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.