All my preparation translated into fairly fast sewing. Of course the rows have to be assembled, layers sandwiched, and then the dreaded machine quilting tackled....
BUT....ONE STEP at a time helps to make it an enjoyable experience...oh except for the machine quilting part. This piece got bigger than I originally planned.....about 65" x 75", so I know I'll be struggling on my home sewing machine. (Character building!!)
I'm just puttering away the last days of 2018, making a couch quilt as an Arizona 'condo warming' gift for a family member.
I tend to break up the tasks of making pieced quilts into smaller segments. Piecing is not my preferred construction method so this approach is less overwhelming and works best for me. My first step was to pull desert sunset colors from my stash and begin to cut the finished 10.75" blocks.
Despite the simple design, after making a few blocks I found it too time consuming to think about what colors and what pattern would be suitable for each one. So I decided to cut each background square first...choosing the colors as needed as they were arranged on the design wall.
After all the squares were cut, I only needed to concentrate on what colors the strips would be for each one. So at Step Two: nearly all the strips are cut and paired with their specific block. On Step Three: I'll decide the placement and sew the strip/strips into each block, keeping in mind the look of each surrounding block. Yup, there's surely a faster way to work, yet this pre-planning way of construction is what works for me. Come back won't you to see how this all comes together. Also check on those dedicated stitchers who had time to work on projects this past week by visiting: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday and Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday.
This little piece has been on and off my design wall for several months....I couldn't decide if it was finished or not. But this week after the addition of hand embroidered foliage at the lower level and a resolution of how to finish the outside edges, I called it finished.
The roads are still somewhat iffy around here, especially early mornings and later in the day when temperatures drop and the snow melt turns to ice. So...what's a gal to do.....be smart, be safe, stay in studio and finish the last quilt of 2018!
After much indecision over the most artful direction to showcase my digital prints of interesting subjects found as I hiked and drove around our rural mountain areas in Haywood County, NC. I used a variety of green batiks to surround each print. Once positioned on my design wall, I found the white background really helped to highlight the images.
Using a cotton print that appears to be "peeling paint"....I set about piecing this puzzle arrangement together. It took way more time than it should....but that's me....patchwork and math can befuddle me. But I'm happy I took the time to make it work.
Artist's photos printed on cotton, machine stitched and heavily quilted.
I LOVE this photo.....this car was located about a 10 minute walk from our house on Balk Creek Road in Upper Crabtree, NC. Obviously it had been there for years. About 3 years ago someone bought the property and removed, YES...removed it. Too bad.....
Our bad weather is keeping me firmly planted in my studio and with any luck....I'll come up with a design to utilize the many photos I've printed onto fabric of the hidden treasures found during our hikes/walks here in the very rural NC mountains.
I just love these images and of course wish to highlight them as artfully as possible....so out comes some fabric colorway choices.
Or...maybe I'll combine them.
Or....perhaps even go a completely different route......please do come back and check out my decision.
We marked another year of fabulous Fiber Junkies gatherings at Gen's house with our annual Christmas party. As usual we began with Show and Tell.
Denny continues with a mind boggling amount of quilt making....LARGE pieces I might add. Here's another beauty that has been colorfully pieced and appliquéd. She's certainly perfected both skills.
She also completed an ethnic quilt....it was such a pleasure to examine the variety of fabrics and patterns she selected to incorporate into this thoughtful piece.
I especially love this center block representing cotton fields.
But NO...she didn't stop there....she pieced the backing and assembled in the lap-quilting method.
Susan made a table runner....that is so much lovelier than my photo shows!
Gen is still smitten with paper and is having fun using a variety of pens and inks to create these detailed cards.
We love them too and howl at the clever and profound words!
Denny treats us every year to the most beautiful and delicious Yule Log. Believe me.....if we didn't know how yummy it was, we'd have a difficult time cutting into the masterpiece. Denny kids us about the hours it takes to make it....but confesses, it's purchased at a bakery in Greenville, SC.
To start off our pot luck, along with some festive bubbly (our adult beverage of choice for this group), I made herb goat cheese stuffed dates. A good pal (thank you Lynn) gifted me some Palestinian Medjoul dates purchased on her recent trip to the Holy Land. They are said to be the best in the world, and I'll vouch for that! Our meal was beyond delicious.....we all happily groaned as we tried to stand up!!
Our annual gift exchange is always so special. We each bring a wrapped gift.....can be homemade or not. We draw numbers to determine the order of selecting a gift.....one can select an wrapped gift OR steal from someone who has already opened one.....such fun!!
I was so excited to open this gift....but darn it...Gen decided to steal it from me....not to worry......
.....I then took this Prima color pencil set and one of Kate's handmade book covers from Denny!
Denny's contribution was a book that was enclosed in a lovely silk noil paint surface designed bag. She used a metal ruler for the snap closure.
Kate was thrilled with her gift.....hand knitted fingerless gloves made by Gen. This is the only meeting all year where we don't concentrate on fiber experiments....instead we spend time making a list of 'goals' that we'd like to explore in 2019. Hard to believe I'm typing 2019...where did 2018 go?? Many of you readers tell me you enjoy the adventures of the Fiber Junkies....I thank you for words of encouragement.....we will be back in Jan. with more fun ideas to share with you.
I hope I'm not tempting Mother Nature.....but so far we've been lucky....not nearly the snow fall amounts as other areas. But that's so very typical of our mountain weather......over the mountains you see in these pictures, amounts are being reported in double digits.
As long as it continues to snow....rather than sleet! Sleet is what causes those power outages......fingers crossed....so far so good. I'm a VERY unhappy camper when there's a power loss and feel very sorry for the reported 19,000 already without power....yikes....
It's always nice to put the finishing touches on another project. Small, but hopefully a powerful image for anyone familar with marsh life. It brings me such good memories of the Sheboygan Marsh, located near my home town in Wisconsin.