Thursday, October 23, 2014

BLACK CAT CROSSING

Black Cat Crossing

                                             

If three cats take a stroll along the East River does that qualify then to join a blog hop ? 

Welcome to Black Cat Crossing the spooktacular Halloween hop where ghostly creativity shines. And keeping the brew stirred is Wicked Wendy and Mdm Samm

 I wanted to stitch this paper pieced cat pattern by Artisana for a long time. 

My plan was to use this as a table runner but after seeing it in nature I might have to add a quilt sleeve.


A young lady I know worked with children last summer and they drew skateboarding cats. A perfect pattern for a cat on the move.

 She gets a new bag to carry her art supplies.            




A spooky cat  mug mat with wide eyes will keep you alert.

I became the owner this summer of this lovely mat which was too cute not to include. My sister does lovely stitching doesn't she ? I am not that fond of bugs but this one has been very peaceful since she arrived home with me.

I am not supposed to be starting new projects but when I saw this sweet pillow in the latest issue of Quilters Connection I could not resist.  I thought the cushion is lovely, I could use up Halloween scraps and better yet I could easily have it finished for the hop.

That was much too cute to just make a pillow and I had a basket of scraps and who needs to finish on time anyway. So I have another UFO (must be consuming too much witches brew)

   So pour a cup of brew and have a visit with today's other hoppers. I am lucky enough to have Girl Guide cookies for my sweet snack. 


                          Thursday, October 23
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

FALL BEAUTY

Fall Beauty

                                                

Went for a walk along the East River this morning and took a quilt along.

The fall leaves were stunningly beautiful.




Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving Day.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

RUSH HOUR

RUSH HOUR


 We live our lives in "hurry-up" speed  so much of the time. We rush, rush, rush from one event to another, one project to the next, one person to the next  trying to crowd so much into our day. I am sure our calendars are all full . And in my case I even have reminder notes in the margins. 


  I must confess I rushed around choosing fabrics in red, white, black and grey. Caffine is frequently used to fuel our rushing around and this perfect print called my name.  Even found  coffee cups to applique on my table topper.

Now if I could just learn to slow down and enjoy my coffee outdoors.


 In response to the question about what the words Rush Hour ment to her my teenage niece replied "traffic and coffee".  Since she doesn't have her drivers license yet I thought this would be her speed. Although as you see bikes weave in and out of traffic they might be a little too rushed.

I was rushing around in picture mode today and had great difficulity getting true red colors. The beautiful sunny day was creating orange from the reds.

 So I waited patiently until almost dusk and snapped again.

  I can picture this little lady frustrating the traffic behing her as she putters along enjoying the day.


Thank you Mdm Samm and Carol for being the creative forces behind Rush Hour. 

 I invite you to rush over to Thursday's bloggers:




Saturday, September 20, 2014

REFECTIONS

Reflections



 Last weekend I attended a breast cancer retreat at an idyllic location. 
We walked,  we talked,  we thought,  we laughed,  we danced, we learned from each other,  we healed.

When I was first diagnosed  the quilt guild I belong to had a quilt challenge. The challenge was the word "Peace."  Being diagnosed was so mind encompassing my work in fabric was not to be spared. 





Reflecting on where you were and where you are today can be healing.


Wishing a peaceful day for everyone.

Frances


Monday, September 8, 2014

SUMMER QUILT

SUMMER QUILT

Every summer there is a Milling Frolic in the community where I grew up. It is a celebration of history, of Gaelic singing, of music and dancing and an occasion for reunions and remembering. I always contribute stitching to their fancy booth usually  aprons or potholders or other small items. When I asked my sister what they needed she hesitated a moment then said "we don't have anything big for tickets. How about a quilt?" Oh my !!   Time was short .... A machine quilted lap quilt would have to do. No time for hand quilting.


A simple pin wheel pattern with gentle colors  

 



My machine quilting needs a lot of polishing. My goal this winter will be to improve this skill.


 I love the look of a quilt blowing in the breeze.