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How One Hobby Effects The Others

With the kitchen being almost done (only 2 things left to do) I'm 
getting close to being able to get back to quilting. 
These are the new window toppers in my kitchen. I just
love this fabric and I"m going to make cushions for the 
dinning room chairs to match. My little flying pig
is so happy to be back on top of the stove.


One of the two things I'm still working on is the door that is between my kitchen and laundry room. The laundry room/pantry used to be the back porch of this old 77 year home. 
When this porch was made into a room, way before we bought this place the original door was never taken down so we've kept it, glass door knob and all. 
I put the faux stained glass on it many years back. It was a pond with dragonflies and cattails.
This no longer went with out new decor. I wanted a  craftsman style design on the door and decided on this simple Frank Lloyd Wright design. It is, with a few edits from the Lake Geneva Inn, in Lake Geneva WI. ca. 1911.
The edits I made were to make it easier for the technique I'm using. 
The white background is my layout taped to the bottom of the glass.

While looking on line for the colors used in this style of window I came across so many beautiful stained glass sites. I've seen a lot of stained glass quilts at the many shows and I've always wanted to give it a try. I've even bought the "leading" to use and have it in the stash upstairs. So I'm planning on my next project being a stained glass experiment. I may make an ATC just to try it out, before moving on to a wall hanging. 

With so many books, fabrics and trims I have a tendency to forget what I have stashed away. Sometimes I need a gentle reminder of what is up there in all those goodies. This door reminded me of the beautiful stained glass quilts I'd so admired and wanted to try. 

Another reminder of a something I wanted to try came this weekend at the 4th cookout. While the guys were cooking (we loved that by the way) I was looking over a new book I'd gotten, Fabric Art Workshop by Susan Stein and Paula was working on one of her 2 cathedral window quilts. She is doing one on a muslin background and it has bright colors as the windows. The other one (my fav) is on black with the windows being material from ties. It's beautiful and both are 100% hand done. Something I admire greatly. Paula loves to do hand work and has the tinniest even stitches. Something I dearly need to practice on. I need to make at least one window and put it on my bulletin board as a reminder. I keep new blocks and other new techniques there to inspire me, and to tickle my memory.


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