Monday, May 10, 2010

Sue Spargo's Crimson Tweed

I usually stick with reproduction fabrics and quilts, and more primitive stitcheries, but I just can't pass up Sue Spargo's annual BOM. I have been with her from the beginning, and am on my sixth one. Here is this year's quilt, called Crimson Tweed, a Christmas one on frost grey background fabrics. A couple of the blocks need additional embellishments, but these are the first three, with the fourth on the way. In additional to wool, Sue uses hand-dyed silks and velvets, linen, cotton, and lots of buttons and different fibers, including rick-rack and ribbons. She makes up each month's block as we go along, and her sister Wendy dyes the wools needed for that months block. Each month is a surprise, but I have never been disappointed.

Here is last year's quilt, called Silk Road. Of course, with the purple background, this was one there was no way I was going to pass up! It needs another border yet, but I couldn't wait to start the next one. :) Besides, it requires using the sewing machine, and, as those who know me know, I'm sewing machine challenged.

I have made many of Sue's other patterns, including pin cushions, sewing caddies, and purses. She sells wonderful Genziana wool threads, made to coordinate with her wools, and Tre Stelle cotton threads, which seem even finer than 60w, a dream to sew with. She teaches locally at Smith-Owen Sewing Center every year, and is already booked up to 2012!


Beth said...

Lovely quilts, Lisa; they look like so much fun :-)


quilltr said...

Thanks Beth. I love working with wool, and all the embellishing is fun.