Thursday, October 26, 2017

A DIFFERENT QUILTMAKING JOURNEY

After a lifetime of quiltmaking -----  Yes, I was 11 when I made this lovely little thing ---
--- I am now at the point of quilting only to satisfy my own creative urges.  I no longer have to make quilts to satisfy student's expectations.  Or, adhere to editor's needs such as specific colors/fabrics and is it patternable?, etc.  My kids all have a quilt, or if they need another one; they can come to my house and take one from the stacks of class samples and quilts made for publication.  

I've made quilts for donation, charity, raffle quilts, worked on group quilts;  and I have made quilts as presents for special people ----- all while considering other people's expectations.

So now at the age of 78, I find myself able to quilt with a freedom I've previously not experienced in my quilt journey.  Unless I choose to, my quilts are not made according to some one else's needs or wants.

And, I've discovered that a quilt doesn't have to be special or spectacular to have worth. 

Just the process of creating a quilt has become more important to me than the finished product.
My husband stopped by my quilting room the other day and asked, "What are you making?"  I said, "I don't know."  "What's the name of that pattern?"  I answered, "I don't know.  It's two different traditional blocks, and I'm combining them to hopefully produce a secondary pattern."
  I loved the idea that I didn't know where I was headed ---- I just knew I was enthralled with playing with my fabric scraps, doing the math, and soaking up the repetitive serenity of the sewing process.


This little quilt definitely falls in the category of NON-spectacular, but I experienced such joy and satisfaction in it's creation.    There are some advantages to old age!

THE STATS ----
23" x 23"; Machine pieced, machine quilted; 28 3" courthouse steps blocks combined with 21 3" hourglass blocks (so I named it "Steps in Time"); 2017.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

FLOWER BASKETS

I can now cross off baskets from my quilt bucket list.  I had made a regular-pieced basket quilt for my second book in 2004; but I always wanted to try a paper-pieced pattern.  I satisfied that urge with just 12 blocks.  This little quilt measures 24" square.
It is machine quilted --- I'm still practicing on that; but, hopefully improving.


Here is the 2004 quilt --- I think I like it better.  It is machine pieced and hand quilted measuring 49" square, called "Bountiful Baskets".


On to the next quilt ------

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

LITTLE BASKETS

On to a new project -----

I've made several of these 4" paper-pieced baskets.  I think this is probably a traditional pattern, but I redrafted it to the size I wanted and changed a few lines along the way.

What's next?
I'm thinking maybe some appliqued flowers are in order!
Edited to add:  Skip the applique --- that didn't work!!

After that? 
I haven't decided on a quilt set yet, but then that is my usual mode of operation.  I design as I go, auditioning fabrics and letting the quilt tell me what it wants.  The blocks are telling me that this isn't quite right yet!!!!

How do you design quilts?

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

FALLING LEAVES TABLE RUNNER

 I just finished this table runner for my next-door neighbor.  It was fun to make as she requested Fall colors -------
The runner is 13" x 36" and contains 38 different fabrics culled from my stash/scrap bins.
It is machine pieced, and machine quilted with random wavy lines.
 The yellow/gold glow in the center reminds me of the aspen trees in our beautiful Rocky Mountains during the autumn.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

FALL ???????

Fall colors ---- time for a new project!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

1930s REPRODUCTION SCRAPS

 Those of you that have read my quilting blog in the past know that I have a huge supply of scraps spanning several decades and 100+ quilts.  My ongoing goal is to use some of them up.  But, I think, I am failing big time ---- when I'm not looking, they seem to multiply!
Case in point ---- I pulled out this box of scraps from two quilts I made in 2001 and 2004 for books I was writing at the time. 


 Here is what the box looks like today after I finished another quilt using these fabrics.
I swear I didn't add a single fabric to the box ---- it's just a losing battle!

Here is the new table topper I made out of the 1930s repros.  Every fabric including the backing and binding came out of that box.
 It is a traditional half-log cabin pattern rotating the blocks.  I was disappointed that the yellow squares didn't show up better, so I diagonally machine quilted them to emphasize them --- it helps, I think.  It's also quilted down the center of each 1/2" log.
The 36 blocks are 3" each and paper-pieced.  The little quilt measures 21" square.
 And, an extra photo --- just because I'm enjoying our August garden!
My husband also grows a vegetable garden, and we are currently enjoying tomatoes, green beans, green peppers, and onions.  He's our resident gardener; I just quilt! 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BETSEY'S BLOCK TABLE RUNNER

I was blessed with some sewing time last week so I finished this table runner.
I'm always intrigued with a quilt setting that appears to obliterate the seams of the block resulting in a secondary pattern.
This is the block I started with --- one of my favorite blocks -- "Betsey's Block".
By off-setting the blocks and alternating colors, a secondary zig-zag pattern appears. 
The blocks are 3" and the runner finished out at 16" x 25".  It was paper-pieced and machine quilted.

Time for a new project!  I'm thinking of pulling out the bin of 1930s reproduction scraps.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A NEW PROJECT

A new project started ----- still working out of the scrap bins and making my favorite block again.  Read more about 'Betsey's Block' here.
This time I'm using an offset setting that produces a secondary pattern.
This will be a small table runner, so just a few more 'Betsey's Blocks' to make.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

CACTUS FLOWERS

When I began this project I was interested in seeing how the colors of coral, rust, and red interacted together.  This little quilt grew from that idea.
The 3-inch cactus flower blocks were paper pieced.  That is the only way I can achieve any kind of accuracy with tiny, bias edged pieces.  I dug in my stash/scrap bins for fabrics to make the blocks, but purchased the Barbara Brackman fabric for the sashing and the Di Ford fabric for the setting triangles.
It was fun using this striped, coral and red fabric for the setting triangles to form a quasi border.
 I'm happy with the design and fabric choices ---- but as usual, not too thrilled with my machine quilting!  The quilt finished out 24" square.
I'm ready to begin another project.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIP DAY WITH QUILTS

The United Nations has designated July 30, 2017 as International Day of Friendship.  Plus, the United States celebrates Friendship Day this year on Sunday, August 6th.
I thought I would celebrate with pictures of some of the signature quilts that I own.  They include signatures of old friends, quilting friends, family, and other acquaintances.
Each quilt is very special to me, and contains fond memories of people and occasions.

















Below is a book I wrote several years ago about signature quilts that contains tips and patterns.  It is out of print, but still available on Amazon Books.

CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS AND MAKE A SIGNATURE QUILT!

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