Saturday, November 28, 2015

Second Rug Heads South

Another rug is heading south today, leaving icy Kansas for warm and sunny Austin.

A yellow rug was requested, with gray highlights. The gray turned somewhat blue and I think it works. I used a thicker decorator fabric for the base and lots of yellow sheets throughout. The final size is about 4' x 3'- just right for the grandcats.

We had a lovely holiday - hope you did too!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holy Seminoley

It's done. My finished quilt measures 19.5" x 25". I quilted it mostly in the ditch.

Marge can give you an idea of the size too. 

I sure like the colors of Marge's little blocks. It was a fun color project. And a good reminder to save your scraps! Pass them on to someone who will enjoy them.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Close to the Edge

I've been playing with some small bits this week. In the back of the room where our quilt guild meets, there is a very popular couch  - we deposit fabric we no longer need there. I found a bag of leftovers from our resident Seminole quilting artist, Marge Banks. I loved the colors and decided to challenge myself to make them into a small quilt.

I pulled out several of the shirts I've collected and went to town. To give you an idea of scale, Marge's original pieced bits measure 1 1/2" square and smaller.

It's nearly together - here it is this morning. My plan is to finish it today and have it quilted and ready to show to Marge at guild next week:

A belated happy birthday to one of my favorite humans, Kurt Vonnegut:

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. 
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., writer (11 Nov 1922-2007)

Friday, November 6, 2015

First Rug for the Austin Girls

My kids in Austin just bought their first house together and they wanted a rug - one to match the colors in their bathroom. It has lots of the colors of nature ... rock floor in the shower ...

Voila! Off to the rug fabric pile I went, and here is the result. It measures almost 5' x 4'.

My friend Kathe supplied me with the base fabric. She spotted sale tablecloths while shopping one day and they were so thrifty, she could not resist buying me a few! I think thicker fabrics make the best base - they make the rug just a bit more sturdy.

Here is a peek of it in its new home:

I am working on a second rug for the girls now - I hope to have it ready by Thanksgiving. I'll share it with you soon.

Too bad the World Series is over - I got a lot done during those LONG games!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Design Inspiration

I took a class to learn to mosaic. It is something I've always wanted to try. What has surprised me is that it seems to help my creativity, just trying something new. I've enjoyed sewing more!

I've made a few frames, like the one on the right. It's made from dishes - both new and vintage. That's what takes the most time, collecting dishes and other fun things to use in mosaics. I included a few marbles and beads in this one too.

A friend who works in ceramics told me that there are discarded pots when a kiln is emptied. I collected a few of those last week and got going on this pot.

I haven't applied grout yet so it will look different when it's finished ... I'll finish it up this week.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

This Might Be Done

On my design wall today. It might be done. That's the fun of improvising - I get to decide! Your thoughts are welcome ...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Much to tell

I took a break from blogging. I've been recharging my batteries and looking for new creative challenges. I've been transitioning from work for others to work to please myself. Its a welcome trade. I've been dabbling with making mosaic and find that it is inspiring my stitching. Who knew!

Other recent sources of inspiration:

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. I took it along to the mountains and studied it. It offers a fresh approach for making quilts. I like it. The work above is inspired by her rhythmic grid score.

Surprisingly, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying (the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing) by Marie Kondo has also helped with my creativity. Her suggestion that we only keep things that spark joy is helping in my sewing room.

Last but not least, I've been following the work of Mandy Patullo on her Thread and Thrift blog. Check it out. It is really inspiring for me.