The sewing room is set up and operating even though there is more organization required. I’m not sure what possessed me signing up for 2 summer block of the weeks and then another year long block of the month. I must have figured I would have a lot of time on my hands? Recently I have made time to do some sewing but I’m woefully behind in the summer projects and haven’t even started the new Block of the Month (first 3 months are waiting on me). The first summer project is from one of my favorite quilt shops, Temecula Quilt Co., and it’s a Dresden plate quilt. I’ve only done a Dresden plate one time and it was 20 years ago. Temecula’s patterns are often tiny and this is no exception. Here are the first 3 Dresden plates, each about 3 inches in diameter.
The next project is one that I’m truly enjoying by Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings. I was fortunate to work into my busy summer with the urging of my husband, one of her classes at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA. It was a wool applique class and we worked on a Christmas Tablemat that hopefully I will show you later this fall. (For a sneak peak look on the Projects page.) Lisa’s block of the week is called “Words to Live By.” Again I’m woefully behind but here are the first 2 blocks and a picture of Lisa and myself from class. Yes, it was the end of the day and I was a little tired plus a little blue. The Quilt Odyssey was adjacent to the Hershey Medical Center where we had taken my mother to specialists just a week prior to her death. Lots of memories flooded back along with some flood waters in my eyes.
Lisa Bongean does a lot of wool applique and her work is beautiful. It was fun learning her technique and, yes, I came home with 2 more projects and a lot of Valdani pearl cotton. She does blanket stitch around her wool shapes. I have been using Maggie Bonanomi’s method with a whip stitch. I’m using Maggie’s method on Words to Live By but now I wish I was doing blanket stitch. Oh well, not about to start over!
Here are the first 2 months, Charity and Loyalty. I have most of the third month complete except the stem stitch embroidery. Hopefully that will be revealed in a week. I have 2 more months prepped for sewing too! Lisa was working on the center medallion of this quilt during our class. This quilt is going to be lovely…darn it, wish I was doing blanket stitch!!