Tag: quilts

The Cottage Journal 09.24.2020

This summer, I invested in a used (but new-to-me) embroidery sewing machine. I’ve been staring at it for a couple of months now – totally intimidated to the point of paralysis. It is a bit humbling to be a beginner at something again, after… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 09.24.2020”

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… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 04.20.2020”

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… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 04.13.2020”

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… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 04.07.2020”

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… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 03.27.2020”

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… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 03.25.2020”

The Cottage Journal 03.20.2020

In her book Quilting with Style/Principles for Great Pattern Design, Gwen Marston (renowned quilter and quilt historian who passed in 2019) explained that, in the study of quilts, the best way to understand a quilt is to make it. And that is the story… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 03.20.2020”

The Cottage Journal 03.18.2020

I’ve just finished the first quilt in what will be a series of three, for the Easter season. For Lent, I decided to give up buying any new fabric, and so these quilts will be made with fabric from my scraps and stash. This… Continue Reading “The Cottage Journal 03.18.2020”

March Quilt of the Month

One of my most cherished memories is going to see Mary Poppins in the movie theater when I was 7 years old.  Mom loved musicals, and I think that’s what cinched the deal for us to go.  That year, Santa brought me a Mary… Continue Reading “March Quilt of the Month”

Christmas 2016 – whew!

Merry Christmas to everyone, the day after!  We kept our Christmas festivities very small this year, and yet I still found myself worn out by last night.  I’m always glad for the day after, to rest and reflect — and look forward, too, to… Continue Reading “Christmas 2016 – whew!”