Monday, June 11, 2012

Our group quilt

This is a photo of our San Francisco quilt guild booth at a street fair in Berkeley this weekend.  These two quilts are the "Opportunity quilts" being raffled off as a fundraiser for the guild.  This is a major source of revenue for the guild and up until a couple months ago, we had no prospect of a quilt for this.  Usually we have one Opportunity quilt ready about a year before our semi-annual quilt show (now scheduled for March 2013).  So my Wednesday sewing circle rallied and decided to try to make a quilt, and we "whipped up" the quilt on the left, which we named Diamond Ripple.  In the meantime, another sewing circle made the one on the right, which they named Fair and Square.  Both quilts debuted this weekend to begin ticket sales.

Our quilt  started with some silk tie samples that one of our members had gotten from a local factory.  We made 4-patches and then framed them with the mottled solid fabrics in earth tones.  Set them on point, added a border, and someone in our guild, who does machine quilting professionally, offerred to quilt it for us.  Last week in a couple marathon sessions, we  added the binding, sleeve, and label.  Viola!  We think it looks very elegant and somewhat masculine.  So - let  the fundraising begin!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Ohio Stars" trip

Earlier this month, we four sisters, Kathy, Reenie, Pam and Diane, got together to attend the American Quilt Society's big quilt show in Cincinatti.  We had such a great time!  We shared a hotel room and we all attended classes, enjoyed the quilt show, shopped til we dropped at the vendors, and enjoyed a lot of good meals and drinks together.  Here are a few highlights:

 Diane embraced quilting by diving into a hand-piecing class, where she made a little 9-patch, all by hand.  She also did some hand applique, which I didn't photograph for some reason. 

Meanwhile, Pam took a class the first day and arrived back at the hotel room with this completed quilt top!  It was kind of a mystery quilt - she didn't know what she was making til she got there.  She wins the prize for the biggest accomplishment of the show!  The greens are gorgeous - she is planning to make this quilt a bit bigger by adding another checkerboard border.
 These are the pieces that Kathy and I made at our first classes.  On the top are three house blocks that Kathy made.  I helped her pick the fabrics so I'm biased, but aren't the colors great?  I took a class in the Pineapple block and got the pattern book and ruler to make some variations on the pineapple block.  I made the six blocks shown here on the print background.  I'm not that thrilled with my choice of fabrics for these, so I'm not sure just how I'll finish this.
 This quilt was in the show and was part of an exhibit by the Cincinatti branch of the modern quilt guild, where they made modern interpretations of the classic Ohio Star block.  They had about 20 different quilts in this part of the show, and these quilts were among my favorites.  I think we should all make Ohio Star blocks as souvenirs of the trip!
 One day Diane and I had a free morning while Kathy and Pam were in a class, so we went to the Contemporary Art Museum.  They had a big exhibit on the Art of Music Videos.  It gave us the opportunity to pose with Devo hats, mimicing their album cover!

Back at the quilt show, Kathy and Pam were taking a class to make these stars for a medallion quilt.  These are Pam's.

And these are Kathy's.

The trip was a blast and we're already planning to do it again next year - either return to this show, or maybe go to the big show in Padukah, KY in May.  Anyone want to join us??

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

These bunny finger puppets are from Purl Bee. I used felt and also some light-brown wool that I found in my fabric cupboard.
I ended up with somewhat of a simplified version because I didn't have any white yarn for the tails and when I embroidered the noses on, most of them looked really weird, so I removed almost all of them. The off-white bunny in the back of this picture kept her nose, but the others are gone.
A very cute project and Purl Bee Easter crafts are quickly becoming a tradition.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Baby Gifts

A bunch of my friends are having babies soon and I've been expanding my repertoire of homemade gifts. The Amy Butler changing pad is still a favorite and the taggy blanket is great, but I wanted variety. My latest is embellishing onesies or shirts for the newborn.
(before, after)
These Gerber kimono-style shirts are great for bringing baby home from the hospital because they don't cover the umbilical cord stub. Onesies are out for a few days and shirts are in. Plus, these have the fold-over mitten cuffs so the baby won't cut himself with his razor-sharp nails.
I added some stitching to the edges of the shirt and I really like how it turned out.
My collection of embroidery floss from middle school is really coming in handy lately!

Friday, March 9, 2012

What I'm working on

     I started this quilt about 5 years ago.  I had cleaned up my sewing room and I couldn't close my blue and green fabric drawers.  So I cut up some of the older stuff into strips for a log cabin quilt and worked on it through the years whenever I felt like it.  This is how it turned out.  Considering how ugly the fabrics were, I think it looks kind of nice.  I laid out the blocks asymmetrically hoping for a more modern look, but I'm not sure that was a good idea.

The placemat idea came from Stitch Magazine, which is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. The hexagons are done with paper piecing and appliqued to the linen.

I made the purse for Susan for her birthday.  The fabric is one I bought last year in Cincinnati.  I thought I'd better start using what I bought last year before I go this year!

     The boxes are from Zakka Style, a book by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  I used linen for the boxes and little pieces from my scrap basket for the applique and patchwork.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Baby Quilt: Denise Schmidt stairway

Even with the iPhone, I am bad at documenting the few things I actually get around to making these days. Sorry for the imperfect picture.

This is my latest quilt made for Desmond Henry, the one-month-old son of one of my best and oldest friends, Maya. The pattern is from Quilts, Baby! which I borrowed from my mom. They recommended making every-other row white but I wanted to use all of the DS Quilts patterns that I've bought from JoAnn Fabrics. I know this line is controversial, but I love it. We don't have a good fabric store around here, which I consider a major travesty, so finding great patterns at JoAnn has been wonderful. This is the second quilt I've made with these fabrics, so I'll try to photograph the earlier one.

This pattern was great. It was really fun to get everything cut out and then laid out in piles in order. Putting it together was addictive. I would finish one row and then think, "Ok, just one more." I was working on it while another friend was in labor and I was anxiously awaiting updates, so I was happy to have something to occupy my mind and my time. Anyway, it's a great pattern and I love the way it turned out. I can't wait to send it to Maya.