We have hosted the family Thanksgiving meal for 30 years. When we started it seemed fine to use a table with home-made particle board extensions and cardboard tubes to help hold it up. A tablecloth made from a length of wide knit fabric worked fine. At some point we probably should have upgraded the table and the table settings, but didn't. As the group grew we just added on card tables and got a longer piece of fabric. This year the 30 year old oven had to be operated with pliers...well, we found channel-locks first. The group has a good time, but Martha Stewart we are not.
Last June when I was at QSDS, I signed up for a quilt challenge. Four times a year we are supposed to make a 12 inch square quilt on a topic chosen by the group...or the leader...or someone. Anyway this year the topic is "The Seasons". Folks seem to be doing their quilts with a secondary theme, such as "trees", so I chose "Current Events". This is my Summer quilt:
I was asked to make a bed-sized quilt from a sack of mostly green fabric. I could use my choice of pattern, but this friend/client does not like her beautiful fabrics cut up into small pieces. So I did this 90" by 90" quilt using the "Dart" pattern that came with a pack of batik fabrics. I added in some of her dog fabrics too, which made the end product less green in color, but maybe more vintage in look? Anyway, one more done and on to the next project:
My thanks yet again to the long-suffering husband who serves as quilt holder.
I'm rarely ahead of the game, but I did finish up a Christmas Tree skirt lately. The fabric was an Alexander Henry print called "Snow Fogies". I had some silver sequins that were the same shape as the white snowflakes on this fabric, so I sewed a bunch on. They don't show up well in this photo but in person the skirt has a nice sparkle. This skirt may be part of a donation to the annual Lawrence Tree Festival...
Remember the "Giggle and Squeak" baby quilt I made a while back? (No? Click here.) Well, my favorite block in that was the rabbit, so when I was asked to make a quilt for a new grandbaby, I suggested doing a quilt of just bunnies in a "Brady Bunch" arrangement. Here is the result:
My quilt "Happy Happy Happy" was featured in Fabriquilt's booth at Quilt Market last weekend:
I am also proud that Fabriquilt is using a detail shot of my quilt "A Flutter of Color" as the header for their Facebook page. Fabriquilt has a wide variety of beautiful solid and print fabrics for quilters. Look for them at your local quilt shop.
Here is a throw-sized quilt that I just finished up for a client/friend:
Don't those Kaffe designed and inspired fabrics just look fabulous?! Blooming in the garden are those peonies that sprouted up from the rootstock that the tree peonies were graphed onto. Not as grand as the former flowers were, but pretty none the less:
Years ago I had three tree peonies. Due to permissive gardening that allowed a Japanese Maple to grow too large, I now have only one peony that blooms. They all do not get as much sun as they need, and one has reverted back to its root stock. (You can see its tiny buds and slightly different leaves in the bottom of the photo.) Those remaining blooms are greatly appreciated and beautiful,though:
Recently I made a quilt for FabriQuilt out of their new fabric line "Happy". Part of the quilt had large peony-flowers that I embellished with sequins and machine embroidery. If you attend Spring Quilt Market stop by FabriQuilt's booth and see the quilt (and the great new fabric line).
Elizabeth Hartman has a great book out called Modern Patchwork available here. One of the projects in the book is called Rapid City:
I make quilts for a client/friend who likes big prints and doesn't like me to cut the fabric up into small pieces. Rapid City seemed like a good possibility if I simplified it. Here is what I came up with after combining the scrapy parts and eliminating the white outline around the black lines: