Thursday, July 22, 2021

Makers Gotta Make

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe (not really - she lived in a quilting studio)

She had so many children she didn't know what to do.  (Well, not children.  Just quilts.  And more quilts.  And then even more quilts.)

In preparing for a move out of our current house, we took down ALL the quilts.  And I'm not sure we will rehang them.  Mostly because I keep making more quilts.  So I am destashing my quilts.  If you see a wall hanging or a quilt you would like in your house, make a donation to Sew Powerful and the quilt is yours.  Ready?  Here goes....


Wintersection.  34" x 32" x 42"  This is my only piece which doesn't have four 90 degree angles.  



SOLD to Brenda Rowley Grey, Ann Arbor.   Needle-turned appliqué on Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric with sashiko stitching.  43" x 44"

                      SOLD to Carol Conway             CandyLand.  32" x 48"



                SOLD to Linda Bushkofsy.        CityScape.   39" x 41" Hand-quilted on peppered shot cottons


                                               Relative Moons.  37" x 48"



            SOLD to Catrina Dorsey        Study in Black, Gold, Grey, and Silver. 88" x 88"



     SOLD  to Jennifer Benoit Bryan Glamorous Clamshells. 88" x 88"  Hand-quilted peppered shot cottons



        SOLD to Carol Conway.  Elliptical Drunkard's Path. 72" x 70". Hand-quilted peppered shot cottons


    

                            Circles in Squares.  Hand-quilted. 88" x 88". see back of quilt below





                          Study in Blacks and Whites. 95" x 114". Half-square triangles set on point.



 SOLD  to Chris Hicks.    Homage to 8 1/2 " x 11" with text prints.  74" x 61"



              SOLD to Beth Kovacic.   Piano Tuner's Daughter.  58" x 70" Forks made by members of my 
                                                           #ChiModBee. Hand-quilted

                                                      Back of Piano Tuner's Daughter



                                                        Christmas Bargello.  40" x 46"




                           A wonderfully odd napping quilt - 60" x 75" - with lots of hand-quilting.


             SOLD  to Carla Ray Hensen           Experiment in source of light.  38" x 32"


                   SOLD to Paula Thompson.   Storm at Sea - 35" x 44", couching with decorative yarns



                                        SOLD  to Carla Ray Hensen  Scrappy String Piecing, 30" x 46"

Not posted here but on Instragram are Interwoven (sold to Julia Wylie Bryant) and Interwoven Scraps (sold to Jennifer Peters, Ann Arbor.)  

Thanks to my husband and neighbor Sam for their quilt holding!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Sewing to keep calm…

 Moving is stressful.  Leaving a house after 35 years is stressful.  The actual moving process is stressful.  Lining up proper documentation is stressful.  None of this is distress - it’s all eustress.  Nevertheless it’s stress.  So of course I have to sew.

























The fabrics from Ben's quilt - Japanese linen canvas - do not play well with other cottons, so these are the leftovers.  This Trip around the World pattern is one of my favorites and one I do on automatic pilot.  It’s hard to see the middle navy border next to the brown, but you work with what you have, right? 


I started this yesterday with a group of fabrics that belong together, leftover from other projects.  I’ll have to see what I have left for the borders.  Normally these small blocks are made from 5.5” strips.  But this quilt will be smaller.  I was working with fat quarters and had to drop down to 5” strips.

The top quilt is on the basting tables.  And I’ll put borders in this today.  

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Announcing a Really Big Adventure for the Studio - And for us...!

 After 35 years in this stucco bungalow in LaGrange and 15 years in this lovely studio, we are moving.  We bought a condo in OakBrook (we thought it was in Westmont) and this house is on the market as of this afternoon.  The past few weeks have been busy, but of course I've been sewing with a deep appreciation of what I've had for the past years.  These final days in this studio are sweet ones.


I have always loved log cabins, and this bundle of Japanese canvas linens seems perfect for this block.  I’m making this quilt for grandson Ben.  I think I may want to hand quilt it.  Since I have no deadline with this quilt, it can just stay all basted and wait for the winter weather.  I hope our nee place is as cold as this house - perfect for winter quilting.  This is not what John is hoping for at all.











Niece Laura is having her fifth baby and her first boy this fall.  That’s who this quilt is for.  That crooked vertical line represents a the path this little guy is going to have to walk among his 4 sisters!  His oldest sister will be a sophomore in hs.  That’s the same age I was when my little brother Doug was born!  I may have to baste this one with actual thread since all my pins are in other projects.  I’d like to have this hand quilted by September, but who knows?  I think things might get busy…