Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday to me. (Working small 12"x12".)












Just as a form of self-indulgence, I quite like piecing small compositions from trimmings. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Gray Study (22"x23") and Brexit (22"x27")


Gwen Marston, a long time celebrity in the quilt world, was the guest teacher for the Seven Sisters Quilt Show last month in San Luis Obispo.  Her class on abstract compositions with solid colors was really three days of play for quilting junkies like me.  

My only plan was to try minimalism.  Turns out that's quite a challenge for me.  My "Gray Study" used every solid color I had.  My "Brexit,"so titled because it was the big event that week, used every piecing technique Gwen demonstrated.  Here's what I learned....being minimal is like sticking to a diet in front of a grand buffet.  


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Purebred (63" x 78") and Mahalo (54"x14")

 True confession--I succumbed to the lure of a kit.  Wanting to make a special quilt for my niece who works with rescue horses, I could not resist "Purebred" by Erin Michael.  (Moda Kit 26090)
Upon opening the panel,  I found the size of the horse a bit startling because I'm pretty sure it's larger than a life size equine. (Although all horses look enormous to me.)  Should be fascinating to watch my niece's reaction when I present this quilt to her next weekend.
 Recently we travelled to Hawaii for three weeks, and I brought along a bag of hexies to hand baste.  Here's a few on a table runner that's inspired by the gorgeous colors in a botanical garden we hiked on the Big Island.  Now what to do with the many many more hexies I made?


My newest project is actually the resurrection of a five year old UFO.  I had used a cyanotype sunprint kit to make the blue prints and then fractured them with fine line piecing.  The commercial green came with "sunprint" botanicals images.  Just tossing a few loose blocks on the floor tells me I badly need to put up a design wall to figure out an interesting arrangement.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Hikers and If Jackson Pollock Could Sew



For my latest Postmark'd Art postmark'dart.com I chose the themes of Shoes and Jackson Pollock.

As an official trail rover at MontaƱa de Oro State Park, I've left lots of footprints out there.  Turns out they make a pretty interesting print on fabric as well. 

As for channeling Jackson Pollock in stitch, I definitely prefer how he used paint.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve 17.5" x 21.5"

I am so fortunate to live a ten minute walk from Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.  Located at the south end of Morro Bay, it is a sanctuary for birds, butterflies, trees, and people.  I have entered this little quilt into the Small Quilt Challenge for the 2016 Seven Sisters Quilt Show to meet the theme "Colorful Central Coast."  The show will be at the Madonna Inn on June 25 and 26.  Hope you can join us.

Friday, February 26, 2016

First Tutu 6" x 8"

For her second birthday, I gave my granddaughter a blue tutu.   My husband's ever ready camera caught her pirouette, and I used the photo to stitch this little piece.  It's been donated to SAQA who will mat it for a fund-raising sale.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Runner and Bowl



Recently a friend invited me to try out the new Mini Quick Curve Ruler, and this table runner is my version of the basic pattern.  Here's what I like about the ruler: accuracy and interesting shapes.  Here's what I didn't like: it's very difficult to get a quarter inch seam allowance on the outer edge of the shapes.  My friend had the same problem, so for once it's not me being precision-challenged.

It's a happy accident that the bowl goes nicely atop the runner.  All the clothesline bowls I made as gifts were well received, and I'm pretty sure I'm not done with exploring them.