13 Jan

First Finish of 2017!

In the previous post I mentioned wanting to make scrap quilts from my bins of leftovers. After several years of this being a back-burner project, I finally had motivation to finish it. Leftovers 1 is done and submitted to IQF’s Beauty in Pieces special exhibit. My fingers are crossed that they’ll like this wonky, freeform, take on a scrap quilt.

Leftovers web

Leftovers 1, 2017, 76″ x 83″

I started by making the quarter log cabin blocks, not exactly sure where I was going with them. I played with setting them on point to make zig zag rows which looked pretty cool, but then I bored of making them. I was distracted by seeing posts of Sherri Lynn Woods’ Get Your Curve On workshops, so I started sewing wedges, happy that they went faster than the log cabins. That’s the point where the pieces told me they wanted to be a medallion and it grew from there with more purpose. I had lots of squares already cut and leftover from making Temporary Safety which came together easily as a checkerboard, and the center of the quilt was set. The mostly checkered border was inspired by my trip to the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum and seeing Margaret Fabrizio’s Kawandi-inspired work. I still have enough fabric to make another round, and as a bed quilt, it could use it, but I stopped when I reached the maximum size for the exhibit, since I think it’s submission-worthy. I quilted Leftovers 1 on my home machine with wonky leave and scallop motifs mixed with straight-ish lines. It’s quirky, but hopefully that’s it’s charm.

With seven bins of fabric and twelve months, I hope to keep this momentum going and make more medallion style quilts in 2017. The rules will be to endeavor to use just the fabric in the scrap bins, but if necessary, I can go to my regular stash. New fabric is only allowed for backing. New batting is allowed. For continuity, I’ll create these from the center outward, Medallion-style, but other than that anything goes design-wise. It’s going to be fun!

21 Sep

Too Many Quilts (4)

I’m cleaning house again. This time it’s the wall quilts that I’m looking at. I built some quilt storage and still have more than I want to fill it with. My work has changed over the last decade or more (as it should) and I have many quilts that just don’t make sense for me to hold on to for exhibits or display in my home. So, I’m going to post them here at bargain basement prices.

hansel-u-gretel-web

This is “Hansel ind Gretel,” created for my solo show Impressions of Germany in 2006 and juried into Main Quiltfestival 2006 Wettbewerb “Märchenwelt” (The World of Fairy Tales). It is 29.25″ x 35. The center is has dyed cotton velvet embellished with suggestions of a magical forest with a button and pebble path. There’s even a (boiled and bleached) chicken bone should any inquisitive witches be looking for small children to eat. The backing is an adorable Japanese print with Hansel, Gretel, and forest critters of course. This would make a lovely wall hanging for a child’s bedroom, and if you buy it and remove the bone and pebbles, it would be a snuggly lap or play quilt as well. I’m offering this quilt for $150, mailing included, anywhere in the US. Paypal only. Email me at umzavi(at)hotmail.com if you are interested.

hansel-u-gretel-detail-3

21 Feb

Too Many Quilts (2)

Yay, Hidden Garden found a new home.

Next up is Nene. I made this quilt as a test for Sherrie Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. You can read my process story here. Nene didn’t make the cut, and as I look through my records, it didn’t even get added to my spreadsheet of quilts (though it did live on our sofa for a while). Poor thing. I’m obviously not giving it the love it deserves and it should go to a new home.

LaFlamme-Nene

It’s a slightly wonky 41″ x 70″ — a lap quilt for the very long-legged? Machine quilted in a geometric pattern. I’m selling Nene for the bargain basement price of $175, PayPal only. Email me at umzavi(at)hotmail.com if you are interested. Sorry, US only. SOLD, thanks!

LaFlamme-Nene detail

17 Feb

Too Many Quilts (1)

I am struggling with storage and access of my stuff. Now that we’re pretty much settled, I am figuring out what we need and what actually works in this house. Last week was re-organize the china closet (serving stuff I use often stays, alternate sets of dishes go downstairs and maybe ultimately to consignment). Today was re-organize the linen closet day. Linens stay, pantry items get relocated.

The outcome? I have way too many quilts. There is no need for me to store all these quilts that I’m not using on beds or entering in shows. I’ve decided to sell off a few practical bed and lap quilts at bargain basement prices because I don’t need them but maybe someone else does. I’m starting small, but may get more brutal in months to come.

The first quilt on the block is titled Hidden Garden and is 55″ x 72. I made it in 2013 as an exercise in using up scraps. The backing is a fun orange with white polka dots. It is free-motion quilted with flowers and leaves. I’m offering this quilt for $300, oh who am I kidding, $200, mailing included, anywhere in the US. Paypal only. Email me at umzavi(at)hotmail.com if you are interested. SOLD Thank you very much!

