Friday, March 30, 2012
The March project at Craftsy's free block-of-the-month class are these 12" string-pieced blocks. Very easy, very scrappy, and lots of fun to sew. Instructor Amy Gibson presents the block constuction and step-by-steps on a video each month. She's an enthusiastic instructor and does a great job of demonstrating each step. April blocks will be English paper piecing, so participants get a new technique each month. It's most enjoyable. You might want to check it out... Craftsy adds new classes often. One that I purchased recently is Ann Petersen's "Beyond Basic Machine Quilting." I'm moving along slowly in that class, but it's full of excellent information. I really like the flexibility of online classes, and the ones I've experienced seem to be priced fairly. I WILL get better at machine quilting... my goal for this year.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Here are a few photos of the things we saw on our trip. Of course the red rocks of Sedona are just magnificent. This photo was taken near the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a chapel built right into the side of one of these red rock mountains. It has gorgeous views.
The rocks range from the deeper reds to tans, depending on the iron concentration. Every view, in every direction is uplifting. Before coming to Florida, we had considered retiring to Wickenburg, another good place for horse lovers. So we still enjoy returning to visit the area from time to time.
|We also stopped in Talapaque Village, a collection of shops, galleries, and restaurants in Sedona.|
Beautiful displays of art and sculpture can be enjoyed in all of the many courtyards throughout the village.
You can see the woven rugs on the second floor balcony above the bronze sculptures. There is even a small chapel on the grounds. The bell tower can be seen in this photo, and there's another shot of the chapel below.
This is a bronze titled "The Kiss" and it's by Kim Kori. It's fun to walk through the courtyards and be surprised by art pieces like this one tucked into corners. Flagstaff, AZ, had received nearly two feet of snow the weekend before we arrived. But the temps warmed up and we saw only a dusting of snow on the higher elevations. It was just enough to look pretty but not to cause problems.
|What a blessing it was to visit this beautiful area and enjoy the sights!|
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The venue was Harvest Village in McIntosh, Florida. It's an old citrus packing house and depot that now houses shops, small museum, a restaurant, and an ice cream store. The owner made space available to us, and we got into the show in a big way.
Some among our collections are just quilt tops, and these were perfect for hanging outside under protection of the porch roof. You can get a glimpse of the Dresden Plate and Spider Web behind and beside this lively Glorified Nine Patch (also called Improved Nine Patch).
I'm not sure of the name of this quilt pattern, but it's certainly vibrant despite it's age. I just call it "Big Red" until I locate the real name. How do you like the "ghost" block at the lower left?
This is the oldest quilt in our display, dating from circa late 1800s. It's in wonderful shape and makes use of the popular double-pink fabric of the era sawtooth border, and the LeMoyne Star block pattern.
And this is the treasure among all of the old quilts. It's a Marie Webster Basket design and was made around 1936. The hand applique is admirable, but the hand quilting is truly exquisite in this piece. Jill, one of our collectors, was fortunate to find this quilt at an estate sale. And Debra, the third collector, found its companion "Daisy Wreath" (shown below) at the same estate sale. The Daisy Wreath shows the same fine quilting and needle skills.
Lots of Stars were out today also. This scrappy Touching Stars was right next to the colorful Lone Star quilt. What a great pleasure to talk quilts all day with people who came from near and far to see and appreciate these old beauties! So many of the visitors enjoyed the show asked if we would have another, but we shared all the quilts we have in this one big event. Maybe we need to get out there and scout up some more? Hope you enjoy this bit of quilt heritage on National Quilting Day.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Well it turns out that making these collage fish really is like eating just one potato chip... can't be done. Here's my latest fish (the first one can be seen here). Quilting friend Joanne (who got me started with fish) and I decided to both use the blue print fabric you see on the side of the fish above. It looks kind of like scales to me. Anyhow, this was a challenge of a sort just to see how each of us would place the fabric in a fish. Once done, we would each reveal our projects. Joanne's is on her new blog here... stop by and see it, and see her other sewing and quilting projects there as well. And this is the reveal of my swimmer. They are such fun to make.
Here's a detail photo so you can see the various fabrics used in the fins, flippers, and lips. Yes, fish do have lips. The seaweed is neon-colored sewing thread another quilting friend gave me. She'd pulled it off some partially empty spools and thought it was too pretty to throw out! It's trapped underneath the light-color tulle I used to secure the raw-edge pieces of the fish.
The fish at right is another of Joanne's projects, but not the challenge one. She's a prolific fish-maker. She sent several of her quilts down here to Florida because she's coming later this year to present a talk and trunk show for a guild program. This was a start on getting a few quilts here.
I love this close-up because it really shows how creatively Joanne used fibers along the tail and fins. There are some fiber water plants along the side, too. Looks like the fish is swimming... lots of movement in the piece. There truly are a lot of fish in the sea!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
These 20 beads are handmade ones I made for another of Lenna Andrews' Creative Swaps. Lenna comes up with some great ideas, good how-tos and instruction, plus resources to share on the chosen topic. And then the swap participants go to work, this time creating embellishment beads from paper and fabrics. I even used some of the fabric paper I made way back here. Clockwise above: the green beads are sheer nylon ribbon; the next ones are shaving-foam printed fabric and wrapped with red metallic thread; the pink/orange ones are fabric paper and wrapped with neon-color sewing thread; the grayish ones are another section of the shaving foam fabric and wrapped with gold metallic; and the last ones are black printed fabric rolled in gold glitter.
The materials shown at the left are just two that I used in making beads. The pink is an ad for cereal cut from a magazine. The multi-color print is the shaving-foam printed fabric. It was given to me by a quilting friend who made it, but wasn't fond of it. The fabric been waiting for just the right project.
At right you can see three of the shaving-foam printed fabric pieces once they were cut into triangles for bead making. Next is a text-printed fabric, a colorful hand-dyed piece, and the magazine photo from which I made even more beads. Beads from each of these materials are in the 2nd photo above.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Once the machine work was complete, our next step was to add some further interest by using hand embroidered details. Everything from French Knots to Lazy Daisy stitches made this piece a lot of fun to create.