Sunday, April 21, 2013

One-Seam Flying Geese

Super Mario Quilt

My friend Ashley White is expecting her first child, Wesley William White any time now. Since her nursery them is Super Mario Brothers, I used Angela Pingel's Super Mario Brothers QAL as inspiration. Instead of using all 1 1/2" squares, I combined squares to make larger units. I also pieced as usual, rather than using the Pellon Stick-n-Wash stabilizer. I rescaled the Mario block to be a 36" x 36" baby quilt, which meant each square of the grid ended up being 2" finished. 

I quilted using a decorative serpentine stitch on my machine at its longest setting for the background. Mario was quilted by stitching in the ditch. I used matching thread colors on the front, and black on the back, since the backing is solid black. The binding was stitched to the back, then pulled around to the front. I stitched while looking at the front side to know if I was catching the binding with my line of stitching or not. The line of stitching appears on the quilt back, just off the binding. This is not very noticeable if thread that matches the backing is used.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Museum Monday - New Mexico Capitol Rotunda Gallery

After hearing word of an art quilt exhibit in Santa Fe, NM, while reading the Albuquerque Journal, I gathered the family for a field trip. We stopped for a delightful lunch at Jambo Cafe (closed Sundays) and continued on to the capitol and viewed these fabulous quilts.

Ancient Flight by Coleen Konetzni

 Local Color: New Mexico by Julie Filatoff

Aspens by Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak 

  Pauline's Ford by Rod Daniel

Navajo Legend by Mary Olives

 Heavy Clouds No Rain by Nancy Steidle

 The Jemez Mountains-Fossil Record by Holly Altman

 Red Rock Morning by Patricia Gould

Jemez Majesty by Michelle Jackson

  Holy Cow by Jennifer Day

  Changing Seasons by Marianne R. Williamson

 Ponderosa Pines by Marianne R. Williamson

 Sunset Over the Jemez by Mary Olivea

 Lilias Del Dia by Nancy Steidle

Spirit Markings by Susan Szajer

 Tortillas by Rita Gonzales Heard

 Desert Dusk by Jeri Beitel

 Nasturtiums by Holly Altman

  Peaceable Kingdom by Judith Roderick

Tree of Life by Judith Roderick

O'Georgia by Nora Bebee 

  Aloft by Betty Busby

  Cosmic Collisions by Katie Pasquini Masopust

  Nambe Lake by Betty Busby

 Wildfire by Marianne R. Williamson

 Vista Tranquilo by Vel Saddington

 Sunset Over Opera by Candace Kenyon

Valley of Fire by Betty Busby 

The Rio Grande Rift: An Ancient Landscape by Carolyn Castaneda Little

Chamisa Alegre by Katie Pasquini Masopust

 Colcha Flowers by Rita Gonzales Heard

La Fonda by Ann Anastasio

Santa Fe Sunflowers by April Foster

Sunglory by Denise Seavey

 Mariachi Melody by Rita Gonzales Heard

 The Last Drop by Jennifer Day

October Aspens by Nancy Steidle 

 Azucena by Cindy Barfield

 Sitting Pretty at the San Marcos Cafe by Rod Daniel

 Moonrise, Shiprock by Patricia Gould

 A Question of Balance by Particia Gould

 Blue Chevy by Rod Daniel

 Old Truck by Kathryn Lazier

Picnic on the Prairie- Now and Then by Vicki Conley

  Adobe Shadow Dance by Michelle Jackson

 Adobe Row by Michelle Jackson

 Architectural Impressions: New Mexico by Cheryl FitzGerald

 Mimbres Section by Susan Szajer

Somewhere in the Land of Enchantment by Carolyn Castaneda Little