Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tartan Ribbons and Snowflakes

This cute thread catcher was designed and sewn just for me by Kate Kilgus who is also known as the talented Nutfield Weaver.   In post on Kate's blog -

I had admired a thread catcher she had just sewn for herself and wondered if she would make me one.

She did and here it is mounted on my Swedish loom, I just love the tartan ribbons that tie the catcher to my loom.  Kate, thank you so much for this great little addition to my weaving studio.  Now maybe I can keep the floors around here a tad neater.

Just finished my cotlin Christmas towel warp this afternoon.  This is the third year I have woven these two types of towels.  In the above picture you can see my Nordic Star towels.  The cookie cutters sitting on the towel are from my collection of old Christmas cookie cutters.

The second version of my cotlin Christmas towels are known as the Snowflake towels.  The rolling pin in the picture is from a collection I keep in a stoneware crock in my dining room.  I love old well used and loved baking items, they speak to me of warm country kitchens that have the smell of warm cookies fresh out of the oven.

Enjoy the cooling weather.

Happy Weaving.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Barn and Bed Quilts

My dear friend Anita better known to those that love her as Cherry is a talented quilter.  Over the years she has made many quilts all of which are works of art.  Last week Cherry made the trip down to visit and to bring me a barn quilt she designed and painted for our mini barn.

My lovely barn quilt is a version of the traditional quilting pattern known as Irish chain that Cherry designed and painted just for me.  Isn't it perfect!

I think my new barn quilt adds just the perfect touch to our little homestead.

Around here no chores are completed without supervisory assistance.  Sam is eating grass (as usual) and Pepper is watching that her Dad doesn't fall off the ladder.

Cherry really surprised me with this lovely quilt to grace my guest bedroom.   I always admire the skill that goes into the execution of Cherry's quilts, note her starburst quilting lines (she does these free hand on her sewing machine).  Fantastic heirloom quilt from a generous and good friend. 

Thank you Cherry, you are the bestest!

I have been busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday season by weaving a few towels and a table runner in one of my favorite overshot patterns, Star of Bethlehem.

Hope everyone is looking forward to the upcoming fall season.  I know we are looking forward to the cooler weather.

Happy Weaving

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Final Stretch

The Martha Stewart American Made Contest was extended to September 22nd with category winners to be announced the 23rd.

Could I please ask you hang in there and keep the momentum going for my shop?

It has been wonderful to watch the vote count for my shop go up everyday and I am very grateful for all the support you all have given me.

This is still a long shot, but I hope it is the first step to making my dreams come true.