This morning, I was able to complete The Tannebaum strip tube quilt top. I delivered the top to my friend, Jeana, for long-arming. After cleaning up my work space, I revisited a small project I started yesterday.
One of my goals is to make a collage quilt. I have been interested in doing this ever since I saw some art pieces by Shannon Brinkley. I discovered another fabric collage artist, Laura Heine, on one of my visits to the Mesquite Bean. The quilt shop is having collage classes taught by Vicky, who is certified to teach the Laura Heine method. Unfortunately, I can only make the introduction class, and not the class where the actual quilt is to be made. Vicky is the person who helped me make my first quilt.
In the meantime, since I cannot make the classes, I viewed some videos and thought I would give it a try on a very small scale. I fussy cut pieces from 5 different fabrics for the hummingbird. Then, I fussy cut some Kaffe Fassette flowers. I used fabric glue instead of backing the fabric with Steam-a-Seam 2 double sided fusible web. If I were to make a larger project, I would use the fusible web.
I am still having difficulty with free motion quilting. I can never seem to get the right tension. I have more control when I am FMQ, but I still do not know what I am doing. I thread-sketched the fabric I used for the bird and the flowers. I thought I had enough flowers tucked into the corner, but apparently not. The flowers look like they are suspended in the air along with the bird. Maybe I can add some more flowers tomorrow. The bee was fussy cut from a remnant.
The inspiration for the hummingbird came from the time I spent at my friend’s house. Marti’s backyard is bird heaven. There were blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, doves, and hummingbirds happily visiting and co-exiting in her yard. This was a fun learning piece.
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.
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!
(Photo taken with my iPhone)
Last night was filled with the excitement of the Blood Wolf Lunar Eclipse and a football game. I stayed up way past my bedtime, so I officially declared today to be a Pajama Day.
My morning meditation began with reading one of my all time favorite books that my students and I loved. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. , by Doreen Rappaport is an awarding winning book. The illustrations by Bryan Collier are absolutely stunning. Teacher Tube has a reading of this book.
The rest of my day was spent completing my quilt top. I had all the broken dish blocks already made, so it did not take long to piece the last border together. I had been dreading making all of those broken dish blocks, but it turned out to be the most fun part of this project.
I do not know if I will piece the backing or look at the wide quilt backing that my friend and quilter, Jeana, has on hand.
Freddy Moran advises quilters to never point out mistakes. So, I won’t point out the blocks that are too white and light for the rest of the quilt. 😉
I might rip and redo those two sections.
Last March, I took care of my granddaughter during spring break. I dropped her off at her ballet practice at Central Texas Ballet Studio in Dripping Springs. Just a few blocks down from the studio is Valli and Kim’s Fabric Shop . The ballet class was two hours, with a lunch break after the first hour. After dropping my granddaughter off at class and seeing her settled, I took off for a quick trip to the quilt shop. Big mistake! I got lost in the fabulous fabric selection, and was in the middle of choosing
Kaffe Fassett fabric for a quilt, when I realized that my granddaughter’s lunch break had already started! It was a Bad Grandma Moment that we laugh about today.
I picked up the quilt from my friend, Jeana Kubik, who quilted it for me. I finished the binding today.
I plan to give this quilt to my daughter-in-law. She, my granddaughter, and son, will soon be losing one of their precious dogs due to the dog’s age and illness. I think they need a comfortable quilt to help them through this.
I did an oopsie on the the quilt label, by putting it on the wrong side and in the wrong direction.
This morning, I met the part of my deadline for the spring projects I will be gifting tomorrow.
I completed two sets of coiled rope plate mats and heart-shaped bowls; along with a small coiled bowl and a rock painting.
There is still one more coiled project to do for one of my three sons. I have an extension on the deadline, since he does not live close by and we will not be meeting this weekend.
Fiesta Coiled Plate Mats and Heart-Shaped Dish
Boho Coiled Plate Mats and Heart-Shaped Dish
Small Ring Dish
Pig in a Wig painted rock
(Pig in a Wig is the character in my sister’s series of children’s books.)
Since I have working to meet this deadline, and meeting with daily life events, I have not been able to work on the hexagon block for my quilt journal. I have the design in my head, but I just have not had the time to work on it. I plan to try something new with this block.
Tierney posted some work she did with fabric painting. She also posted some great information on good habits that can change your life.
Also, my friend, Jeana, who does my long arm quilting, has been encouraging me to try some fabric painting.
I spent my non-coiled mat making minutes viewing fabric painting tutorials and trying things out.
I just played with the paint on different fabrics.
Hopefully, when I return from visiting with two of my sons, I will get started on painting the fabric for my hexagon block.
Melanine, of Catbird Quilt Studio, posted some great essays and thoughts on creativity.
Reading these posts gave me the encouragement I needed to persist on this new fabric painting venture.
I know it seems that I am going in many different directions…rope baskets, improv quilts, quilt journal, fabric painting…but that is the way I work. For better or for worse.
It would probably be better to focus on one thing at a time, but I have never been able to stay focused for too long.
But I am okay with this… I am having so much fun!
