Friday, September 5, 2014

Making Progress on Nathan's Quilt

While Nick's quilt is still waiting to be layered and quilted, I have been making progress on Nathan's quilt.  All the needed blocks are made and sewn into strips.  I am now starting to sew the strips together to form the quilt body.

The first two rows are sewn and the third row is fitted into place ready to be marked, taken off the wall, cut to fit perfectly together, and then sewn.  The strips below are just up on the wall in no particular order.

As you can see in the detail shot, I chose not to square the blocks or strips.  I decided to float them on a background so I dyed fabric a desaturated blue--I did not want the color to be 'in front' of the brighter blocks.  I am using the background blue fabric as a border and to fill in when the strips of blocks don't quite meet, as in the above.  I don't want lots of the background showing in the body of the quilt.  This is probably the biggest section of background that will show.  I dyed enough fabric so that I can use it for the quilt back also.

Did you notice that mostly the strips are one block attached to one block and so on but occasionally I fitted two blocks side by side in the strip?

So far I am liking the quilt.  Gotta say, happiest I have felt in months.  Gotta spend more time creating!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nathan's Quilt

Noelani's quilt has been received in Oklahoma. 

 Nick's quilt is waiting to be layered and quilted. 

 I have started making blocks for Nathan's Quilt.  His is the last one "due."   Here are the blocks up on the design wall.

I am using some of the fabric left over from Nick's quilt but adding a lot more commercial prints.  Here are some of my favorite (so far) squares.

The blocks are not connected to each other yet but I will be sewing them into strips and then sewing the strips together.  I won't be squaring the blocks before I sew them together or squaring the strips before they are sewn.  How boring would that be!!  I love the interest of wobbly lines.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


After watching this video by Jane Davies, I decided to make some postcards.  I particularly liked her comment that since  you would be working on large paper then cutting it into smaller postcard sizes, you didn't have to worry about design, balance, blah, blah, blah that you normally have to worry about.  Sounded very freeing!  And, besides, I needed some postcards.

I got five 12x 18 inch papers to this point then started thinking about how to finish them.

I decided I could build more of my cut-out phrases Haiku and paste them on each postcard.  These aren't cut out or quite finished yet but here is kinda what they will look like.

If you would like a postcard, send an email to with your address and I'll mail you one.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nick's quilt

Noelani's quilt is in the mail.  And I have finished the top of Nick's twin sized quilt.  The goal is to finish it before the Maine Event so I can take it to Show and Tell.

The primary colors are a deep purple and green.  The fabric is mostly hand dyed but there are snippets of commercial fabrics.  The green fabric came from the deconstructed play date I had with Beth. Here is the picture of the fabric again with a couple of close-ups.  It worked fabulously in the quilt.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Abandoned Theme for Whiteline Printing

Okay, the supplies are in the mail.  In the mean time I need to come up with an idea and start some drawings.  For some time I have wanted to take some pictures of an abandoned mill factory near by to create an art quilt series based on them.  I am now going to start the series by creating some whiteline prints.

I have taken some pictures today. Since the theme for the print exchange is "Just a Second" I thought I would focus on 2 windows for the print.  Here are some of my photos.

I love the broken panes in with the other panes.  I love being able to see the light through the windows on the other side of the building.  I love the curve at the top of the windows.  I prefer the photos that don't have the windows centered and which show some perspective.

What do you prefer?