Quilts

Monday, February 3, 2014

I just wanted you to know that I am still alive.  Believe it or not, my house is still not done, but I have hopes that it will be done by March.  They are supposed to put the countertops in my kitchen Wednesday if we don't get a major snowstorm.  It is turning out well, but not without a lot of stress.  Typical home building experience.

My mom's health has failed this year.  She has macular degeneration and has been virtually blind since last fall.  She gets very depressed, as I am sure I would do also.

Family is fine.  All of them were here yesterday and we had a wonderful time.

In October, I had an itching to make a quilt for the New Quilts from an old favorite contest, but the deadline was looming............so I asked my daughter Rachel if she would collaborate with me.  She is a wonderful free motion quilter.  We got it done and much to my surprise it was accepted into the exhibit, and in fact, won 4th place.  Exciting.  I am wanting to sew so badly, but I need to get moved first.  

Hope this brings you up to the reason for my absence.








 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


I know it has been a long time since I have blogged.................sometimes I go AWOL for not particular reason.  So sorry.  Anyway....................What news do I have?





 

Sycamore Bark Baskets and 4 Birds will both be in Lancaster AQS Show this month.  Sycamore Bark Baskets will be in the New Quilts for an Old Favorite:Baskets  exhibit and 4 Birds has been juried into the show and contest.  I saw that Jean Brueggenjohnn from my quilt guild also has a quilt in the juried show and contest, but I haven't found out what she has entered there.  Wish I could go, but Lancaster is not far from Boston and Washington DC.........a little too far for me.
 
 
I made this muse doll in an art group I was recently invited to join.  She was a lot of fun to make......she hangs in my sewing room, piecing together creative ideas for me to glean.
 
 
I made a big pillow from a block I made in Allie Aller's class.  I used my machine decorative stitches to embellish it...............sort of like a crazy quilt.  I love the colors..........these are many of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I have had in my stash for a long time.  Can you see the wall color of my bedroom....Rachel painted that for me.
 
 
I have also been doing some photography with the snow on.  This is Shea, bringing in a newborn calf that needed some TLC.  I love this photo...............one of my all time favorites.
 
So you see, I have been doing some fun things.  I am still putting hot fix crystals on my Jacob's Ladder quilt and I need to finish that this month.  Gotta go............sorry I have been so long in getting back to the blog.
 

Friday, December 14, 2012

today is a sad, sad day.  When I heard the news I just had to call Rachel............even though I knew Garrett was fine, I just had to ask.  Twenty precious little kindergarten children, just like my sweet Garrett.  Lord help us.

Monday, November 19, 2012

It has been a long time since I last blogged.  I worked all of October on my Jacob's Ladder quilt and had it finished (almost) the day before I had to have the entry in the mail.  I ran out of hot fix crystals and they were only available to me on line, so I just photographed the quilt and sent it.  It did not make the cut at New Quilts for an old favorite.  DARN  But the competition is really stiff, and not having it completely done might have been part of it.  Oh well.  I ordered some more hot fix crystals, but by the time I got them jurying had been done and I knew I wasn't one of the finalists, so I just put it away for awhile.  I was so sick of it.  I need to put the rest of the crystals on and see if I can get it into some shows.  I really do like it.

When I was in Paducah last April I bought some turkey fabric to make a table topper for Thanksgiving.  I had also bought a book on making easy New York Beauty blocks and I wanted to try it out.  I bought two shades of brown and pieced it fairly quickly.  I wanted to add a pop of color so I put some prairie points on the inside valleys of the NYB blocks and I really like it.  What do you think?

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

almost done..........................

with the top


I haven't appliqued down the lower part of the under tunic.  I need to make some adjustment to the angle of the tunic.  I have started taking photos and downloading them on the computer to view........this gives me idea of what it would look like on a wall.............even a better view than on my design wall.

I am not going to applique the body parts onto the quilt until I have quilted it and blocked it............I am worried all those hand dyes may try to run and ruin the flesh tones..............don't want that to happen.

Friday, September 21, 2012

I have been working on Jacob's clothes....................

and it has been a struggle.......................................   I am using two fabrics to create stripes in his tunic, thinking they will help define the contours of his body.  I am doing hand applique.............something I have done very little of.   I cut each stripe out of the freezer paper pattern I have drawn, iron it to the fabric, add seam allowances to the piece,  mark it, turn the edges and glue them down and then hand applique them  The jury is still out on this......................I will just have to see when I get it done......................


It is really hard to visualize, but the arms of the tunic are done and Jacob's right hand is lying on the ground in a backwards position.  What I have done goes to his waist and I have more to do.  I hope this turns out ok because it is sure a lot of work.....................

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Struggle.........................................

I know  a lot of people go to quilt shows to see fabulous quilts and they say to themselves,  I couldn't do that!  I think that most people COULD do that.  The difference between people who do that kind of quilt and those who don't is determination, being willing to try new things , take risks, being self confident.  As I work on original quilts,  I find myself in the midst of struggle after struggle.  It is not easy to take a vision that is in my mind and translate it into fabric.  I am in the middle of a struggle right now...................how to show the drape of Jacob's clothes as he lay sleeping.  From past experience, I know that using pattern in clothing, such as plaids or stripes is a perfect way to depict realistic drape of clothing on the body.  I am trying to draw a striped tunic on Jacob and I am struggling, struggling, struggling.  Rachel is coming tomorrow.  I am going to have her model Jacob's position for me, and perhaps that will help.

I learn something new from every quilt.  When I made Sycamore Bark Baskets I tried several new techniques....................captured raw edge applique, trapunto, chorded edging, and stencilling with paint.  I am so glad I am willing to take risks.....................without struggle there is no joy. 

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Finally making some progress on this quilt!


This morning I turned the edge on the Jacob applique...............took a surprisinly long time............
 
Then I cut out the rock upon which Jacob lay his head......... from a hand dye and this is what it looks like!
 
 
Now I either have to either  over dye another piece of fabric or piece some that I have to make the blanket.....................
 
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

I have tied my hands behind my back to keep myself

from overworking this painting...............................I tend to do that and something that is pretty good becomes pretty bad........................so I am restraining myself.  I painted the face yesterday and hope to do the other arm as soon as possible.  I am going to use one of my hand dyes for the rock that Jacob used as a pillow.