Thursday, October 29, 2009
It really looks more like a rope and it's one of my favorite stitches. That button may be a little close, though. Here's the whole piece again...
The button's definitely too close. I may replace the large button with a smaller one. Perhaps I'll try something new with the shell shapes. It needs more bugle beads too. Humm. More later.
Is it just my computer, or is blogspot really slow this week?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I love this little raised picot edge which I applied, not to an edge, but to a line on the fabric. It's hard to see, but it's yummy in orange and multi-red.
These sweet post cards were made by Mary Ann...
Oooh, look what I found on Frances blog...
...some flesh-tone fabrics I dyed for her latest quilt. Thanks, Frances. I had forgotten to take a photo before giving them to you.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Topping the list was my friend Joyce Cobb's quilt...
This next quilt, entitled Australian Bushfires and made by Fenella Davies of the UK, drew me in from across the room...
The small green segment at the bottom of the quilt represents new life following the fires.
I was so astounded by this next quilt that I forgot to take a photo of the whole thing! My hand was just 2 inches from the front of the quilt, so each piece in the quilt was only 1/4" wide!!!!
I also forgot to take a photo of the description sheet to record the maker's name. She was from Japan, I'm sure, and the quilt was amazing!
This last quilt in my favorites was also Joyce's favorite...I'd love to have this in my living room because it was bright, beautiful, and the perfect canvas for lots of bling...
It was called "Feeling Groovy" and was made by Candace West of Florida. I'd guess that it was about 5 to 6 feet long. Here are some of the details...
This year's Friday Sampler consisted of 34 teachers in a double-ballroom. For those of you who have never attended one of the samplers, here's a list of the teachers: Esterita Austin, Maggie Backman, elinor peace bailey, Linda Ballard, Anelie Belden, Karen Kay Buckley, Melinda Bula, Linda Carlson, Darlene C. Christopherson, June Colburn, Melody Crust, Colleen Davis, Marilyn Doheney, Lynda MH Faires, Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, Marlene Glickman, Daphne Greig, Renae Haddadin, Nancy Hinds, Faye Labanaris, Peggy Martin, Dixie McBride, Stacy Michell, Margaret, J. Miller, Susie Monday, Gina Perkes, Linda M. Poole, Nancy Prince, Noriko Schmidtman, Mary Sorensen, Janet Stauffacher, Valerie Vavrik, Kristal Wick and Sheri Wood. That's quite a lineup, yes? Here are some photos of the setup and teachers...
The samplers are 2 hours long and participants can visit any teacher's area in those two hours. As I have said before, best bargain of the Festival at $30!
After lunch I had a wonderful class with Colleen Davis entitled Artsy Knitting Bohemian Style. Unfortunately, my knitting skills were not up to par, but I very much enjoyed the class.
Next up...my favorite quilts of those I saw in the show.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This is my current handwork project which will be a sample for my Beading on Fabric class...
It's an exercise in using the fabric design as the beading design. This fabric lends itself to beading designs because the lines and elements are well spaced and interesting.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This was one of Ann's finished quilts using her paint-with-dye method. Are the colors wonderful?!
Monday, October 19, 2009
...and it's called "On the Wings of a Dream". The bird shape is created with quilting only and is lovely.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
...and Joyce told him the story of her quilt. She was one happy lady!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
My son Bryan was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and sent beautiful digital photos home when it was allowed. This was one of my favorites, and I decided to make a photo quilt with it.
Bry set up the photo and handed his camera to a buddy to take the photo, so the soldier in the quilt is actually my son. His troop had been out for a long time on foot patrol and had run out of food, so they turned to their Army survival skills to eat. When Bry saw the quilt he told me that he had been eating some of the ants from the tree that hangs over him in the photo.
Luckily, Mary Ellen Kranz was teaching a photo-to-fabric class for the Asheville Quilt Guild and taught us how to print our photos as posters. This photo is printed in four pieces and joined at the center.
When building the quilt around the photo, I had no clue what the rest of the valley looked like, so I improvised. The soldier's lower body is painted. My husband posed for a photo wearing his work boots and squatting down so that I could figure out how to sketch the legs and feet. I also had to go online to find a photo of the gun so that I could paint the base of it.
I have no formal training in painting, but PBS painting shows helped a lot. I knew that the bushes in the landscape would look natural if I used a sponge to apply the paint. The rocks to the left and right are layers and layers of fused fabric which were then painted.
The quilting is not my best, but it was the first time that I had free-motion quilted a piece, so I practiced on the leftover rejected photos on fabric. I had to paint some of the pieces to see if my machine would quilt through them.
The label shows the faces of the honored men in his troop who were killed during that deployment.
Friday, October 9, 2009
It was a good day's fun.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
As per the usual, I forgot to get my camera out when we were oohing and aahing about the finished blocks.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Now the bags are being filled with strings in the dining room in preparation for the upcoming Lake Oconee Quilters program and workshop...
The "string kits" (6 - 8 yards of tapered pieces of fabric with no particular color scheme) are made up of some of my fabric stash, and a lot of hand-dyed fabric. When I cut fabric to dye, I always allow extra fabric for strings which end up in these kits or in my quilts.
...and I'd like to have it done by the time I go to Lake Oconee Quilters. It has been sandwiched and I finally have some ideas. Just wanted you to see it before I wreck, I mean quilt it. From what I've read online, most quilters who have practiced their machine quilting (like I have), get the cold sweats about actually quilting on a quilt. What if I wreck it? One quilt teacher says, "That's why they make seam rippers!" Ugh. Anyway, you'll see this one again soon.