Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Baby Quilt Commission 2009 (Kara's quilt)

It was recently suggested to me by the woman who gave me my first baby quilt commission (thanks Denise) that I should post it here on my Quilt Blog since (as she said) it came out so nicely. She asked if I kept pictures of it, as other than one photo with the baby wrapped in the quilt, she had no pictures of it. Happily, I did take pix & kept them, primarily to document the work for myself. Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000328.jpg This was an interesting design exercise as I used some commercial fabric panels of animals (the animals were suggested by my friend Denise who commissioned it, as the girl's family lives on a farm) & then added some striped fabrics around individual blocks of patterns & tried to color it in ways that would make it more girl-friendly. Here it's shown slung over a bench at a park in front of my home. Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000383.jpg Different views to show the individual blocks and the quilting I chose to do. Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000309.jpg Frogs & monkeys & bunnies & kittens, very little kid creatures, they all seem so cheery & kid friendly. Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000302.jpg Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000301.jpg Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000384.jpg The whole thing again, after first laundering, I love how crinkly it gets after washing & drying! Completed Baby Quilt photo P1000393.jpg The final view is of the back; I did the bindings to match so they just disappear into the background & let the animal themed panels of fabric be the star attractions. completed Baby Quilt photo P1000379.jpg

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Persistent Paisley Plum

These were fabrics I saw several years ago & they seemed to really want to go together. I looked at them & made mental note, but they seemed insistent & wanted me to work on them, designing & assembling this top, even though I have at least 6 other existing quilt tops I could be working on.  photo P1110200_zpsa5a4d7dd.jpg Hard to see, but the black background has a small polka dot design. The black fabric printed in small paisley design is what got me started with this Quilt’s design. This print reminded me of challis, a lovely fabric often used in dresses & skirts because of its particular weight & nice drape. Makes for lovely skirts with a swoopy kind of movement to the fabric as one moves around and the fabric moves, it hangs so beautifully. They’re often printed in paisley & I recall wanting a skirt made of it which would move so gracefully. (Happily, I did find one.)  photo P1110196_zps03bb1d01.jpg Some of these lovely prints.  photo P1110197_zpse8801dc7.jpg Now for some of the green  photo P1110194_zps123db199.jpg  photo P1110198_zps1d075208.jpg Again overall  photo P1110195_zps9cc2f056.jpg1

Monday, June 16, 2014

Assembling Donated Quilt Blocks for a Charity Quilt (Karla's Blocks)

Someone donated these blocks to my Quilt Guild & I was asked to assemble them. So I wanted to do justice to these beautifully colored & wonderfully laid out blocks. Initially, I'd picked an off-white to try as border & sashing, but it washed everything out & the group voted it out. Then I saw the light green.  photo P1100870_zpse6f3301e.jpg Some of these are Kaffe Fassett fabrics, a bit too bright for me. I auditioned yellow, orange, peach as the inner border, but they were just too loud for me. I hope / feel my choice of turquoise pulls it together well. I think the Maker here has a great color sense (I've since learned her name is Karla). I really admire how she could make such beautifully blended & harmonious arrangements of such intense, bright colors.  photo P1100872_zps1215a02a.jpg  photo P1100871_zpsa87946c5.jpg Sometimes charity work allows one to work on really special work by others, a terrific experience all around. I had good fun, learned a lot & feel I did great service to these wonderful blocks.  photo P1100877_zps28e73c38.jpg A fellow quilter at a Quilting forum said the following: " I love when people post pictures and I get to see quilts I would never have dreamed of and yet they are wonderful." That's pretty much how I feel, I really got a kick out of working in colors & patterns which I would have never have chosen on my own. I’ve since learned we’ll be able to have this top long-arm quilted by another of our Guild members & that it’ll be backed with the same light green as the borders. I’m so pleased; I look forward to seeing it completed in the Fall.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Depression Block Quilts, My Latest Passion Continues to Fascinate

This is a top I've recently finished piecing, I'm utterly smitten with these particular fabrics. A collection of fabrics I've accumulated in recent years; wonderful play with such fun and interesting patterns.  photo P1100767_zps10aae697.jpg

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Depression Blogs Should Come with a Warning Label -- Can be Addictive

Here's my latest fascination: this sample block, a Motif called Depression Block, simple but so very effective.  photo P1100660_zpsecad6fe7.jpg I had these lovely charm squares in vibrant prints. Seemed like it'd be nice. Against the white it's so crisp & with a subtle directional, white-on-white provides a sharp contrast.  photo P1100639_zpsdd645297.jpg I used a sheer white fabric with it that I'd found & layered it with a sheet of fusible interfacing between the layers to give it more stability. Such fun!  photo P1100638_zps51410805.jpg And on the back, I took a chance to play a little bit more.  photo P1100636_zpscc94764b.jpg

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Recent Charity Work - Doll Quilts

These several doll quilts were interesting to make from orphan blocks & bits of samplers.  photo P1100429_zps1b444ddb.jpg  photo P1100430_zpsbf024610.jpg and the Back:  photo P1100431_zps77ceb7bb.jpg Doing these can be fast & fun & make for small lessons of their own in the process.  photo P1100435_zps22ca9776.jpg These quilt blocks were made from what I chose to call 'unfortunately colored' charms squares which came my way some how or another. While the colors are questionable, the way they're laid out, there's enough color contrast to play up the graphic quality of this particular design. On the reverse, a bit of piecing.  photo P1100434_zps843334ee.jpg

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nice, bright shot, Original work 'Romantic Florals Old & New'

I recently received this picture, photo by JoAnn Gatch, in great natural light.  photo df3dbb80-249d-41ac-8e70-acb1216a6347_zps01bf8a33.jpg