Thursday, April 13, 2017

Convo between a Quilter (me) and NonQuilter (Carol)

NonQuilter:  Would you be willing to contribute one of your pieces to my yearly Silent Auction for the Morgan Park Youth Ministry?
Quilter:  Sure.  A wall hanging? A tote? A Purse?
NonQuilter:  Could I commission a wall hanging? 
Quilter:  Sure. 
NonQuilter:  I would like something with a house in the middle.
Quilter:  Hmm, three houses with a house in the middle?
NonQuilter:  No, just a house.
Quilter:  What kind of house.
NonQuilter:  You know, a house...
Quilter:  Ranch?  Georgian? Victorian? Bungalow? Queen Anne?  What material - stucco? brick? frame?  What color?  Give me a clue.
NonQuilter:  uh...BLUE ! 
Quilter:  Ok, blue.  Navy? Light? Royal? Marine? Teal? 
NonQuilter:  Wait... ***sends a photo***
Quilter:  Ahhhhh...I get it.  So what size?
NonQuilter:  I don't know.
Quilter:  I live in a world of quarter-inch seams.  Get a ruler and give me a clue. 
NonQuilter:  I don't have a ruler.
Quilter:  What kind of crazy talk is this?
NonQuilter:  Well, I don't.  But the size of the wall hanging you gave me last year would be right.

Luckily, I remembered - vaguely - what I gave Caire last year.  And then more of the story unfolded.  This house is the actual home of the Catholic Youth Ministry of Morgan Park.  There is no link to post, but this group does have a Facebook page!  Happy to contribute to this organization.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

This, That, and the Other...

Future Project No 1 - a Sloan or a Tudor.  Bought straps at Crimson Tate and the zipper in Morocco.  Art Gallery Fabric by Leah Duncan. 

Future Project #2 - Quilties Holly and Sarah S went to QuiltCon in Savannah and shopped for me.  These two fabrics are some of the things they came come with.  Straps again from Crimson Tate and zipper - yes, Morocco. 

Future Project #3 - This fabric is what the quilties shopped for at QuiltCon in Sacramento last year.  At Crimson Tate I found this great strapping for the handles and a great zipper.

Putting away scraps is always an issue.  And sometimes I get distracted.  These two zippers found their way out of the zipper box and attached themselves to some of my favorite leftovers.   My buddy Cathy and granddaughter Nikki have these.  

Below is a pencil case and a modification (the taller one) by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.  This pattern is a free tutorial from her.  If you've been wanting to try a zippered pouch or pencil case, her tutorials are excellent - great directions and pictures.  Do you have zipper fear?  She'll help you get over it!
 Pencil Cases by Noodlehead. 

This is the backing for this quilt - I'm determined to get this finished.  Today.  Before I play.

Things I want to play with - part 1

Things I want to play with - Part 2

Things I want to play with - Part 3.  These fabrics are all from Quilty Mimi, and I think they might be a quilt for my college roommate Dodie's son Paul and his wife Susie.  She has said black and white, but I think the Asianness of these fabrics appeal to her.  To be figured out...
Every year I give my buddy Carol something for the Silent Auction which funds the Morgan Park Youth Center.  This year she is requesting a wall hanging of this house, which is the actual youth center.  So before any playing with purses and after finishing getting the one quilt together, I will work on this!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A New Home for an Old and Dear Quilt

When I was an emerging quilter in the 1980's, my sister and her husband had a big home in Freeport, Illinois.  She had a huge amount of home dec and upholstery fabrics left over from various projects, which I took to create this wall hanging.  These are log cabin blocks and show my penchant for non-traditional design - it's no surprise that I have found such a perfect home in the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.  This piece hung in an open staircase happily the entire time the Thompsons were in Freeport.  Their move to St. Joe 15 years ago and a different house meant that this piece was really not the right thing to hang.  So, it's been folded up.  Paula recently returned it to me, and I have puzzled what to do with it.   

