Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Challenge



I can never resist a challenge, so I took on this project--a sewing caddy by my Japanese friend Eri.  She is a master origami maker and sewer, by the way.  






You start with 4 strips of 2 different prints, each measuring 3 3/4" x 10 3/4"  Add batting to strips.  Sew bottom together like a pinwheel. 





Then sew up the sides in some mysterious fashion leaving a few inches for turning.  I wish I could give you the exact sewing sequence, but that is the challenge.  I figured it out in an afternoon...can you?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Philadelphia




Just got a new memory card especially for quilt shows.  I took dozens of photos at the quilt show in Philadelphia yesterday.  Seeing  a real trend in Photorealism as in the quilt above...





and while I admire the skills and technology needed to make realistic images, I still am drawn to works like this one.  The Korean quiltmaker used silk organza from an old garment, which appeals to my love of recycling fabric.   I am so wanting to cut up my wedding dress now!




Friday, September 19, 2014

Unexpected





"Expect the the Unexpected!" is how Roderick Kiracofe signed my copy of his new book.  The quilts are all so fun and quirky, and very 'modern art-ish'  I really cannot say enough about this remarkable collection, so please go to Victoria's blog for the whole story...and be sure to catch her conversation with this great guy!




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Who's Counting...



More hexing this week...  I watched the Open and lost track of Monday somehow.  Made some mini hexies for my little traycloth and some more Indigo hexies, too.  Jessica has her Monday Morning count over at lifeunderquilts.blogspot.com and I am happy to report I have altogether 31!  Blackjack!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunflower Friend



Wanted to try EPPing a blossom for my friend's sunflower quilt.  The triangles were no problem, but the other shapes did not fit so easily.  But I know she will quilt out the wrinkles for me!  Good friends are like that...

Friday, August 22, 2014

P.S.




As a postscript for my last blog post, I have to admit I need to work on something short term once in a while...just to have a finish.  These micro mini hexies measure 1/2 inch.  The whole trayful of precut Daiwabo Taupe fabrics came in a kit from Pinwheels.  Should finish at 4" x 8" in no time.





And as promised, I sewed another page of postage stamps this week.  It looks huge compared with those teeny hexies now!  Each stamp finishes at 1inch.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hexing Forever...




It seems like my hexies are going on forever.  Finished appliqueing another strip this week, and am  still enjoying the variety of blues with each and every one. And I have more forever projects that I am not in a hurry to finish....my postage stamp, for one.  Plan to make another page for that one next.

I have never wanted to make a quilt in a day...or even a weekend.  My favorite quilts have taken  months or even years!  I also like big books and long movies, if done well.  I just saw the movie, "Boyhood", and loved it...even though it was a very long sit.  It took twelve years to make, but it was well worth the wait.  What's the rush??