New Project and Finished Quilts

New Project
Marti, one of my Meemaw friends, is very active with the Headwaters at Incarnate Word. The spring water source for San Antonio is located in this sanctuary. It is called the Blue Hole. Since my friends and I already made a quilt for the Brackenridge Conservancy, we decided we also wanted to make a quilt for the Headwaters. Marti found a pattern and purchased some lovely fabric. Today was our first day of working on this project. We cut all of the pieces and then headed out for lunch. Next Tuesday, we will begin piecing the quilt. I was so busy cutting today, I forgot all about taking photos.

Finished Quilts

This past Monday, I picked up the two quilts I had left with my long arm quilter, Jeana Kubik. Jeana always does such a great job with her quilting. I am going to miss her when she moves next year.
She completed the quilt I pieced for my sister, Adri. I also made a quilt tote bag.

This quilt was so much fun to make. The inspiration for this quilt came from studying books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. I had no real plan for this quilt, other than building around the center panel piece of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is the first time I made borders that are not of equal widths on each side. The Broken Dish block border and the Sawtooth Variation block border were also a first for me. I usually just had boring borders.

Jeana also finished quilting the Floral Pet quilt. Jeana  had shown me the quilting pattern of a heart-shaped paw print, and I just knew this would be perfect. I had fun using scraps for the flying geese and the outside border. As you can see, I sort of went over board with polka-dots.
Is there such a thing as “too many polka-dots”?

Now it is time to reorganize my sewing room. I am also reading a book that was recommended by
Mary Puckett. The book, Sneaky Piecing, by Beth Ferrier arrived in the mail today. I have just read up through page 10, and I already have learned some good tips, and refinement of some techniques I already use. This is such a good resource, my friends now want to order.
Many of you probably know these things already, but I found these tips to be interesting.

Tips I have learned so far:

  • Pile the bolts of fabric you have chosen and look at the edges. This will give a better representation of what you will see. ( If making a quilt with smaller pieces.)
  • Beth says: “A quilt that is all medium is neither rare nor well done.”
  • For cutting, fold the fabric a second time. The center fold lies along the selvages.

I am looking forward to learning more. Thanks for the recommendation, Mary!

On the Wall

For two days, I have been cutting and piecing like a crazy woman…and I love it. I am making this quilt based on ideas from Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. What I love about their books is they offer a Parts Department, where instructions for blocks are given. There are no specific patterns, just samples of gorgeous, inspirational quilts.
This is what I have after two days:
 
Day 1
 
(I just noticed an oopsie on the right strips. It’s a good thing they are not sewn yet.)
Day 2
All of the half-triangles are made. I have pieced the two strips on the right together. I hope to get the other three sides pieced and attached tomorrow.

Wonderful Wednesday

So much for my resolution for a low fabric buy month. I just spent a very Wonderful Wednesday morning with my friends, Francine and Toni. They are the owners of Las Colchas. Francine and I have been friends since 1967… I was a bridesmaid at her wedding. Las Colchas offers a varied selection of fabric that will catch the eye of anyone who likes to play with fabric. They also have wool, felt, threads, etc… just about anything you need to create. The bonus at this store, is the help, guidance, and support that Francine, Toni, and all of the gracious people who work in the shop.
I have been wanting to branch out and try something different, original, colorful, and artistic. At my library, I ran across books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. Collaborative Quilting Talking It Over, and Collaborate Again, are books that I just had to order for myself. I have been pouring through these books for some time, and I have been purchasing colorful and different fabric …just because…no real plan. Over the holidays, I started designing my own quilt based on suggestions and ideas from the books. Yesterday, I started pulling out some of my fabric. I realized that even though the fabric was beautiful, it was all still real “safe”. Not “matchy-matchy”, but just not free enough for what I had in my head. I decided to consult with Francine… and I am so glad I did. We spent the morning talking about my ideas. Both Francine and Toni encouraged me to have fun and just pick out different fabric. I picked some out, still a little conservative, and then Francine helped me out. She threw in fat quarters and talked to me about looking at the fabric as pieces, not as a whole. Each piece in one of the fat quarters added a different splash of color or design that would make blocks stand out. This was so much fun!
 This may not look like much, all stacked together. But I think this fabric, along with the fabric I already bought, will make some great blocks.
So, thank you, Francine and Toni! I am cleaning up my work space and plan to start tomorrow. Wonderful Wednesday was a bit too much for me and I need to put my feet up for a bit!

 

Creative Inspiration

Creative inspiration is everywhere. A few months ago, I checked out a book from the library by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. This book is a great resource for ideas, techniques, and inspiration.
The book, Collaborative Quilting, is out of print, and the price is outrageously high on Amazon. Luckily, it is in my local library, and it is usually there when I want to check it out for a refresher.
In the first book, Freddy Moran points out that red is a neutral color for her. I think my neutral color is purple. I recently purchased a second book by these two artists, Collaborate Again.
I love the way the authors modernize traditional blocks, use vibrant colors, and use a design-as-you-go method.I also like how they use a pieced style of borders that just adds pizzazz to the quilts. Tierney has a post about a Sew Day she had with a friend who had taken a class taught by Gwen Marston. I would love to take a class taught by these quilters.
This week-end, I attended the QuiltFest in Austin, another source of inspiration. Then, I went to spend some  days with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law.
My granddaughter is a great source of creative inspiration for me. I was sharing the Collaborate Again book with her, and she totally loved the designs and colors. Then my granddaughter showed me an art piece she had done in class. I have always found art done by children to be so true and inspirational. My granddaughter thought that the heart piece she had painted looked like something I could use in a quilt with lots of color and shapes like the ones in Freddy Moran’s book. I totally agree.

My granddaughter told me that she would like another quilt…one with owls. We looked online for ideas, but then she showed me one of the owls she painted and asked if I could use it on a quilt.

I love the colors she used on this owl. She also designed a layout for the owls and types of blocks she thought would look good. She drew some other owls for me to use.  It is still a work in progress. She wants to give it more thought. And I need to give it a lot of thought!
   
My granddaughter said she didn’t need to draw the details in these owls, since we will be looking for “good” fabric that will add the detail.