I will see you all next week.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Charlotte took my classes at the Quilt Museum this summer. Here are two of the pieces she made in class.
Thanks Charlotte for sharing. I love how they turned out.
I practiced my quilting swirls and circles-love the design learned in your class with a little Hickman thrown in the mix!
I am currently in OHIO with my buddy Laura and we are getting ready to film two episodes for Quilting Arts. One is for the TV program and one is a DVD on our fusing techniques. I will post pictures.
Oh wait it’s August, where did the summer go?
We have had incredible heat here in the mid-west this summer. Normally the temp’s don’t get over 90 degrees, but we had weeks and weeks of 90 degree heat and now all of a sudden it is cool. The world is coming to an end I know it!
Anyway with this cooler weather it made me think of the coming holidays. I love the fall and the winter holidays. Last year I made a really fun and easy Christmas Tree skirt that was featured in Quilting Arts gift 2011/2012 issue. Maybe you saw it.
It is a completely fused tree skirt and you make it in four panels, quilt each panel and then join them with FUSED strips. Easy to make and assemble and really fun and bright for the holidays.
It inspired me to create a pattern to go with it.
These are the easiest little quilts to make. If you make all three you have two holidays ready to celebrate, Christmas and Valentines, you could even put out one for Thanksgiving and then switch it with the other one for Christmas.
I used to really decorated the house for all the different holidays when the kids were still around. Now Christmas is the only one I still go all out for and really only when we are home and not in Florida or PA.
I still have my Christmas wall hanging up from last year, and now that it is almost Christmas again, well half the year IS over, I can just say I am ready early.
I made this wall hanging in 1992 and it is HAND pieced, with some HAND applique and HAND quilted. I can do it all if I want to, just really don’t want to any more.
HO HO HO
I love the way reflected images look in class buildings and I have tons of pictures like this from all over the world.
Here is another great example in Grand Rapids.
As I was taking this picture this guy was walking by and shouted out “Take my Picture” so here it is. I made him happy. I guess everyone needs attention sometimes.
Grand Rapids has turned out to be a very friendly, exciting, and full of flavor kind of town. There are lots of great restaurants to eat in and plenty of friendly mid-western people.
Dithering. While I wholeheartedly believe in mulling things over, sometimes you just have to act.
Organic Leaves V found a new home yesterday. There was so much interest in this little quilt, everyone wanted it, but Jacqueline came back yesterday after visiting it in the booth three times on Wednesday and is taking it to it’s new home today. I know it will be loved and happy there.
I like to piece as well as fuse. And I particularly like to piece leaves this way.
This table runner is pieced. It is called Aspen Leaves and was in the book Skinny Quilts II
It was inspired by this quilt called “It’s Good to Be Green” which was in an exhibit by the same name.
Here is a nice close up of the quilting.
You can see by these illustrations some of how it is made.
To start I made a pattern out of freezer paper.
And then used the freezer paper and some glue to help in the piecing process.
It is fun and yet still free form way to work. You can get all the directions from my pattern Aspen Leaves.
Here are a few other examples of pieced leaves.
Shimmering Foliage is a really large quilt and one of my favorites. It measures 82” square. I love this piece.
Wood Light 54” x 54”. All those leaves were made with the left overs from piecing the big leaves for Shimmering Foliage.
Have a great weekend and look at a few leaves while you are thinking about it.