Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calliope Hummingbirds

 
I've had these little jewels the last week or so visiting what few flowers I have left.

 
Female Calliope Hummingbird

 
Smallest of the US hummingbirds
 
 
Only 2 3/4 inches long, most other hummingbirds are more than 3 inches to almost 4 inches long.

 
Tiny little feathers rim her eye.

 
It was several hours of perseverance and sitting oh so still to take these photos.  I was very pleased since I've never been able to get so many close-ups.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Primitive Stockings

 
I'm starting to work on Christmas stockings.  These are the ones that I made last year.
 
 
Brushed cottons for the stockings and a mix of fabrics for the applique.
The stockings are large, 20" from toe to top.

 
I'm using this very old pattern from Jan Patek, Stinson Family Homestead for some of the inspiration and designs.  The patterns and directions are printed on tissue paper, that goes way back.
 
Starting off with a simple Christmas tree design for this one.

 
You can also find a pattern and designs for stockings in this book by Jan.
 
I'll be selling the stockings in my Etsy shop.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Peek-A-Boo

 
Peek...

 
another peek...

 
and another...

 
boo!

 
Young Marmots that live just below the house in the rocks.  They hibernate during the Winter.

 
She's trying to flatten her body on the rock, like I can't see her and those teeth.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Row One of The Emily Munroe Quilt

 
Definitely a labor of love for me to reproduce this quilt, calms the mind and calms the soul to work on a quilt with so much history.

 
I have to purposely make my stitches crude and irregular to reflect the primitive look.

 
A closer look from the antique quilt of those blocks.
 
My heart aches at the death of Robin Williams...

Friday, August 08, 2014

The Emily Munroe Quilt Continues

 
This block turned out to be quite unique with that touch of blue on those elegant flowers.

 
I met Frances Quinn online, the designer of the patterns from Hoopla, and she was tickled to see that I was reproducing the quilt with her patterns.  She has pictures on her website of my work and others who are working on this quilt.
 
 
Thanks so much for the comments on the Ground Squirrel.  Glad we could give you all a giggle.