Monday, June 10, 2013

Quilt #3

 This log cabin quilt, with stair steps grew on my design wall slowly over about three months.  But it's done now and I'm very happy with the colors.  I always love log cabins and when they're just a little different that's all the better.

A friend sent a vintage-y quilt magazine (maybe from the '50s) which had a picture of a traditional dark and light log cabin with red stairs steps.  I loved it but I've been making black and white and red quilts for a while -- I have one ready to be quilted right now -- so I wanted different colors.  I think I have a home for this quilt -- as a hostess gift in the near future.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

An anniversary quilt done

I was commissioned to make this quilt, which is about 22x28 inches, for the couple's first anniversary.  The poem embroidered in the upper left of the picture was written by Sam, the groom, and sung to Yomiko, the bride . This is from a photo, obviously, which I was able to print on fabric.  I created her gown and his formal attire from my own fabric.  The gold colored background and binding is a William Morris all over design.  The white border is from a Japanese print fabric which also had all the flowers which were fussy cut and fused onto the design.  I had quite a bit of input from the commissioner of the piece, including choosing the fabrics  and arranging the flowers.  So in a sense I was not the designer, just the sewer.  It will be given to them this weekend.  I hope they like it.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

First finished, first started

No posts for a while because I have been working on a number of quilts more or less simultaneously.  Several will, I think, be finished this week although not in the order in which they were begun. 

This woven quilt is finished ... maybe. It was the first begun.  I have it hanging so I can decide if I want to add a few bead embelishments.  I have blue and fushia stones and I think a bit of sparkle might be a good thing. I took away the dark blue border I had originally and added this Hoffman fabric with what appears to be faceted diamond shapes. With the blue it was very somber, but now it almost asks for more sparkle so probably I will add the beads, not a lot, and not in a pattern. 

I hope to finish two more projects tomorrow and then I have a quilt to quilt that has been waiting about six months.  I hope to do that soon too.  After that there are two not too big quilts promised for our Bayberry quilt show, one is moving along slowly and the other is entirely in my head but will be fairly quick to make, and will be only about 20x20.  I love the feeling of finishing things, of "moving right along."