Archive for June, 2008

Take It Further – June Challenge

June 30, 2008

This month’s Take It Further Challenge involves our fabric stashes and the stories they could tell. Stories about what was and what could be. Looking at my stash often reminds me of where I purchased it, who was with me and what – if any- project I envision for it. There’s my collection of kiddie prints, acquired with an eye towards making my granddaughters quilts, toys and dresses, my collection of blacks and whites which include at least one B & W fat quarter purchased from any new-to-me quilt shop. Then there are my beloved batiks in a variety of prints and hues. They are the workhorses of my whole stash, good for everything from art quilts to bed quilts. There is also my small but growing stash of hand dyes in rainbow colors, destined to be a drunkard’s path and an Irish chain quilt. The crazy quilt fabrics compiled via stash swaps, Goodwill shopping and yard sales as well as internet shopping for dupioni silks, satins and velvets. There is also my stash of costume fabrics, things like lames, organzas, and sequined delights. I can’t forget about my art prints, these are fabrics that mimic the sky, the ocean, trees etc. Some are prints of these natural wonders, but many are batiks or fabrics that just remind me of something from nature, like the batik that I used for Ed’s salmon.

So that’s my stash inventory and it brings me to my special stash. I am the keeper of my mini-guild’s red, white and blue (RWB) stash. Last month Dorothy, Tamara, Lory, Karen, Lois and myself combined our RWB fabrics and met at my home to make a quilt for the American Hero Quilts (AHQ) group. (There is a link to them on the right hand side of my blog) The goal of AHQ is to provide all returning wounded veterans with a quilt to show our appreciation for their service. This is not a political group — some who make these quilts support the war and some do not support it. Making the quilts just means that we want to help the wounded veterans know we care about them.

Upon combining our RWB stashes we think we’ve got enough for at least 3 AHQs. Here is a picture of our first AHQ. It’s a work in progress. I need to make a few more blocks to finish the top. Tamara will quilt it on her long arm, then I’ll bind and wash it and send it off to Sue N. who’ll distribute it.

It’s a string quilt from a pattern provided by Mary Johnson of the Heartstrings Quilt Project.

Here is a picture of an AHQ that I made using stripped fabrics. I need to quilt and bind it as well.

The process of making these quilts yielded quilte a bit of very small scraps and selvages — perfect for the TIF challenge.

I decided to use these bits and pieces to make a flag. Here’s part of our large stash of RWB fabrics. and here’s a pic of the itty bits

I took a piece of fusible webbing cut like a waving flag and fused the RWB to it.

and here is is completed. It just needs a flagpole.

In conclusion, these RWB stash fabrics could be many things, a picnic cloth and napkins, a bandanna, a shirt, but we chose to create a quilt that we hope will wrap one returning veteran with love and appreciation.

Round Robin — Laura’s Funky Chickens

June 23, 2008

Sorry I haven’t blogged lately — I surprised myself by how much I’ve missed posting. I truly enjoy publishing my creations and getting your feedback so this time away was bittersweet. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the quilting retreat — met and made new friends, caught up with old ones, stayed up late quilting and got up early for more quilting and of course made some time to shop and dine. I brought my on-line friend Laura M’s funky chicken to work on — There are 13 of us in this Round Robin and the projects are as diverse as are we. Laura provided patterns but also gave us permission to do our own if desired.

Shirley’s rooster:

Joie’s Hen

Yvonne’s chicken

Carol Ann’s chick all inspired me to design my own rooster:

If you look closely at the background fabric you’ll see that is is a white on white with feathers! It thrilled me to find that at my retreat. I just played with the fabrics, made a small ruffle for the comb, a modified prairie point for the beak and I used quarter circles for the tail feathers. Those were sewn right sides together, then turned out and formed into cones and then arranged in tail feather fashion, so they are dimensional. I braided embroidery floss together for the legs and they hang freely. The wing is a triangle sewn right sides together and then turned and gathered then satin stitched to the body. The wattle is just a bit of gathered fabric and a red button completes this colorful fellow.

Now they are on their way to Lynn and from there to the other legs of this RR. This is Round Robin 30 for most of these participants and includes ladies from Canada and all parts of the USA. I think this is my fourth RR with this group and I look forward to many more.

Mermaids Finished!

June 11, 2008

After much experimentation on the mermaids’ hair I am finally finished with my quilt for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival — and none too soon as I’m leaving for a quilting retreat this evening. Here is the final product: I call it “Gifts from the Sea” Here is a detail shot: It doesn’t show well, but within the shells are beads inscribed with the words Hope, Healing and Miracles . Maybe this will clarify The theme for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival is “Fishing for a Cure” so I hope this will be appropriate and will fetch a good amount come auction .

I spent a lot of time experimenting with the mermaids’ hair, much more time than I ever spend on my own LOL. I’ll post more about that when I return from my quilting retreat early next week. All these pictures are clickable so if you want to look closer you can. I’d appreciate any suggestions and critiques.

Medallion Quilt-Along Center

June 5, 2008

Stash reduction is a worthy goal and when I saw the opportunity to reduce my stash while at the same time create a beautiful quilt I jumped on it! Doesn’t my center medallion look great? It’s paper pieced from Carol Doak pattern 276. Funny thing happened while making this block — apparently I don’t know that 3 + 3 = 6 and that 6 + 6 = 12 because I made this and then was surprised that it didn’t measure 12 inches finished. Oh well it can become my label and it was good practice for paper piecing and color placement. I did use some of my “what was I thinking?” fabrics and they should look good for the next round which Anita of Bloomin Workshop has ready.

Father’s Day Gifts

June 2, 2008

I always have trouble finding just the right gift for my hubby, but this time I think I’ve found the ideal present. As a lifelong lover of the outdoors and avid fisherman how could he not like this salmon? It’s so easy to make and I fussy cut the batik fabric to mimic the shapes within the pattern. You can click on the photo to see what I mean. This is a www.quiltswithatwist.com pattern. I just traced the salmon onto fusible web, cut out all the designated pieces and then fused it to the black background fabric. My next step will be to do echo quilting and then make it into a pillow for him. This salmon is the second pattern I’ve made that Lisa Moore designed.

The first Quilts With a Twist pattern I attempted is her Orcas. Here is a picture of the Orcas that I need to quilt up and they will be ready to display. The Orcas have one extra step — the white fabric is cut and fused first, then the black is fused over that. This picture should clarify the process: