Thursday, August 16, 2018

Jacob's Ladder Series-Drawing #63

84" by 96"
6" blocks, rotated to form small diamonds
Playing with the color, added more orange, and some yellow.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Moving Right Along

     It has been so hot and wet around here, all I want to do is hide in the house, and sew, of course. 

     I worked on joining the blocks for my red Sonja's Windows quilt. All I have let to do is add the last border, make the back, and this one is ready to go to the quilter. 😊

     Since I planned this quilt, I added the narrow, solid red sashing, and an additional row of sashing and stepping stone around the outside of the center. Suddenly, my quilt was 8" larger in both directions than originally planned. This might have been fine, even beneficial for a quilt that was going to live on a bed at home, but I made this quilt to add to my trunk show, and to bring to my Sonja's Windows classes, so I was trying to keep the size down to a full. I made the somewhat painful decision to pull off a column and a row of blocks.  OUCH! But, the pain is behind me now. 

     I will save adding the last border and making the back until I get home from presenting a program to The Sea Island Quilters in Beaufort, South Carolina, and The All Star Quilter's Guild in Jacksonville, Florida, later this month. In between SC and FL, I will teach a Let's Polka workshop for The Chatahoochee Evening Star Quilters in Alpharetta GA.

     In the mean time I am working on getting the sewing finished on as many of my economy blocks as possible, so I can press them and trim them while traveling.

      I am also trying to add a couple of rows to this quilt everyday. This is an A Maze Zing quilt to replace one I sold earlier in the year. I want the colors in this quilt to remind you of the sunset. I want this quilt to get to 75" long or so. Right now it's at 63", so I have only 4 rows to go.

       One more thing. I wanted to share the amazing pincushions 2 of my extremely talented friends made for my birthday last week. 

      Aren't they wonderful! Eleanor found that metal bird at a thrift store. I think it was supposed to be a planter. She added a wool pillow, and those lovely hand embroidered wool feathers. Notice the scissor tale feathers. 

     Mary Beth is a wonderful potter and felt artist. She made that puppy out of clay, and added a needle felted wool ball to the back. The puppy reminds me of Gidget from The Secret Life of Pets. 

     I will cherish them both!

     That is what I have been up to. I hope things are going well with all of your projects. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jacob's Ladder Series-Drawing #62

84" by 96"
6" blocks, rotated to form small diamonds, but this time, the emphasis is on strong chevrons pointing from the sides to the center, with smaller, subtler red lines on squares in the 4 patches around the center.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Jacob's Ladder Series-Drawing #61

84" by 96"
6" blocks
Here, I am starting to manipulate color quite a bit, and it is beginning to get hard to tell A blocks from B blocks. Even though the blocks are rotated to form small diamond motifs, I have the color laid out to form a large, central diamond, with diagonal lines running from the corners towards the center.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Sewing

There has been plenty of sewing going on in my world!

Here are my top 3 current sewing projects.

My main project this summer has been a custom order quilt. My customer saw my Arabesque quilt, and liked it, and wanted something as similar as possible, but larger, and with diagonal lines only, instead of the central diamond motif,

This is the Arabesque quilt, which is really only a large lap sized quilt.

I am about finished with the center. We just have to find a border she likes. Also, the fabric for the back is back ordered.

 Next, this is a quilt I started working on at a retreat last February. I had fun playing with pink/red colors. I now have all the blocks finished, and laid out. I thought it would be kinda interesting to have the horizontal sashing be a different stripe then the vertical sashing. Full disclosure: I got the idea because I couldn't figure out how to get the stripes to go the direction I wanted them to on the EQ drawing, so I ended up using 2 different stripes on the drawing. Then I decided that I liked that! I am sewing the blocks  together, and contemplating how simple or complex to make the border. I am looking forward to clearing this design wall, so I can start arranging the blocks for this next quilt.

This is a quilt I have been working on for over a year. It has been a good portable project and leader-ender project, because the blocks are small and simple, but there are many of them! I wanted to make a quilt that referenced the colors in this painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

I have nearly 100 blocks completely done.

Most of the 500 blocks in this quilt are sitting on the sewing table awaiting the addition of their last 2 triangles.

Some have all of their pieces sewn, and are awaiting their final pressing and trimming. 

Another reason I started this quilt is because when I made the economy blocks for my Missing Monkeys quilt a few years ago, they looked so pretty together on the design wall, that I have always wanted to make a quilt using all economy blocks. It will be interesting to see if I like them when I see them up on the wall. Here is a photo of the economy blocks from my Missing Monkeys quilt.

 Here is a photo of them in the quilt.

 I am tickled to say that this quilt found a new home in the Mebl furniture showroom in Manhattan NY this summer. I was sorry to see it go, as it has always been one of my favorites, but glad that someone else really liked it, and looking forward to making another quilt that will illustrate the same concepts that this one did, namely, pulling your colors from a focus fabric, building around fussy cut panels, and using forms from a beautiful piece of artwork. I got the geometric forms from the Cartoon for the frieze in Stoclet Palace by Gustave Klimt. Here is a photo of that piece:

 so, that is what I have been up to this summer. I hope yours is going well also. Thanks for Stopping by!

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jacob's Ladder Series-Drawing #59

84" by 96" 
6" all "A" blocks rotated to form diamonds
Add red triangles to form the outline of 4 squares on quilt. Half motifs around edge of quilt are brown. 

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