Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New post, new year, new quilts

The picture in the header above is my quilted version of a forest fire. I made it last summer when our Uncommon Threads art quilte group chose the theme "chaos".  To me that's what this quilt says -- it's not beautiful but it's fire-y.

The quilt here in the post is one of three I gave to a member of the Baybery  Quilt Guild when she asked for quilts to be sent to victims of the horrible forest fires in California. Her contact in California said people had nothing and were cold at night sleeping in tents. Obviously it is a simple, very basic quilt of random 3 inch squares set in patches. I very much enjoy using up scraps and found this very easy and satisfying to make.  I'll make another this winter. I like to have two or three extra quilts stashed for just such opportuities to share them with people who truly need them.

I've been very lax about keeping up this blog. I will try to do better this year. Below is a quilt I recently made for the Uncommon Threads challenge to use "unusual materials".

This uses real money that I have from various trips to various countries, both paper money and coins; th(which is about 15x18 is Money/Men -- making what I think is an obvious political statement. (I do not mean for Trump's face to be obscure, the particular photo I used did not transfer well. Although, to make a personal statement, I do not enjoy looking at his face and am not sorry it's not clear.

Monday, August 20, 2018

New quilt

I put pictures of quilts I'd like to make "some day" on my design wall. This one was there a couple of years but I truly enjoy black&white &red quilts. Finally last spring I made a pattern for paper piecing this quilt. I only needed a pattern for one quarter of the various squares. But I truly needed it rather than cutting the fabrics just right. I know myself and would have done a sloppy job.  This way not all the points are exact but they are much better than I would have achieved any other way.

My stash of black &white prints is sizable so it was fun to pick out which ones I wanted to use. Finally I found a use for the remnant of red&white fabric I've liked very much but hadn't found a way to use -- it is about half the back along with a B&W print, as the turned back corner shows. Happily I had enough of the remnant to use as a binding. The quilt is very simple. When summer is over this quilt will take a place on the back of my beige sofa and, when I sit at read at night, it will replace a red knitted throw that has lived a useful life as something to keep legs and toes warm while I read.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Quiilt Show Time Again

The Bayberry Quilt Guild's annual show starts today. A three-day show with over 300 quilts --great variety from traditional (and some antique ones) to contemporary, modern and art quilts. Many venders. For a change, it is in the sprawling high school building less than a mile away from where I live. I'm eager to see the show. This year's theme is "Four Seasons". I am scheduled for a volunteer job at 1:30 which is perfect, because I can get there around noon and have time to look at the show and perhaps even time to visit at the venders.

I am displaying only one quilt "solo" as it were, a four seasons quilt of which I do no have a photo yet. I may take one of it hanging if the light is good. The photo here is the display of our art quilt group within Bayberry, Uncommon Threads. We are only five and this is a display of our "maps" challenge. Clearly we are very individual. Mine is the Indiana map. The state is woven of 1/2 inch strips to suggest the grid on which the entire state was surveyed before statehood. If you click on the picture it will enlarge but still the rickrack on the map that marks the interstate highways is hard to see. There's a big felt button in the center for Indianapolis, and in the lower section is USrte. 50, a tiny button is approxiamtely where I was born and raised.

The group does a themed challenge every month (except for summer hiatus) The others think much more impressionistically than I do. Each has her own style. We learn from one another. I enjoy having to stretch my imagination.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Forgotten quilt -- Surprise!

 These two quilts are actually one quilt -- it should be called "Surprise". I had actually forgotten all about it until I began looking through my quilts today because it had been suggested I give one to a woman I've known since she was born (she's the age of my oldest daugter). I have seen her very rarely in the last 25 or so years. But she and my daughters (both of them) will be visiting tomorrow.

I am happy when I'm told someone might like to have one of my quilts -- I have far too many and am happy to give them away to appreciative recipients. I take for granted she will be appreciative. When going through the particular comforter bag this was in, I found another two sided quilt.  I really should do that  more often. It's  a way of using up my large stash and  it's fun to make them.

 I plan to finish another  quilt tomorrow that could well have been treated this way but I didn't think of it. But probably I will think of a design to use later on in the summer and do another two-sided one. What fun!  In fact I'm working on a quilt made of squares right now that could lend itself to such treatment.

Friday, May 18, 2018

a la O'Keefe

In the last few days I made the small quilt on the header with two seashells, and then made this even smaller quilt (about 8x10) for a challenge to make a quilt inspired by an artist. I chose Georgia O'Keefe and tentatively named it, "If Georgia lived on Cape Cod ..." I did not know she had ever painted seashells. That was because I did not go to the book of her life and work that is on my book shelf until after I had  finished both. I found the picture here as well as others similar to the two shells on the blue background in the header. 

Like nearly everyone on Cape Cod, I have a collection of shells I've picked up when walking on the beach.  These shells rest on a book shelf in front of to-read books. I love their shape and color and texture. This was a wonderful challenge.  I rarely quilt in close rows as I did here but they seemed to need a quilty background.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Roses in the Rain

I just made this little art quilt for a partner in a swap (on Swap-bot), it's called, Roses in the Rain --the rain being the quilting and the many little crystals following the "rain". 

We don't have roses yet, it's a very late spring that seemed to be  holding its breath -- partially opened daffodils and forsythia for a week of chilly rain the end of the April. But now that May is here the sun is out and the temperature heads toward 70 in the afternoons. The flowers are abundant, the grass is brilliantly green. Yes, spring finally came. The roses are not going to wait much longer either. But we will have rain too.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jack's pillow - Old Clothes

One pillow, two sides ( bad photography).  The poem below explains the pillow's origin. Technically the background fabric was from an old shirt, which had two distinctly different designs in colors that were almost the same.  Each side of the pillow shows one of the designs.  Using the same star pattern, each seemed to cry out for different colors.  The pattern is one of Carol Doak's paper pieced designs.
This is a favorite that I have used several times. 

                  OLD CLOTHES

Don't we all have ancient garments we love—
the ones we change into after a busy day
when we come home to relax?
My soft moccasins with indestructible
plastic soles have barely any shape after
many many years. Wearing them I see
the dinky shoe outlet store in Batesville,
Indiana, known for its casket factory.
Batesville also has a small hospital.
I had seen my mother; it would be the last time.
I needed something else to think about.
I bought bright pink suede slip-ons.

Old clothes tell stories. When Jack
blogged he hated to give up an old shirt,
much washed, much faded, he thought
he might toss it in the trash. His photo
showed lovely pale colors. I wrote, “No. Don’t.
Let me make something for you.” Sue,
shared my feeling. We have reincarnated
his shirt. She in fiber art, I quilted a cover
for a small pillow.
Garments and their owners grow old,
worn, softened, faded, tired.
Even when still loved some are
dumped in the garbage,
given to the thrift shop,
stashed in assisted living,
bedded in the nursing home
until a casket becomes the repository,