Monday, August 31, 2015
Made it with hours to spare! This wasn't even cut out yesterday. :) I'm calling it Orange Slices because it reminds me of the orange slice candies my husband likes to eat. Not much else to say about it because I have to go to bed--the first day of school is tomorrow.
Friday, July 31, 2015
The log cabin is one of my favorite blocks because there is so much you can do with that block. And that was a problem for me this month. I looked in all of my log cabin books, I looked on-line, I looked on Pinterest and saw tons and tons of log cabin variations. What kept popping in my mind as I was searching was a green log cabin with specks of colors. That design came to me so often, I decided not to fight it and made it. So, here it is......
Sunday, June 28, 2015
"Friendship lasts forever"....The lyrics to the Spice Girls song was going through my head as I made this quilt. So, of course the name of this quilt is Friendship Lasts Forever.
I changed the friendship star slightly. Usually, the center of the stars is a solid square, but I decided to bisect it on the diagonals. I like the movement this design element brought out.
I pieced the background directly onto batting, leaving the center area empty, then appliqued the interconnected blocks on top. I then put a back on the quilt and did some quilting through all three layers. You can't really tell very well, but I quilted lines from the corner of the center block in kind of a starburst pattern. I chose the blue background to represent space, and eternity, to show how long our friendship will last.
The piece is 20" square and was made in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
My friend, Kim Lapacek, has started a new series of quilt challenges for the rest of this year. She calls it Focus Through the Prism . We had to buy a special packet of rainbow colored fabric (ROYGBIV from Cherrywood). Each month, she challenges us by giving us a block as inspiration. We need to make a 20" quilt, inspired by the block, with one of the rainbow colors as a focus. For the month of May, the block is the Monkey Wrench. Here is my interpretation....
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Those of you who know me, know I love being a teacher. I believe that teaching is a calling and I enjoy helping children on their educational journey. I also enjoy teaching adults about my passions of quilting and dyeing fabric.
I have had the privilege of teaching some adults lately. A few weeks ago, I taught a quilting class at Ardyth's Sew n Vac in Baraboo. Last week, I shared my love of dyeing fabric with the Gem City Quilters. I forgot to bring my handouts, so I'm attaching them for the lovely ladies who were there that night.
Hand-dyeing supply list
- procion dye
- soda ash
- table salt
- synthrapol detergent
- 100% cotton fabric--PFD
- dust mask
- latex gloves
- ice cream buckets
- measuring spoons
- small container to mix dye
- old wooden spoon
Please note--once you use something for dyeing, don’t use it for food!
Color By Accident
Color By Design