Monday, November 30, 2015

Atomic Snowball

I've been waiting for the right challenge to incorporate Kim Lapacek's Dresden Neighborhood.  Since this is the last month of the Focus Through the Prism challenge, I figured I'd better use it.  The challenge block was the snowball.  The center of my Dresden Plate is a snowball block.  The white is a bunch of bits of fabric glued to a base, then sewn down.  I added a few red snippets to make it look good.  The center and the outside are quilted with a red iridescent thread.  The blades on the Dresden are quilted with a white iridescent thread.  I call it Atomic Snowball because I see the center is exploding in space.

I have to thank Kim for her Dresden Neighborhood pattern.  Without that inspiration, I would have never made the blades of my Dresden different lengths.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Purple Rain

Here it is.  The second to last entry in the Focus Through the Prism Challenge.  The inspiration block was 9 Patch.  I call this Purple Rain.
I did some curved piecing and string piecing to make each of the nine patches.  Some of the strips have small bits pieced in them.  I quilted straight lines, from top to bottom, and varied the distance between the quilting lines.  Hubby helped me decide what thread to use for quilting.  The top half of each quilted line is done with a purple variegated cotton and a polyester iridescent threaded together through the needle.  The bottom half of the lines are done in a solid purple cotton.  The final touch was hot-fix crystals.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Flying Geese Challenge

Circling the Sun.  Again, I wait until the last minute.  I like how Kaffe Fassett, Cherrywood, and my hand-dyed fabrics all play together on my piece.  The geese are paper pieced, using Judy Niemeyer papers.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Orange Slices

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

Focus Through the Prism Log Cabin Challenge

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......
I had many wonderful suggestions for names from Focus Facebook friends.  I have decided to call it Specks and Spots.
 Here are some close up views of the specks and spots.  All of those pieces were pieced in--no applique.  Some were cut 5/8", so they finish 1/8".  The red stripe is a flange.  I even used little specks pieced into the binding.  I'm happy how this turned out.  Green is my favorite color and it was so fun to pull different greens and decide where to add the specks and spots.  Some of the greens were the backside of the fabric.  Remember quilters, you own both sides of the fabric!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Focus Through the Prism Friendship Star

"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.
This quilt represents my two best friends and myself.  I am lucky enough to have these two friends in my life who I've known since we were eight or nine.  We have been there for each other in good times and difficult times.  We laugh and bitch together.  It's wonderful.  Thanks, Sue and Joy for years of friendship and the many more to come.

If you look closely at the friendship star blocks, you will see I interlocked them by sharing corners.  The picture to the left shows the shared corner square--the top left of the bottom block and the lower right of the top block.   The picture below shows those shared corners, also.  I interconnected them to show how the lives for my friends and I are interconnected.  Three separate people, with a shared history and a shared love for one another.
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

Focus Through the Prism Monkey Wrench

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....
I call it Curious George and the Monkey Bars.  I think you can figure out my focus color--yellow.  It is a variation of the monkey wrench.  When Kim issued the challenge, Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat immediately came to mind.  I knew I had to use yellow to make this quilt.  I found a quilt block in one of my books that is a modified monkey wrench.  The narrow black pieces on the center diamond and the corner triangles are piping.

Here is Curious George.  I think I did a great job on him!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sharing my passion

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!  

Dharma Trading
Color By Accident
Color By Design

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Charms of Spring

So, last year, as part of my grand prize for Project Quilting Season 5, I got a charm pack.  When the latest challenge was announced, I forgot I had it, but discovered it after digging a little.  The challenge was to use charms--5" squares for any non-quilters reading this.  I just wasn't sure what I was going to do, until I saw the pattern for this quilt in a magazine.  I modified it to be able to use charms, so without further ado, here it is!

This little piece is 15" x 8".  It is called The Charms of Spring.  I embellished it with yo-yos made from the charms, ric-rac, and buttons.  It turned out so cute!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Favorite Fabric

Here is the fabric I chose as my favorite fabric--my favorite fabric for a purse.  I've got lots of favorite fabrics, so it was hard to narrow it down.  I bought this fabric at The Quilt Gallery in Kalispell, MT, the first time I went out there for a Judy Niemeyer retreat.  It's 100% cotton, but it's heavier than quilting cotton--a cotton duck or twill.  I bought it to make a purse.  I figured this Project Quilting Challenge was the time to pull it out and use it.

So, here is the finished purse.  The two other fabrics were also bought at The Quilt Gallery.  I really like it!  Now to clean out the purse I'm using now and switch all my purse stuff into this one.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hearts for My Birthday

Today is my birthday and the PQ Season 6 Challenge 4 deadline.  The challenge this time was Have a Heart--the challenge piece had to have at least 12 hearts.  I call my Hearts for My Birthday and it is 16" square.  Notice the prairie points that look like hearts.  I thought I was pretty clever with that one!

