June 4, 2017

Rectangles and squares

 A couple of years ago, I was sitting in a local church, waiting for a concert to begin, noticed a pleasing pattern in the wood panelling on a side wall of the church, and made a sketch.


I turned the sketch into a quilt pattern based on rectangles and squares, and posted it as one of a dozen or so pattern options for some friends, for whom I was making a housewarming quilt.  They chose this one.


I added a couple of extra columns, to make it wide enough for the couch they planned to put it on.  They chose colors to complement their living room colors.  And they helped decide on placement of lights and darks.  The fabric is my hand-dyed. VoilĂ !


For the back, I did a scrunch low-water-immersion dyeing of the rust color.


June 3, 2017

Log Cabin finished

I posted this a few days ago on my "In the Kitchen" blog by mistake.  Repeating here, where it belongs.



I finished the blocks back a few months ago, then put them aside, knowing it would be a good project to bring with me to my annual quilting retreat in the Chicago area.  Here's the completed top, which I like very much.  Only after it was completed and up on the wall for a while, did I notice that one of the blocks is off in the piecing. The mistake was also visible when I had the blocks on the design wall, but I didn't see it.  No problem, though--I like it even more with this bit of free spiritedness.

Even though I haven't posted anything for a while, I have been finishing some things up and starting others.  Perhaps I'll do a few more posts to catch up.

June 2, 2017

Alexander Henry Talavera Swirl in a 4-patch posie quilt



All the blocks in this quilt came from this one lovely fabric by Alexander Henry, a very successful choice for the four-patch posie pattern.


Here's a close-up of the blocks.  You can double-click to see how I varied the stitching from block to frame to sashing.


And I like the back too.  I had just a tiny bit of the main fabric left, enough to make small cornerstones.  I used more of the solids for plain solid blocks.  



 Each cornerstone is different.



 This quilt has been given as a wedding present to a special person.  Seems perfect for the occasion.



May 30, 2017

Another workshop with Paula Kovarik

Last summer, I did a five-day workshop with Paula Kovarik at Arrowmont, described here.  When some quilting friends saw the samples I made in the workshop, they raised the idea of bringing her to our annual retreat, for a shorter version of the class. And we did! Paula came for two days of our four-day retreat earlier this month. She asked us to spend time before the workshop looking for lines, and to bring photos or drawings with.  Here's one of the photos I took, of a yucca plant full of fine, curly tendrils.

Using Photoshop, I traced over the lines of the tendrils.


Take away the photograph, and there's a lovely mess of lines.



I had this on my table, and glanced at various parts of it as I did a small stitched version (about 6" square).



The other kind of line I developed an interest in was from a from a prompt from Paula (one of many) to draw a "jittery" line.  The design in the lower left (below) is one result; double-click on photo to see a larger version.  I've been feeling anxious about a couple of things, and make this line helped me identify that.  I cut a white paper frame with a 4.5" opening, the size I make coasters.  I think that's what I'll do with a few of these.  And maybe go on to make more. . .  

April 1, 2017

And the winner is. . .


Matt and Autumn chose the medallion setting for the log cabin blocks.  I think this will be striking!  Above are four blocks extra blocks, sewn together.  I'll use eventually use this for trying out quilting patterns.  Below are the other 80 blocks up on the design wall, in the final layout.  I have numbered them and put them aside, as this will be a good project to bring with me to a four-day retreat with quilting friends in May.  The final quilt will be about 60" x 75."


March 28, 2017

Scarlet and Gray

Beginning in January, I took a ten-week 2-D Design class at the college where I used to teach, which kept me away from blogging for a few months.  I did continue to work on textiles as well (the course work was mostly in the computer lab), but I didn't have the time/motivation to write up what I was doing. I plan to do a post about some of the work from the design class, but right now, I want to get up some photos of log-cabin blocks in different settings.  I've made 80 blocks, which will go into a wedding quilt for one of my son's best friends, Matt and his wife Autumn.  They chose the colors from their wedding (which was some months ago)--scarlet and gray.  I had a large trove of hand-dyed gray fabric leftover from "Holiness," but gave them a choice between commercial prints and hand-dyed fabric for the reds. They chose the hand-dyes.
hand-dyed fabrics versus commercial prints
Today I've been playing with different settings for the blocks.  Many different arrangements are possible for log-cabin quilts. I tried a few others beyond those below, but these 5 are my favorites. Now Matt and Autumn get to choose!  (I haven't used all 80 blocks in any of these trials, so the actual quilt will be expanded from these.)

Diagonals

Medallions

Barn Raising

Triangles

Zig-zag

December 28, 2016

Recognition

When making each of the quilts that developed into my series about loss, I worked from compelling needs of my own; I had little thought of an audience.  But as others have seen the work, I have found out that it speaks to other people as well, and that is gratifying too.  I've recently received two requests to show my work, one in a museum, the other in a book.  I am grateful for this recognition, and the chance it provides for more people to see two of my quilts.

The museum:  The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts asked me to contribute one or two quilts to their upcoming exhibit on the theme "In Death", which will be on exhibit from July through December, 2017.  They left the choice of work up to me. I'm probably going to submit "Self-Portrait, Year 2: Beneath the Surface" and "Holiness."

The book:  I was also invited to include "Self-Portrait, Year 2" in a book being put together by the Modern Quilt Guild, featuring about 200 "modern" quilts made in this century; the book is scheduled to come out in February, 2018.

Thanks to all of you who have helped me in the journey to make this work.