Art Quilts · Designing Quilts · Fabric · Handwork · Non-traditional Quilts

Puzzling along…

Art Walk is this Friday and I will be set up at Paper Street Soap with my cards and some smaller pieces of my art. I have a few that have never been out of my studio before. Wooo hooo–new stuff! Part of the deal is that you are supposed to demo your art but… Continue reading Puzzling along…

Contemporary · Non-traditional Quilts · Quilting · Use Up the Stash

Stars update

When I make a quilt top that I really like, I am much more likely to go ahead and get it quilted now. I have waaaay too many unfinished tops sitting on the shelves! Obviously, I love the thrill of designing and creating the tops more than I love the quilting part of it–at least… Continue reading Stars update

Non-traditional Quilts · Quilting · Use Up the Stash

Hmmm…maybe I need to measure.

Pictures don’t lie. My last post showed you the basic quilt design for my Stars At Night quilt. As I started to build, things went quite quickly, until I got to this center part. That was all fiddly and fussy and took a while. I ended up needing to make one more ‘house’ and then… Continue reading Hmmm…maybe I need to measure.

Contemporary · Designing Quilts · Non-traditional Quilts · Use Up the Stash

Fiddly fixing

Working with improv has both plus and minus considerations. Plus–no patterns, free form cutting and piecing, no seams to match or pieces to fit until final assembly. Minus–fitting weird shapes and unique sizing together in final assembly. This is pretty much the final design of the improv scrap Stars At Night quilt. See all those… Continue reading Fiddly fixing

Designing Quilts · Fabric · Non-traditional Quilts · Use Up the Stash

And back to the strips…

Sewing, sewing, sewing strips together, without a plan is kinda boring. But it makes it easier when you do start to get a plan to have sewn sections from which to pick. I made a couple of those wonky stars to join those that fell off that shelf and now I know why I won’t… Continue reading And back to the strips…

Designing Quilts · Fabric · Non-traditional Quilts · Use Up the Stash

It fell off the shelf…

Honestly! These blocks fell off my shelf today when I was moving stuff around. I truly do not know where they came from. I know that I didn’t make them because they contain fabric that I never owned, but I am often given fiber related things. In any case, I love them and they are… Continue reading It fell off the shelf…

Art Quilts · Learning New Things! · Non-traditional Quilts · surface design

Thread sketching

I have wanted to work with paper and fiber together for quite a while and keep trying different techniques. This last week I have been pushing to finish a quilt but I found a few moments to try a little thread sketching. I’ve already shown you my first attempts at making greeting cards, but here… Continue reading Thread sketching

Art Quilts · Color · Non-traditional Quilts · Quilt Design · Quilting

Red Tree quilting time

My lovely red tree might–just might–be done. Since I quilted it in bits and pieces, I had more time than usual to think about what I was doing. Usually it’s pedal to the metal and full speed ahead but this allowed me time to play with the threads a bit more. I tried to get… Continue reading Red Tree quilting time

Art Quilts · Non-traditional Quilts · Quilting

Background quilting takes forever!

The sky and the grasses and trees are getting quilted into the background of the red tree project. I’ve been doing it in small periods as I had a bit of time and thought it would be done quickly. Actually, the sky didn’t take forever. It’s the tree areas with tiny branches and grasses and… Continue reading Background quilting takes forever!

Art Quilts · Non-traditional Quilts · Thinking About Quilting!

Failure to photo…again!

Class day started out with lots of good intentions to photograph and document the lessons I learned. I got started with the laminated paper and got my blank leaf cut out. And then we got our fabric from the kit and started to design our piece. And my intentions went straight to hell. I did… Continue reading Failure to photo…again!