Remember the center of this rug? From my January post...this was the start of the Trade Rug project with my cousin Kris. I gave her flowers, she gave me peas. And a bunny. And a kitty. And some mossy rocks.
And the mossy rocks inspired some pinecones and needles. And a spider, lady bug, and grasshopper...
....who lived near a pond where they were friends with a froggy...
...a cranky crawfish...and some other critters...
What will happen next?? Stay tuned - Kris is designing away!
Yes, so, back in the quilting arena...cousin Kris and I completed our blocks for our Nigel Slater project. Here are the two spring blocks. The challenge fabrics are the "moo, moo, moo" fabric on the white ground, and a chevron multi-colored fabric that both of us disguised by using in tiny amounts.
Tobi's spring garden block:
Kris's spring recipe block:
And here are the two summer blocks...challenge fabrics are the african batik and the christmas cranberry print.
Tobi's summer berry pie:
Kris's summer berry pie:
Here are the final 8 blocks, 2 per season, laid out on my design wall. One of these days, I'll decide how to finish these and do the final assembly.
Uh oh, this looks like a new project. During our pre-Christmas visit with Chris and Kris, I got to see Kris' latest project: punch needle rug hooking. This is a type of rug hooking where you work from the back of the cloth, punching the yarn to the front using a special needle. Middlebury, VT, where C&K are currently living, is the home to the Amy Oxford School of Rug Hooking and between Kris taking classes there, and her affiliation with The Ruggery on Long Island, she is a wealth of knowledge about this craft. Here is my foray into this new art form:
First Kits have arrived.
Getting the pattern stretched onto the hooking frame. I had to build the frame, using stretcher bars and carpet tack strips. Then you pull the monks cloth taught, using the tack strips to hold the fabric in place. I stapled old quilt batting scraps over top of the tack strips to keep from lacerating myself as I work on the hooking.
Quilter, musician, cook, creator, eclectic.
I'm a "dump-and-throw" cook. (I get that from my mother who makes the worlds best spaghetti sauce. No lie.) "Does it smell ok? Alrighty then, throw it in the pot." Mostly, it turns out ok.
I hate to measure. (I don't get that from my mother. Her quilts have perfect seams and nice straight lines.) Some of my quilts are a little crooked. Are they warm? Ok then, what's the problem? Same goes for cooking. A little too much cardamom? Well, add another potato and let's call it good. If you are looking for precision, you won't find it here. You will find a record of my creative explorations, however. Your mileage may vary.