Hi there! Sorry I haven’t posted anything since August. The past few months have been a challenge–we moved houses, and despite the fact that we were moving within the same city, the process took much more work, energy, and time than I’d anticipated! Now I’m finally trying to get back in the saddle with some creative projects. More on that soon, but in the meantime, I did find time to attend the Pacific International Quilt Festival held in Santa Clara, CA, in October. As I have for the past few years, I took some photos that I’d like to share here. This time, no credits on specific images–just enjoy the colors, patterns, and incredible artistry of some of the most innovative and meticulous quilters out there.
In a patriotic mood? Sorry to say I missed posting in July, due to my house move, but to make up for it I captured a photo of a lovely red, white and blue quilt by my friend Anne T. She completed a shop hop in June and quickly produced this beauty as a gift for a friend. It’s so lively to see all these contrasty pinwheel blocks. She did free motion stars all around the borders.
My own quilting projects got packed for my move and my poor sewing machines will need a tuneup after being tossed around by the brawny guys who moved our stuff. I will be setting up a new sewing/art corner in my office soon!
Found some fabulous “layer cakes” of fabric (10 inch squares) at my local quilt shop. Can’t wait to use these beauties!
I had the chance to see some great projects by my friends Anne T. and Olga P., two very talented quilters. I wanted to share pictures of their work–especially the paper piecing they are doing by hand. Both are working on hexagons by the dozen! Olga created her own stars as well using freezer paper pattern pieces. Also pictured here: a gorgeous leaf bowl made by Anne and her “mystery quilt” in Amish colors. Hats off to you both!
Hello again! Hope you’ve all been keeping busy gearing up for spring projects. There’s a new energy in the air around my house–we’ve started our spring cleaning early, and that’s taken most of my free time. But I still try to find a moment or two for something bright and cheerful on the side. Right now, it’s orange “slabs” for my improvisational modern quilt. Here’s a preview:
I like the look overall but have a few second thoughts. I enjoy the very funky repro-style print featuring huge white flowers and berries on an orange background. But I’m not quite sure about that apricot and white fabric (a 1930s reproduction) I mixed in, or that polka dot. With this style of work, you have to get comfortable with things not exactly “matching” and that can be a bit of a leap. Here’s how they look together–apologies for the dim lighting:
Send me a comment if you have any thoughts on how to improve these! I am seriously considering removing the strips of apricot and white, but then, I could go even farther and totally redo the blocks to make them more consistently orange. My previous post showcased the red and yellow versions of these, which I think worked better together.
More soon as I meditate this, if I find a few minutes to sew in this busy life. Happy almost-spring!
I have been busy! Very, very busy, and although most of my busy-ness hasn’t been focused on crafting, I have had a few inspirations and I’d like to share those with you. My theme? Vintage modern patchwork.
I’ve become obsessed with the book Sunday Morning Quilts, which is such a fun, joyful approach to patchwork and quilt-making for those of us who’d like to use modern techniques to make arty, pretty quilts. The authors focus on improvising with scraps, first by dividing them into colors, and then by turning them into “slabs” – blocks of make-your-own patchwork fabric that sort of resemble log cabin block. Really, they could be any sort of rectangle/square creation you could dream up. If you have strips or scraps on hand, and love putting color on top of color, it can be addictive.
I’m now making “slabs” in red and yellow. I am still drawn to 1930s/40s reproduction fabrics and modern fabrics that have a similar feel: tiny prints, polka dots, little florals that are mostly one color, all in very vibrant hues. My local quilt store provides me with both, luckily. For me, it’s a kick to combine old-school fabrics that are just so bright and cheery with modern-style patchwork. This is an example of what I did with strips of bright red.
And then I made more:
Next: I will trim these and stay-stitch them around the edges. Then: Orange slabs, and then slabs that are off-white with tiny little prints. I have a plan, believe me, for what to do with these… More on that soon. And stay tuned: in an upcoming post, I’ll show you my progress on the little holiday quilt featuring the tiny “mini” prints from my previous post.
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It’s December again. I can hardly believe that the holidays are almost upon us. In a Northern California winter, it may rain, but it never snows. This year the rain has been coming straight over the Pacific from Hawaii, so it’s really quite warm. Yesterday it was around 62 degrees and it hardly feels like December to me, but here’s an attempt to get in the spirit of the season.
Last year I bought a little kit with “mini” prints featuring winter themes–ice skates, wreaths, wrapped gifts, kids on sleds, bells, top-hatted snowmen, and so on–from Connecting Threads. I recently found a “mini” amount of time to work on starting this “mini” quilt made of little patches. I used charm squares (five-inch square pieces), which I subcut into one smaller square and two strips. Then I created sort of half-log cabin blocks (one square, two side strips), and put four of those together into scrappy sets to make these square blocks. The idea came from Three Times the Charm by Me and My Sister Designs.
Here are a few of the individual blocks. After this point, I’ll take nine of the them and put them in a sashed grid. I plan to use white fabric sashing. This mini quilt could be a table topper or rest on a chair when it’s done. Kind of makes me smile. Experiencing the fun side of a snowy day without actually digging my way out is also a plus!
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