Hidden Garden web

Hidden Garden back web Hidden Garden detail web

 

16 Feb

Blorange Done

My Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt is done. You may remember it from this post, where I was trying to use up leftovers from my pixelated Selfie portrait, but needed to restrain the colors a bit to keep it from getting too ugly.

Blorange Quilt

That said, it’s still pretty much a scrap vomit quilt. I do like the insert of the smaller squares here and there!

Blorange Quilt

 

It was supposed to be just blues and oranges (brown counts as dark orange) but I needed one more column, so I allowed purples. As far as I’m concerned it’s a utilitarian bed quilt and I’ll never worry about anything that happens to it. I also used it as my first big long arm quilting practice. I used the pantograph method where I’m moving the machine head to follow a pattern indicated on a screen. I’m actually wobblier trying to follow a line on a screen than I am “drawing” directly on the quilt, but it was good practice and I definitely wasn’t ready to quilt this big a quilt completely freehand. Oh, and yes, I did have the rug above the bed in mind while I was making this quilt — I thought the diamond in the rug pattern and the diamond in Trip Around the World would speak to each other nicely.

 

 

Blorange back

The back is most of the body print tests I did for “Exposed,” my TSA inspired quilt that is currently in the Privacy in America show. The back is much more sedate, but all those ghostly bodies on the bed kinda freaks me out.

02 Dec

Homes for the Baby Quilts

I got my quilting into high gear last week and finished three baby quilts in time to send them off to the Quilt Study Center in Nebraska to be donated to the People’s City Mission. They need quilts of all sizes and styles so it seemed like a super match for my happy little quilts. I hope they will help keep some kids warm this winter.

 

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And guess what, no puckers! I have had issues in the past, but this time I starched the backings and used spray baste for the back (but not the top). The biggest factor was probably that I was using cotton backing instead of puffier wool though, so I’ll have to try wool again before proclaiming victory over the pucker, but for now I’m happy.

 

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23 Oct

Baby Quilts

Lots of them.

I started my quilting journey making baby quilts for friends. These days most of my friends are parents of teens so there’s not too much need for baby quilts. But every now and then the opportunity arises, and last year friends we met in Hawai’i conceived twins after much trying. Twin quilts — fun! There would need to be two, and they’d have to be the same, but different.

Twin Quilt 1
I started with this one. The mom is stylish and modern so I knew this was the perfect opportunity to make a houndstooth quilt which I’d been eyeing for a while. All the colors were chosen to be gender neutral and to coordinate with some absolutely adorable forest themed fabric my daughter chose for the backing.

Twin Quilt 2
I tried plaid to go with the houndstooth for the second quilt, but the scale was wrong, so I went with tried and true triangles. I really like this one.

Unfortunately, the twins didn’t make it. So, I didn’t finish the quilts. The good news though, is that mom and dad tried again and they are now expecting their first daughter any day! When the baby shower was announced, I knew I didn’t want to give them the original twin quilts. The karma just wasn’t right. So I jumped right back in to make a quilt that was related, but it’s very own.

Baby quilt

I was in an improv quilt kind of mood so I started with a motif from the backing fabric and built around it in a modified log cabin style. I like it, but something just wasn’t quite right yet. I still had a bunch of fabric left over, so I kept going.

Baby Quilt

Simple and slightly floral.

Baby Quilt

Yes, that will do.

Baby Quilt

Now we are all just waiting for baby to arrive so she can be wrapped up in this and drag it around with her for many years to come. I will finish off the twin quilts and the log cabin and will eventually donate them to a good cause.

29 Aug

A Random Mix of Projects

Remember Pretty, or Pretty Ugly? It’s now Blorange.

Blorange quilt top

I like it much better, and I thought the top was done until I laid it out to photograph and realized that it was almost large enough for our queen sized bed. What it really needs though, is one more column of blocks on the side. I’ve used all the wider blue and brown strips, and I’m afraid I don’t have enough thinner brown to add enough width, so I may add a purply strip down one side. Scrappy, right?!

The name Blorange came from blue + orange since I have been calling my smaller foray Grellow (grey + yellow).

Grellow

Grellow may become a gift. I rather like it in it’s oddness.

I spent today making bags for the kids out of the ninja and bacon fabrics I bought while in Oregon.

Ninja and bacon fabrics!

Seriously, how could I pass up coordinating ninja AND bacon fabrics?!

Zip pouches

These little zip pouches are loosely based on the Purl Bee Zip Pouch Tutorial. I interfaced the small one but forgot to do the same on the larger bacon one. It suffers a bit from that. The ditty bag is from a tutorial by Sew4Home. I love the way the ninjas dance along the top! The lined bag is of my own design (because they’re just that simple to make). The boy wants the bag and the girl gets the rest — much to her satisfaction.

Finally, I also made a half dozen little House Icons to add to an upcoming show with the 8 That Create ladies at Etui Gallery in NY. More details on that to come soon. These are so satisfying to make and I enjoy searching through my beads and floss to find just the right combinations.

Tiny house icons