Sunday, April 23, 2017

a month of stitching::day 22


This morning I was grabbed by something I saw posted on Instagram by Sonya Phillips, one of my stitching sheros. She wrote of Fashion Revolution, marking the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh. Take a look here. 

Dear readers, I fell down the internet rabbit hole for an hour while I sipped my morning tea (the tea that Hannah brought me from China!). 

I have not stitched for an hour today, but I have read a lot about all the issues around clothing and the "fashion revolution". Fas-cin-ating. I've rummaged through my patterns, my longer yardages of fabric, my mending pile and my bin of clothing for repurposing. I am hatching a plan for the upcoming week and beyond. 

If indeed the universe is looking for collaborators this is certainly a way to jump in! 

And there will be another giveaway this week, so stay tuned. xo

Saturday, April 22, 2017

a month of stitching::day 21



Whenever I send a baby gift, I try to remember to send a little something to an older sibling if there is one. When I was getting this quilt ready to send, I realized I needed an extra goodie. I found a cute set of Duplos at our local "five and dime" store, and made another "treasure bag" to send them in. This is the third bag I've made and they just get easier each time. (You can see the first one here, and the second one here).

I have a special place in my heart for children's book illustrator Richard Scarry, so I have a yard or two of fabric with his sweet illustrations on it. And I found a fat quarter of the banana fabric in the back of the cupboard, too. (Because, you know, everyone loves Bananas Gorilla).

We try to remember that every day is Earth Day up here on the ridge. Making a treasure bag provides a gift wrap that skips the paper and ribbons and tape and it can be used for toting all sorts of things around.

Next time you're at the library, I invite you to sneak into the kids' section, find a Richard Scarry book, fold yourself into one of those tiny chairs and get lost in the fun. It will be time well spent, I promise.

Friday, April 21, 2017

a month of stitching::day 20



it's been a long, dreary, wet day and i am tired. wilma and i have settled in to do some knitting (i am so glad she is asleep).  xo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

a month of stitching::day 19::Handmade Joy Exchange



Anne of My Giant Strawberry has hosted several Handmade Joy Exchanges over the years. Anne invites folks to send her their contact information, then she mixes everyone up and sends each of us the name of a person to create a little something for. I've participated in all but one of Anne's exchanges, so this time around I signed up right away!

When I received Sarah's information, I checked out her Instagram account to see what sorts of things interested her. I literally squealed with delight when I saw her photos. Take a peek here and you'll see why. I knew right away that I wanted to create a path in the woods for Sarah, using as many natural elements as I could. I used some of my homegrown, hand dyed indigo linen as the base and worked with birch twigs from the yard, cotton thread, a bit of paper and a much loved mother of pearl button. It was such fun to send this piece across the ocean to France, hoping it would be well received.

Well, never did I ever expect what happened next! A few weeks later, a package arrived from France and I found this lovely watercolored painting inside. Sarah sent me a thank-you gift. How sweet is that? Her simple and joyful leaves have inspired an idea that I hope to include in my own "month of stitching" project soon.

And soon another package arrived at my doorstep here in Vermont. It came from Kels in Australia! You can get a peek at her spiffy website here. Kels sent me five amazingly detailed, hand painted note cards. Some of her work reminds me of meditative mandalas. I also see a bit of the Aboriginal art of the indigenous people of Australia in her work. I do love to write snail mail, but these may be too precious to send away!

Tomorrow Anne will post a comprehensive look at all of the beautiful pieces that have been flying around the world this spring. Be sure to check her blog to see the many inspired gestures of friendship among folks who may never meet one another. Kindred spirits, gathered by creativity, joy and generosity...thank you Anne, from the bottom of my heart for getting us organized and facilitating such a positive experience for so many of us. You are a gem. xo

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

a month of stitching::day 18





A crocus inspired pin cushion. And some really lovely notecards from my friend Mira, who has a brand new Etsy shop. You can find her birch, pin cushion and other pretty cards here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

a month of stitching::day 17




Mother Nature's color palette seems to provide never ending inspiration. Batman gave me a pussy willow bush for my birthday and today I was struck by all the beautiful colors I saw in the branches, tiny leaves and catkins. I'd been meaning to make a little pincushion for some time and decided to make one with the colors of the pussy willow. These old fashioned calicos also remind me of the gorgeous dresses worn in the newly released To Walk Invisible, Masterpiece Theatre's two hour movie about the Bronte sisters. (What a lovely, sobering, inspiring movie!)

The nine patch pin cushion pattern can be found here.

Tomorrow I'll post a bit more about pin cushions...

Monday, April 17, 2017

a month of stitching::day 16






My daughter Lindsey and I collaborated on a baby quilt for the woman who had been her roommate in college. Little Arlo is Elizabeth's second baby and we thought he might appreciate a new quilt, rather than a hand-me-down from his big brother. 

I bought the fabric at Gather Here on my way down to the family art show in February. Lindsey and I discussed quilt patterns and settled on a modern version of stacked coins or chinese coins. I brought the fabric home, washed and dried it and cut out all the "coins". I sent them to Lindsey, who stitched them together with the addition of a pup she found on a vintage hankie. She sent the three strips of sewn coins back to me. I added the solid blue strips, basted, quilted and trimmed the quilt. Today she sewed the binding on while she was here for the decking weekend. I just stitched the label on and will wash it and pack it tomorrow and ship it to little Arlo.

And...ooops...you may have noticed that I did not stitch and I did not post yesterday, so I will be a day behind for the rest of the month.  To see our new deck, which consumed much of the weekend, look here! 

I hope that each of you had a lovely weekend, filled with the celebration of spring. xo