In previous posts, I talked about a project that I proposed to four of my buddies.
My friend Jeana Kubik offered to donate her long arm services.
We called ourselves the Brack Pack.
We had visited the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, and I thought it would be a great to make a quilt that tells the story of this beautiful, people’s park in San Antonio.
I purchased a pattern by Debbie Grifka that I thought could represent the river and the park.
We had fun fabric shopping at Creations in Kerrville.
The people at the conservancy gave us the photos, and my friend’s brother printed them for us.
This project gave us the opportunity to meet, sew, and have many lunches.
I picked the quilt up from Jeana this past week.
Today, I was able to add the label and bind the quilt.
The five of us will be presenting it to the Brackenridge Conservancy on November 30.
Of course, a celebration lunch is planned.
Last night, I was not able to attend preview night for the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This morning, my sister Adri and I went to the first day of the show.
When we started down the first row in the Salute to Texas section, I was in awe of some of the gorgeous Texas quilts.
It was cool to see my little Wild About Texas quilt hanging in the midst of all these quilts.
I wanted to show case the floral photos by Richard Reynolds.
Two women were talking about how realistic the photos were, so I gladly told them about Richard.
As my sister and I went down each row, admiring the beautiful quilts, we got a text that my sister, Emma, had driven down from Austin. She was up front, so we went back to get her and started viewing the quilts from the beginning.
It felt so good to see people talking about my second quilt, Hope.
I heard people talk about liking the theme, the use of color, and the keyboarding.
This was basically made from scraps. I did not know if I liked this one, so hearing other people’s positive review was good feedback.
We continued on to the last section, which was the First Entry category.
I had entered the Tribute to Tonie , the memory quilt in honor of my mom, under this category.
This was the quilt that my friend, Jeana Kubik, had suggested that I enter.
There was a collective gasp as my sisters and I saw the Honorary Mention ribbon on my quilt!
I was speechless…not common for me at all.
I know my mom had her hand in me winning this ribbon!
The top two rows cannot be seen, since the height of the hanging poles is 90 inches.
It was great having my two sisters with me.
Jeana Kubik is the person who long armed the quilt for me.
She does beautiful work.
Jeana had texted me on Thursday night to see if I was coming to the show on Friday.
I thought it was strange that she would be asking me this.
Today she told me that she had a hard time keeping the ribbon a secret.
It has been a very surprising and exciting day.
My first quilt show has been a great experience.
In 2016, I went to a couple of local quilt shows.
It is always so inspiring to see the beautiful creations on display.
A thought came to mind, that maybe, one day, I could have one of my quilts in a quilt show.
Then, this past February, I visited my friend, Jeana, and dropped off the quilt top of the Tribute quilt I made in memory of my mother.
Jeana is always so supportive and informative; and I admire her work.
I was surprised when she said that I should enter this quilt into the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This was a boost to my confidence as a quilter.
Since then, I added two more quilts to be entered to the show.
The Wild About Texas quilt was inspired by the beautiful photography of Richard Reynolds.
I discussed design and fabric with my friend, Nancy. She was a great help on this Texas quilt.
As mentioned in a previous post, the third quilt, Hope, was inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem.
Both the Tribute and the Hope, quilt were made from block patterns chosen from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I learned so much from this book.
Since January, I have been anticipating and preparing for the experience of being a quilt show participant.
I finished binding the last quilt yesterday.
Today, I checked and re-checked each square, seam, and inch of the quilts…more than once!
My OCD is on over-drive.
I think the quilts are ready to be delivered tomorrow morning.
The anticipation as I prepared for this quilt show has truly been very exciting.
I would like to thank my family and friends who have put up with my craziness.
I would also like to thank my blogging friends for their comments and support.
Checking over the fronts and backs of the quilts ONE MORE TIME!
Binding is still not my favorite thing to do, but it is done.
The inspiration for the Wild About Texas quilt came from looking at wildflower photographs taken by Richard Reynolds.
I told my friend, Nancy Reynolds, that I wanted to make a quilt to showcase these photographs.
Nancy steered me to the Moda Wildflower viii fabric collection.
Richard printed out the photos for me.
Thank you, Richard and Nancy.
I started this Wild About Texas Quilt on April 1.
I finished piecing the quilt on April 3.
My friend, Jeana Kubik and I consulted designs for the long arm.
Jeana did a beautiful job.
Thank you, Jeana.
She encouraged me to include this quilt as one of three entries in the Greater San Antonio Guild Quilt Show.
Finishing a project is such a good feeling.
It was so worth taking the time to do it slowly, instead of rushing through it.
After I finished working on the quilt, I accompanied my husband to Wal-Mart. As we entered the store, he told me he would meet me in the fabric area when he found what he needed. I guess he knows me well.
I found some more fabric for the #iwishyouamerryquiltalong.
I also saw this bundle that put me in a fall state-of-mind. I thought I could use it to make a fall tote or something.
The other day, when I was with my sister, she reminded me that I had promised her a mug rug.
She reminded me that she wanted polka-dot.
Black and white polka-dot, to be exact.
So, I saw these and added them to my basket.
These fabric purchases are my reward for finishing the binding.