Friday, September 23, 2016

Mini Moon Eclipse Quilt

One of the quilts I have made recently is my absolute favorite. Simple in design (unless you count curved edges!), but BIG on impact, this quilt is inspired by last winter's full lunar eclipse.

Eclipse Mini Quilt - 18" x 18"
It's one of the only quilts I am keeping for myself, and will be hung in a place of honor above my bed.

I used Lizzy House constellation fabric, and some lovely yarn dye for the exterior and eclipse portions. It was a math challenge to figure out the curves (and it took me a few tries!) but I finally made a pattern that sewed together nice and flat.

I'm also linking up to the Fall 2016 Blogger's Quilt Festival, go check out some amazing inspiration there!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Send me a Love Letter

There is a wonderful thing about being able to do something you love on an on-going basis. You learn. Lots. Often. And you can file away what you've learned and use it... whenever the inspiration strikes.

 I have been very interested in learning graphic design this past year. I took a basic intro to Illustrator class. I read, browse the web, and practice ideas I come up with for hand lettering, greeting cards, water color based images, and various other design related activities.

And what better way to incorporate the things I've learned than to put them to fabric??

So this little wall hanging came into being. Incorporating basic design elements and hand lettering on my design substrate of choice:

Send a love letter - 16" x 16"

I've used this technique before. Way back in 2012, with my Literary Baby Quilt. I love this technique, of using a walking foot for straight line quilting and switching mid-way to an open-toe free-motion quilting foot to do the letters. It's a wonderful way to highlight words in threads.

This piece will be part of my upcoming quilt show, and part of my preparation has been photographing all my pieces. It has been quite an adventure, running around town getting the right shots. This one was a no brainer for me, using the side of a Post Office box made perfect sense, and I'm very happy with how the image turned out.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Quilt Show Money Shot

Photographing my quilt collection for my upcoming show has been a long and drawn-out saga.

I tried to hire a couple of amateur photographers, but scheduling conflicts made that too difficult.

So... I'm lucky enough to have a husband and daughter who are willing to stand behind my "floating" quilts in remarkably uncomfortable positions so that I can (quickly!) take a few snaps with my phone.

This one, taken during a break in a very rainy day, turned out to be the best shot in the bunch. It's of my Math Class quilt, made from a custom fabric bundle I put together for Nido

Math Class Quilt - Pattern by me, 33" x 42"

I have at least 3 more quilts to photograph, just waiting for the right day and weather to get something just as spectacular as this one.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Playground Quilt

One of the quilts I've made for my upcoming show I like to call the Playground Quilt because of how colorful and fun it is. It has great motion about it due to the curved lines, and it just makes me think of running around with friends, playing tag and laughing our heads off.

Another challenge I gave myself with this quilt (besides the size of the thing, and curved piecing) was to use ONLY fabric that I already owned. This is always challenging, because it's fun to buy new fabrics for new projects.

In the end, I was quite successful. I had lots of fat quarters and half yards left over from another big quilt I finished this year and in all it worked out to this beautiful color combination. I used a rainbow palette for the back as well - piecing together large fat eighths of shot cottons.

Pattern: Bubble Plus by Felice Regina. Finished size approx 64" x 75"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bursting at the seams! (aka... my own quilt show)

I have some BIG news! I'm bursting at the seams to tell you (pun intended)!

In just over one month, I will be bringing a collection of 12+ quilts in my first solo show.

I am so excited. So grateful, and so excited (did I say that already?).

The show will coincide with Vermont Quilt Festival weekend, and will be hosted by Nido Fabric & Yarn shop, in Downtown Burlington VT.

There will be wall hangings, baby and lap size quilts, up to twin size quilts available to view and purchase. Several of the quilts are my own patterns, and there are also a few made from wonderful modern quilt patterns - of course in my own colorful style.

Perhaps most exciting will be the opportunity to view my finished Meadow Quilt. This is a really special quilt pattern by Lizzy House, and was only taught through workshops - this is the only Meadow Quilt that I know of in VT!

And don't forget about the giveaways - there will be several great prizes to be won at the opening reception, so please come, visit with me and my quilts, enjoy some refreshments!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tie- Fighter Quilt (sort of*)

Got any Star Wars fans out there?!? I'm sure there are. Well, this quilt is for you.

You'll see what I mean in a minute, if you don't already.

Here's the thing. I made that awesome Math Class FQ Bundle, right? So then of course I had to make something awesome with the bundle, and I've been thinking an isosceles triangle quilt might be just right. Math theme and all. So I put it all together, and then I looked down at the quilt and ALL I COULD SEE were the wings of Tie-Fighters. You know, those little piu-piu spaceships? The unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet?? Go look it up, you'll see what I mean.

In EITHER case. Cool quilt, great fabric bundle:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Displaying work in Montpelier

I was recently asked to display some of my work at the Capitol Region Visitor's Center in Montpelier, VT, and of course I jumped at the chance! They have several beautiful (locally made) display cabinets with a range of work from around VT and I am so happy to have installed a nice little collection of my work there.

My work will be there through the end of June 2016, so stop by and have a look. The visitor center itself is quite charming and you can stop in for a free cup of Green Mountain Coffee and a chat with the lovely staff.

After that, I highly recommend a lunch at Down Home Kitchen, just down the street in downtown Montpelier. Then make a whole day of it and visit the State House too!