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.