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.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
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
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
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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
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
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
As promised, the story behind my PQ Season 6 Challenge 2. It's called Here Comes the Sun(flowers).
It feels like years since it's been here
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 darlingIt's been a long, cold lonely winter
It feels like years since it's been here
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.
So, this is my Dandelion and Daisies.
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
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
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.
P.S. I quilt in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. This statement is to fulfill the PQ requirements. :)