Saturday, October 22, 2016

Inspiration to last the winter

     One of my favorite places on the planet is around Old Forge, NY in the Adirondacks (ADK). Every summer, my whole family rents a big house in August for one week. The water lilies and marshes are my favorite. I long to do landscape quilts, but have to experiment because I personally do not like fused, raw edge applique. My daughter, the now chemistry professor (how did that happen? I needed a tutor for gen. chem.), had a few days mid semester break and asked if I wanted to go with her to Old Forge for 4 days. The weather forecast looked too good to be true as gray and wet is known to happen that week after Columbus day. 
     It was absolutely breathtaking- the blue sky. the leaves, the temperature, could not get any better. I took more pictures of landscapes and leaves and maybe they will inspire me enough to get over the technical humps of making a landscape quilt. Just a few of the photos- I took 60.
   I also made it to the Crazy Moose Quilt Shop in Inlet and did some damage to my wallet.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sewing, not quilting

     I am a quilter. I love to sew flat things. I understand that. When it comes to garment sewing or accessories, beads of sweat break out. It is difficult for me to follow word directions with either no or not clear pictures and working 3D. 
     I needed to make a present for my neighbor (who authored the book I illustrated) for her 50th birthday party tomorrow. She writes from home and I see her outside when the weather is good with her iPad. I searched for a patterns for a cover or sleeve for it when she travels. I looked at a lot of them, but settled on a flap covered pocket. I used the bag pattern from here,
but did not use the handles or clasp idea. This pattern was a sample from a book. I had a lot of trouble understanding what to do. I made a practice one first that I could use myself. Wow, did I make a lot of mistakes because the directions were sketchy to me. For the most important part of sewing the lining to the outside was lacking because it said to look in the book at techniques. I ripped the lining so many times, I had to cut a new one. Finally I got it together and it fit my iPad with the hard case. I used Soft and Stable instead of fusible fleece. Quickly, I made another one while it was still in my head. Not fun, but I finished it. My friend Elizabeth, from my guild, would have taken one look at the picture and figured the whole thing out. I have to use a couple of most disliked words I know "trial and error."
Two bags made
First one a bit snug and the flap looked funky
Has two front pockets
Case open

A little bigger and flap looks better
     My granddaughter, who thinks I can sew anything, demanded I make a sleeping bag for her Peppa Pig. Yikes, lots of trial and errors and a pretty lopsided bag for the Pig. I feel the deep need to do some piecing, anything.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kenmore Quilters Show

     I proudly belong to the Kenmore Quilters, a guild of about 40 fabulous quilters. Our triennial show was this past weekend. This time, I collected all the quilts at my house, photographed them quickly, and laid out the show on paper, assigning every quilt a specific place, bagging each one, labeled where it was to go. I think this made the show pretty cohesive and gave a strong presentation. It was a ton of work. We had a boutique, an incredible tea room, some vendors, fabric pool, and 57 baskets to raffle. 
    I took photos of all the quilts and their labels and will share only some of them here.
This is where you would walk in.
We chose a strong quilt to view there. The woman getting in the wheelchair entered 10 quilts, despite the fact she had a stroke and lost the use of her right arm and ability to walk.
To the left of the entrance

To the right, accessories
The big winner was the one we picked to view upon entering

Super cool origami shirts of Hawaiian fabric 

Look what you can do with the exploding square block!

One of my favorites, it was also viewer's choice

A better shot of my mystery quilt than before
Paper pieced chickadees among the blocks

Super tiny paper piecing of bees among blocks

2 on the wall

     Yes, I have multiple projects going on at a time. Some are stalled, some are percolating in my head, and some are awaiting decisions. Two on the wall right now need some direction.
      The first one is a unexpected and glorious gift from a friend. She heard me say how much I would like to do a butterfly quilt. Her sister does embroidery that my friend turns into quilts. She gifted me with a large panel with gorgeous butterflies. I want to surround it with blocks and turn it into a twin size quilt. I thought maybe a lattice floral block would work, so I tried a few blocks to one side. Have to think about it more and make some more blocks.
     Next, is a project that keeps getting put back in a bag. I love denim. I collect old jeans to cut up. I don't like sewing denim to denim, so I use connector strips. I made some large dresden plates and sewed them to denim. I am trying to determine how to fill in the space between the corners. I thought maybe I would use pieces of denim the height of the corners and use the hand dyed fabric as divider strips. I also would like to add something top and bottom to make this quilt rectangular. So it sits there on the wall, stuck again. My math abilities to figure out sizes is not so great.