When last we spoke, I was bemoaning the fact that my creative muse up and hit the road! I believe she has found her way back to me. Welcome back, little muse!
It’s funny how things can make you think of quilts. I was driving home from work a few weeks back and heard “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor on the radio. It made me think of a quilt I made a while back. It was back in the day when I (and many others) was enamoured by the Jane Stickell quilt. I was determined that I was going to make one for myself…all 200 plus tiny blocks. How hard could it be? Pretty hard actually. At least pretty time-consuming. Then I saw where others were making smaller versions….Baby Janes. I could do that! And I did. The song kept going through my head ….. “deep greens and blues are the colors you choose”. So I chose deep greens and blues and made my own little Baby Jane. Here’s my Sweet Baby Jane.
Last summer, my sister and I made another quilt for the veteran’s home. It was my job to quilt it. I was going to fmq on my Bernina but I was talked into using my Juki on the frame. I’ve discussed my Juki/frame here before…when it works, it’s wonderful! When it doesn’t, I make up swear words. Let me tell you, I made up some doozies! It began by lulling me into a false sense of security…things went rather smoothly for a while. I was flying! Then the thread started to break. I’m OK with a little thread breakage…not every six inches. Then the machine started to drag. It was hanging up on the frame somehow. Couldn’t figure it out. The answer soon emerged when the crazy carriage fell off the rails. Think that was what was dragging? 🙂 It took my husband and I a half an hour to get it back on track. Started to stitch again and got the mother of all thread nests. It was a nest for an ostrich! Walked away from it for a week. Came back and tried to remove the nest. I had to cut it from the quilt and then take the machine apart to remove all of the thread. Cleaned it, oiled it and guess what! It stitched really pretty after that. We have a love/hate relationship!
And last, but not least, I’ve jumped on the hexie bandwagon. Given my aversion to hand sewing I was sure this parade would pass me by. Then Mickey Depre came to our guild meeting. If you haven’t seen her Pieced Hexie book click here and take a peek! I stitched these all the way to Fort Lauderdale and back last week. They really are fun….and addictive. Begin at your own risk!!