The fall colors are lovely no matter where you look. I’m guessing the 300,000 leaf peepers in the state are pretty happy with their three-day weekend.
The fall chore list is done, tools cleaned, dahlia bulbs stored, and I’ve even planted a couple of containers of tulip bulbs to see if they will overwinter in the barn.
Now, I need to mentally move to inside projects. Trying to rev my sewing engine up, I made a couple of fabric related stops last week.
I went to the Tailored to Teach, Irma Bowen Textile Collection, exhibit at the University of New Hampshire displaying interesting pieces of clothing from the early 1900’s worn by NH residents.
Then we checked out Over the Clothesline, fashion inspired by Historic New England Photographs, at the Sarah One Jewett House Museum in South Berwick, Maine. Contemporary designs were created by artists from Maine and New Hampshire based upon photos from the early 1900’s. The creativity and artistic design was truly inspiring.
The Cocheco Quilt Guild Annual Show was yesterday, but have no fear, I’m only showing one photo because it really was the star of the show.
This is Seaside Serenade, 94″x90″, made by Jonas Zoller pictured above. Yes, an experienced male quilter with a very unique skill. This quilt is not pieced or appliquéd like you would normally see, but is one large piece of fabric that he dyed in teal and greens with a technique called ice-dying.
He learned how to ice dye fabric by taking a class with Cindy Lohbeck at a MQX (Machine Quilters Exposition) Quilt Festival. It was then machine quilted and bound. I listened to him talk with others about how he folded the fabric, used zip ties strategically on the folds, and then didn’t have a clue what he would have until he unfolded it. He said it was like opening a Christmas present.
Before I hit my fabric stash for some inspiration, I have one Winterberry Holly shrub to share that is absolutely gorgeous. I purchased it about eight years ago at Monticello. Thank you, Mr. Jefferson. The full picture on the left doesn’t do it justice, but it is about 12′ tall and covered in the bright red berries all along the stems.
Hope you have a great week, and happy fall y’all. 🎃🍁🍎