Yes, I know – summer ended almost 3 weeks ago. But here in Tennessee, we’re just now beginning to enjoy fall weather, with temps in the 50’s at night. The meteorologist (weather person) on the news this morning advised us that summer weather was still hanging on for a couple of days, though. So to call the quilt sale an end of summer sale is not really too far-fetched.
If you’re in Nashville, stop by the Gaslamp Antique and Decorating Mall – the Longsmith Cottage Quilt Shop is on the corner of Tulip and Walnut Streets in the Gaslamp Too location at 128 Powell Place.
25% off on select quilts – original prices ranging from $30 to $200. Don’t miss it!
patiently waiting for Chip’s birthday. He is a dear, dear family friend, and late this summer his mom Carroll commissioned me to make a very special My Comforter weighted blanket for Chip, for his birthday on October 7th. We collaborated secretly on just the right fabrics, and I finished it a couple of weeks ago. But I didn’t dare post pictures of it until today, for fear of spoiling Chip’s surprise!
Chip has an affinity for foxes. And he (along with his wife and his mom) live on a mountain in the middle of one of North Carolina’s beautiful forests. So when we ran across this gorgeous fabric panel of a fox and mountain ridge from the Call of the Wild collection by Hoffman Fabrics, Carroll and I knew it would be perfect for him. Happy birthday, Chip!
I worry sometimes that my 4-year-old grandson Damien is exposed to too much violence in this world. He already talks about the “good guys” and the “bad guys”, and he wants to dress up like Spiderman for Halloween (for the second year in a row). I think part of this fascination with superheroes and the like is a desire for control in our lives, sprinkled with a little bit of fairness – and maybe just a little bit of that “you’ll get yours” feeling to boot.
I just shipped out a really fun My Comforter weighted blanket, composed of Thor on the front and Captain America on the back. Needless to say, this customer is a big fan of the Avengers! Each side features a large fabric panel of the superhero, with a surrounding border of corresponding comic book strips to make up the extra large size. I think that this customer will be in the Avengers’ mighty hands to control that anxiety and provide peace and security!
Happy Mother’s Day! The Cottage Quilt of the Month for May is in honor of all of our moms, complete with soft pinks and butterflies! It measures 72″ x 68″, and is quilted with a bell flower design.
On Good Friday, my son-in-law surprised me with a bouquet of white roses. Over Easter they fully opened, in all God’s glory.
I think this quilt would be categorized as modern — big 9″ blocks, and very graphic birch trees. I originally planned to use a boxy, straight line type of quilting pattern on it, but when I asked Mark’s opinion, he chose this one, with dense curvy leaves. The spiky veins of the leaves give it some great contrast. I’m so glad I asked him to weigh in – I love the finished quilt!
the quilting looks great on the solid black back!
When my mother died several years ago, my sister-in-law Therese sent me a sympathy card with her handwritten message inside: “remember – we are an Easter people”. Her words not only comforted me, but gave strength as well, to my faith in God, and Life, and Love.
Happy Easter to all my loved ones, and many Alleluias today and every day!
I worked on this Easter quilt during Lent, and finished it just a few days ago. I modified a “Crown of Thorns” quilt block pattern, making it a bit simpler, to allow these beautiful fabrics to do all the talking. The quilting pattern is made up of swirls and points.
the Crown of Thorns block
the brown fabric is a batik
crosses fabric make up the borders and part of the crowns
this is the back of the quilt