Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tula Pink fans..check it out

Dawn took the Super Simple One Step Quilt class and finished this cute quilt featuring Tula Pink fabric. The class teaches a technique for quilting as you go – piece the strips and quilt the quilt all in one easy step! Dawn was thrilled to have a quilt finished in such a short time!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wednesdays Workshops...get out of the house!!

Quilting with friends is just so much more fun than quilting alone as evidenced by our classroom which is a flurry of activity every Wednesday when we host Wednesday Workshops. For a minimal fee, participants can come and sew for a few hours or the whole day! Everyone brings their own project and a staff person is on hand to answer questions or guide through any tough spots. A great way to find some uninterrupted sewing time!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Can't believe this quilt came from four patches. Bet you can't make just one..

Our Rug Braiding teacher Anne recently had her sister and a friend visit. They are both weavers… and were taken with the Disappearing Four Patch Block, in the way that it resembled weaving.  Her sister’s friend purchased a charm pack of batiks and started making four patches. She couldn’t believe how quick they went together…she kept making more until she had enough for a throw size quilt. The picture is a little blurry but you can see more samples on our website under 'free patterns'.  Caution – it can become addicting…but could be a great stash buster!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Block 9
I love this block!  When working with paisleys, you never know how the center design is going to turn out, but it's always great!  Play with your magic mirror to see what different looks you can come up with.

These are the fabrics I used for this block:

Many of you will recognize this fabric from the "Pheasant Run" collection designed by Little Quilts.   The vibrancy of the colors makes this an eye-catching block.

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Lucy Boston was not only a proficient quilter and popular author, she was a master gardener.  When she first bought the Manor in 1939, the land in front of the house was a field.  Designing the gardens was one of her first major undertakings upon moving into the house.  Bordered by a moat on three sides and the River Great Ouse on the other, the garden is about four acres with a fifth deliberately left wild as a haven for wildlife. 
Lucy began her gardens by planting over 200 trees and shrubs beside the towpath along the River Great Ouse.  In the 1940’s, in addition to the gramophone recitals for the RAF that required so much of her time, she managed to plant eight yew bushes on either side of the house which later became topiary shaped into crowns, orbs, and the dove of peace to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation in 1953. 
In the early 1950’s, twelve more yew bushes were planted which eventually were shaped into chess pieces.  These now stand in squares of purple-leaved ajuga and grey-leaved stachys to represent the squares of the chess board. 

After the war, Lucy concentrated on her first loves – old roses, irises, and herbaceous perennials.  The garden, today, is home to over 200 old roses and award winning irises.

In her garden, Lucy enjoyed working with nature, rather than battling to overcome it. She writes in the notes at the end of A Stranger at Green Knowe: ‘My approach to gardening is to find out how the garden would like to be – what wants to grow where. My chief pleasure in it is the interplay of sun and shadow among trees and on the face of the house.’ 
Just so, a walk along through the garden might take you through large herbaceous borders full of scented plants with plenty of self-sown annuals intermingled with the forest and wild flowers just waiting to take over – the essence of informal gardening.

Today, the gardens are a mass of flowers, shrubs, trees, and topiary with leisurely lawns and secluded corners that are a real delight. A kaleidoscope of spring iris and stands of allium merge into a summer show of roses and drifts of white foxgloves, before the mellow colors of autumn.
A majestic Huntingdon elm marks the passing of the seasons – in spring its seeds float down like a gentle fall of snow.
During the winters when she was unable to garden, Lucy spent time writing her classic series of children’s books.  For those of you reading the Green Knowe series, the Manor at Hemingford Grey and the gardens were recreated and made famous as the house of Green Knowe in the books. 
The topiary figure prominently in the books - especially the deer topiary- as does the statue of St. Michael which is also found in the garden. 
 All the secret paths and hiding places in the books are still there making a visit to the gardens especially enjoyable to both adults and children alike who have read the books.  As the main character of the books says:  ‘I like this house,’ said Tolly. ‘It’s like living in a book that keeps coming true.’ And so it is today, that all who visit the Hemingford Grey Manor and its’ gardens can step into the pages of Lucy’s books and travel in time with Tolly and his companions.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A blast from the past

Way back in October of 2002, shop owner Sylvia Johnson's pattern for an "Antique Churndash" graced the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  Sandra bought a kit for the quilt and, now, twelve years later, here is her finished quilt with hand appliqued borders and beautiful hand quilting!  What a treasure and still a classic design.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Family made quilt gift....

Marla inherited these cute butterfly blocks that were stitched by her grandparents and aunts. She then made the patchwork blocks and stitched the top. The finished quilt will be a gift to her grandson. What a treasure!