posted Dec 15, 2020, 9:03 PM by Lorna Shapiro
Hi there friends. This year will be a different holiday celebration than usual, but we have much to be grateful for and much to look forward to in the coming year… and for that we are very fortunate. I wish you and your family a joyful holiday time, good health and good adventures in the coming year.
I am happily working away on a new queen bed quilt, taking the much loved log cabin and making it into my own design… it is very slow quilting for me, used as I am to very big pieces of fabric in my quilts, but there is something very contemplative and soothing about it and one day I will have a quilt to show you!
My Boxing Week Sale will soon be upon us. It starts December 26. You can book your visit here…
Come by yourself or with up to 3 friends. Bring your masks, your new project ideas, your quilting stories… successes and failures are all chances to share our knowledge and learn something new. You may not even miss the crowded staircase and the lineups at the till that usually are part of my Boxing Week sale. Covid does bring some advantages.
Fabrics (a few exceptions), batting, thread, notions, patterns, and even kits are all 20% off.
The sale will run until at least mid-January, and a bit longer if more booking space is needed. Book soon to get the day and time you want.
Here’s some big news! I have some bright fabrics, just arrived… and here’s the proof:
This is a set of fabrics including some new Hoffman prints, the new Robert Kaufman Warehouse District line, and some new Moda lines. They are bright, cheery and lots of fun to mix with my tonals and cotton-linen blends.
Now for some general news and either fun or beautiful photos:
Maria, who many of you know from shopping here, was asked by a grandchild to make her a mask with a tongue sticking out.
So, after some thinking about it, and some sketching of alternatives, Maria came up with the mask you see here on the right.
I pass this on just in case any of you might have a grandchild of your own who would like such a specimen.
On the beautiful side of the ledger, a customer came in with some handwork she had been working on, having learned the technique in France. She was working with silk and the piece was incredible. I tried to capture it with a few photos and all I can say is that this will give you some idea of the delicacy and beauty of her work, but doesn’t approach capturing just how lovely it was.
Isabelle has been creating this quilt top using fabrics she acquired in her travels in India. She used as her background fabric a Nani Iro linen by Kokka and it gives both depth and subtle variation that is perfect for this eclectic set of fabric.
She has taken her time on this project, putting up pieces, moving them around, and gradually coming to a layout that pleases her.
I really think that it is good for us to take our time with a quilt, not racing always for the finish line. Instead, taking time to enjoy the process and explore the possibilities just as Isabelle has here.
Great job Isabelle!
And speaking of great jobs, Susan who works here with me many days has just completed this Frankie shirt using the new Warehouse District cotton. The finishing details on this pattern are lovely and make it much more than just another shirt.
Anne H. created this version of my Upside-Downside quilt pattern and I think it is a beauty.
One of the things that always pleases me is seeing a pattern I’ve created being taken and interpreted by someone else. This is one of those cases.
Myra used some of the cotton-linen’s I have to make pillow-shams with sashiko stitching for their bed.
She used white thread on a natural cotton-linen, creating a very subtle design. They were both beautiful.
And speaking of linens…
I’ve received some new linens, most of them about 7 oz psy, and some at 5 oz. They are excellent for towels, home decor, hand stitching, pants and jackets. The dyed ones are about $32 a meter and the yarn-dyes are about $50. They are all about 60″ wide. Here are some photos:
So that is it for now… I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these photos and are feeling encouraged to start or get back to that project that you’ve been wondering what to do with. I always find that the creative work of others inspires me to try something new myself.
For all our sakes, may the coming year bring us all closer to a world in which we care for each other, are respectful of our differences, and act as responsible custodians of this beautiful world. I send you my love and best wishes.