Monday, September 26, 2011

A Pessimist would say that loaf is half-empty.

Human Kindness is overflowing...and I think it's gonna rain today.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I love squares!

These are great backsplash pics. But I can't stop seeing quilt designs!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome to Lake Tahoe!

I've never seen such crystal clear water! The elevation is 6,200 so the air is a bit thin, but at 75 degrees, it's perfect weather!

Stanwood Fair

My friend Rosalie made this cute mouse quilt and was brave enough to enter it into the Stanwood Community Fair.

This cutie was one she made from a $.25 tablecloth she bought at a thrift store!

I just love whimsy!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Little Elephant

I had the opportunity to quilt up a little baby quilt for a special little girl. Her parents had just returned from Africa with her and I wanted to make something extra for her arrival. This Heather Bailey Elephant is really a pincushion pattern, but it worked well for a little toy. Her face just lit up when I tucked it next to her. At 9 months old, all of this experience is new and scary. But like all adopted children, she will take it in stride.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Quilter's Home

I've been working on a quilt for a Quilt University class online.

This is just from my sketchbook. Not everything is easy to translate into fabric. Most things are fused.

Here's the first row. I decided to go a little brighter on the trees and subdue the houses so they appear further in the distance.
The lights in the house are silk and since it unravels so much, I've cut out the windows and put the silk underneath. Still working on this one. I think more trees are needed.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Garden calls...

It's so difficult for me to be inside when there is gardening to do!
This particular rose may be a Charles Lawson. I found it on the property and moved it to a better location. But it continues to send up shoots in its previous home. It wanders on its own roots through butterfly bushes and vinca major. The deer don't eat it when surrounded by plants they hate.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Vegetable Garden goes in!

With the rest of the country in triple digits, we are still trying to get to 70. So the vegetables grow so slowly!

The deer are foiled!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quilt Top New Definition

For anyone who has ever googled "Quilt Top" and produced guitars, you may know there is something unique about the term. I decided early on in the year that I needed to make a Guitar Quilt for our wildly successful choir director at Stanwood High. Since I adore I used her pattern.

Let's Play!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Remember Stack 'n Whack?

Bethany Reynolds' Stack 'n Whack book was first published when I was a beginner quilter. I ran to Fabricland and picked up the cheapest cotton I could buy. This had beans of all shapes and sizes and was $1.67/yard. I couldn't imagine a more hideous fabric!

I think I made 2 or 3 of these before running out of fabric. Stack 'n Whack only uses half of the lengthwise fabric. One of my friends loved it so much, I made her one. This one ended up in the Quilt Shop Magazine a few years ago!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Little Gift Idea

After seeing this cute Baby Jar Pincushion Tutorial on this page I decided to make gifts for all my supportive board. The Camano Island Quilt Guild consists of 150 women and 1 man. It takes a lot of people to create a successful year.

I didn't have enough buttons to fill 15 jars, so I resorted to candy! Then I added a little thank you tag.

I love seeing them all stacked up together!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Creating a Bed Quilt-style

What do you do with your leftover egg cartons? Here's what we do: we make beds!

I didn't do a great job distributing the colored flats, but hey, let's cover that up!

Now no one can see the beautiful masterpiece underneath. The box on the upper right is filled with old telephone books. I ripped those up and used them the same way for the other bed.

Is anyone impressed?
Thanks Jack! I'm excited, too!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Remake the quilt (even when the binding is on)

After making this Intuitive Pieced quilt, I bound it and took it to class.

The reaction of the class was that the diagonal strip needed to go. It just doesn't fit with the rest of the piece. But it was already bound! So I ripped out the stitching of the binding and rotary cut the strip out. The binding had to be cut and repieced, but it only took about an hour.

The color is a off a bit in this window-lit picture. But can you see the difference?

Now how about we add a kitty?

That's better.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Need a Little Christmas?

Our Row Robin group is a lively bunch of women who quilt like crazy! When we have Row Robin meetings, everyone brings a row. The picture above is a compilation of all the rows my friends made for me. Because I started with a Christmasy row, each row complemented it perfectly. For those of you in the Camano Island guild, bring your first row to the June meeting. For all those who would like to start up a Row Robin group, here's how we do it:

1. Plan a meeting time and place. Usually we meet once a month at a home, a restaurant, or a quilt shop.
2. Each quilter brings a row in a big bag or box. The row dimensions can be limited if you want.
3. The quilter can add fabric to coordinate with her row. This option makes the quilt more cohesive in the end.
4. The first meeting is a show-and-tell. At the end of the meeting, each quilter takes home a different bag/box.
5. Each quilter works on a row that complements the previous row/s. Do not sew them together.
6. Each subsequent meeting, during show-and-tell, the original row designer steps out. That way the final reveal will be a surprise. Switch the bags/boxes again so a different quilter gets to work on each one.
7. After 6 months and 6 switches, have a reveal party. Show off all your hard work and bring food!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How do you create Transparency?

At another great Lorraine Torrence class, we learn about creating depth in a 2-Dimensional work. Many of these techniques you are familiar with, such as overlapping a leaf over a stem...

or depicting the moon as a small circle in the sky.

To create transparency, a change in value is required. What if you overlapped two leaves?

Have these leaves changed color? No, but their overlapping position changes the values in those areas. A sense of depth by the nature of the placement of color. Here is my attempt at transparency with fabric:

This isn't the best picture, but you can see the changes in color when the circles overlap. I simply cut out a shape of another color to create the illusion of depth. I knew yellow and blue made green, so I inserted an arc of green fabric in the overlapping area. Here it is quilted:

Are they parasols? Flowers drifting along a river? Or Japanese lanterns? Intead of landing flat on the black background, they are flimsy and see-through. That's transparency. Fun, right?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Finished my Yin-Yang!

I finally finished my Yin-Yang from two years ago. Sometimes it makes sense to put quilts away or on the design wall when things aren't going right.

I had quilted this machine applique design with a back that had uneven edges. When I turned it over, the lines were wacky toward the edges. I put it away.  When I pulled it back out, I decided to cut the border from 5 inches to 2 1/2 inches. Now the back looks great.

After binding, I created a Tyvek bag for its storage underneath the bed.

This bed is now full!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Camano Island Quilt Show

This Art/Innovative section of the quilt show is my favorite!

We had over 185 quilts displayed this year!

My Baltimore Album created by the Applique Group. It was a president's present and much loved.

Our Row Robin group created the rows for this wonderful quilt. I added the top to tie the whole quilt together. So many hearts!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Last Quilt Design Class

The last Design Essentials class was full of color. We were to create a design and show our understanding of color by doing 6 quilts in different colorways.







Finally, we were to create a quilt from scratch and bring it in finished. The class agreed that the lowest row should be deleted. The diagonal lines threw off the composition.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Design Class exploring scale

Lorraine Torrence compares the value of each circle.

This is my interpretation of the Coonley Playhouse Windows by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The same construction using an analogous color scheme. However, I had no time to stitch the lines. I would love to recommend Pentel's Frixion pens. They lines are heat-sensitive and iron right out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Desert Botanical Garden (with Chihuly)

Every Saguaro is unique. Some are upright.

Some are created by aliens.

Some are discovered by Willards.

And these beauties were created by Dale Chihuly.

These cacti are super pointy. But they are gorgeous!

This rebar work of art welcomes you to the Desert Botanical Gardens. Of course I whispered to Paul,
"We should have one of these."