Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26

Today I finished the bargello for my grandma Lois.

Here's a close-up of the quilting. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 24

I am currently making a bargello quilt for my grandmother. I decided to create the Surf Song Wall Hanging from "Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts" pictured below. However, I decided to cut the strips 
2 1/2" instead of 1 1/2" and used a single strip set for the vertical length instead of 2.

This is my fabric map for the bargello.

This is a portion of the strip set prior to completion and crosscutting.

Here are the strips laid out, ready to be sewn together.

This is the current state of the bargello. I'm going to add another turquoise border 3 1/2" wide before I start pinning.

This is the Robert Kaufmn Satinesque Stripe fabric I chose for the backing. It's not a batik, but I decided not to hold that against it, since it is such a pretty color.

So far I've completed two animals of the sample zoo quilt for Quilts Ole.

The Jacob's Ladder quilt for Sophia Madison Casuga is completed. Now I only need to get ahold of her mother to pass this quilt along before I decide to keep it!

My "Shepherds Abiding" is complete, including kits and instructions ready for "Christmas in July" at Quilts Ole.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16

The blueprint shop made an enlarged copy & a reverse copy 36" tall of my Egyptian quilt pattern.

I am beginning the Zoo Quilt for Quilts Ole.

The quilter finished my Shepherds Abiding quilt, so it's ready to be bound.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Works in Progress

Inspired by a photograph I took in Egypt three years ago, Stonehenge and Valley of the Kings fabrics, Sharon Schlotzhauer's "coloring-book-style" construction method, and Melinda Bula's fusing technique, I set forth to design an Egyptian-themed quilt worthy of Houston. 

This is my Sharon Schlotzhauer wall hanging. I need to use an invisible zig-zag stitch to attach the pieces.

These are my sketches created by tracing the photographs onto transparencies with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie marker. I am resizing the images with my printer/scanner/copier. Not pictured is the large pile of discarded copier paper I am going through during this process.

These are my stonehenge fabrics for the Egyptian quilt. I will be relying on value to create dimension.

I took a picture of my fabrics arranged from light to dark, to see if my approximations of value were correct.


This is a picture of the Jacob's Ladder blocks made from Fairy Frost Fabrics in the quilt top I made for my friend's baby girl.

I am quilting sweet peas and thinking I could have made the quilt a bit smaller. I am thinking I want to keep it for myself! Some friend that would make me since the future recipient has been waiting over three months since the birth of her child.

This is the part immediately before I run out of thread. Yea! Bernina carries Sulky variegated thread. Now is not the time to change colors. Who would have thought I'd use the whole spool?

This is my Melinda Bula coneflower, which I need to quilt.

This is my Playmates (I did not name this quilt.) quilt from "Two From Jelly Roll Quilts". I forgot to pin it when I was doing the rest.

I am making a Zoo quilt for Quilts Ole. These are the funky fabrics for the project.

I need to pick up another block for this Saturday Sampler. I'd better get caught up.

I'll be teaching this class on September 1 at Thimbleweeds.

I signed up for classes. Houston here I come!

This is my ever-so-slightly modified snowman Saturday Sampler for Quilts Ole. I am thinking my next block will be Jack & the Beanstalk. I have leaves and green. What more could I need?

New Mexico-themed Baltimore Album quilt is in the works.

I bought some more dragon fabric (on top). Shhh! Don't tell my husband.

I wrote instructions for the Shepherd Abiding Christmas quilt. I will need to bind it when it gets back from the quilter.

The caterpillar quilt is pinned.

I am also planning on working on my brother's batik Tennessee Waltz wedding quilt. I am hoping to give it to him when I visit Houston in November.

I also have this wild notion of writing a quilting book. I visited Martingale & Co. in Seattle, bought a bunch of books, and got inspired. I have a few ideas, but they're a secret!