Sunday, February 22, 2015

February Fun

This table runner is for a friend who lives nearby. It went together in a few days and is quilted with a simple in the ditch. She was delighted with it.

for Margo


The next one is a group challenge. We were supposed to find a face and 'mess with it.' I've called this one "Layers" in reminder of the only book I've ever read that when finished the first time, I turned it over and read it again. It is Encouragement by Larry Crabb, and talks about the way we put up layers to keep people from seeing the real me. I love this little quilt and feel as if I've always owned it. Odd, but true.

Layers

Saturday, February 7, 2015

How cool is that?!

We are now home from a month in Arizona... where I had the neatest experience. I've made two quilts that were inspired by the art of Bob Coonts. By email, he gave me permission to do this. Since he lives in Colorado, we had never met.

Every January, the large art shows start in Scottsdale. We have gone to them a couple times and decided to go again. I took my daughter and her hubby with the intention of buying them a small art piece for their new home, and for her birthday (which I did).

We parked, got inside and paid at the desk and I turned around toward the first booth/display... it was Bob Coonts! I introduced myself and he remembered me. We talked for a long time. He is a very nice man and pleased that his work was inspiration for my work. I was so delighted to meet him. I would love one of his pieces, so am planning to give him a commission for a size/subject I can afford. The show lasts until the end of March, so if he works on site, who knows... maybe my hubby can pick it up on his annual golf trip.

Here are the two quilts inspired by his paintings. Bob's originals are on his website.

Paint Chip Pony

Horseplay

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No more orphan blocks

From classes and experiments and such, I had about 30 orphan blocks (that I could find) so brought them with me on our holidays (and a sewing machine). While hubby was golfing, I sewed them pillowcase style into mug rugs. Some still need the opening for turning sewed up, and they all need a bit of quilting. 

My daughter picked two already. She lives in a humid climate and loves them for soaking up the sweat from a cold glass on a hot day. I've a few ideas of where to send the rest. They are an odd batch though!


I also brought a small quilt to sew, but so far no progress. We are having too much fun. We leave for home in three days, so it will go back the way it came. 


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

May your Christmas be full of His joy!



Joy to the World
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Finished

A couple years ago I took two classes from Claudia Pfeil. In one, she showed us how to use commercial stencils to make up our own design to quilt on a whole cloth. The piece is about 40" square and it sat, and sat, and sat. I started to think those blue markings would never come out, so finally loaded it on my longarm and quilted it.

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I'm not crazy about the results, so I named it Learning-01 and put it on the black and glass table in our dining room... where it looks pretty, if you don't look too close. The close-up shows the craziness of lighting. This table topper is WHITE, not even the slightest bit creamy. Oh well, the good news is that there is not a trace of blue anywhere! (Oh, and I learned a lot about what does not work, where I need more practice, and oh joy, it is finished.)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Progress!

This is where I most like to see a quilt top... on the machine and a some stitches in the ditch. Will it be done for Christmas? Maybe... but with dark blue background and dark blue thread, I can only work on it when the sun is shining and the lights are all on!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top is Done!


This top is finally finished. I am quilting it soon... the blank space is for quilting the recipients name, which will fit nicely. I've the backing (same as the lighter border) but not pieced yet. One block is leftover, and it will make a great label.