Thursday, January 20, 2011

Its time to vote again

Voting begins tomorrow. Go here to vote for your favorite Bargello Qult. Look for my quilt, 2 Twists.

Click here to go to the voting:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Ripple quilt is finished

Here is a picture of the finished quilt.  I like it a lot more now that it is quilted.
This is my own design.  It was inspired by a late night trip to a leaky kitchen faucet.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

Check out this link, a great free quilt show to attend at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC. Over 600 Red & White quilts will be displayed for 6 days at the museum!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A traditional moment

Here are a few pictures of my current project.  It's called Wreath in the Window.

I decided to use the charm packs that I have been collecting for the triagles.

It gives it that scrappy look without having to have a huge stash of scraps.

The quilt will have 56 blocks when completed

Each 'corner' of the large octagon is made up of 4 1' finished triangles.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Scrappy Irish Chain

Here is a picture of an Irish Chain that I made.  Yes, I do make "traditional" quilts also.  Instead of the traditional 2 or 3 color quilt, I made mine with multiple fabrics.  I also added some red piping around the binding.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Semi-finalist

My quilt of Spice Island Compass made it as a semi-finalist for the AQS show in Lancaster, PA.  See my original blog post here:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Design Break 4 - Almost Finished

So, I think I have finally settled on the final layout of the quilt.  Taking a picture of the blocks on the design wall really helps me "see" the quilt and make any adjustments necessary.  I also do this when I am designing my own quilts.  It gives me different perspective, and can look totally different that what I thought looking at it in person. Can you see the subtle adjustments I made between these two pictures?  Can you see the differences since my last blog post on the subject?

Many of you may be thinking "well this is only a one block wonder quilt. they are easy to make, just piece together octagons and setting triangles."
Yes, the cutting and sewing may be easy.  But this actually helps my mind relax.  I don't have to worry about the blocks I am creating as well as color and placement.  With these quilts, I only need to worry about how I will place the colors.  I let the colors determine the pattern.
When all is done, I have a new perspective on color and placement.  I might be more willing to use that color or "ugly" fabric in quilt or block because I now know it can work.
I will post the final picture of this quilt when it has been quilted and bound.