Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dancing with Fans

"Dancing Fans"  76" x 61"

I had fun playing with the many design possibilities of the fan blocks.  
It took awhile before the final idea "unfolded." ; )

It began with a charcoal background and layout inspired by this quilt.

 Then I visited my friend, Patricia, at Okan Arts
and bought some of her vintage yukata cotton for the border.  

The charcoal had to go.  And why not play with the fan setting?  
Hmm, wheels?

Straight rows?

On point?

One row up, the next row down?


Ah, now we're getting some movement.  I love the way they almost spin.  
This is the same design I settled on, but the fans aren't paired by color here.

Happy spring!  Wishing you lots of pink snow.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tennessee Lightnin' Strikes Again

Tennessee Lightnin',  54" x 70",  is now quilted!
It started back here, with some old shirts bought with friends on a trip to Tennessee 
and inspiration from the book, Bold Improvisation by Scott Heffley.

It had another border for awhile, but it just wasn't working for me.    

I quilted it with straight lines, using the free motion foot.  
The trick is turning the quilt at each corner, so you're always sewing forward or backward, 
not side to side or diagonally.  At first I tried it with the walking foot, but the fmq was faster.

I kept the diagonal quilting lines going in the border.  
It's hard to see, but it makes a nice overall texture.

Even the binding got to join the diagonal dance!

Now for more play with fans.  Hmm, straight or diagonal?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eyelashes is Quilted!

"Eyelashes" (80" x 80") is quilted at last, just in time for the local quilt show.
I finished the top a few years ago, and quilted it over the last few months.

I used black perle #8 cotton and wool batting.

The design and quilting is inspired by Kathy Doughty's "Gypsy Kisses" in her book, Making Quilts
I used Kaffe Fassett's "Pickle Dish" pattern from his book, Quilt Romance.

Next up more fans! 
This one is inspired by this quilt made by Julie Fukuda and her quilt group in Tokyo.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Still Here

Just finishing a few things.  

One in the machine,

And one in the hoop.  

Only 18 blocks to go, out of 64.  As long as I quilt one block each evening, 
it'll be finished in time for the quilt show next month!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I finally finished this top, after starting it last summer and putting it away for awhile.
"Hourglass"  (aka Courthouse Steps) 64" x  78"
Made from shirt scraps and vintage fabrics.

It's my rendition of this quilt from Roderick Kiracofe's collection.  

Photo courtesy of Roderick Kiracofe
"Housetop, variation" c. 1950-1975, African American
From the book, "Quilts" by Roderick Kiracofe.


I'm not sure how I'll quilt it.  I'm thinking about lots of red ties. 
Whatever I do, it'll be awhile before my hands are free.  

They're occupied with this one for the next six weeks.  
It's got a date with the local quilt show in March!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Finish and a Start

Finally finished hand quilting "A Bold Expression."  It's been "in the hoop" for over a year.

It didn't take that long to quilt it.  I'd set it aside for several months between start and finish.

I started out with one of those large frames that's the size of a small table.  

I found it hurt my arm and neck to quilt that way.  

So I went back to the hoop, and finished it in a number of weeks.

I love the corduroy binding.  It's fun to rub your fingers on it.  

Next up, "Eyelashes."  

I'm hoping to get it finished for the local show in early March.  


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Ho ho ho!

Wishing you many sweet moments with friends and family this season.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Ode to Edrica

"Geraniums" 22" x 28"
Here's my first rendition of a work by the amazing Edrica Huws.

I'm using the technique I learned from Freddy Moran.

You use a glue stick to secure the scraps to a foundation.

Then you sandwich the top, batting and backing, and free-motion around the edges.

I love the look of the raw edges and random strings. 

Edrica made all of hers with hand stitching.

This one is called, "Geraniums by Window," made in 1986.

I feel I have so much to learn from copying Edrica's works.  She really was a master. 
 I'll be making more!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Couple of Finishes

I've been on a roll with free-motion quilting.  
"Autumn Rose"  70" x 46"

The more I practice, the more I enjoy it.

"Scrappy Coins" 82" x 54"

Using several different designs helps to keep me entertained.

Speaking of entertainment, check out this display of holiday sweaters at the local Value Village!

Happy Thanksgiving!