Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's Square! ish


A Mid Summer's Night Dream (MSND)
(50"x70")
After all the frustrating hours I have put in to fix this quilt, I decided to share it in it's finished state.  I love the shimmer of the silk and it's iridescence.  Folk Art is my favorite genre of art and to me this is the epitome of folk art. The design was influenced by Mexican and Jacobean art.  All of the fabric is silk dupioni and it was created using fusible applique and stitched with a machine blanket stitch. 
I quilted it with my home sewing machine.

Here are some close-ups:


Sequins were used for embellishment.

The innermost border is rick rack.  Sequins are in each hump, secured with a french knot.

 I used my Curvalicious tool to create the inner border.  I was very happy with the corners.

The coming out party for MSND will be Wednesday night. I will be giving my "Sensational Silk" presentation at the Moorestown Area Quilt Guild.  They meet at 7PM - Mount Laurel Fire House. 
 I hope to see you there.  You 'll be able to see it up close and personal.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Filled With Flowers

What could be better than a Mother's Day filled with Flowers?
Starting with 

and including refrigerator art made by my grandson and his father. 
 I haven't had something hanging on my refrigerator for a long time.

A trip to see the flowers at Longwood Gardens was the icing on the cake.  I could spend the rest of my life making quilts inspired by such beautiful flowers.














And who could ask for more? A son that wears my newly created Curvalicious convertible backpack!
This is my prototype.  I made it to use it for an upcoming trip to Europe.  I designed it to hold necessities plus a sketchbook, pencils, camera and iPad. (The pattern is on my 'to do' list.)
It can be worn as a backpack or converted to a cross body bag.
I am so grateful to my wonderful family for a day filled with flowers and love.
I hope your day was filled with love, as well.

Friday, May 8, 2015

I'm Pinching Myself

About a year ago, I was invited to exhibit my quilts as the Artist of the Month at White Horse Village as a one person  show. This was such an honor for me.  The month of May has finally arrived.

The first step was to bring over a bunch of quilts and let them choose which ones to hang.
 I brought over a mixture of new quilts and older ones.
 They had a great hanging system.

 I thought they would enjoy the Light House quilt.
There were quilts from my 2 books and a few of my fiber books.

The wine and cheese reception was very exciting.  I'm not used to so much attention.
The attendees were genuinely interested in my process and inspiration.


It was a great evening with a great reception.  
They invited me to stay for dinner and what could be better than a beautiful dessert.
White Horse Village is located in Edgmont, PA and welcomes anyone that would like to see the exhibit.  Just stop at the front desk.  The quilts will be hanging the entire month of May.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

See You At The Show?

Penn Oaks Quilt Guild is having their bi-annual quilt show this Friday and Saturday. Several of my friends belong to this guild and I am always so impressed with their show. Considering that it is a relatively small guild, their members work their butts off to make it a show that is worthwhile to attend.  This year I am particularly interested in their sewing themed cookies that they are selling in their cafe.  I hope there is one left when I get there on Saturday.

One of their most successful money makers at the show is their small quilt auction.  The quilts measure 18" x 18".  I presented my "Sensational Silk" talk to them this year.  Between the warm reception I received and all of my buddies that are members of this guild, I decided to make  a quilt for it. It will be one of 50!


The fabric is silk dupioni and the raw edge fused applique is hand stitched. 
I have gotten pretty good free motion quilting my swirls in the circles.
I love the combination of the orange and the raspberry silk.  It really vibrates.
I made this mini quilt for their show when I was working on my applique blocks for this quilt:
I am working on the center medallion now.  It will be my handwork for an upcoming trip.

The details for the show can be found HERE. You can see lots of amazing quilts at The Ludwig's Corner Fire House in Glenmoore.  Plus don't forget about the small quilt auction. You can buy some tickets and maybe end up with a beautiful wall hanging for your house, and maybe it will be mine.
Maybe I'll see you there!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Quilts With A Unique Personality

I am visiting the Friendship Quilters in Oxford, PA on Monday night to present my talk about giving your quilts a unique personality - how to add words to your quilts, how to add photos to your quilts and how to add digital imagery. It's been about 2 years since I have given this talk, so today I am revisiting and updating my power point presentation, adding quilts and subtracting quilts.

