Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival

     I have always been intrigued by the paintings of Gustave Klimt. Admittedly, sometimes there is a creepy aspect to some of them, but I really like his use of repeated pattern. It's his use of repeated pattern that has always made me think that his paintings would be a great reference for making a quilt.

     Meanwhile, a friend of mine gave me a yard of this Kaffe Fassett fabric for a birthday gift. 



  
    It was really difficult for me to decide how to use it because I was afraid if I cut it up, I would loose the feeling of the print. Eventually, I decided to cut that yard into 4 fat quarters, use them like panels, and put a couple of borders around each one. It occurred to me to use some of the small, geometric shapes I had seen in paintings by Klimt. Here is a photo of the what I mean.




     While I was working on the quilt, another friend often asked me how the quilt with the monkeys was coming along. This puzzled me. I have never worked on a quilt that had monkeys on it. I found out that Kaffe fabric just made her think of monkeys for some reason. For once, this quilt was very easy to name. I called it Missing Monkeys. This is the completed quilt. Like all of my quilts, it was quilted by Regina Carter of Jackson Georgia.










     

     I totally enjoyed making a quilt that used a print as part of the design, with piecing added around it. I am really looking forward to making another quilt with fussy cut fabric, and simple piecing put around it. I have a couple of different fabrics that would work well for this, if I could only get the time to do this again.

     This is the quilt I am entering in The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. There are always many inspiring quilts in the festival, along with interesting stories about how and why people came to make them on her blog. Trust me, you won't want to miss it. Just click http://amyscreativeside.com/bloggers-quilt-festival/

     This weekend I am in Maryville Tennessee for the 35th Annual Quilt Show and competition, put on by the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee. I will be selling my patterns, and pincushions in the vendor area of the quilt show. If you are in the area, please stop by and say hi!

That is what I have been up to lately. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring Colors

     This time of year, I am always so intrigued by all of the greens. Especially the spring green of new leaves, contrasting with all of the other greens, and the strong blue in the springtime sky. We have had an unusually wet spring, so what is usually very green is really really green. My photos never seem to be as vivid as what I am seeing in person, but here are some photos of what I mean.  I am simply aching to make a quilt based on this colorway!


     That is what I have been thinking about lately. Thanks for stopping by!