A visit to Hickory Stick Quilt Shop

I love visiting the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop in Hannibal where we live.  The employees and owner are so friendly, know their merchandise and encourage creative thinking in quiltmaking as well as applaud the traditional.  Today I spent a couple of hours there with the help of everyone working today as well as input from customers to gather fabrics for my next project.  No, I haven’t finished things on the design board nor even close to finishing all that I have started but that doesn’t stop me when an idea strikes.  I also had enjoyable conversation with customers from Michigan on a road trip to quilt shops.  It was exhilarating for me because my husband’s recent bilateral knee surgery had kept me obligated to stay close to home or not gone for long.  Thank you to all the independent quilt shops who truly value their customers, old and new, and generously support their work.

Mums the Word

mums for realmums interpretedA couple of years ago one of the vendors at Hannibal’s Folk LIfe Festival had a marvelous display of mums in every color combination one could imagine.  I took several photos thinking I would one day replicate them in some way, shape or form.  Today I finished the quilting after using hand embroidery to blanket stitch the blossoms in place.  Now to get to the blocking and binding before this year’s festival is history.  The blossoms are improvisationally pieced with “leaves” scattered among the petals.  It was a fun way for me to divert from a very traditional Dresden Plate that is in the works with the colors of fall.