Project planning is in full swing for my next quilt. I have begun to piece spinning stars made of light blue (and blue-grey and blue-green) and dark blue batiks. I love picking colors but it isn’t easy–I quickly become a perfectionist about color choice and placement with a scrappy project like this!
I don’t have a design wall yet, but I do have a new bulletin board. Nestled in among the lovely fabrics is an old abstract watercolor by my older daughter (she is now 8, did this piece at 5 or 6) and a fun recent drawing by my younger (6-year-old) daughter. Speaking of whom, I will share the Hawaiian-themed quilt I’m working on with my 6-year-old in my next post. (The kid can sew pretty convincing quarter-inch seams!) Until then, here are a few more photos of my delicious oceanic batiks:
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My friend Anne T. has been at it again. I’d like to share a couple of her creations today. Soon I’ll be posting about a few projects I’m in the midst of, too. But I just couldn’t pass up the chance to show you an amazing hexagon quilt that Anne hand-pieced. I am amazed that she had the patience and the ability to pull this off!
She had the finished top professionally quilted by Julie, a local quilter who did a custom design. It looks like waves, perfect for the ocean-themed fabric.
Love the “eyelash” inner border here. It’s very slim but it accentuates the watery feel. If you haven’t seen one before, an “eyelash” refers to the process of folding over a piece of fabric and sewing it down right next to the border, so that you get a 3-dimensional inner border:
And just when I thought I could not be more impressed, Anne also showed us her progress on her rice bowls quilt. This is a Kaffe Fassett pattern, so lovely in Japanese fabrics! The applique work is really nicely done. She’s making a wall hanging out of this:
Hope you enjoyed this interlude. Next it will be back to my projects. I forecast gray and blue rain clouds ahead, with a chance of pink candy hearts… (Hint: I’m talking about fabric!)
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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.
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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!
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Found some fabulous “layer cakes” of fabric (10 inch squares) at my local quilt shop. Can’t wait to use these beauties!
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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!
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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:
“Slabs” of orange fabric made into 10.5 inch square blocks
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!
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