My quilt "Happy Happy Happy" was featured in Fabriquilt's booth at Quilt Market last weekend:
I am also proud that Fabriquilt is using a detail shot of my quilt "A Flutter of Color" as the header for their Facebook page. Fabriquilt has a wide variety of beautiful solid and print fabrics for quilters. Look for them at your local quilt shop.
Here is a throw-sized quilt that I just finished up for a client/friend:
Don't those Kaffe designed and inspired fabrics just look fabulous?! Blooming in the garden are those peonies that sprouted up from the rootstock that the tree peonies were graphed onto. Not as grand as the former flowers were, but pretty none the less:
Years ago I had three tree peonies. Due to permissive gardening that allowed a Japanese Maple to grow too large, I now have only one peony that blooms. They all do not get as much sun as they need, and one has reverted back to its root stock. (You can see its tiny buds and slightly different leaves in the bottom of the photo.) Those remaining blooms are greatly appreciated and beautiful,though:
Recently I made a quilt for FabriQuilt out of their new fabric line "Happy". Part of the quilt had large peony-flowers that I embellished with sequins and machine embroidery. If you attend Spring Quilt Market stop by FabriQuilt's booth and see the quilt (and the great new fabric line).
Elizabeth Hartman has a great book out called Modern Patchwork available here. One of the projects in the book is called Rapid City:
I make quilts for a client/friend who likes big prints and doesn't like me to cut the fabric up into small pieces. Rapid City seemed like a good possibility if I simplified it. Here is what I came up with after combining the scrapy parts and eliminating the white outline around the black lines:
I had the second hip replaced a few months ago and the project I picked to work on while I was house-bound was Zen Chic's paper pieced "Octo". It turned out to be a bad choice to sew while on drugs. It looked simple, but triangles are tricky and when I cut out the rough shapes to sew I kept getting mirror images. After the first hip I sewed four patches, and that worked so much better. Anyway it is finished up now and ready for my guild's quilt show:
The bright fabrics are from Brackman's "Morris Jewels" line. Quilt held by the long suffering husband on a windy day.
We welcomed a new member to the family this week, and I am happy to have an excuse to sew up a "Giggle and Squeak" quilt designed by Carrie Bloomston. I bought this pattern several years ago but Google says it is still available here.
My quilt guild (Kaw Valley Quilters Guild) has an ongoing project called "Warm Kids" that provides quilts to a variety of places and organizations doing good work with families and children. Over the last 5 years I think we have donated about 1000 quilts of all sizes. I've made a few but not as many as I should have. Last week I sewed together some leftover blocks and made this small Warm Kids quilt:
This is a recording of my oldest bird (Major) asking if I'd like to buy a bad bird and then singing rockabye baby with me. He is not fond of me because the love of his life, Gladys likes me better. Or, she did. She is the one saying "hello" in the background. She has been my buddy since these two moved in, but when I took her out a few weeks ago she gave me a very painful bite on my hand. Hoping that it was an accident, I took her out again when I had healed up a bit. This time she bit me on the wrist and opened a vein. I had to call the paramedics...or I thought I did... Anyway, they arrived (along with animal control) and bandaged me up and mopped up all of the blood. Super nice guys. Wish I knew what made Gladys turn on me! This is what I looked like after the paramedics left. You can see the scar from the first bite on my hand above the bandage:
Today we will try to beat the world record for most ugly holiday sweater wearers in one place at the KU Men's Basketball game. Lucky for me, printed teeshirts will also qualify, and I will be wearing something similar to this.
After several weeks of nagging, I think the long-suffering husband will also be participating. I slapped this together for him.
Some sewing friends and I made a quilt to enter into a local Christmas Tree Auction that raises funds for a great local organization. We are proud that it did very well. We called it "Home for the Holidays".
The piles of stuff in my studio are like archaeological digs. The deeper you go the older the stuff. I tried to clean up one pile and found the trimmings from a quilt I made for Fabriquilt years ago. I sewed it all together and came up with this 12 inch square mini-quilt:
I had a couple of deadlines come up this week. First, I promised to make a Christmas tree skirt for a tree that will be in the Lawrence Festival of Trees, then I promised to make a quilt for a fabric company to be shown at Quilt Market. All things are possible when the deadline is months or weeks away, right? The festival tree is a skinny white tree with an over-the-top amount of gold and white bows. My plan was to make a skirt that was an iridescent white with ribbon and bows to make each section look like a wrapped package. Here is the result:
As always, I am not too impressed with my work...but the deadline was met.
The quilt was a rush job. I had three weeks to make a twin sized quilt that featured a new line of solid colored fabrics that will be introduced by Fabriquilt at Market. The theme of their booth is butterflies and flowers. The flowers on my quilt got deleted for time but here is what I ended up delivering:
A friend came up with a great name for this quilt. "A Flutter of Color". This quilt is ok, but if I could do it again I think I could do a better job of including more of the fabric colors. OK, now on to the next nagging project.