Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lots o' Pictures

This cute little baby quilt is ready for gifting to a Benton Avenue grandchild.

Scraps were used for the back.  All from Zen Chic's Fragile collection.

 The Sloan Travel Bag, pattern by Sew Sweetness, is finished.  For each outer part, there is an inner part.  Pockets, straps, zippers, lining - preparation is sometimes laborious.  But I do love this pattern, and it is my travel bag of choice.
While it is a complicated bag, I do love Sara Lawson's patterns.  Her directions are thorough and illustrated with tons of pictures.  Fellow bag maker Sally said her secret is that she's good at following directions.  And that certainly has become a strength of mine.  At Patty's request I included a detachable cross-body strap.  This bag has one outer pocket, two small outer pockets on the sides with magnetic flap closures, a zippered top closure, two inner side pockets, and two inner zippered pockets. 

The finished Sloan Travel Bag

I spent a quick weekend in Santa Fe with some local quilters, and this project is what we worked on - Sugar Skull Art.  Mine turned into a self portrait at various stages of life - acne, braces, glasses, hair.  I'm still working on adding some fabric details.  I think perhaps some hand quilting before the machine quilting, too. 

My travel agent client - you'll never guess when and where she went to high school - wanted pillows from these two t-shirts.  One of for her - the other is a Christmas present for a classmate.  I used 16" pillow forms. 

Finishing up projects means I can put away patterns and pieces and various piles of fabrics.  And that's what I did.  But in between putting things away and vacuuming, this baby/napping quilt happened.  These fabrics were leftover from quilts I did for Virginia and my sister-in-law Pam.  It's going to be 55" x 70".  And despite the various unfinished hand projects, I think I want to hand quilt this one.  Just because. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Travel Agent's T-Shirt Quilt

 Judy is a travel agent who has been collecting t-shirst for quite a while.  Several years ago she talked about wanting a t-shirt quilt.  Last year she sent me an e-mail, just checking in.  This fall her emails took on a serious tone - I could tell she was committed.  She came to the studio with all her t-shirts and a good friend and began to make some basic decisions.  And the above is the result of our collaboration.  The quilt grew bigger and bigger - it is 90" x 108" - and my favorite longarmers, Terri and Frank, did the quilting, quite spectacularly, I must say.  Today I bound it, and Judy will pick it up tomorrow.  My project queue is longer than I'd like it to be, but I bumped this project to the top of the list when Judy told me her daughter expressed doubt whether this quilt would actually get done.  Guess we showed her!

This is a baby quilt in process.  Both John and my sister looked at it and kind of hrumpphed about it not looking like a baby quilt.  But I love this.  I don't know the parents-to-be well, but I can't imagine them being anything less than very happy with this quilt.  As soon as I can clear off the work tables, this is ready for basting.  The backing was made from strips leftover from the front.  These fabrics are all from Zen Chic's Fragile collection.  The white-on-white in the background is a Carolyn Friedlander fabric.  The quilting will be simple and straight.  Quilting a baby quilt is one of my favorite things to do. 

Speaking of baby quilts, my sister wants a Hungry Caterpillar baby quilt and a matching queen-size bedspread.  She's ordered the fabrics, and they are here, neatly stacked and waiting for a cold, snowy January day!

This is the wrong side of the backing.  I'm ready to lay to batting and top on it. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Glampalot UFO: DONE!

June 2016 five of my Chicago guildsters and I went to Ann Arbor MI for Glampalot.  You might remember that I went to Camp Stitchalot  November 2014.  Glampalot was Stitchalot on steroids.  We had 6 teachers, 6 sessions, and started various parts of what could be a row quilt.  Here's the blog entry I wrote shortly after the weekend.  Once I got home, I worked a bit on these parts. 
Here's what I had by mid-June 2016
Mid-July 2016
Mid-August 2016
And then I put this project away.  I wasn't happy with the row-by-row arrangement.  And my color choices seem garish.  I wanted some sort of unity or story, and nothing seemed right. 

But I don't like seeing something not be used.  So this past week, spurred on by my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild's November topic of UnFinished Objects, I got this project out. 
I tried to break up the rows.

This quilt top is now 70" x 87."  I don't love it, but somebody will.  It's ready for quilting, but I think I'll try to tackle one more UFO...

Like the Medallion quilt...

Or perhaps start a baby quilt from Zen Chic's Fragile collection!

Friday, November 3, 2017

On The Road and UFO's

We took a quick trip to Atlanta to visit John's daughter Julie.  It's a 750-mile drive, most of which I traveled  in my commute from Chicago to East Tennessee to go to Milligan College in the last 60's and early 70's.  We listened to Catch-22  (well, 15 out of the 17 disks ), a favorite of John.  I'd never read it.  I'm glad to say I finally know the book, but I wasn't crazy about it.  In Atlanta we visited the Jimmy Carter Center Presidential Museum.  What a fabulous man. 

Of course I made a MORS bag for Julie's new apartment.
But after a week away from home, I get itchy.  So many things in the studio I want to finish and new projects to begin.

Like these little RunArounds for Oralee's 4 granddaughters.

Like these Tudor bags...

Like these bits from Glampalot 2016. 

Taking shape  - stay posted...
Like getting back to these scrap blocks from last month...