It is Works In Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, and I have a wool applique, harvest quilt in progress to show you. I also have the second installment of my coverage of Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. If you missed my first installment, you can click here to be wowed by the incredible display of color and cloth I was privileged to see a few weeks ago.
My quilt-in-progress is from a pattern I purchased at the quilt show. I have a serious weakness for wool. I'm especially attracted to it as the crisp fall air and earthy colors begin to whisper that it's time to nest and settle in for the coming winter.
It's interesting that we associate certain times of the year with certain activities. As October approaches, I feel compelled to spend more time in the studio, surrounded by my fabric stash. It is a comforting thing to wile away the chill afternoons with the familiar: needle in hand, color and cloth, and the whirr of my sewing machine.
What a joy it is to see what was just a picture on a page materialize into a lovely, tactile piece of work from my own hands!
I love the embroidery accents. They really enhance the applique.
Three blocks done and three more to go! If you are interested in wool applique, I found a wonderful Etsy shop, Prim Folk Art Shop, by The Wooden Acorn, that has beautiful patterns for sale. Another shop that sells patterns, hand-dyed wool, and kits is Designs In Wool. Also, for wonderful wool, don't overlook the thrift shops. At least half of my stash came from my local shop. Wool that isn't exactly the color you require can be easily dyed.
Here are some more photos from PA Quilt Extravaganza 2012.
So tell me, what traditions or rituals do you enjoy returning to in the fall? I'll look forward to hearing from you...your comments mean so much to me.
Until next time,