Cana Jars

On a trip to Israel in October of 2017 with my church group, we visited the little town of Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast. A church has been constructed at this site and inside the church, on either side of the altar stood 3 stone jars of the type and form that were used during Jesus’ time. Here is a photo of what they looked like:

Church at Cana, Israel with 6 water/wine jars on the altar.

The jars really caught my attention and I knew that they would make a great subject for a quilt.

I began by making paper shapes of the stone jars and arranging them on my design wall. I imagined the jars to be painted different colors and started building them one by one using fabrics in a collage method.

Building the first jar

First two jars with paper outlines of placement of 3 others.

Next post will show the remaining jars and the finished quilt.

The Ugly Christmas Stocking

I was hanging the Christmas stockings the other day and took a good look at them as I hung them by the chimney with care.  I had carefully cross stitched my kids stockings by hand, and crocheted my husband’s stocking  with a yarn that allows expandability to fit all those goodies inside and the stockings looked like they could have been on a Christmas card.

My kids and Husband’s Christmas stockings

Then I hung my own Christmas stocking.  As a long time quilter and stitcher, it’s embarrassing to admit that my own stocking was probably purchased from Walmart more than 30 years ago and has long been in need of an upgrade.  But who has time to make something for yourself in the midst of all the busy-ness of the Christmas season?  But then , how could I put up with this ugly stocking for another year?  Here is the old one:

30 + year old Walmart Stocking

So, out with the old and in with the new.  Here’s the replacement I came up with.

New Paper pieced Christmas stocking with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, little snowmen, trees and shiny snowflakes!

This quilter/mom now has a stocking that is worthy to be hung by the chimney with care and hopes that Santa notices the new stocking and fills it with nice goodies for me!

Husband’s comment:  The green stocking is an engineering marvel.  It expands to proportions that only an elf (or cosmic physicist) could produce.  I once got an Acura TL in there along with the usual goodies.  Everyone should have one of these, especially if you’ve been really good this year like me!

Moncarapacho Update

Here’s some photos of the growth of the Moncarapacho quilt that I’ve been hand piecing.  First, a photo of what I last posted:

Second round is complete

Here’s what it looks like after adding two more rounds:

Four rounds complete!

It’s  a slow process, but I really enjoy hand stitching and choosing the colors to use for each star.  It currently measures 40″ diameter.  How large will it be?  I don’t know, yet, we’ll see after the next round!

Quick and easy Thanksgiving Banner

I found some really cute antique postcards that were printed on fabric at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  The company that makes them is called American Quilt Blocks, aka iVintageImages.  They have hundreds of historic images from postcards, photographs, prints and artwork that can be purchased and printed on fabric which was a high quality sateen cotton.  These Thanksgiving themed blocks were originally printed as postcards and dated 1909.   The artist is Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934).  She was an American illustrator who studied art at Cooper Institute in NYC and is recognized as the most prolific postcard and greeting card artist of her time.  The blocks were purchased as part of a kit from Liberty Homestead.

Happy Thanksgiving !

Armadillo Jo

I’d like you to meet Armadillo Jo.  She is a nine-banded armadillo from Texas that is an original design of a very unique critter that roams my neighborhood.  She was created as a collage quilt, by cutting lots of floral fabrics into interesting shapes and using Elmer’s school glue sticks and some tacky glue to secure all the fabric pieces before stitching.  Keep an eye out for one of these critters in your neighborhood!

A Blue and White Quilt (Part One)

A few years ago I purchased some pretty blue and white batik fabrics at the Houston Quilt Festival.  I was sorting through my fabric collection when I spotted them and decided it was time to cut them up and have some fun with them.  As you can see in the photos, the fabrics have lots of geometric shapes that could be cut up and rearranged into different designs.  I’ve always admired those Ukrainian egg designs (pysanky), that were hand crafted using paints and wax resists and thought I could come up with some of my own designs for eggs using the fabric shapes.  As you can see in the photos, once I started playing with the shapes, it was hard to stop laying eggs!  I now have 25 different eggs that can be pieced into a quilt.  The next step will be figuring out how to set the eggs into blocks and piece them into a quilt top- that will be a future post.