Monday, January 11, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
My goals for 2016 are:
1. To make and finish 30 quilty things including:
- 12 bed sized or large lap quilts (> 50x60")
- finishing the quilts left over from 2015
- one made with paper piecing
- make a combo of beautiful utility quilts and art quilts
2. To increase my blogs professional appearance with
- better quality photographs
- better design of photographs
- blog more than once a month
- better narrative
3. To be more involved with the quilting community
- to go to another quilt retreat or two
- to build healthy relationships in the quilting world
Comparison of 2015 goals to actual progress:
Last year I committed to making 12 bed/lap quilts practicing different techniques. Counting children's quilts I met the first part of that goal.
While I met that goal I really wanted to explore more techniques than I did and finish more bed quilts. At the end of the year I had four ready to quilt but took advantage of spending time with family instead of rushing to finish. I have 6 or 7 more in various stages of piecing. That being said I wanted to produce 25 quilty pieces and finished 23... Not bad!
Included in that number and shown above is a little (36") cat wall hanging. The background is a feeble attempt at a Ricky Tim conversion quilt using two pieces of my hand dyed fabric. I also stole the cat shape idea from Hilary Florence's "nine lives". Love the final piece..whimsical and fun. I used the same fabric to make the table runner below.
Along with quilting for myself I continued to do some quilting for charities and others (not all shown) and hand dying.
For some reason I seem to have given away finished quilts before taking pictures of them bound... So, I guess that's a great first goal for 2016. Remember to take better pictures (with a better camera) and set up to showcase the quilt :-) .
Stay tuned for 2016 goals
Saturday, December 12, 2015
All done but the binding (iPad photos). I think I have a love hate relationship with this little quilt. I had so much trouble with tension and had to pick out too much for my liking. I also purposely forced myself to use a verregated thread (pale green) which showed my errors. I did this on purpose to push my limits. Still lots of learning but I like the design concept and will use it again...with matching thread. :-)
Monday, November 2, 2015
Sometimes you just need to get your head out of the big projects and pick up some quick wins (seems I need this more often than not these days). I had made some little receiving blankets and wondered if it would work on slightly larger projects with a quilted top.
On Saturday I was down on the floor sorting my stash into colour lots when I thought I might be able to put something together for a friend's little boy. I had lots of green and brown flannels and a great piece of plush backing. Here is what I came up with. I made it with a self binding backing (thanks Missouri Star Quilt Co!) . Once again the picture is not great but the colours are fairly true. It's not big but a great baby size.
Monday, October 5, 2015
I thought I would do some little gifts for auctioning at the United Way telethon this year. Nothing fancy -just some cuddlies. Well finally got busy and got them done. ( Sorry for the terrible pictures. One of these days I will have to start using my camera to get better quality photos. )
Sunday, September 27, 2015
I finally finished the two little herringbone quilts that I did for newborn twins. The quilts are kid size and not baby size, measuring approximately 56x62 each. The red,blue, and yellow one has 80:20 cotton batting. The other is poly. I quilted one with nylon thread and the other with a variegated King Tut.
I purposely quilted them differently to see what the difference was in feel and look. Although I am partial to heavy quilting, I like them both. They are different. Here you can see the difference!
Here is one with binding I chose for both.