And that's where my buddy Carol comes in.  I met Carol in grad school at Chicago State in the 1970's, and we taught at Hyde Park HS together for 8 years.  We retired at the same time.  While I quilted full-time, Carol went back to school for another degree - this one in Pastoral Counseling/Care.  Commitment to the church and social justice ministries is the focus of her life.  I gave her this wall hanging of Paula's and asked if she might find an appropriate home.  And did she ever.  This piece now hangs in the Agatha O'Brien Room at Mercy Circle, Mother McAuley High School, at 99th and Pulaski in Chicago.  Agatha O'Brien came from Ireland to Chicago when she was 24 and lived until she was 32.  In those 8 years she established Mercy Hospital, the parochial school system, and an orphanage. in 1846 she established the first group of the Sisters of Mercy. 

I'm thankful to Carol for finding such a perfect spot and for saying Sister Agatha and I would have liked each other. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Off to the LongArmer!

For Janice's LT senior daughter
For Janice's college senior son

And just for fun.  Because.  Scraps.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Revisiting An Old Rivalry Through Quilting

It's T-Shirt Quilt season.  Two years ago I made a high school graduation quilt for Janice's high school senior daughter.  This year I am doing a quilt for her younger daughter's high school graduation from Lyons Township and also a quilt for her son who is graduating from Iowa State U.  These are both good kids who went to St. Francis for elementary school.Although I don't study t-shirts that closely, I do honor what the parent wants and try to make something that is balanced and interesting to look at.  And one shirt jumped out -  Huck Finsdale. And it made me laugh.

It took my back to my high school days at LT and the rivalry between my school and Hinsdale Central.  (I know these rivalries are common between schools that share a georgraphy).  In August of 2015 I spent 13 days in the hospital - 4 of them at LaGrange and the remainder at Hinsdale.  And again, I kept hearing about the difference between the two hospitals.  Those at Hinsdale would never work at LaGrange and vice versa.  Some things never change, eh?  (and I must note that my sister-in-law Chris taught at Hinsdale Central for her whole teaching career). 

Once I get these t-shirt quilts together, I want to do a couple of zippered pouches out of some scraps....

And I want to stroke and pet these Art Gallery Fabrics that I found for $7 a yard, which is a terrific price...

And I need to make a wall hanging for an auction that raises money and support for - well, I'll have to get back to you on the details.  My buddy Carol raises money every year for a Morgan Park Youth program.

This quilt went in the mail to my sister-in-law in Indiana who is having major surgery soon.  Perhaps it might provide as bit of comfort as she recuperates. To keep it light and airy, I batted it with a poly batting and kept the quilting simple.  It is wonderfully soft and light.

It's a rainy day.  Perfect for sewing and listening to NPR.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Just another Manic Monday...

New wall hanging for the Dining Room.  This piece is a tribute to notebook paper.  Each block is text and paper-related

In Situ

This log cabin is 15 years old and already down.  What a great quilt.  But the new one is lighter and brighter!

This lovely print by Heather Jones "Dayton No 1" came in the mail as a gift from my Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild Swap partner Brenda Grey.  This swap was almost two years ago.  I love how this is the Swap that keeps on giving.

Here's my Triptych of Red Cross things.  The Fan Cover needs to be mounted on the wall, and the print needs to be framed.  It'll happen...soon.

I buy fabrics without knowing how they will be used.  Often they let me know.  A family member is going through an extensive procedure which will ensure her health.  Perhaps a soft small lap quilt will provide some comfort.

 And it's close to graduation season.  T-shirt Mom Janice came over with two sets of t-shirts, one for her daughter's graduation from LT

And one for her son graduating from Iowa State.  Two years ago I made a quilt for her third child!

There's a darling little boy about to turn one...

And at nights I'm doing some quilting on this new hanging for the living room.

