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.
This was a fun project to welcome a client's latest granddaughter:
The new mother likes pink, white, grey and elephants. A quick search on the internet came up with pink polka dot and elephant print. Perfect! Then I "blew up" one of the elephants to make the applique pattern. Don't you love it when things fall in place like this?
One project for this summer was to make two Snoopy quilts for a friend/customer. I decided to use the "Sprinkle" pattern by The Happy Zombie which can be found here. After making a big stack of each of the three blocks required by the pattern, I decided I liked the one with the smallest amount of Snoopy fabric the least. Since I had made too many blocks, it was easy to decrease the number of those blocks in the two quilts. Then I made a third quilt using solid squares of Snoopy fabric alternating with the leftover blocks. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph that last quilt. But here is the first and largest quilt:
And here is the back of that quilt which has some vintage "make your own stuffed Snoopy" fabric added in:
Just as I was finishing up the binding, I noticed that the fabric surrounding the Snoopies on the back a small hole in it. So I appliqued some small squares of fussy cut fabric randomly around on the back. One applique covers the hole:
My entries in the judged part of the KC Regional Quilt Show did not win anything, and my entry to the latest exhibit organized by the Dinner At Eight Artists was not excepted. But I put a couple of quilts in the county fair and won two blue ribbons. Guess you just need to know your best venue.
The Dinner at Eight Artists asked for a 40 inch square quilt this year with the theme of "Affinity". This is what I made:
The circles were formed by folding and clamping the fabric between plexiglass circles, and its opposite- a square with a center circle cutout, and then putting the bundles in an indigo bath. All of the spikes, or triangles, or feathers are done with thread painting. I call this piece "Green Loves Blue but I Like Red".
There is a very nice quilt shop in New York City called The City Quilter. I always try to stop by when I am in the big city. This time I was (more than a little) surprised to see my book on sale at The City Quilter! How about that? Naturally I offered to autograph them because why not? The friendly staff said sure... so... here I am. Sweaty from the walk from the subway but happy to see my old familiar friend "Robots in Space!"
The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is going on now! (More info here: http://kcrqf.com/) Stop by if you are in the neighborhood. It is very impressive event that has been put together entirely by volunteers. My guild is selling raffle tickets for a great starry quilt that will be given away in September. If you buy $5 worth of tickets you can have your photo taken in our "Sun Bonnet Sue" photo booth:
Amy Bradley has designed a lot of very cute patterns. My current favorite is a set of campers and family members. It can be found here. So far I have only made one of the campers for a friend of a friend,
but hopefully more will come soon. It is fun to put together a fantasy camper and accessories. Of course mine will include birds and a cooler full of soda and ice cream.