Category: Quilts

The Cottage Journal 09.14.2020

Several months back, I was chatting with a quilting customer who told me about a miniature cedar “hope” chest she had received upon her high school graduation (I’m guessing in the 1970’s or 80’s). Next thing you know, she had gifted me with one that she had come across in a garage or estate sale!… Read more

The Cottage Journal 06.15.2020

I had the high honor to quilt a Red Work quilt top, embroidered in 1892! The quilt top is also a friendship (or signature) quilt, with each block “signed” by the family member or friend who embroidered it. Since the date, January 19, 1892, is embroidered in the central block as well as some of the smaller surrounding ones, I feel certain that this quilt top celebrates an event, most likely a wedding.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 05.20.2020

It’s a wrap! I finished the barn quilt, and Mark helped me mount it to the studio porch. Looks like a nice spot to sit and sew – or at least have a cup of coffee…

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The Cottage Journal 05.13.2020

Still making face masks, and planning a “tent sale” at the end of our driveway, to make them available to my neighbors. But – I’ve also begun another project – and it has meant that I’ve commandeered a large portion of my husband’s work shop space. Kind of a manifest destiny thing…

I’m making a barn quilt to hang outside, next to my studio’s french doors.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 04.20.2020

A few weeks ago, I ran across a vintage quilt pattern that took my fancy. It reminds me of the tiny verbena that I planted in a dish garden just outside of the front door. The quilt block is a flower that measures 4 1/2″ square, which means that the pieces that make up the block are even smaller – 3/4″ squares for the flower centers!… Read more

The Cottage Journal 04.13.2020

Yesterday was Easter. Covid-19 had us attending a “virtual” Easter Mass in the morning, and provided us with tons of leftovers from our traditional ham and sweet potatoes family dinner in the afternoon, since no other family were gathered around our table. The Easter bunny (aka our lovely neighbors Kaylee and Chad) DID leave some chocolate eggs for us – outside our front door on the porch.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 04.07.2020

I’ve finished the second quilt in my Easter series! (Click here to see the first one.) This second one, called Resurrection, uses the Hovering Hawks quilt block – which dates back to the Civil War era. Its strong diagonal lines reminds me of birds in flight, soaring to the heavens. Made from fabric scraps leftover from other quilts, my modern version depicts Christ’s resurrection – from the darkness to the light – on the third day, He rose again.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 04.02.2020

I haven’t done a great deal of sewing lately – the cottage gardens have demanded my attention and so I’ve been weeding and mulching and moving my muscles in ways that they had forgotten about over the winter – oh, my aching back…and knees…and everything else! Needless to say (but I’m saying it), all I’ve been good for by the end of each day is to sprawl out on the couch and watch TV.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 03.27.2020

I’m working on the second quilt in my series of three, for Easter. I’ve finished 30 blocks, and have them laid out on my design wall, to check for placement and transition in the colors and values. Still have some tweaks to make, but I’m getting excited… here’s a sneak peek!… Read more

The Cottage Journal 03.25.2020

Inspiration. How does it work? I honestly don’t know. But what I do know, is that I find inspiration (or it finds me) in all sorts of ways. What inspired my Crossed Canoes quilt, here in the Longsmith Cottage Quilt Shop? Four things:

  • This beautiful view from a greenway that my husband and I regularly walk.
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