Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I noticed the silk both on the back and front shows fabric movement. Working with silk is always a challenge as the fabric is in constant motion. I think this will make the finished product quite interesting.
You may notice a patch above the needle, I plan to add a few of those thought out the project. I will hand quilt the piece and presently thinking a black animal applique would add interest. I'll keep you posted. Happy Quilting!
Friday, September 17, 2010
To do this treatment take fabric, your choice, I used whites, but next time I plan to try colors and prints. Soak the fabric in vinegar. Wrap rusty things (anything) in your fabric and then wrap the fabric bundle in a plastic bag. Let it sit in the sun for 2 to 5 days. My items were very rusty, so it took only 1 day. Rinse the fabric in clear water and wash with soap and water. Dry, iron and your ready to start designing. Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Anyway, I was in bed trying to get comfortable when I started thinking about my AAQI quilts. I feel like it is time to try my hand at more expressive quilt with new, to me, techniques. I consider myself a self-taught quilter. No lessons---oh, I would watch my grandmother and her church quilting group quilt in the church basement. I would watch my mother do beautiful applique blocks, but I did not quilt until the 1980's. I tried my hand at making a few baby blankets, they were bad, but my friends accepted them graciously. Basically I see an idea or technique, I get books on said technique, read them and then give it a try. I taught myself to bind quilts, I've had some disasters there too, but now I bind the quilts for my church quilting group, and no one would guess I figured it out myself. I don't work from a pattern, patterns make me nervous,---I like to create my own patterns and ideas, some are better than others, as I'm sure you can tell on my blog.
But, back to my desire to create something more than patchwork---maybe art. This year I wanted to send 52 quilts to Ami Simms and AAQI, but as of this week I'm at 42. I will continue to try to complete my goal, but I want to slow down and create---have a message. Maybe I need to listen to an inter-voice, improve on my skills and step out of the box of traditional quilting blocks.
The AAQI quilt I'm featuring today is called Maze of Memories. I wanted to try painting on fabric, so I found a stamp at the tag sale, brushed paint on it, stamped corresponding fabric color, machine quilted, added some buttons and then just looked at it. Usually I have the name of the quilt before I start quilting, but this time I didn't. As I looked at the the quilt it appeared to be to be a maze within a maze, going no where. As the blue stands out from the muslin fabric, it appeared to me to be standing out against reality. Then it hit me, Alzheimer's victims are thinking in a maze of thoughts and non-
thoughts. Not knowing reality as it slips by their world.
I will continue to quilt for others, in hopes of making a small difference. But I hope to listen to my inter-voice and create miniature quilts that make a statement and satisfy my creative desires. Happy Quilting!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
This little mini was made from a vintage quilt block of red, white and blue. I call it Good Morning USA. I'm keeping the back plain---I think this would make a perfect "Mug Mat" for that morning hot drink. The mini is only 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches. It's hand pieced and machine quilted. Red, White and Blue, perfect for Labor Day, too! Happy Labor Day and Happy Quilting!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Here's #1. I call it Victorian Patchwork. I stumbled across a novelty print of woman in Victorian times sewing and immediately thought what a cute mini. I added some lace, yo-yos and buttons. The little quilt measures 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches. If you have some free time this holiday weekend, make a mini and send it to AAQI, we can use your help. Just click on the Alzheimer sidebar on my blog and get all the information you need. Have a Fun and Safe Holiday and Happy Quilting!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The quilters in the state spend the year making quilts to contribute to the live quilt auction that will take place on October 16 during the Festival. The quilts travel the state in one day quilt shows so that people from different areas can see the quilts and hopefully bid on the one they want during the auction. This year our church and a neighboring church will be hosting a quilt show and luncheon on September 18. All the proceeds will also be donated to the Festival. I was asked to make a miniature quilt for one of the door prizes for this year's show. I decided on a little wall hanging. Using the Comfort of Psalms fabric I made Psalm 119 Patchwork. The homespun patchwork, vintage tatting and buttons on a woven silk measures 10 x 13 inches. I let raw edges show for a casual look. My thought for today---Make a quilt and give it away---Happy Quilting!