Thursday, July 2, 2015

Another Quilt Without A Name Is Finished

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I’m quite pleased with this quilt. Although the piecing is simple, it didn’t happen quickly.

All of these fabrics have 2-5 layers of pattern on them. Some of them began their journey 25 years ago.

A lot has changed in the way I dye fabrics in the interim.

Interestingly enough they all reached perfection in the same dye pot…something that has never happened before.

Almost all the quilts I have been finishing recently are faced, rather than finished with a binding. It takes more fabric and more time. I do whatever works best for the piece I am working on. I find I am even getting better results with my facings than I did a few years ago. It’s all in the method and way I handle the layers of fabric. The corners are the greatest challenge.

Now all I have to do is name this.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summertime Is For Visiting!

Yesterday I had a visit from someone I hadn't seen in too many years.
Joni grew up just two houses away from me. It was so good to see her and catch up with where her life has taken her. Yes, you can come home again, even though it's just for a visit! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Time To Shovel Out The Studio!

After I bring new things into the studio, finish projects and find things I'm looking for I need to put some things in order.
I reorganized the fabrics I have dyed. I have them somewhat grouped by color.
There are also other stacks of dyed fabric on the shelf under this table.
These are some of my ice dyed mandalas I dyed this season. This is my ironing table I have them layered on. It is much easier to iron large items here than on an ironing board.
I have hung a few of the mandalas on my design wall so I can enjoy them while I am working in my studio
I have some projects I want to work on next organized.
Other thing are organized for donating, sharing and throwing away.
I have done my annual inspection of my fabrics and I don't have enough large pieces to donate for charity quilts as usually do. That could change as I work this season.
I have also been cutting strips of a variety of fabrics. I will make a very limited number of kits for my Potato Chip/Sunset, Sunrise quilt. Stay tuned for availability.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Glitzy Bags

It has been quite some time since I have sewn anything other than quilts.
Tonight after I finished sewing the facings on a quilt I decided to make these two glitzy bags.
I use them for so many things. Love the color of these two!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Quilts For Sale Blog

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This is just one of the quilts I have listed that is available for sale.
It has been some time since I set up the blog with my quilts for sale.
I have not had a link so you could find it.
I just added the link to the right column on my blog.
All you have to do is click on the link and it will take you directly to it.
I will only be listing a few quilts at a time.
If there is a quilt you are interested in that is not on this blog please contact me for the price, size, etc.
I hope this makes it easier for you to find something that makes your heart sing.
I will periodically add quilts that are available including ones you can buy in galleries.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sunset At Cedar Key

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It’s finished in record time. I showed it as I was working on it yesterday. Since then I have cropped off some of the quilt to make a better balanced design. It is easier to take away than to add.

The entire piece is constructed with hand dyed silk noil. It is fused in place. I added a little bit of detail with machine stitching.

It was free motion quilted and also quilted with an even feed foot….whatever works for the area I am working on.

I used one of my favorite edge finishes…zigzag stitching over the outer edge of the quilt.

I used a medium weight drapery fabric for the back, casing and label. The heavier weight makes the quilt hang better and also makes it easier to do a smooth zigzag edge finish.

I’m very pleased with the finished quilt and I hope someone else will be too.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Working On A Summer Quilt

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It’s summer and it time to go to the beach. It you can’t go to the beach the next best thing is making a beach quilt!
I have some more to do before this is finished. Seeing it smaller as a picture on the computer allows me to really make some decisions before I finish it.