Saturday, January 31, 2009
To you quilters in Australia, it may be summer, but the cold is coming, so you need to get quilting too. Every season is perfect for quilting!
This photo was taken along the highway in Western Massachusetts. It's such a massive wall of ice. I'd love to get some food coloring on that!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Heather Bailey is a talented designer of fabrics, paper craft items, and clothing. You really have to visit her fabulous blog: http://www.heatherbailey.typepad.com/ and her store: http://www.heatherbaileystore/ Her incredible photography makes me happy and inspires me to make something beautiful.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Remember Martina Odenthal, the quilter and lawyer from Cologne, Germany who made the selvage cuffs (posted the day after Christmas)? She sent me a nice gift package that included this pretty selvage from Germany. I'll have to save this one for a special spot in a selvage quilt. Thank you, Martina.
Visit Martina's blog at: http://stufenzumgericht.blogspot.com.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Does Ballarat, Australia sound familiar? Yes, that's where Jodie of Vintage Ric Rac fame lives. She's the creator of that amazing selvage dress that I keep a photo of on the sidebar. About 16 quilt bloggers in the Ballarat area got together for a picnic recently. Of course, it's nice and warm there right now. They had such a blast. You can read about it on all the blogs! Jodie links to all of them, so if you have lots of time, visit: www.vintagericrac.blogspot.com.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Vicki says she is obsessed with anything involving fabric and thread. (You're among friends here Vicki!) Don't miss her blog: www.vickiwelsh.typepad.com, especially the post about Christmas ornaments. She has 120 teacup hooks in a closet where she stores the most beautiful collection of handmade ornaments. You have to see it. She is funny, too.
Thank you to Ann Marie (of Run and Sew Quilts) who told me about this postcard. This is what inspired Ann Marie to start sewing with selvages!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I like the color windows on the selvage Stephanie used for the bow. Isn't that a nice idea: black and white, with soft colors across the middle? Mom has a good eye for design, too! See her blog at: http://loftcreations.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
See June's blog to read more about her project: www.calenderpages.blogspot.com.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Julie is planning her next necktie project, so keep an eye on her blog: www.quiltdivajulie.blogspot.com.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
There is so much that I love about this piece! The writing on the basket fabrics interests me, especially my old favorite, "Run, Dick, run." The strings look nice ararnged on an angle. And that splash of color is perfect, near all those neutrals. The black and white bias handle has an appropriately woven look. And the background is quiet, but interesting; a little askew like the basket. I bet Brenda threw this together intuitively, and it's just right!
See more of her work at www.scrapsandstrings.blogspot.com.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
What a great idea to add black ric rac to make a curvy edge. And it looks like she included a label as well. Very cool.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I like to stop and enjoy outrageous items like this because I think it fills my "creativity tank." And you, dear readers, don't even have to go to the mall to enjoy this enrichment!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I like everything about these little quilts. Nice job, Elena!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is another of the fabrics from my friend's daughter who's living in the Ivory Coast. I'm thinking of making a quilt (throw size) for my friend, but I'm still pondering what kind of quilt that might be. There are 5 blue/ivory prints, 2 yards each. Maybe I can add some subtle blue solids to the mix. Any suggestions?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This interesting fabric is from Cote D'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast). The daughter of a dear friend of mine moved there in 2008 and sent me some very interesting fabrics.
We've seen the reference to "real wax" on African fabrics here on this blog (in the Red Zinger quilt), referring to the printing process. This fabric has a very tight weave, and feels a little stiffer than our typical quilting fabric. I haven't washed it yet, but I will because I want to know if that navy blue is going to run!
What a bold pattern. I have no idea how it will work in a quilt yet, but it will.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Visit Sossy's blog at http://www.sossyquilts.blogspot.com/.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Movie Alert: Heather mentioned on her blog recently that there is a scene in the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" where Cate Blanchette dances on a terrace wearing a stunning red dress. She says it's a breathtaking moment. I plan to see it just for that scene.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I was delighted to discover how quick and easy it is to make flying geese blocks with selvages. It's one of those projects that looks challenging, but is surprisingly simple! And I love how it came out! They also included a review of "Quilts from the Selvage Edge."
Thank you to my friend Linda Lasco (Senior Editor at AQS) who alerted me to the arrival of this issue on the stands. She is "up to the minute" when it comes to quilts!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
First, June tried weaving her polka dot selvages (new idea #1). Next, she arranged her selvavges horizontally. Finally, she put a fabric with a picture on it in the center, then surrounded it with selvages (new idea #2, not shown). I think that's a great idea for a selvage quilt. My log cabin has solid red center squares, but I like the idea of using novelty prints in that spot. Thanks, June.
Visit June Calender's blog: http://www.calenderpages.blogspot.com/.