The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sue Spargo's In Full Bloom



 
I'm able to share Sue Spargo's 2014 BOM, In Full Bloom since the book for this design will be available for sale on Sue's website on Friday.
 
 
Wool, cotton and velvet applique on wool backgrounds.
 

I finished the top this past Winter, but we were asked to wait to show our work until the book is published.
 

 
Love how it looks with the snow in the background.

 
Lots of embellishing with specialty threads.

 
Even some beading.

 
I adore Sue's creative genius and how she combines so many
 textures to complete such an awesome quilt.  Now to quilt it.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Favorite Things

 
 
Sharing a quilt I made in the early 90's from Linda Brannock...
My Favorite Things, 1994, Star Quilt Co.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Remembering Linda Brannock

 
The Collector Series...
 
I was saddened to learn that Linda Brannock passed away yesterday.
She had such incredible talent for designing primitive quilts.
Her primitives designs and fabrics inspired me
 to become the primitive quilter I am today.
I will always have a special place in my heart for her.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Marriage Pen Wiper Rug


I fell in love with this wool rug the minute I saw it on Cee Rafuse's blog. 
 The Marriage Pen Wiper Rug is made with aged dark wools and aged string for the embroidery and blanket stitches.
 

 
The rug tells a story of a marriage of a couple and their family.  The initials of loved ones are stitched with important dates such as their birth, a marriage or a death...much like a family tree.

 
I'm making it for a friend. 
I have lot of research to do on their family history 
and one hundred tongues to blanket stitch just to get started. 
 
The above photos are courtesy of  Cee Refuse.

 
The kit from Cee Rafuse of Early Style Penny Rugs came with all the tongues cut in those wonderful aged wools and the aged string.  She even included one tongue stitched so you could see the size that your blanket stitch needed to be.  Of course she has her YouTube videos for instructions. I have a chocolate prairie cloth from LJFibers that I'm going to use for the backing.
 
 

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Primitive Strip Quilt

 
A few more sections added to my primitive strip quilt that is based on a 1930's
African American quilt.

 
I will probably add four more sections to have the size I want before adding the borders.  I would like it to fit a full size bed.

 
I'm using the quilt as you go method, cutting the batting for each section
and sewing the fabric scraps to the batting.  I then sew the sections together.  Most of these fabrics are Brannock and Patek scraps from the 1990's.