Friday, January 27, 2012

In Queue for February

   1.  Machine-quilting and binding the "Candyland Quilt"
   2.  Zippered Tote Bag - perhaps from these Home Dec fabrics. And if that goes well, make another one from the fabrics below
   3.  Quilted Casserole Carrier for Mike Kaiser's fiance.  Palette to be determined.

I'm leaving with John for a week-long jazz cruise.  iPad is all loaded, and workout clothes are packed.  It's going to be good week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blank Wall

Normally I'd crop a blank wall out of a photo. Except this wall is where this little quilt will eventually hang. I love this stage of a quilt, stitching along and removing pins. I'm using invisible thread. So far, so good!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Zipping Along

Yesterday was the first meeting of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild for 2012, and we did little zippered pouches.  I love these women,  the general atmosphere of the meetings,  and how we work together.  This meeting was so well attended that we didn't have enough chairs for everyone!  It's going to be a growth year for our guild, and I think it's going to be good!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Let There Be Light!

I really wanted to mount these 43" long color palette strips on black. But I'm trying to lighten up, so I am forcing myself to work with this fabulous Kona bone cotton. Only two of palette strips have their white sides actually sewn on. But I am loving how all the colors are popping in contrast to the light background. After being so up in the air about what to do with these great color palette strips, I'm glad to have finally seen the light.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Goals for 2012

This scrappy batik quilt top is finished.  The back has been pieced out - more batiks of course.  And both the top and the bottom are at T and F Quilting Studio in Lemont.  When it's quilted and bound, then I can show my first finished quilt of 2012. Founding Chicago Modern Quilt Guild president Mary P recently blogged about her goals for 2012 after evaluating her 2011 goals.  Of course that makes sense:  I'm an educator.  Goals must be SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.

So my 2012 goals:

1. Develop my free-motion quilting skills by finishing the India whole cloth and Night and Day, a Jinny Beyer pattern. Both quilts are basted and partially quilted.

2. Find a hand-project, something that is always ready to be grabbed as I leave the house.

3. Make a quilt with a design that explores negative space

4. Update my For-Sale blog.

5. Create a Digital Portfolio and make friends with Flickr.

6. Make a quilt with big polka-dots (dryer-sheet applique) on a light background (which is part of a broader goal to lighten up a bit - I work so dark...)

7. Create one art piece based on a famous piece of art.

8. Do at least one multi-media art quilt.

This is hard - setting goals.  I hope these goals provide a great jumping off point for a year of doing new things and approaching projects in out-of-the-box ways. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Red and Black Batik Duffel Bag

Finally. I've completed something. With the exception of neatening the yellow interior up a bit, this duffel is complete. It's 21" long and 10" tall. Using Soft and Stable by means this duffel holds its shape and is very lightweight. We're doing a jazz cruise the end of this month, and I am going to pilot this bag. The next tweak may be slightly less-wide straps. There are interior pockets at each end of this bag.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Air Mail

The UPS truck came yesterday afternoon.  And DH gets the package, stands at the bottom of the studio stairs, yells "Air Mail", and throws the package up the stairs.  This is a package of fabricliciousness.  The black and white vertical print is going to be a bag with the small print being part of the trim.  The lining is going to be the fabric with the lime green in it.  These were all on sale.  I did however pay full price for some chestnut and purple batik - they are must-haves.  The white-on-white print was just too good to pass up.  And the much awaited-black batik is there!  I'm going to cut that into 8.5" strips, which will then be cut into 1.5" strips.  I need 160 of them.  Hope the two yards in enough.  (could I actually do the math?  apparently not...)

We might get our first snow of the season today.  I hope it's enough to make me have to stay home! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Everything's in Process

My studio is a mess.  I have stuff all over the place.I get stuck on something and then begin another. I'm still waiting for the black batik to arrive so I can square off these rectangular blocks and assemble this quilt.

So then I begin something new. This red batik was one I didn't use in the batik quilt, but I love it. And wouldn't you know I have a long black zipper. So a duffel bag is in this works. I'm about to start the zipper and always take a deep breath at this point.

Before I started the red and black duffel I came across two sets of Jinny Beyer's 150 color spectrum and assembled those.  I left my feet in the picture so you can get idea of the length of these strips.  I can't decide what I want to do with these strips - incorporate them into a jacket? make a couple of totes? a wall hanging for the one bit of empty study wall space?  And if these do become a wall hanging, dare I try putting them on a light background rather than a black?

Meanwhile I'm trying to get all my batiks back into the cabinets.  And each piece I touch makes me want to combine it with another and make something. 

I'm lucky to have all this space so I can work on multiple projects.  And you should see what I didn't take pictures of!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

For 2012

Don't you love this? Have you met Kelli from Seriously, I Think It Needs More Stitches? I love her sensibility and I love her resolution for 2012. And here it is! I think I may have to add this to my sidebar!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


The whole issue of sashing involves the overlook of the quilt. For something soft and melty, no sashing. But I love the drama that sashing gives this quilt. Also, I think the sashing makes the weaving effect very obvious, and that's an effect I like. I've taken the advice of my Left-Handed Blogging friend and split of the pairs of batiks. I also listened to my sister-in-law who suggested grouping my blocks according to Roy G. Biv. One reason I love batiks is that it's hard to nail down their specific color, and that's the one thing that makes this kind of sorting difficult. Luckily the black batik I want to use for the sashing is still en route, so I have some time to work on the layout and play with the colors!
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

To Sash - Or Not To Sash

I could go on and on about the 6.5" x 8.5" block dimensions and how adding a 1.5" strip of black to each block would make them 8.5" s 8.5" and how I have 80 blocks so far and how I need to use my EQ software to figure out sizes with and without sashing and setting these blocks ad infinitium ad nauseum. But these two tentative layouts speak for themselves. Just need to decide which look I want to go for...

Here's to 2012!
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