May 30, 2014

My appliqué quilt won the blogger festival!

Folks, I am beyond excited. I just learned that my 3-year extravaganza of hand appliqué and hand quilting has won the appliqué category of Amy's Creative Side blogger's quilt festival!  

I am so thankful that some of you were kind enough to take time to vote! Thank you! Thank you!

Here is a link to the Winner's page at Amy's Creative Side.  Just typing that sounds crazy - I don't feel like I've ever been on the winner's page!

I also have to give a shout out to my friends at Glorious Appliqué. I started blogging there many years ago and have enjoyed sharing the journey of this quilt with all the quilters from around the world - including the fabulous Kim McLean.

Special thanks to Amy's Creative Side for hosting and all the sponsors for the support!!


May 20, 2014

blogger's quilt festival - hand applique
This is my entry in Amy's Creative Side mega blogger quilt festival!
Thanks Amy for hosting!

This quilt is entered in the Applique Quilt Category. Voting begins May 24!

I am entering this extravaganza of a quilt that I have been working on for three years! It is a pattern from Kim McLean. This is 100% hand applique and hand quilted! All edge-turn applique with giant rick rack around the outside border. The fabrics are mostly Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett.

These are definitely not my best photos! This thing is so huge I just can't figure out how to photograph it properly. Apologies. I hope you can see the amazing color in these fabrics and appreciate the stitching.

Also, I have to add that I think this quilt is the last of its genre for me! I started this several years ago and I love it. For 16 years I worked exclusively by hand. But now I have moved on to machine quilting and MUCH smaller quilts.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. If you'd like to see more of this type of work, there is a wonderful blog called Glorious Applique that Kim McLean contributes to as well an many other quilters who are doing similar patterns.

Please leave me a comment below - it is so fun to hear from people.

blogger's quilt festival - hand-stitched art quilt
I'm entering a second quilt in the blogger's quilt festival!

Go to Amy's Creative Side and check out my hand-stitched art quilt entry: "Still Life in Shades of Taupe."

Voting begins May 24.

This small art quilt wall hanging is patterned after a quilt by the fabulous Japanese artist, designer and author Yoko Saito. I'm drawn to her beautiful taupe palette... and I collected many of her imported Japanese fabrics to make this quilt / wall hanging.

"Still Life" is 100% hand applique, and is hand quilted. Yes - this is all hand work! Edge-turn applique, hand embroidery and micro rick-rack. It took me one year to finish this. The basket is hand-woven, and the border is a lattice work that is also woven and hand-appliqued.

It is difficult to communicate the subtlety of the colors and detail with a low-resolution web photograph... but in person these colors are really beautiful and because they are so limited, I believe that the eye focuses on the design and the stitching. I've attached the finished quilt to a hand-painted canvas. It makes a perfect wall hanging.

May 18, 2014

deep in the heart of Texas QAL

Texas pride runs deep where I'm from. So the opportunity to be a part of the Texas QAL sounded too good to pass up.

What's a QAL? (I had to ask that myself!) It's a quilt to make as you "follow along" a series of posts from bloggers and quilt shops from the Great State of Texas. But hold your horses... you'll get more than just quilt instructions! Each blogger will feature fun stuff to do in their part of the state, lists the best quilt shops in the area... even if you're not interested in making a Texas quilt, you'll want to follow along because there will also be lots of giveaways from great sponsors like Moda and Aurifil! 

Oh, you're not interested in Texas? That's okay. In the words of the Texas great Lyle Lovett

"That's right. You're not from Texas. 

But Texas wants you anyway!"

The fun begins on June 2. Here's a list of participants and the schedule.
June 2 - Dallas - Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5 - Tyler - Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 - Fort Worth - Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 16 - Amarillo - Aoife at thREDhead
June 19 - Lubbock - Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 23 - El Paso - Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26 - Midland/Odessa - Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest
June 30 - Big Bend - Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 7 - Houston - Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10 - Beaumont - Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14 - Austin - Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 - College Station - Hilary at Young Texan Mama
July 21 - San Antonio - Ellyn at Ellyn's Place
July 24 - Hill Country - Lissa at Moda Fabrics
July 28 - Rio Grande Valley - Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Below is a example of the Texas quilt we will be making - EXCEPT ours will feature custom, artsy blocks from the major regions of Texas.

Melissa at My Fabric Relish is the QAL HQ and she explains the whole deal. Basically, the QAL will include printable instructions to make a variation of the whole quilt --- and each week you will get  printable instructions to make custom blocks from each blogger. I will represent Houston.

These fabulous sponsors will be providing goodies for some of the giveaways!

Texas Roadtrip QAL

May 7, 2014

flower fiber art finished

This little art quilt was an experiment... and an opportunity to use some new fibers and silk remnants I bought quite some time ago. The whole thing was improvisational. I had no plan.

It was fun to make and I learned a lot. So the next one can be executed more precisely... or not.

The foundation is a beautiful dark blue burlap. I can't wait to use this again! It was great to quilt through and is a very different look. The center flower is wool with a hand-beaded center. The flower on the right is made with 6 layers of fabric then deconstructed a bit. The left flower, well it is just sort of random.

 Linking up with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday!

May 4, 2014

pizza box - good, fast and cheap storage for quilt blocks

Who says you can't have good, fast and cheap all in one?

Like most people, I multi-task when I make quilts. So when I move (uh, jump...) from one project to another, I like to keep all the blocks or pieces of my projects together in one safe place.

Pizza boxes, it turns out, are the perfect storage solution for quilters!

Yep, these little jewels are cheap - free even, if you ask nicely! But of course, ask for an unused one... need I point that out? They're fast, no installation required. And they're good - perfect in fact. A large square pizza box can hold 15 inch blocks, plus lots of other stuff.

Just for fun, I recovered mine today.

Inside are the beginnings of a big, kinda weird, art quilt project. I'm transferring magazine images onto 5 inch blocks of white fabric using gel medium. I plan to make ~80 some blocks. And I've mapped out the color scheme for the finished piece. Its all in my head, just waiting for the time to do it... and some more magazines.

But thanks to my handy pizza box, I now have all the pieces safely tucked away in one place. So, no worries. And with the Kaffe Fassett 'updo', now it even looks awesome on the shelf!

What are your best storage solutions? I'd love to hear your ideas! Leave me a comment - or send email to   teresa at third floor quilts dot com