Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
|Goddess of the Last Minute - Chris Daly|
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I thought I'd do my monthly check in with you all and show you what I completed in March.
First, up - three more birds in the series:
This is the most recently completed bird - and it was with this one that I truly realized the benefits of working in a series. Yes, I had seen with each bird how each individual bird got better, and then I noticed that I was improving their immediate surroundings, and then the branches themselves, until I got to this one and realized that it was so far and away from the first bird in the series that I am literally ashamed of it!
As you can see, I experimented with ways to produce the look of lilac without having to produce a million tiny cut-out flowers. French knots were the answer, it turned out!
It's funny - that even something I made as recently as three weeks ago, I see much room for improvement in! That said, I do really like this one too.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
It's international sewing day, I have the day off and the quilt show has opened up most of its shows to all for free! There is a sew in on twitter #nqdsi to share in all the quilty fun you may be having today and quilting Jenny is having a giveaway so I'm chiming in with a copy of my "welcome my little chickadee pattern" to a random commenter. Tell me what you are doing quilt - wise today - and yes fabric shopping and quilt show watching counts ;-)
I just watched episode 111 with Ann Fahl on the quilt show. If you are a cat lover you MUST watch it. Go to the quilt show here to sign up for the free week end.
Even Summer (the sweet) is mesmerized by Alex and Ricky
I'll be working on quilting this. Yesterday my machine was fighting me all the way but last night I don't know what happened (the quilt demons must have left the building) but now she's purring right along.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Who? He was an Italian immigrant construction worker who built the amazing Watts Towers in Los Angeles in his spare time, with minimal tools, and from mostly recuperated materials. The project took him 34 years. When he retired and moved, he deeded the land to a neighbor and never received a penny for his efforts (see here for more info). He created something magistral, majestic and magical. He's my hero. In my opinion, he represents a "successful artist."
Sam Rodia gives me courage to keep going when faced with a huge undertaking (although not as big as his), in this case, my Pomegranate Tree Quilt. After executing 12 sketches on fabric of pomegranate branches over a year ago, I started a countdown on my working blog (MulticoloredSnippets) to finish the machine stitching/thread painting. The countdown kept me focused and motivated. The last segment of the twelve:
Friday, February 22, 2013
The fabric is all purchased batiks - isn't that sky to die for?
The girl (named Joy of course) has yarn for hair and a gauzy type of fabric hand sewn and manipulated to make her dress so it's 3-D.
I added more yarn for seaweed and a few shells and beads. The sand is quilted using Leah Days filler called Desert sand.
I like how it came out but here in Vermont the weather hasn't been good for photo taking so these are not good enough for the call to artists that I sent in. It's for a book and these photos are far from book quality.
But that's ok - I now have this quilt of Joy ;-)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Here's the most current picture of the quilt.
If you look closely you can see the Stretch'n Seal on the left side. I'm ready to stitch over the lines and then rip it off.
Thanks for your comments and ideas.
Hugs from Mary
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I only got two things done in January - another bird and a large piece (42 x 33) that I've been working on since December and finally finished on the 31st - screeching into the finish line of January! So, here they are:
"Hiraeth" - this one has a long story to go with it, so if you're interested please check it out on my blog where the story and more detail pics reside; and
Monday, February 4, 2013
Since taking this picture I have added the batting and backing, and using a walking foot secured the whole thing by "stitching in the ditch". Now, I need a plan for the center medallion. It really looks fine with just the seams quilted..... But do I want to free motion and if so .... well, I think I need some help with design ideas. I visualize something circular with scroll work. I also think this is a classic KISS... Keep it simple, stupid! ;-)
There it is... my first post on this blog that is so wonderful to wander through.
Thanks for reading this.
Hugs from Mary
Friday, February 1, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Hello Everyone, Sharon here.
I've just completed a 2013 quilt. Hurray!
I had so much fun working on this quilt with these cheerful Moda fabrics. The challenge for me was using the 2.5" squares of the fabric packs to their best advantage. I thrive on challenges so my mind was busy thinking of new ways to use small squares.
I did add small amounts of three other fabrics to the mix, a hand-dyed wool, a homespun and a polished cotton. You can find more of the details on my blog.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I finally finished Max today. He's a happy boy :-)
Here is Max in his non quilty life.
He started out like this
Then became this.
Now he has a body
And a field to play in
Now he's happy to be quilted and looking for his "forever home"
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
|Amish Scrap Quilt|
|Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt|
|My wife's great grandmother's quilt|
|Seminole Indian Skirt|
|My Sample of Seminole Piecing|
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I've been quilting since the early 1990s, but actually I didn't REALLY get seriously involved in quilting until I retired from teaching in 1998. At that time I plunged right in and made my two daughters wedding quilts; one married in '99 and the other in 2000. These were machine pieced and hand quilted.
Then the grandchildren came, and wow, in just a few years we had four. Each of them got a crib quilt and then a big boy or big girl quilt, when they graduated from the cribs. I have probably made very close to 100 traditional quilts that vary from table runners to king-sized quilts, most of which were given away as gifts to beloved family members or friends.
Still, though, I was too dependent on a class or a teacher, was a bit afraid of striking out on my own with designing and constructing art quilts. Then a friend sent me in 2011 for my May birthday the book TWELVE BY TWELVE. I thought it looked great and determined to read one chapter at a time. Ho! As soon as I started reading, I got so excited that I read it in one sitting, from cover to cover.
I passed the book along to one quilting buddy and then sent another a copy for her birthday. Then three of us from our local guild got together and formed an art quilting group, styled much like the TWELVES. Now we are a national internet group of fourteen, with members from Texas, Massachusetts, California, and Alaska. Our group is called The Material Mavens.
In turn, our members choose a theme on which we base our quilts. Then the 12" x12" quilt is due in two months, on the 15th of the month. We post photos of our quilts on the 15th of Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., and Nov. As of this date, we are about to post our 9th quilts. Our themes have ranged from the literal to the abstract, from words such as Mystery to Surprise. Being a member of this group has forced me to be more independent, and I have tried to use different techniques and new materials in almost all of them.
I am webmaster of that group blog, called The Material Mavens, and I have two personal blogs. On Alice's Looking Glass Blog, I post miscellaneous news and pictures of my traditional quilts. On Art Quilter Aspirant, I post photos and descriptions of any art quilts I have done.
I will post here some photos of the art quilts I have made over the past six years, since I first dipped my toes into the art quilting waters!
|The Stone Arch Bell Gate (made during a class with|
|Abstract in Aqua (made during a class with Katie PM)|
|Serendipity (made during a class with Carla Gulati)|
|Lake Michigan Beach Boys (made during a class with|
|Vincent's Chair (for the South challenge)(based on the famous|
painting by Vincent Van Gogh of the same name)
|Tears of the Giraffe (for the Mystery challenge--the title of an Alexander|
McCall Smith mystery novel)
|Travel theme (Hanseatic Wharf area in Bergen, Norway)|