we'll see, everything's negotiable! (Click photo to enlarge)

Sunflower Love, the wedding "siggie" quilt (not nearly this *bright* in real life!) is all laid out and ready for a wider, green, outer border. I had labored over placing teeny yellow/brown four-patches as cornerstones and was considering a similar checkerboard-style inner border until the newlyweds wandered in and came up with this, a much similar layout. At first, I felt that it was much too plain; but then, I saw the secondary pattern emerging and just loved it for it's elegant simplicity! They were right. After quilting it with a hearts and flowers motif, I plan to pipe along the inside of edge with the yellow fabric and bind it in the chocolate brown, that should prove to be just the right finish for this beauty! Stay tuned...

And so... the family speaks!
I'm listening, and finishing, accordingly; and it's all good.
Life is Good!

9 comments:

Tanya said...

The family tree is beautiful. Especially with the red leaf and the doggie there. Touches like that really make the quilt/block something of our own.

Janet said...

You're making some beautiful things over at your house! I love the family tree block also.

Mason is one lucky little guy. The zoo train is so cute!

Quiltdivajulie said...

So what was "the case" for the white background on Mason's train?

Love the tree block - bet Hannes does, too!

Quilt Memories said...

I absolutely love, love the designs you are embroidering for the wall hanging, that is going to be adorable! love the tree of life block also,and the siggy quilt layout is perfect. You have been one busy " girl"....Keep up the good work. See you sometime next week(I hope) am heading home tomorrow ( Monday). Bobbin

Todd, Kari, Anna and Gracie said...

Congrats to your little pup...and I wanted to tell you that I just LOVE Mason's Wallhanging!!! When you quilt and sew...you QUILT and SEW! LOVE IT!!!

I also fell in love with ALL your quilt work....colors, design...such a special feeling to it!! Great Job!!

Nane said...

Wow the little Hannes is great!

meggie said...

Nice happy post. Yes, the family tree is lovely.

Rhonda said...

Your tree block is precious. Mason's wallhanging is darling.
And siggie quilt is looking good.
Woo Hoo!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh my goodess, so much to see! I knew that "siggie" quilt would raise its head soon. Boy this sure is turning out to be something else.