Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Year, A New Quilt!

Tap tap....anyone there?  Thanks for those of you who have inquired if all is well at The Squash House!  I'm still here.  If you're looking for me lately, you can find me on Instagram as "mrssquash".

I recently made the Big Move from PC to Apple with the purchase of an iMac.  The learning curve has been a bit of a challenge, particularly when it comes to uploading and editing photos.  Please forgive me for the photos in this post.  My favorite Picasa program has now been taken over by Google+ and it isn't anywhere near as easy as it was to edit photos.  With time I'm sure I'll get better.

I finally finished quilting and binding this quilt.  It's called Flight of Fancy by Crabapple Hill. Mr. Squash bought it for me not long after we retired to The Squash House.  I love sitting in the evenings and with some handwork, and these patterns really fit the bill for me.  
I used a variety of fabrics both in the stitcheries and the quilt blocks.  The stitchery fabrics are antiqued muslins and several different shades.  The darkest show up pretty yellow in my photos, but they don't look that way in person.
I so wish we had Cardinals in our neck of the woods.
We have lots of Robins which are my favorite bird.  After I was confirmed as a young girl, we were all out in the play yard of the church in our little white dresses and veils.  Suddenly a robin flew down and landed on my shoulder.  It stayed there for quite a while and we were all stunned!  The nuns were over the moon and told me it was my guardian angel.  How sweet is that!
We have lots of Chickadee's here.  Sasha and Gracie May stake out windows spots every morning to watch them!  Many times we see them racing from window to window hoping to "catch" one.
Every year a flock of Cedar Waxwing's visits our European Cranberry bush for about two weeks.  They feed on the berries then leave, not to be seen again until the next year.
This is a large quilt - 77 x 77!  I used an edge to edge design to kept it simple, and used Quilter's Dream wool for batting.  Time for a new stitchery quilt!

31 comments:

Stephanie said...

It's gorgeous. The colors and fabrics are so toasty warm. I love your quilting design. It makes the quilt look so touchable and 3-D. We have LOTS of cardinals here. How sweet to have your own personal birdie guardian angel. :o)

Needled Mom said...

That really looks beautiful. I love the stitching you did on it. The colors are fabulous. I can just hear the nuns telling you that the robin was your guardian angel!! Happy New Year to you and Mr. Squash.

Kaaren said...

I was hoping that everything was fine at the Squash House and you have put my mind to rest.

I use iPhoto for my photo storage and editing. I "think" it cam pre-installed on my Mac. It's very user friendly, Candace.

Unfortunately, I don't do Instagram. We have a cell phone that we use only if we need to when we're on the road. Don't laugh but I can't even remember the last time it was turned on. I should check to see if the battery needs charging!

We have lots of Cardinals here. They have to be one of nature's prettiest birds. I just love Meg Hawkey's designs and I don't know how I missed this one. You did a wonderful job on it, both the stitching and quilting. The fabrics definitely puts it into the "Man quilt" category. I love it!

I'm looking forward to the red breasted guardian angels return. Here it is the 2nd of January. Can Spring be that far away?

Hugs to you both!

Tammy said...

Just gorgeous Candace - you always do such beautiful work. I love the birds and like you I wish we had cardinals around here. The desert doesn't get many of the pretty birds sadly. Hugs!!

QuiltSue said...

I don't do Instagram, so I have missed you.

Your quilt is great, and I love the story about the robin.

Happy New Year.

Me and My Stitches said...

Nice finish! I love blue and brown together. We have a lot of cardinals here - they always look so pretty in the winter in the snow. Glad all is well at the Squash House!

Ulla said...

That quilt is beautiful! I remember seeing those stitcheries in making, and the quilt colours are right after my taste. Your quilting looks great too.

Sylvia Anderson said...

Happy to see you back, and with such a beautiful quilt to show. I am not an instagram user, nor will I join, as I spend far too much time on Pinterest, which I dearly love. Happy New Year to you and family.
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B J Elder said...

What a great quilt for you! Nice job. I love Crabapple Hill patterns. Just working on some small ones - sachets - with sprigs of lavender embroidery.

Jeanna said...

Gorgeous quilt!!! The combination of your fabrics go perfectly together and your stitchery is amazing. I need to practice more and I think you've given me the inspiration to do so. I MAY have a UFO that would fit the bill :)

I love your robin story.

Carrie P. said...

congratulations! on your wonderful finish. I remember when that pattern came out. I just love your fabric choices especially the border fabric. Great quilting too.

pratima said...

Your stitcheries of birds are so beautiful, Candace! The quilting design makes them come alive complimented by warm brown prints all over! How sweet to have a Robin as your guardian angel :)

CathieJ said...

What a beautiful quilt. Your embroidery and quilting is gorgeous.

KarenB in OR said...

Glad you are back to blogging! My 86-yr old Mother switched to a Mac and she despises iPhoto. I installed Picasa for Mac on her MacBook and she is a happy camper again. Yes, there's the issue with Google+ at times. But if you sign-out of that Google+ account and sign-in with a non-Google+ account, then you can get back, pretty much, to the way it used to be. Good luck!

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