Saturday, June 6, 2020

A New Normal

It has been three months since we've gathered at Susie's cottage, as the coronavirus swept over the world and caused us to shelter in place to avoid contagion. We wear masks in public and stay mostly at home, but thanks to technology some of us are still able to meet through Zoom. While it isn't perfect, it's a great way to see each other and share our stories every week.

Many of us are still stitching, while some are busy with work and grandchildren.
Here are a few recent creations...

Pat R has been working on Lucy Boston blocks made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
What a treat for the eyes!

Carol H made this adorable baby quilt, with a sweet fabric on the back!

Jane's children's sweaters are amazing and so cute!!

Judy has done an appliqué bird and a bit of embroidery.

Finally, this quote seems to capture the spirit of our group 
and felt like a good way to end this post.

"Any woman who sews or knits or weaves,
blends colors in a tapestry, or creates a patchwork quilt,
knows by the feel that a single thread is weak,
but the weaving, the blending, the intertwining
with many others makes it strong.
Any woman alone without friends to sustain her,
to nurture and support, to hold with loving arms,
like a single thread, is weak.
But the weaving, the loving, the nurturing of others,
the networks of friendship make her strong."
Barbara ~ The Kinship of Women

Hopefully our next post will include photos from an in-person meeting!
Meanwhile, let's all stay well and keep stitching!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Autumn and Early Winter

Winter has just begun and many of us have had a busy and productive Autumn.

Carol H. worked on this beautiful cowl,

and a warm and colorful pair of socks.

Anne has continued with her needle turned appliqué squares.

Barbara did this redwork embroidery,

and finished piecing her village quilt,
with shops representing local stores in our town.
We're encouraging her to exhibit it locally when it's completed!

Pat K, who now lives in South Carolina, won her first
 ribbon there with this beautiful Mrs. Lincoln quilt.

Jane knitted this lovely, soft baby sweater.

Susie shared this wonderful sailboat quilt she made...

and she's been working on these hand stitched and appliquéd
squares for a quilt,

as well as some tiny one inch hexagons,
arranged with a fabric motif hexi in the center.

Judy made some fabric landscapes for a show,

and a little appliquéd lady in the snow.

Daphne shared some pretty quilted mats.

And our newest member, Carol S., is working on an
embroidered tree skirt begun years ago by her mother.

Here's Barbara again, with a sweet hand appliquéd wool piece,

as well as a hand embroidered table runner!

Last but not least, Pat R graciously posed wearing 
a beautiful cowl she knitted,

and shared two more adorable sweaters 
for her hand knit bunnies!

As always, we all feel so fortunate to belong to this group
and enjoy seeing what everyone is working on.

So glad we can share our work with you!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Summer Stitching

I'm just squeaking in under the wire, getting a summer post in before the start of autumn tomorrow. How quickly the seasons go, but always, there is stitching, knitting, appliqué and quilting to keep us busy, and our friendships that keep us together as a group. We love our Thursday mornings!

The cottage garden has been a joy to see every time we venture down the walkway. This photo was taken midsummer and flowers continued to grow taller and fill out the space, along with vegetables!

Here are just a few of the things we've been working on recently.

Susie has been busy, as always.
Here is her seaside themed quilt,

some lovely pieced quilts,

and an intricately appliquéd and pieced quilt.

Susie also made some cute needle books to give as gifts.
Here they are, front...

and back!

And on her design wall, a neutral log cabin quilt is in process.

Carol made this sweet baby blanket,

an adorable I-Spy quilt,

and this lovely knitted shawl.

Pat R. said that this is what happens when you let your grandson
choose the pattern for his bunny's new sweater!

And he loves it!

Pat also made this precious teddy for a lucky little girl.

Here is Jane's wonderful boy's sweater with very special buttons!

Ann's embroidered quilt has been beautifully quilted,

and she is currently working on hand appliquéd 
squares for a new quilt.

Barbara, who has had a very busy summer, 
added French knots to some vintage hand embroidered quilt squares.

Judy embroidered a little lady she had doodled,

 tried some torn paper collages with embroidery,

and worked on an embroidered page for her fabric book.

So now, grandchildren are back to school, summer vacations are over,
and the table is filling up again with new projects every week.

Here's wishing everyone who reads this
a very happy Autumn!

Thanks so much for stopping by!