Monday, August 31, 2009

This n That #6

Well, it's official. My quilt has been mailed to the Pennsylvania National Quilt show. It's weird having to box and send it off.
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There's no posting of my president's letter this month because it was a call for volunteers to step up and take some of the open committee positions our guild has open. I hope to be back to posting inspirational letters next month.
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I haven't been getting any good sleep lately due to allergies. It's been beautiful outside, and we want to open the windows at night, but my allergies won't let it happen.
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I'm stumped for a theme for September's weekly quilts. As usual, I'll have something by the time the weekend rolls around, but this month has really stumped me.
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I have been jonesing to do some fabric painting and sun dyeing lately, but as I said earlier, the weather has been beautiful, but not sunny nor warm enough for the sun dyeing. Of course, the more I can't do something, the more I want to.
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My cats were sent new toys by my friend Nance, and they are a huge hit. They are filled with catnip and no fluff. My cats are nuts for them. They are Yeowww brand, so if you have a cat, get 'em one of these!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

I hate it when I fall of the face of the earth


Ha ha! So yes, again, I have fallen off the planet and only have recently returned to post pictures of my quilts. Due to my acceptance into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVI, I was whisked away on Cloud 9 and can't seem to come back down!I booked a flight to Philadelphia to visit my quilt on display. That should be fun as friends from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild may also attend and visit with me! Yay!
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So... onto the quilts for August. This book is delicious. Did I mention that before? The sample photos just give you a small taste of what wonderful things you can do. Also, Project Runway started this week, and I'll get to that in a moment, and how it ties in with this book.

I tagged my book with those little flags on things I want to try, and there's more that I want to try than weeks in August, so I am thinking that I may want to explore this book next year in a monthly format. I'm going to suggest it at Divas tonight, to see if anyone wants to come along to try it with me.

Again, this book is great if you have previous experience with fabric and you like to experiment. If you don't... well, I'm sure there are other books for you.

These 3 inch squares took HO
URS to do EACH. Especially if you want them to look "just perfect", which I had in my head for them to be. I liked some applications better than others, such as the quilted tabs vs. the filled cording, and the losenge pattern on the smocking was too far apart, but lots of lessons were learned.

Back to Project Runway... It started back up this week and one of the contestants has no previous fashion school training, and asks what "smocking" and "godets" are. Now, I knew from costuming what these were, but a lot of people may not. And to tie this all together there are 2 chapters in this book about smocking and godets! Which when mentioned on screen, I smiled a little smile...

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

BIG NEWS!

My quilt "Road to Home" was accepted into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and will be on display this September, from the 17th to the 20th.

This is a my first entry into a major quilt show, and by extension, my first acceptance! I'm thrilled to pieces!

So, I plan to go out to the show and visit my quilt on display, since you can only have a "first quilt show" once. Anyone who plans to be in Philadelphia at that time, let me know so we can meet up!

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

August - The Art of Manipulating Fabric samples


I know I haven't posted June or July's mini quilts yet, but here is the start of August's. (I'm away on business again, so sorry for the sparse updating).

This is my first attempt at two projects from the book. I have to preface these with a couple of notes:
First, the one side that looks like woven strips is not woven, it's a series of manipulated tucks. It was pretty easy to sew, but very hard to get the tucks to do what they are supposed to do. It has a lot to do with the fabric you choose.

Secondly, this is not a book for beginners. I liken myself to be pretty good with fabric. I can hold fabric in my hands and know what it will do when sewn. You need to have this instinct when working witht his book. Also, it is not written with the novice in mind. You must have a good idea of the basics of sewing in order to accomplish the directions, which can feel sparse at times.

These things said, I am really enjoying the exercises. Hope you like it as much as I do.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

President's Message #2

Reprinted here for your viewing pleasure...
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Somewhere along my quilting adventures, I started working on quilts that were under 24 inches square. It was a natural fit for me. I wanted to "finish" more quilts, and I have quite a few bed sized UFOs that were piling up. My brain comes up with some great ideas, and my hands could not execute them all. I already have a full time job, and at times it felt like a full time hobby too.
So some point came along and I started getting the ideas out in a smaller format, and a light bulb went off. I got more quilts (and quilting) done by making the works smaller! I guess I hadn't read any rule that said my quilts needed to be gigantic to be quilted art, so took the leap and haven't looked back.
The number one question I get about my small works is: "What do plan to DO with it?" Well, I make small quilts as gifts for family and friends, and they love being able to look at them on the walls of the office, den, or even the bathroom. I make quilts the size of baseball cards and mail them around the world with other artists (they are called Artist Trading Cards). I make quilts the size of postcards and mail them in place of birthday cards. I have framed some pieces like you would frame cross-stitching. And sometimes, I just pile them up or pin them to the walls of my sewing space.
During your "one hour a day" quilting time, think about a small quilt you could make! Don't forget our annual small quilt auction is coming up. Hint Hint!