Waaay back in June I had the surprise of finding that one of my pics had found its way to Explore on Flickr. It was of my super tote hanging on a branch of the tree in my front yard. Quite the surprise to me. Now, I have a little flickr app on my phone, and all of a sudden today I was getting little notices…lots of comments…on which picture? This one …that I had forgotten to post and finally put in flickr simply because it was with the ones of my do.Good. Stitches blocks. At least this time I knew to poke around and find it in Explore. The collection of photos is pretty diverse…some of places that you just say – I – want – go- there now! …to gorgeous flowers…interesting people and funny little Lego shots. There are a few other shots by sewists..but just a few.
On another note, while getting dressed this morning in my cords and multiple layers and scarf and coat…while getting shoes out of the closest… a sudden urge came over me…I WANT TO WEAR SANDALS! There, I have said it. Will my toes ever be set free? Anyone else feel that way?
Now that I have my own digital camera, I am pretty organized in taking pics and posting what I have been working on. Not so in the early days – especially in those days before I had a blog – or even before the internet! Ha, ha! Yes, I have been quilting that long! Recently my daughter brought home a quilt to wash…an older one that I don’t think that I ever took a picture of. It was on our guest room bed for a while and now is in her apartment, used I presume by whoever camps out overnight on the futon. After washing it, I decided that I needed a photo and that it was now or never…so here it is. Once again I took it to school and asked some colleagues to help hold it up in my classroom before I dropped it off at my daughter’s apartment, so clearly this is not my best shot. The blocks were made in 2001 as part of a Saturday Sampler at my local quilt store, Capital Quilts. Since this was done a while ago, I don’t remember the details, but in general you paid a nominal fee to sign up and each month when you showed up for the session with the completed previous month’s block, you received a packet with material and instructions to make one block. In the session they went over any details, pressing hints, new techniques, etc and had a door prize etc. Each month I made another block out of the same pattern but with different dark/light placement, hence each block has a mate. This is why I call it my Puzzle Quilt. Some of the mates are easy to find, like the two churn dashes. These two were not that hard for me to find…
For others it is a bit harder, like a puzzle. Can you find the almost match to this one?The dark blue print in the above block was the focus fabric for the whole series. It was never my favorite, but I went with it. I wonder what I would now choose to go with it that might give it a more modern feel. I learned lots of new techniques from the sampler and really did improve my skills, so I guess that it was worth it.
Puzzle Quilt Stats:
Started 2001…finished July 2002
Size - Roughly 90″ x 90″
Machine pieced by me, machine quilted by Annalisa Leonesa
I have so many feathers, certainly they will fly away. They were done the end of last week. Next up I need to remove the paper and start to put it together, but I have a few more things to be working on first. My February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes was to take some of these blocks and make a small quilt top – you can read about it here. Here is my plan… I usually draft on graph paper as well as in my book, but for some reason that did not happen. I am fairly pleased with it so far, and it is growing on me.
The picture was taken under the same conditions as the feathers one, but this one is so washed out! It really is not as blah as it seems. I can tell, however, why these blocks sat in a box for so long. They are nothing like the bright colors that I like to work with! How about you? Do you have a favorite palette to work with?
Just one set to go…snow days helped!
Linking up with WIP at Freshly Pieced.
Yes, that is what this is. One of the DCMQG members snagged us the opportunity to exhibit quilts at the Anacostia Arts Center. This was not a regular guild show that lasts for 3 days and all members get to put in a certain number of quilts, but a curated six-week show that will only take selected works. As the deadline for entries approached, I was not sure that I wanted to apply to put something in. This was new territory for me. Until the DC Modern Quilt Guild came along I did not have any local quilting buddies. I was involved with several international online bees, but that is different, being buddies with folks you have never met. My quilting became a rather personal endeavor. So, a day before the deadline I looked at my quilts and decided to apply for 3 of my quilts, each that had a different look. First up was the little Amish one that I had hand quilted years ago. Second was this batik one that helped me learn how to do curved piecing.
And lastly was the one that I call Kaffe’s Paintbox as it is made of Kona solids and Kaffe Fassett prints. It is one of my personal favorites. I made it as part of Oh Fransson’s! Paintbox Quilt-along. Many process shots are under QALS and WIP.
And the third one was the charm…that is what they wanted to display. The exhibit opening was this past Saturday night and here it is hanging in the gallery.
Hmmm, look different? Yup! They wanted to display the back! The back! Really? The back? The front I suppose is a bit like the two on either side of it, and I do like how the back corresponds to the front. I guess that is what a curated exhibit is all about. There are pictures of many of the other quilts in the DCMQG flickr group, or better yet go and visit! The opening was such fun for me! To overhear people discussing it, reading the label on the wall that says that the back is displayed and then peeking to see what the front looks like. Yes, I know that is an issue in that these visitors don’t know that they should not touch the quilts…I need to talk to the directors about that. But to receive such good feedback about what I work on in my little room upstairs. Huge internal smile…OK, big external smile too!
A few days ago I was sitting in my living room (which I don’t do very often) grading papers – that I do quite often – when I glanced up and noticed the couch pillows. I made all of these way before I had a blog…some of them even before the internet! S, I have decided to share them a bit, and why not start with one of hearts! I made this 15-20 years ago for my dad when he was in a nursing home. I wanted him to have something cheery and showed our love for him. We were very fortunate that he was able to come home from the nursing home and lived several more years. This was my very first paper pieced project and it came from Show Me How to Paper Piece by Carol Doak. All of my needlepoint pillows were sent out to be blocked and made into pillows, but this one I did by myself, even the piping!