Ever since DH and I made a motorcycle trek to Mystic Seaport (in Mystic, Connecticut) and some lovely spots in the Southeast, I have been in love with Wisteria and blue Hydrangeas. Now, living in S.E. MN, does NOT allow for the growing of Wisteria…….I’ve seriously checked on that one!!!! BUT, hydrangeas are another thing! Before I go any further, I must interject that having a “brown thumb” and little gardening desire results in a lot of brown dead once-living/growing things in my world. Not at all good. 2 years ago, #2 son/DIL gifted me with the most lovely blue Hydrangea for Mother’s Day and I vowed(!?) that it should LIVE!!!! My original post is here. Last summer produced a nicely greened up bush but……where were the flowers????? This year I have been gifted with this…… In my world this is one huge triumph!!!!!! Maybe there will be 2 blooms next year….I live in hope!
Now, to the other “stuff”……..The last few posts have been about a very talented, creative gal who goes by “Apple Moon Creations”. She challenged herself (last year) to live a life of repurposing, frugality and bartering whenever that was possible. She quit the job she had and successfully closed that challenging chapter of her life. During that year is when I really got to know her and the postal service was the “carrier pigeon”/go-between for a couple of exchanges (prior to the quilt top/batting/backing). One of the first art forms she chose to teach herself was book folding. Check out the wonderful package I received here. One book to keep and one to share……how awesome is that! And it still resides on my Grandma’s treadle machine located in my livngroom……………………….
Later last year she decided to try a little knitting. Several scarves and cowls resulted from that endeavor. See her post here. I absolutely fell in love with the brown/pink/teal cowl…….and she sent it my way!!!! In return we agreed that if she put together a donation quilt for the military I would quilt it, finish it and send it off for a presentation (which is done through my larger quilt guild). And, thus it is that the story has come to a conclusion. In the coming weeks, this beautiful, filled with love, quilt will find a new home.
It will travel together with the accompanying journal that she began but, hopefully, someone will continue the quilt’s story. Time will tell.
The “feather swirl” motif is one that I use quite often when the piecing has involved a lot of bias/HST (Half Square Triangle) pieces. It really helps to stabilize and “rein in” any edges that may have been stretched/pulled a tad in the construction process. A tutorial drawing will go up in a couple of days.
Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few precious moments. Please, come again………the light is always on in the window………………………………