Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Farewell, friend

I love to quilt.  I love the quilt community.  Sometimes I get to combine those loves and make a quilt to donate to an auction supporting the quilt community.

I am in Houston this week for Quilt Festival.  IQA is holding a silent auction of little quilts.  One of my quilts is hanging there, waiting for someone to take it home:

I enjoyed making this quilt and I will miss it just a little bit.  I hope it finds a new home with someone who loves it!

If you are in Houston for Festival this week, check out all of the small quilts and bid on a few to support the IQA!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hot off the presses!

Run, do not walk, to pick up a copy of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine. It's a fabulous magazine with the latest and greatest in machine quilting.

If you turn to pages 44-46 you will find an article about me! Page 46 has a photo of my favorite quilt. Any guesses which quilt that is?

Monday, October 29, 2012

More in the Serious Quilt Series

When I made my young friend a Minimalist Kermit pillow, I decided to make a Miniature Minimalist Kermit quilt for myself.

There has been no sun this week, so I haven't been able to get a photo with true color.

My Miniature Minimalist Kermit quilt is quilted and awaiting binding:

I have more plans for my Not-So-Serious Quilt Series.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Another Super Serious Quilt

While on call for jury duty this week, I started another fun quilt project.  It's a very serious quilt, since quilting is VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS (wink).  

There are letters on this quilt that spell out a word or phrase.

Any guesses yet?

How about now?


Last chance!

The colors in all of the photos are so different, yet none really shows the color of this quilt.  There has been absolutely no sun this week.  I will take a photo of this quilt in sunshine as soon as I am able.  Until then, here is the photo of the entire quilt:

I made this quilt for one person, but now can think of three others who deserve a Rock Star quilt.  I will have to make more!

What words should be on my next super-serious quilt?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Too Serious About Quilting?

Sometimes I have to remind myself that, even though I am very serious about quilting (it is my JOB!), quilting itself doesn't have to be very serious.

Last week a young friend introduced me to Eric Slager and his Minimalist Muppets.  Something about the simplicity of the shapes just stuck with me.  I decided to see if I could reproduce one of the Muppets as a pillow for my young friend.

I went to the Quilt Basket with my favorite lawyer (hiya Peg!) and bought some green fabrics:


I decided that it was ok to try something other than what I normally do (machine quilting), so I started drafting a paper-piecing pattern:

Much to my surprise, I survived (and enjoyed?) the paper-piecing:

The flash ruined the color in this photo, but my Minimalist Kermit pillow (thanks to Eric Slager) was finished:

My young friend loved it!  And I love her.

I don't think I am done with Mr. Slager's work yet.  Which Muppet would you choose next?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 08, 2012

And the winner is...

... the Ferris Wheel!

I have already started the process of making a quilt from this photo.  

First step:  Project the photo on the wall and trace the elements onto a large sheet of paper:

I am sure that there is a computer program that can do this work for me, but the tracing helps me get my brain around the objects in the quilt.

I am trying to decide on the background fabric.  Should it be pieced or a single piece of fabric?  Help me decide.

Stay tuned for the next step in The Sky Over Glenelg (working title of the quilt)

Friday, October 05, 2012


I am home from Australia and slowly adjusting to being on this side of the planet again.  Yesterday I was awake and ready to face the world by 5:30 pm.  Today I was out of bed around noon.  I call that progress.

I will be posting my Australia photos over the next several days, but wanted to show a here vs. there selection.

A photo of the clear blue sky in Glenelg.

A photo of the clear blue sky at home.

One of these photos will be the basis for my next quilt.  Vote for one!