Dec 31, 2014

one last post... then off to the new year

If Tiffany's sold pin cushions, this would be their cover girl. It is Awe! Some!

And I was the lucky gal who was given this little work of art for Christmas. My quilt buddy Amy G. made it for me. Apparently I choose the wools during Quilt Fest. I knew she kept asking me ... "do you like this one or that one...?" and I kept answering. I should have known something was up, cuz usually she just buys exactly what she wants. Hey, don't we all?  

Anyway. This little bird looks to me like he is having a party for one... which makes me think of New Year's Eve.  Have a fun and safe party, where ever you are.

Dec 26, 2014

three quilts of Christmas past

Another holiday season come and gone. Its been a busy quilt season --- with three finishes to share.  

First finish:

I made this Japanese dyed indigo quilt for my son. After washing these beautiful fabrics, they turned out so soft and pliable... almost like linen.

For the quilt top, I chose a pattern that was super simple, and not too fancy (and not too feminine). I opted for plain 10-inch blocks, and a few 4-patch blocks thrown in. As it turned out, I used every scrap of fabric I bought - which I love! No leftovers. I quilted it in Aurifil indigo-colored thread with a basic stippling pattern so it didn't detract from the prints.

Second finish:

This quilt was made by my quilt buddy Amy G. and I machine quilted it for her. The applique on the giraffe is quilted with two variegated Aurifil threads. The rest of the quilt was finished using an all-over pattern called 'Sixes Swirl' from Leah Day. I love how the quilting turned out on this one.

Third finish:

A custom order from my Etsy site for a toddler quilt. This one was quite large - 42 x 70 inches - much larger than what I normally make and quilt on my Bernina. Making this, I could sure see how a long arm would have made things so much easier.  The quilt design is an original design. The applique is all edge turned and sewn with the satin stitch. It was important to me to do it the old fashioned way, and no fusibles or glues of any kind were used... so its softer and safer for the baby/toddler, and it will last longer. The satin stitch and all the quilting on this one is also from my colorful Aurifil collection.

Wishing everyone all the best for a Happy New Year.

And since this is Friday, I am linking up with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays.

Dec 14, 2014

Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters - now listed on Schiffer website!

Schiffer Publishing has just released their newest books on their website and mine is listed - available August 2015!

I continue to get more excited each day as we work on finishing the book.

More to come...

Click here to go to the Schiffer link to see the full listing.

Dec 1, 2014

'go tell it' interview is live!

The Quilt Alliance asked for volunteers for the 2014 Houston International Quilt Festival to tell their quilt story. Here's mine.

FYI - click this link - not the picture. I could not figure out how to link from the screen capture!?

Published on You Tube on Nov 27, 2014
One quilt, one person, one video camera, three minutes = another quilt story saved!

"Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!" is a Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather. 

Please go to the Quilt Alliance You Tube channel for many more interviews! There are so many interesting stories there.