Thursday, July 2, 2015

Where Have I Been? Paris!

Still celebrating my 60th year, my husband and I visited Paris for our very first time!
It's a stunningly beautiful city, as you all know.
The best part for me was visiting quilt-maker friends whom I've met through this blog!

This is Christine (left) and Willemke.

Our first full day there, Willemke invited us to her apartment to see her quilts.  Wow!

The apartment itself was an inspiration.  In just 500 square feet, Willemke and her husband have lived for 45 years and raised their two girls. She created "shabby chic" long before it was popular.   

The show started with a stack of dolly quilts, each one exquisite.  Here are a few.

  Then she moved on to her quilt tops.  With limited storage space, she can store many tops, but not so many quilts.  Ready for an incredible show?  OK!

This one really stole my heart.  It's all linen plaids!

This one was featured in Quiltmania magazine recently.
There were many more, but I was too busy admiring to take photos of everything.

The next day, we met with Christine, who was raised in Paris, but now lives in Greece.  
She happened to be visiting Paris just a few days while we were there.  What luck!
Willemke showed us one of her latest creations.

Christine toured us through some of the shopping "passages" and invited us to her sister's apartment for champagne and caviar.  Ooh la la!

I feel so fortunate to have met these lovely women.  They made my trip so very special.

I'll be back with more from Paris and a special jaunt to Toulouse to see my dear friend, Katell.
A bientôt!  See you soon!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Flowering Snowball is Quilted!

Flowering Snowball  90" x 99"

I've been trying to quilt all my recent quilt tops myself, 
but this one was just too big for me to handle.

Thanks to the talented Sharon and her long-arm machine, this one is DONE!

I love the stitching she did--fresh, yet traditional--just the look I wanted.

I made the top last summer, in a quilt-along with Molly Flanders blog.

I used up most of my retro look fabrics,
and threw in a few large prints to add variety.

In the end, I just had to add more contrast.  
Luckily, I found this Anna Maria Horner fabric on sale for the back.

You can see more Flowering Snowball quilts from 
last summer's quilt-along here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

"Garnet Hill" is finished!

"Garnet Hill" 68" x 52"

The making of this started over three years ago.  

The inspiration came five years earlier, 
when I tore out a photo of a rug in a Garnet Hill catalogue.

I liked the folk art feel of the rug.

And decided to go with a similar color scheme.

It was fun choosing fabrics for these blocks,

Throwing in some shirt plaids.

                                                         I appliqued the flowers for about a year, off and on.

When quilting time came, I thought I'd do it quickly, just outlining the flower edges,

                And the seams in the log cabin blocks.

I wasn't happy with the outline-only result, so I added many more rows of stitching.

It took a lot longer, 

But I'm very happy with the result!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Three Rows of the 1718 Coverlet

I'm having so much fun with the 1718 Coverlet!

The first three rows are sewn together.

I'm sticking with the original colors as much as I can, 
adding a few Dutch repro prints, plus some stripes and dots.  

I'm also simplifying some of the blocks. 
This project is addictive!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Latest Obession--The 1718 Coverlet!

Ever since my dear friend, Katell, posted about The 1718 Coverlet 
last January, my quilting mind has been able to think of little else.

I've been gathering fabrics, 

Piecing little 5 inch blocks,

 and brushing up on my appliqué skills.

They have a plan to finish the quilt by the end of the year.
Not me.  I'm giving myself until 2018.

I also went to see the tulips in LaConner / Mt. Vernon Washington, last weekend.  
Always a stunning show!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carnival at Night Fini!

Carnival at Night, 75" x 75"
This quilt began in a class with Freddy Moran over a year ago.

It all started with my large print fabrics that had black backgrounds.  

I wanted them to mush together with sparks of color.

Eventually, it needed a little lightening up, 
so I added a few prints that didn't have black in them.  

It was fun to finally use those little comical faces.

Besides picking the fabrics for this quilt, 
the most fun I had was doodling around the dots!

The Lone Star pattern comes from Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again
by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.