Chance the Rapper.  What a guy.  Not only is he donating a million dollars to Chicago Public School, he is soliticing donations from others.  Check out his Website.  Last winter he solicited donations for coats.  Prior to the election he was rallying voters.  Now he's reaching out to neighborhood schools.  He's the future of this city. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Hand-Quilted Finish

 Usually I am happy to finish a quilt and see its completion.  This Glam Clam quilt?  I'm sorry it's done.  I began hand-piecing the clams in August after my guild hosted a workshop by Latifah Saafir
and her Glam Clam technique.  As guildsters started posting pictures of their progress, I knew this design was one I wanted to do.  My hand-piecing was just for evenings when I was on the first floor of my house and not in the studio.  By December the quilt top was together.  I ordered a wool batting and a fabric for the back.  After basting I started my quilting using No 8 Perle cotton and matching thread color to the clams.  This quilt has been - along with John - my constant evening companion, and my hands are sorry to let go of it.  This is my 4th hand-quilted finished.  Time to find a new hand project.
These fabrics are all peppered shot cottons. 

The back shows not only the different quilting threads but also the unquilted parts - the puffy parts.

There's a wonderful texture happening on the back.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

One Finish, Three WIP's, and Two WIP's-in-Waiting

 My nephew Chris married Andi last spring. Andi and I shared a Pinterest board, and this collaborative quilt is their wedding quilt.  It's 70" x 86".  I love the low-volume look and - not to sound like a broken record - it has a terrifically soft feel.  Andi likes sparkle, and the backing of this quilt is all about the sparkle, in the softest and 100% cotton way.  This couple lives in Orlando, so I batted this with wool.  It's lightweight and perfect for their climate. This quilt is currently in the mail.  Quilting for such a happy reason is a joy - it's great fun to think about their future! Chris is the oldest of my nieces/nephews and has always had a special place in my heart.
My new dining room quilt - almost ready to be basted!

A twin bed quilt - same design as the dining room quilt.

A Hazel Hipster for one of my favorite people

A jelly roll and leftover of shot cottons - something for above the new entertainment center perhaps

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Working at a snail's pace - but working!

What an odd February!  No snow - warm weather - perfect for walking.  Chris and Andi's wedding quilt is together, and the quilting is almost finished.  I found the perfect backing at Quilter's Quest last week, and it will be the binding as well.  I need to make the binding, and - Voila!  - completion soon.
This quilt on the design wall is taking shape very slowly.  It's been 15 years since I made a new quilt for my dining room, and I think this design will be perfect for the room.  Since John has to look at this quilt, I asked him for his input, and he has helped me rethink my way.  Each block will remain 8 1/2" by 11"; but I am not going to repeat any fabrics, and each fabric will be something connected to text or paper.  I have a several blocks I'm not using and will turn those into a bed quilt at some point.

My good buddy Cecilia had a birthday.  She is all about the sparkle, so I found my sparkly fabrics and made little drawstring bags in three sizes. Quilt buddy Melissa made me one of these bags for Christmas and then shared the pattern with me.  These are Fold-It-Hold-It bags, and you can get the pattern here

I am getting close to finishing the hand quilting of my Glam Clam quilt - just a couple more grey clams and then the greens to go.  This quilt has a border, and I want to quilt that, too.  So it's still a ways from completion.  This is the 4th quilt - and the 4th winter - that I have hand quilted.  I am thankful to quilt bestie Mimi for showing me the patience and to my class at QuiltCon 2015 with Maura Ambrose for helping me establish my technique.
This may not look like much, but this is our Valentine's Day present to one another.  We got rid of the big entertainment piece (see below) that would only house a 19" television.  This new piece, much to our dismay, came unassembled.  And like many couples, we don't always work well together.  But yesterday we did!  We got this piece assembled, went out for a new television and DVD player, and - this part is huge - even got everything hooked up and working.  We were smug with satisfaction last night!  This new piece goes with our dining room furniture.  We loved the other piece and have had it for over 25  years.  It will go on the curb for the LaGrange pick up day in April - unless anyone wants it.  Anyone?  Anyone? And I think another new quilt is in order!