Sunday, December 11, 2011

Domino, my Romeo

Lived the good life from April 3, 1993 til December 9, 2011. Here he is with Perley, when he still looked handsome.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I put this little piece on a purple background, quilted the blocks down with more circles and straight lines at the edges, and used silk thread to make french knots around the blocks. Then I lightly rubbed a bronze stamp pad across the top, then lightly dusted copper Pearl-ex powder all over.
I will cut it down to about 10" square and put a facing on the back.
Certainly there is lots of room for improvement in technique, but I felt absolute joy working on this little quilt. I am inspired and will have to find some dedicated studio time after the holiday.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Play time today! Well for a little while, anyway. Today I finally hooked up a dvd player to my little TV in the studio and watched Beryl Taylor's video from Quilting Arts TV. Then I got out a box of scraps and tried this little "reverse applique" method for a small (10 x 10) art quilt. It was fun to throw together fabric, it almost didn't matter what I used, and made some blocks. It hasn't been quilted down yet. Maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Here is the strip set from the previous post. I used the circle template set from QuiltEscapes for cutting them. I am working on the base of the quilt, ran out of strata right away and spent the rest of the day making another one. There will be fun things added to the circles when the base is done: arcs, crosscutting, paper pieced spikes and fused applique. This two day workshop with Louisa Smith was a lot of fun, I wish there had been more time.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Here is one of the strip sets and main fabric that I will be playing with at The Gathering next weekend. My friend and I are taking a two day workshop with Louisa Smith. It took four full days this summer to pick the fabrics (all from my stash), cut the 1 1/2" strips, and sew them into one big strata. I cut four strips from each fabric, so this weekend I will try to sew either one more big strata or a few smaller ones. Got to be prepared!


I cut this quilt last week and spent the weekend sewing up at Sunapee. I managed to get the top done, wasted no time quilting and finishing, and made some pillows from the leftovers. I bought the border fabric from Quilted Threads at a sale a few weeks ago. The rest of the fabrics came from my stash.

I have finally organized most of my stash and it is pretty easy to see what I have. It is downright inspiring! It took years to get my studio cleared of exercise equipment and put up storage, but it's done. I took photos of the mess, both in the house and studio. Since then we have made a few improvements and it is a good reminder of how far we have come, even when it seems overwhelming. This old house is a constant project, and occasionally we have a burst of  renovations, then we take a break, so it is never caught up. But we are never bored!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Here is a sampling of what I hope will become a queen size quilt someday. I started this in a workshop at Quilted Threads yesterday. Yes, I could have figured this out on my own, sewn it in my nice, big, bright studio. But uninterrupted sewing time? And the tips that Mary gave us all will make this quilt go together very easily, I think. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finally! The sun came out today and the weather is pretty nice!
The boat blocks on the design wall are from yet another Buggy Barn book. I am thinking on the sashing right now. Just got back from vacation and not yet back to work.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Well, I finally decided to put the borders on the chickens. I think I have to call this one "Chicken Envy". Thanks to my friend Sue for the name. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!

This little bluebird came to the feeder today.

Here he is again with his mate. They stayed for awhile, maybe they will stay and nest in one of the houses we put up last year.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Here are all of the Dancing Batik blocks done and on the wall. The row on the right is pinned on the wall and that lump is the thermostat. Ran out of room. I like this setting instead of the one in the pattern, there are more blocks to play with. I am not sure if the colors are in their final place, so any input from an objective eye will be welcome. Now on to the spiky border. I want to find a way to incorporate a small inner border to make it just a little bigger to fit the bed. This will take a lot of quilting, too.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Here's another wall quilt, finally finished! I used orange thread and did a spiral pattern allover. I guess I'm in an orange mood, I think it's really a summer mood. What a long winter! I feel like a prisoner in my house, but I admit I'm happy that I don't have to drive to get to work.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Here is my most recent diversion. I took a workshop with Lizz Van Saun of Kast Hill Studio in Hopkinton, NH. The workshop was held at Wild Orchid Guest Farm in Deerfield. I can honestly say it was a good day, the people, place and food were fabulous. Lizz is very talented, and although I made lots of mistakes (and learned a lot), I am inspired to try another mosaic project. Fabric collage is definitely easier!

Here are all of the chicken blocks on the design wall. I have one more week of work, and then two weeks of studio time! I hope to quilt a few of my own tops, finish up some quilts and get back to my Dancing Batiks quilt.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Just another snow day. 

Got the chickens with the hearts done at Quilted Threads, next is to work on the chickens with the stars. The pattern is Barn Chicks by the Buggy Barn. My friend Sue kept saying she had "chicken envy" so I think she has already named this one for me.

This one is a simple wall hanging still on the design wall. I just needed to make something with simple piecing. So much paper piecing and wonky piecing, using rulers and quarter inch seams for this one was soothing.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Spent yesterday afternoon finishing up these 20 units for Dancing Batiks. They took me a few days, but now that these are done, I can start on the geese units. Back to work today.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Went to Quilted Threads and got some of these Moda wovens. I love the way the quilting looks on them, so whatever I make with these will be to feature quilting. I also got a back for the Dr. Seuss quilt and signed up for the Buggy Barn class. 

And these were in the mailbox on Saturday! Two more from Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Here are 20 units for the Dancing Batiks quilt I started in Montana October 2009. I decided to make a queen size quilt, ordered the extra papers from Quiltworx, had the fabric cut and bagged, and am finally getting back to it. I should probably get back to work, but I needed time off to recharge, and I'm really having fun. (Except for being sick this past week!)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Threw together a YBR with the new Dr. Seuss fabric for the youngest grandson. I need a back and then I can quilt it right away. His Mom tells me he is into the Dr. Seuss books now, so he will recognize the characters. He's in a big boy bed and needs a new quilt.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Finally finished this top, just in time for Halloween 2011. Hopefully I can find a day to actually get it quilted!