Gathering the actual quilts brings so many memories flooding back, because all the quilts have some type of personal meaning to me. This quilt is one of the most special ones. I made it for my father -in -law's 75 th birthday celebration and it is filled with his life stories. I received input from all of his kids, and there are 7 of them. I got to know so much about him and the years before I met him. Everyone at the party signed the blocks in the border.

This quilt went with him each time he moved, thanks to my SIL, Annette. She hung it on the wall and was talked about often. It was hanging in his room in the nursing home where I saw him last, not long after his 90th birthday. He told me then that Annette was to get the quilt after he passed. How could I argue? She was its caretaker.

If you'd like to see more of my quilts and perhaps be inspired to make one of your own, the meeting starts at 7:00PM at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Oxford. Maybe I'll see you there.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Frustration

I just looked at the label on the back of the quilt on which I am working.  September 2014! That is the date that this I one of  bound it.  So why am I still quilting it?

I'm trying to resurrect this beautiful dupioni silk quilt.  I did one of those things you should never do as a quilter and I should have known better.  I went to town on the borders and quilted them verrrry heavily.

That in itself would have been fine except the rest of the quilt was not quilted so heavily.  It has ended up being a puffy, billowy, wonky quilt.  I needed to fix it.  With all the time I have spent designing it, putting it together in sections and quilting it, I couldn't relegate it to the back of the closet.

My solution has been to add more quilting to the body of the quilt.  This has been a painstaking, long term project because of the quilting design.  There have been lots of threads to tie off and I am still tying.

Then I will block it and keep my fingers crossed that it lays flat.  After that I can finally embellish it with buttons and beads and sequins, and share the entire quilt.

My time spent quilting and blogging has slowed due to a wonderful opportunity.  I now get to spend 2 days a week with my 18 month old grandson.When he grabs my hand to take me some place, my heart melts.  The same thing happens when he giggles as Bailey eats the bubbles from his bubble lawn mower.  So I could not resist the circus tent during my visit ti IKEA this week.  What kid doesn't love a tent, especially with a dog trying to eat your snack!

It's also time to announce the winner for my Grey Day Giveaway.  Michele T, claim your prize!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Do You IKEA?

I met a colleague for lunch this week (www.dippydyes.com) and it was near IKEA in Conshohocken.  I have been thinking about lighting for my booth at the Syracuse AQS show this summer (yes, I am taking the Curvalicious plunge), so I decided to pop into IKEA.  I have not been there for years.  I need to go more often.  The colors and designs of the Swedish aesthetic just made my heart sing.

 If you live near one, put it on your "to do" list.  If there is not one near you, look for one when you go on vacation. In addition to their modern, inexpensive products, it is a shopping experience as you are directed through the maze of merchandise - everything from furniture to kitchen supplies to children's items to fabric - yes fabric! And don't forget to bring your appetite for their Swedish meatballs.
Here are a bunch of photos.  Tomorrow, I'll show you a photo of what I bought for Henry.

 Modern neutral bedding.  They celebrate grey.

Their displays are a study in color blocking.
 Love this gift wrap.
 I love these lamps, but they don't quite fit into my decor.

Summer anyone?
And fabric! Decorator weight.
 It was hard to take photos.  This pink and orange with these unusual animals was my favorite. (OOps,I had trouble rotating the photo.)  I have become a sucker for orange and pink thanks to a friend of mine.
 And I couldn't leave the store without a treat.

So what did I buy?
- A clock for my still in progress exercise studio
- Hanging clips for my quilts for my booth display
- A lamp to experiment with for my booth
- A bag of Swedish Fish
- A surprise for Henry