Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Deconstructed Log Cabins 60"x60"



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

Senufu 38"x41"



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

Gift Quilts





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

And Still We Rise


My majority will not stay silent.  And we are still aiming at the glass ceiling.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book of Minimals 13"x13"







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.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Tea Bowls



Last month I took a class from Judy Coates Perez titled "Tea and Ephemera."  She taught us a variety of techniques for creating a two dimensional collage on background fabric.  We incorporated used tea bags, stamping, thermofax printing, stenciling, images printed on lightweight abaca paper and cocktail napkins.  Lots and lots of layering to create complex backgrounds upon which I added the tea bowl outlines.  

My fiber artist group is preparing for a coffee/tea-themed exhibit at the Bello Mundo Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo in January 2017.  In addition to some older Tea Bowl pieces I created about 6 years ago, I'll be including these three.

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.