Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Tomorrow I will carry another quilt (see below) as I join the Women's March in San Luis Obispo. Here's hoping that kindness, generosity, and vigilance will see us through.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
After resisting BOMs lo these many years of quilting, in 2016 I participated in a guild Block of the Month Challenge. We received instructions for eleven different log cabin blocks. Here is what I learned: it was kind of fun to make just one block a month, but by number eleven I was not loving them all together.
Not one to abandon a challenge, I whacked 9 of them in half, added some other smaller units, and three shades of blue. I assembled them into 12 Quilt-As-You-Go blocks backed by an assortment of stash fabrics. Both sides are whacky, but I'm done in time for the reveal at tomorrow's meeting.
Now to finish a BOM Challenge for my other guild. Stay tuned for more whacking.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
This quilt is my response to a paint chip challenge for the Morro Bay Guild. The idea was to use only the colors from a paint chip card, plus one color of my choice. If you guess I added the orange, you are right. I call it "Senufu" for the African masks I quilted into the center of each shield shape.
As for my navel-gazing comments in the previous post, they're still bouncing around in my head.
However, my conscience won't let me abandon my promises and most of my UFOs. Sometimes plugging away is the only way face forward.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Lately I have been thinking about giving up quilting. As I approach the end of a 2 year project to have made a quilt for all my nieces and nephews--see above--the reasons for sewing more of them dwindle.
Not that I don't have plenty of projects lined up. But it's getting harder to answer the question Why make more?
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Minimal design. That bee wouldn't leave my bonnet until I tried some more. First I limited my choices to a beige fabric and a few scraps of handpainted blacks. Improv piecing and composing was fun, especially the curves. But I think I abandoned restraint with the quilting lines. That might be the next challenge--how to fill negative space minimally while still creating interest.
So what to do with a pile of small art quilts? A perennial problem for someone who likes to make them. These six I sewed together on the left edges to create a "book." Sure makes them easier to show to groups of people.
On that note, I am totally tickled that my little 12 inch donation to the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction
sold for $350.00 to a lovely person in Geneva, Switzerland. Here's one last look at it, although I do have a larger version I kept for myself.