Friday, July 22, 2011

A New Assortment

Hello is some news from this home front...a welcome visitor:

I decided to concentrate on my grandson's quilt because he will be visiting soon, but in the meantime finished this felted piece:

I saw these 2 arimatsu pieces on Glennis' site, and could not resist them, thinking I would cut into them for my grandson's quilt, but it is hard to do, they are so beautiful as is:

And then, as I've been absorbing ideas from Jude's classes and learning techniques, I suddenly came up with a new plan for my grandson's quilt.  In the ongoing Magic Diaries class, Jude talks  about design/theme etc., in a way that encourages us to use what we like of her sharings to cultivate our own pathway through the thickets of life.

I've discovered that I love sewing little squares together by hand to make 9-patches.  Most of this fabric comes from my trip to Mt. Lassen, which was in hiding the entire weekend...I found a little quilt store that was closed.  I peered into the window and suddenly the owner appeared and invited me in.  I gravitated toward the red (L's favorite color) checks and here we are.

The main theme of this quilt is to introduce my grandson to his ancestors from the maternal branch of my side of his family.  Now that I have a structure for this, I have a better idea of how to construct squares around the other photographs, which are all different sizes, in order to unify the over-all look of it. (I hope!)

So it's a new beginning with lots of room for development.

That's all for now...


  1. am just loving the border on your felted piece. did you weave some of those sections before felting? and the ancestral quilt is a great idea and red and white nine patches are so much fun.

  2. Hi Deanna...thanks! I've definitely been inspired by weavings, but I did the border just with needle-felting little checks and stripes...letting them go where they wanted...

  3. Oh, Suzanna, your latest felting is intricate and beautiful.
    Love your approach to your grandson's quilt. I am so enjoying thinking through things over at Jude's. So many thoughts on stitch as diary. One of my favourite techniques is similar....sewing scraps together no matter what shape they are.

  4. Hi Penny, thank you! I loved making that border and look forward to doing more of's sort of the same idea as sewing scraps together, which I love too...with the felting there is more free will involved, but the scraps do the dictating, size-wise and give such a satisfying feeling of putting little bits to good use.

  5. Beautiful work ... love the birds in the design!

  6. Thanks Cobalt Violet! I have 2 white doves who are my models...

  7. The felting is just beautiful, reminds me of the patterning on the butterflies wings.

  8. Hmmm...yes! I wasn't trying for that, but it just happened that way and I hadn't noticed it before...thank you, Deb!

  9. suzanna...the felted piece...ahhhh.
    and the ancester quilt
    and well, just You. your thoughtfull quietness. thank you always, every time for coming by windthread. you always leave a peaceful feeling with me.
    when i look at my three rag tag little dogs, now, i always think of Spirit Agnes. wondering what she's doing.
    much love to you,

  10. Hello Grace, thank you so much for your kind words. I've had a bit of a bumpy ride today and I'm very appreciative of your visit. I wonder what Agnes is doing too...I'm pretty sure she's happy though...I feel her around me now...