Friday, April 20, 2012

2011 In Review at Last

     Well, finally, I am home, and ready for another blog post. I actually came home days ago, but I brought company with me, and that hindered sewing, and kept computer time to a minimum.

     I was planning to show you the blocks that I have been working on for the Bird Cage quilt; but they are not quite ready yet. I hope to finish sewing them this week. My art guild is having a Plen Aire next Monday. They will all be painting. Being around all of them always makes me want to paint too; but there are too many quilts I want to piece, to spend time painting! So, they will be painting; and I will be trimming those blocks. Maybe I can post those pictures early next week.

     It has was raining here yesterday, but today was drier, only cloudy; so I took advantage of that to photograph some quilts I have been meaning to photograph for months. Now, I finally have pictures of all of the quilts I made in 2011 except for 1 which I still have a good deal of binding and sleeve to hand stitch down. Since it is pasted mid April, and it's still not finished; maybe I will just call it a 2012 quilt. So admittedly tardy, but here are the quilts I made in 2011:

Named for the plant in The Little Shop of Horrors.
I used stack-n-whack to make a giant grandmother's flower garden.

Double Star II
This one is kin to the one I posted last week in the what's on your bed link party. I wanted to try to use those blocks in another way. I have a couple more "in the pipeline".

I called this one Victorian Library; and I even have a label on the back with that name, but I'm not satisfied with that name, and may change it yet. I really forced myself to include a wide variety of scraps in this quilt; even those I was not so crazy about. I made a tone of these blocks. The quilt I have finished but not yet bound is also made from this group of blocks, and I am planning at least 1 more if not 2.

Indian Summer
I have already showed you this one in a previous post. It was inspired by an Indian blanket I saw in a book. I enjoyed this one so much that I immediately designed several more. I even thought that I could expand this idea to write a book, but I have no idea how all of that works; and how does anyone get enough quilts in one done in one theme to write a book?

I have fun doing one block wonders now and again, and people tend to buy them from me, so I keep making them.

Let's Polka
This was made using simple blocks, out of dots, stripes, and solids.

My Waterlilies

This quilt was inspired by a painting by Monet. I wanted to see what would happen if I interpreted the composition in batik half square triangles.

Native Fall
This quilt is kin to the Indian Summer quilt above, and it was named by a blog reader.

Speakeasy Shuffle
This was made to replace my Milky Way quilt (shown in a previous post) when it sold. I wanted to have a dark, quite one block wonder on hand, to show it could be done.

Galapagos for Alice

This king size quilt was a special order from my Galapagos quilt which is posted on my etsy site. It now lives in California.

Wow! Now I feel like I actually got something done last year!

1 comment:

  1. Happened on your blog from your Fall 2013 Bloggers Quilt Fest entry. You really have made some beautiful original quilts (I love "Let's Polka!"). I think your instincts about doing the Indian Blanket quilt book are spot on. I wouldn't worry about getting quilts made---the first step in a book is to submit the concept proposal to the publisher -- since you design on a computer, you can submit those designs with your proposal in addition to the pictures of the two you've already finished..

    Only once it's been accepted will you have to worry about getting the actual quilts made up. But from what I've read, books take about a year to evolve so you will have some time to make them up. Also since you belong to a guild and the Sewing Sisters group, you could enlist some of them to help make some of the quilts for the book. They get publishing credit and you get people who are not only helping get the quilts made but are also testing your pattern instructions for accuracy (something that's very important when you offer a pattern to readers). It's win win!

    Hope I'll get to see your book in the future! Good Luck!