Monday, February 12, 2018

Antebellum Album - a start - and LQSs

Are you joining in with Barbara Brackman's Antebellum Album block of the month?  Her posts are entertaining and educational - and I love the theme of connections between North and South.   

My main fabric inspiration is this small piece of bright, multicolored 'madras' (?) linen David found in Japan.  I also purchased some gorgeous blue linen and some brights, plus plenty of bright white muslin, at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH - a new shop to me and about an hour's drive away.  

It really is a fantastic shop and I was nearly giddy walking all through it - and I took some photos hoping to share them here but.... oooooo.... I was roundly chastised for taking photos.... ooops... embarrassing... but take my word for it, if you are within any driving distance - it's a great shop and I'm glad to add it to my route as a "semi" local quilt shop.  

The shops I frequent regularly are:  the folky classic Quilted Crow in Bolton MA (where I am always sure to find a great selection of repros and have enjoyed classes through the years)  and the quaint and colorful Cobblestone Quilts in Townsend MA (where I am now teaching sashiko classes).   I know a lot of folks shop online now, but I dearly love visiting shops in person and really seeing the fabrics, often picking up bits and pieces to add to my stash, sometimes the unexpected and very rarely shopping "from a line" - I hope all three of these shops are around for a long long time to come. 

Back to Antebellum Album... 

The first block is Wandering Lover - so sweet for Valentine's Day... 

In the sewing room, I've been listening to Anne of Green Gables - performed so delightfully by Rachel McAdams.  Anne would love the name of this month's block - Wandering Lover.  


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

sashiko happiness

It just can't be the last day of January already! 

One highlight this month was teaching a couple of beginner sashiko classes at my most local quilt shop, Cobblestone Quilts in Townsend MA.

David purchased some gorgeous Japanese linen for these projects.  It was a bit loosey goosey to work with but I think the results will be beautiful.

Both sessions were so much fun, great gals, and there is interest in more classes, which just makes me so happy!  I'm already dreaming up the next project.

I'm so grateful for the classes I took in Japan with a Kazuko Yoshiura who taught me everything I know.  Nothing makes me happier than passing it on down the road! 

Happy to see February around the corner.  Happy quilting everyone!

Cynthia (@cynthiananto on Instagram)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Two December finishes and looking ahead

Happy New Year fellow quilters...

December brought this finish - scrappy improv log cabin.

Oh, I loved working on this quilt.  Scrappy and for a dear friend.  We've known each other 18 years, we raised our kids together, their family took Molly our Standard Poodle when we lived in Japan and loved her as their own.  The list goes on.  But when Tona's Mom (a fellow quilter) gifted me some scraps (lots, and mostly from family clothing), I knew a quilt for Tona was in order.

It was her birthday in December so that became my deadline and I snapped this picture with daylight left, but before I could tack down the binding.

I was super happy with the casual machine quilting.... all free motion and so fun to do.  If you are NOT a perfectionist (and I'm not), machine quilting on a home machine is so fun and gratifying... and it helps get our quilts DONE!

Next came Christmas and a house full of kids including soon to be new son in law Keenan (with the long curly hair matching Noelle's long curly hair:).

Kaela was racing to finish up a T-shirt quilt for her hubby Joe.  He was a swimmer in college - lots of great t's - and his college colors worked nicely with the aqua background.

Kaela did a beautiful job and I provided a little help and lots of moral support ;).  T-shirt quilts are tough!  We backed it with minky and used high loft polyester batting, "comfortable" (comforter) style.

We even enlisted Tommy to help tie (with variegated sashiko thread)

A little slice of heaven working together on a quilt related project, around the dining room table...

Self binding, and done in time to clear off the table for an evening of games.

Looking ahead to the new year... I plan to carve out two days a week for quilting.  I'll let you know how that goes;).  Lots of the usual finishing up projects (I have at least four to finish)... and probably Barbara Brackman's new block of the month, Antebellum Album.  Barbara's blog is so fun to read and if you like history, you will love it.  She has a great sense of humor too.

And, always sashiko!  I will be teaching a beginner sashiko sampler class at Cobblestone Quilts at the end of January - can't wait!!