Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hello baby, soon...

This past week I sewed a baby quilt for my niece and her husband's little baby girl, whose birth is due in October. I think every baby should have a traditional baby quilt.

The fabrics came from my stash.  I love it when unrelated fabrics come together so happily.

My mother, who died this past winter, would have ooh-ed and ah-ed over this quilt.  (Maybe she spoke to me.)  It was comforting to make.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter and so long

A happy Easter to you!
I snapped these photos at an art exhibit around the time my mother died, several months ago. (Tap on the photos if they are out of focus.) I love the background fabric. It is not my work. Here is the statement by the artist, Barbara Boyd:

I have decided to take a pause from blogging. It has been an interesting experience. It has been fun to give it a little go for a little while.

Happy quilting and creating!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Clyde ' s quilt

Clyde as a newborn

Clyde at about one month

My friend Grace has her first grandchild, Clyde. I made him this baby quilt.

Baby Clyde is now 6 months old, smiling, laughing and very sociable.

Clyde at 6 months

Grandma Grace adores him.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dakota County Star Quilters' show, continued

Here are some more photos, starting with my patient husband.

Enjoy the inspiration! I would like to join these quilters but the drive to the guild neetings is a little long. I keep up with them through four friends who are members.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dakota County Star Quilters Show

One of my favorite annual quilt shows is at the Dakota County Museum in S. St. Paul, put on by Dakota County Star Quilters. Here are some of my favorites:

A simple quilt with eye-catching colors that make me think of summer:

Detail of a fun modern quilt:

The black is a beautiful tone. The photo doesn't do it justice.

The soft toned fabric and the embellished tree are lovely on the quilt below. (Note the predominently green floor which shows up in many of the photos. It is a map of Dakota County.)

One of my husband's favorites, hand-pieced and hand-quilted. It is behind glass:

This pretty quilted picture of the Golden Gate Bridge makes me think of my daughter and her husband, who live in the Bay area. Look at the dense, traditional patterns of the machine quilting:

This amazing piece of art is by Carol Egan from Giraffe Dreams:

Very contemporary interpretation of Amish quilting:

I love the wavy quilting:

This beautiful needle-turned appliqu├ęd quilt in batiks was my husband's favorite quilt. I couldn't stand back far enough to get the whole quilt in the picture but three of the borders are visible. Imagine the time that went into this:

A huge quilt that is a study in gray:

The quilt below was also huge and used just three batik fabrics, rose, mossy green and taupe, and the piecing is very intricate:

Below, my favorite rendition of the mystery quilt - love the color palette. Look at the red half-square triangles, how the corners on the long side of each triangle were intentionally blunted, an interesting design twist. The fabric used in the border, pinwheels and center medallion is fun and makes the quilt very lively:

The colors are rich and the square grid design is very architectural in this striking large quilt. It was hung in a spot with very poor lighting:

And there are more, which I'll add in the next post.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Controlled scrappiness

I was on a four day quilt retreat last weekend in Wisconsin with these wonderful friends...

...and 42 other women from the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters and the Twin Cities Modern Quilt Guild. Thanks to Carol E. (on the right, blogger extraordinaire from Giraffe Dreams quilt blog) for the photo.

I worked on this quilt.

I used leftover half-square triangles of bright red (Kaffe Fassett) and blue for the centers of log cabin-esque blocks, with a sashing of small pastel polka dots on a neutral ivory background, and a border of a pretty white-dotted muted emerald green fabric. The binding had to be the red Kaffe Fassett, of course. Since all the blocks are the same, I call it "controlled scrappiness." I have loved working on this quilt, and hand-stitching the binding is peaceful and therapeutic.

Here is the back. I love the Dr. Seuss Lorax fabric!

The quilt measures 53" x 59". I finished it with stitching-in-the-ditch using my trusty Pfaff 2040.which I bought around 2001  - from a Wisconsin dealer no longer in business - before Pfaff was bought out by Husqvarna. I also have the Pfaff Creative Expression with the extra-wide throat, which I bought in 2011. It has given me a lot of trouble in the three years I've had it and I'm greatly disenchanted with that purchase.

And for something fun, here is the blackboard at the Happy Gnome restaurant on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, where my husband and I had a beer and a bite to eat tonight. Looks like the Happy Gnome had some interesting events in March! The adorable gnomes are drawn with chalk. Someone at the Happy Gnome is a talented artist.

They say we are getting a winter storm tomorrow and the day after. I love snow....however I am really looking forward to spring temperatures and green buds!