My little chicken didn't make an appearance on the UFO challenge or on this one yet, but look for a post later this week.  She really wants to try out the last two quilts.

PS.  I quilt in Reedsburg, WI.
PPS.  I should win a prize because it's my birthday.  :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

28 years later.....

This week's PQ Season 6 challenge was to finish a UFO or orphan blocks, so I pulled this piece out of my my UFO stash.  I started it in a class with Liz Porter in 1987 at the Wisconsin Quilters symposium.  The class was called Woven Applique Baskets.  The weaves in the basket are made from a striped fabric; I cut the stripes to make the weaves.  The project came home with me, with just the basket part done and some flowers and leaves cut.  I have pulled it out a couple of times and put it back.  The PQ challenge was the right one to finally make me finish it.

I call it "Liz Meets Kaffe After 28 Years" because I started the class with Liz and I finished the project using Kaffe Fasset fabrics.  It is 18" square and I quilt in Reedsburg, WI.  I think I should win a prize for the oldest UFO!

I'm not really happy with the binding, so I will probably take it off and re-do it.  I think it isn't great because I just wanted to get it done.  Outside of the binding, I think it turned out great.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quilting Past My Bedtime, part 2

As promised, the story behind my PQ Season 6 Challenge 2.  It's called Here Comes the Sun(flowers).
I was really having trouble coming up with an idea.  I had multiple thoughts running through my head, but none that really spoke to me.  I wanted to do something different, out-of-the-box, but my ideas seemed cliche.  Finally, I pulled out some books for inspiration and the one that caught my eye was Flower Garden from the book 25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs.  I have wanted to do this quilt and immediately saw the sunrise yellows, oranges, and pinks as the flower petals.  I pulled this great gray batik I got in Montana last summer and the quilt was started!  

The song that was running through my head was Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles, especially these lyrics: Little darling
It's been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here

Little darling
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been clear

The gray background represents the winter, the darkness, the ice, and the flowers represent the sunrise on that first spring morning when you know winter is done.  The flowers bloom, the sun warms the earth, and the ice is gone again.

Read more: Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Oh, look.  The chicken has appeared again!  She says the flowers are too big and they kinda scare her.  She likes the Wonky Trees best so far, but she's looking forward to the rest of the PQ challenges to see which one will be her home.

Project Quilting Retreat

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time at Woodland Ridge Retreat for a Project Quilting Challenge retreat.  At 1 pm on Friday, we were given this wonderful PQ bag, filled with fabric and the challenge rules.
The challenge was the APE challenge.  The A was for applique, but in a new way.  Kim Lapacek, PQ Challenge Master extraordinaire, taught us Painted Applique.  We used special colored pencils to draw in the fabric and then covered our coloring with a fabric medium to set it.  P was for piecing and E was for embellishment.  In addition, we had to use the the fabric on the left and right, pictured above.

So, this is my Dandelion and Daisies.
The dandelion in the center is my painted applique.  I painted it directly on to the background fabric.  The leaves were also colored with the colored pencils, but were done on a different fabric, then appliqued down.  It was a challenge because the flower was on the background and I wanted the leaves to look like they were behind the dandelion.  I was able to make it work.  I pieced the the partial border to fulfill the pieced requirement.  The dragonfly was embellished with beads for eyes and the end of the antenna.  I also added ceramic hedgehog buttons (thanks, Trish!) and the dandelion fluff is made from Angelina fibers.  A shout out to Frieda Anderson and her book, Fun, Fast Fusies, which is where I found the dandelion design.
A close-up of the hedgehog buttons.  Hey, where did the chicken come from?  She shows up again, but she decided she and hedgehogs don't mix.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quilting Past My Bedtime

Designer's block and procrastination got the best of me on the PQ challenge--Sunrise/Sunset.  I didn't really get serious about it until today.
  It is finally done, with 12 hours to spare.  I call it "Here Comes the Sun(flowers)," based on the Beatles song of the same name.  It is 62' square.  My name is Kelly Kroon and I quilt in Reedsburg, WI.

I am exhausted and am going to bed.  I promise I will blog more tomorrow--well, actually, later today--and tell the whole story behind my quilt.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Forest of Wonky Trees

Here is the first Project Quilting Challenge of 2015.  The theme is Trees, so I decided to make a forest of wonky, liberated trees, a la Gwen Marston.  I just sewed up a bunch of trees, laid them out on the floor, then added strips to fit it all together.  It measures 34" x 35" and I call it A Forest of Wonky Trees.  I'm happy with how it turned out, but I may add some more quilting.

I made a little chicken that I was thinking about putting on the quilt, but decided against it.  It is a cute little chicken and it may just show up in another quilt in the future.....
P.S.  I quilt in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  This statement is to fulfill the PQ requirements.  :)