According to the Farmer's Almanac, May's full moon is known as the "full flower moon" because "In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon."
This month for Bea's full moon art doll challenge I created a small full flower moon art doll pendant. She's made of glass, seed beads and repurposed jewelry pieces. She's embellished with Austrian crystals and fibers, and is suspended on a chain with charms and beads. One of the charms has a particularly appropriate quote.
This time for Amy's virtual quilt festival I've decided to share photos of the quilt my grandmother gave us for a wedding present almost thirty years ago. This one is also particularly special because it was started by her mother (my great-grandmother) and my grandmother completed it as a gift for us.
The pattern is "Grandmother's Flower Garden."
We used it as a bedspread and carried it to the paint store to make sure the colors we painted our bedroom matched (or at least worked with) the colors in the quilt. Unfortunately because our antique bed was made of brass, iron and bronze, there are some rust spots on the quilt where it was tucked in at the bottom of the bed. It has also been washed a few times, carefully soaked in a tub with a special cleaner for quilts, and then supported by milk cartons outside to dry. So despite our best efforts, it needs a few repairs, so I've been thinking about collecting pieces of vintage fabric to replace some of the worn and stained sections.
I'm having fun with Susan Lenart Kazmer's industrial chic pieces. I must be Michael's most frequent customer although this is the first piece I've created using a couple of her components. I added wrapped aquamarine chunks (my birthstone) and hinges wired with glass beads.
As usual I have several ongoing projects. This most recent one involves using up some of the fabric foundation bases left over from the little hopes atc workshop in March. I've started making some in the same color scheme and plan to attach them together as blocks instead of creating them individually as atcs. Gold, green and purple are an unusual color combination for me.
They will probably be combined as one long piece, as will the shards and squares project.
A robin continues to try to fly into our dining room window. When it settled on a perch in the tree outside and seemed content to try to just look in instead of flying in, I took photos but I don't think any of them turned out very well. This is the best one; you can see the robin.
This week I've continued to work on the 10 blocks of shards and squares. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to divide them up into two separate pieces of six and four blocks each or put them together as one long piece.
In the meantime I've been to Michael's where yesterday finally Susan Lenart Kazmer's line of industrial chic has been put out for sale.
This is the project I worked on last week while riding in the car to and from Massachusetts again. Since most of this trip was at night, I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped. For some reason I've ended up with 10 small blocks, some of them with squares and some with strips that I'm thinking of as shards.
Last week I made some progress on Mrs. Moen's tcc. The base is an embroidered tablecloth and I've added vintage 9-patch blocks and crocheted doilies. I'm thinking of it as an "imperfect past" since most of the items used are vintage, handmade, and imperfect.
Ironically the day beforeour lovely tree lost a huge limb due to heavy wind, I was outside photographing it and the snowball tree in the backyard.