Monday, September 17, 2012

The first quilt I ever designed and made...

Was this little wall hanging I did for my late mother-in-law, Juta.  Tom and I had just started dating in 1993, and, while I'd known both Tom and his mother since I was a little girl, I hadn't seen either one of them for years.  In visiting her at her home in Chicago, I learned she loved her garden, and the color pink.  Meanwhile, I was just learning about quilting and reading everything ever published about the subject. 
So--when I saw a flip-and-sew technique in a magazine and saw it could be applied to creating flower shapes, I tried it to make this roses quilted wallhanging.  It was given to Juta for Christmas. 



I used the flip-and-sew method for the roses, and raw-edge applique for the stems and leaves.  I guess, even though I'd taken numerous art classes in my life, I didn't yet have an eye for value.  The stems and leaves are pretty muddled.  I also had no idea about doing a binding or a hanging sleeve.  My techniques for those were pretty primitve.  But, at the time, I thought it was kind of cool. 
She never hung it up. 
(BTW--I can't for the life of me figure out how to flip this photo so that's it's upright.  Grrrr....)


Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Colin's Leaves

My friend Colin lives in Chicago, and a while ago he  took a picture of three leaves on the hood of his purple car and posted it on Facebook.  Having a particular Fast Friday Fabric Challenge in mind, I asked if I could use his photo as inspiration for an art quilt.  The challenge called for making a quilt using high contrast, which the photo had.  He said OK!  I wanted to make the quilt shiny in some way to reflect the car surface, so I pondered on it for a while.  Months, really...

Recently--another friend of mine, Lynne, who is a seamstress, gave me a chunk of the most gorgeous purple raw silk...perfect for Colin's Leaves!   Then, while cleaning out my closet, I decided to retire an old blouse of mine as it was probably 10 years old and had frayed cuffs.  It's ivory silk--perfect for Colin's Leaves! So I took it apart and saved the pieces.  With these two fabrics, I got the feeling the universe was telling me to finally make the quilt! 

So I used the two silks and quilted the back ground with black and silver metallic threads.   The leaves were marked with a silver paint pen and quilted in silver as well. 
I like it.  It's the first pure art piece I've done in a while.   Thanks, Colin! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Day Mystery Quilt

Planet Patchwork ( does an online mystery quilt every year on New Year's Day, along with other days of the year, where participants can choose their fabric , follow instructions that are posted each hour and end up with a fun quilt top. I've done this a couple of times with mixed results. The first one, called Sno Business, I loved and The Hubs uses it all the time. The next one I disliked and took it apart right away.

This one is called Chips and Strips. It's very fun and I like it! This is a crappy picture, but when I finish this I'll take more. I already know how this will be quilted (geomterically along the zig zags) and I know it'll be used.

Naaaahhhh it's not art...but it's fun!