It’s January 2019 and the kids are back at school. In our house, we know it is “back to business” when the dog stops waiting for table scraps and finally eats her dog food without complaint. Today was that day.
I am back to the drawing board — literally — sketching sweater ideas for submissions to magazines. The year started on task with a magazine acceptance (hooray! I new magazine to me!) Interweave Knits), and two submissions to get out this week, plus a new callout in my email box today.
Last fall, I did not submit any knitting ideas. Instead, I created my first quilt. I built it around a theme and for teaching in a class for North House Folk School for their Northern Fibers Retreat (where I’ll also be teaching knitting classes). It is the Quilting the North Woods wall-hanging. I based it off of nine-patch based blocks with northern themes (snowball, sawtooth, sailboat, maple leaf, and an appliqué North House logo center block). We begin the wall-hanging with a class on triangles centered on the first blocks. For the next three months, six blocks and the sashing and borders will be mailed out. More information is found at the North House website, northhouse.org.
Here are some images of the fabrics used and the finished quilt top.
We have plans to have a community quilting bee at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota at the annual Wooden Boat Show, sometime between June 22-24. Depending on weather and crowding, we may be inside, outside, or both, but the quilting frame is portable and the wall-hanging is only 50 1/2” x 50 1/2”. If you are in the area, come ready to add your stitch to the quilt! Bring a thimble, if you have one, and see you there!