Saturday, August 31, 2013

Possible Quilting Design

This is a chair cushion I saw a few months ago in a restaurant.  And I'm thinking, "quilting design?"

The close-up is not too clear, but it looks nice and curvy and organic, and I'm wondering if it might be possible.  I'll have to make myself a practice sandwich and try to work this out.  Lots of traveling, that's for sure.  We'll see.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Art In The Redwoods 2013

Hi again!

I'm really excited because my quilt, "Nature Redesigns Highway One," won second place in the quilting division at Art In The Redwoods this month.  Happy hardly begins to describe my feelings!

I wasn't there at the opening and the judging, but I'm told there were a lot of comments from gallery visitors.  Almost everyone recognized this patch of the highway, which lies just north of our community of Gualala, California.

I blogged about this last year when I put the quilted wall hanging into our guild's challenge show.  Here is the original photo from which I designed the pattern.

And here are a few close-ups of the quilt.

Part of the tree section, where I folded fabric
before fusing it to create the wrinkles.

Tiny snipped grass area.

Flowers were added to the side of the road with my
Bernina felting attachment.

Sky area showing swirly quilting and a felted cloud.

The Art In The Redwoods exhibit will be up till September 1st at the Gualala Arts Center, if you can make it there.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Small 1" Hexies

For my birthday in April, one of the gifts SisterStitches gave me was this very cute, custom-finished, small plastic case.  SisterStitches appliqued the hexagons onto the padded cover and then bound the edge with some pretty cotton tape.  Inside are three little compartments, and she filled them "up to the brim" with 2 1/2" squares of fabric.

I have been making these little squares into 1" hexagons.  For a hexie this small I'm using a tiny applique pin to hold the fabric to the paper, and it's working just fine.

I was on vacation, which is why I haven't posted for a while, and I took this project along with me.  I finished 82 hexagons while on my trip, and I had 22 made previously, so now I have a total of 104 hexagons.  I would have completed more than 82 on my trip, but my spool of thread ran out!  Judging by the stacks in the little compartments, I think I'm getting close to being half-way done.

I'm not sure what this will turn into, but we'll see when I get them all basted.  Today I laid them all out on the dining room table just to get an idea of what they look like all together.  I think it's wonderful randomness, don't you!?!

Here are a couple close-ups of the fun fabrics I get to work with.  It is great fun to just pick up another square, never knowing what will be next in the stack.  This was such a special and thoughtful gift from my sister.  I'm having so much fun with it.  Thank you, Honey!

I love the fabric with the numbers on it, don't you!?!