Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quilt Show

There's a quilt show going on in Salem, Oregon, curated by Bonnie Hull.  I'm honored to have two quilts in the show.  It helps to have a relative as the curator!  I really appreciate Bonnie for showing quilts as serious ART in an actual ART gallery.  I didn't take photos of everything, as they asked us not to.  But I sneaked a few of my favorites.

Kay Worthington

Bonnie Hull (both quilts)
Closer up of Bonnie's.
Kate Speckman

Sujata Shah

Sally Leboeuf "Buffy" on the right, me on the left

Closer up of mine.
Sujata Shah in the middle, me on the right.

Closer up of Sujata's.

Nyima Lhamo aka Andrea Bolosky

Close up of Nyima's

Friday, September 23, 2011

At the Beach

Summer vacation came late this year.  I've been at the Oregon Coast.
Adding to my heart rock collection.  This one's kind of Cubist, don't you think?
This is one of my favorite attractions.  No, I didn't get my fortune told.
I had the perfect project for the long car ride and for sitting on the beach.
It will make a great beach blanket, once it's finished.

How do you like this?  The ultimate in recycling.  Of course, it's an inspiration for a new quilt.

And I found a great bunch corduroy for the next project!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Flying Plaids!

A quilt to mark the end of summer, when the birds fly south (or north--depending on your hemisphere.)
Look what quilting birdy showed up at my nest last week--Em!  She is a sweet one.

Next up is a corduroy quilt to celebrate 11-11-11, National Corduroy Appreciation Day!

What to do with that awful-wonderful piece from the 1970's.  We'll see!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Couple of Finishes

I just finished this quilt from the Scrap Bee players over at 15 minutes play. It started out as a basic string quilt...

  But I had a stack of petal shape scraps from this quilt sitting around.

Looking at the quilt, I realized there were stems scattered about, just waiting for their blooms!

They had to get a little stitching, just for fun.

It wasn't going to have a border, but this Hawaiian print shouted, "use me!"  And the polka dots wanted to be on the back.  Kind of a "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" quilt story. 

Meanwhile, I'd been hand quilting this Our Lady of Guadelupe quilt for the last few months.  I had machine quilted it earlier, but I didn't like the way it looked, and took it all out.

I had fun deciding what design to quilt in each different space.

I also used up a bunch of colors of spare embroidery floss.  I find 3 strands of floss look about the same as #8 perle cotton. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More Sacred Work

 A couple of posts ago, I showed a quilt made for a friend whose husband had died this summer.  She gave me a dozen of his shirts.  This weekend, I made a quilt for each of the two daughters.

One is just beginning her life at college, and the other is entering high school.  Each quilt is 48 x 60".

Each quilt has six pockets.  I found that a 6.5" square works well for these.  They can store momentos from their father...

Or just put their hand in, knowing this pocket was worn right over his heart.  

From the shirt backs, I made the back of the quilt for the mother.  

The shirts went to good use.  There are almost no usable bits left.