Do you remember this

post?  I believe folk art to be art in it’s most distilled and honest form.  Folk art is p-u-r-e.  It is unpretentious.  It is GENIUS.

When I think folk art, I think Grandma Moses, ugly jugs, whirlygigs, Gee’s Bend, weather vanes, QUILTS!  I see simple forms and shapes.  Bold colors.  Years of utilitarian service and a loved patina.  I see works created with much care and skill.  Objects brimming with love and full of spirit!

LOOK at the feet!!!  Aren’t they GREAT?!?!?!  I would not have thought to include bird feet in a quilt design.  But, to me, it’s THAT kind of detail, that bit of UNexpected WOW-EE-KA-ZOW-EE that makes me LOVE Kim McLean’s designs.  : )  Oh, this Roseville Album pattern is chock full of wonder, surprises and delight.  I am still swooning…

Get ready, ’cause when your pattern arrives, and you open it up, you’re going to be in for a FABULOUS treat!!!  Believe me.  Sit down before opening.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

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Choosing

a color palette…?  How do you select fabrics and colors for a quilt project?  Do you buy a kit?  Do you use stash?  Do you buy a pattern and make fabric selections at that time?  Is there a blending of all of these as you begin a new quilt?

I have a stash.  I launder all of my fabrics before sewing with them.  For me, when I’m ready to sew, it’s RIGHT NOW!!!  I do not have the patience to run to the store, make selections, buy, then bring the fabrcis home to launder.  That kills my enthusisiam.  Meanwhile, sitting on my shelves, I allow my fabrics to sort of ‘speak’ with me.  Crazy, huh…?!

I have ideas swirling in my head.  Colors and fabrics playing together.  Things that look lovely in my mind’s eye.  ; )  Then there’s my list of projects and quilts for ‘some day’…

I have some fabrics that are very precious to me.  Maria, from Primrose Gradiations, passed away a few years ago.  I LOVE my little stash of her fabrcis. Milly, from Milly’s Country Cottons.  She has retired.  Then there are my Oakshotts.  At least they are still available – albeit not easy for me to get.

I have ALWAYS loved and admired red and green quilts.  You know, the antique Christmas quilts!  I’m going to give it a whirl!?!?!?

I have decided to make Kim McLean’s Roseville Album quilt in the style of an antique Christmas quilt.  My colors will be reds and greens, mostly.  ; )  Done on a black background.  I also have decided, I WILL cut into those very precious fabrics…

Piecefully, Pam

Jingle Bear Rock

is progressing…

Fabric shape appliqued to background. Freezer paper template.

Positioning the next piece for applique. Leaving the freezer paper in place helps to give body and ease placement.

Elmer's Glue basting the next applique shape in place.

Heat setting the glue.

Pattern on the left, my work on the right. There is progress being made!

Piecefully, Pam

Waiting is

the worst.  I KEEP checking for Kim’s new pattern to be released!!!  A watched pot, right…?!

Well, in the mean time I’m enjoying my day and wishing a happy Friday to YOU too.  I’ve been outside a bit this morning before the heat turns to a sizzle.  I picked flowers, pulled a few weeds, checked the tomatoes,  and I even began stitching some of those McKenna Ryan jags!

Piecefully, Pam

Preparing for

hand applique…

I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew.  Just look at all those jagged edges?!  And, there are some itty bitty pieces.  After tracing around the freezer paper templates and cutting out the fabric shapes, I need to set this aside for a little while. My eyes are googley!

This has been a good indoor project for today.  We are in the middle of a heat wave.  It was 80 degrees at 6 A.M.  A storm is about to hit.  Maybe some rain will cool it off…

Enjoy your day and the stitches you make!

Piecefully, Pam