I sent this king sized quilt top to Maika Christensen in Utah for machine quilting and I couldn't be happier with the results! Didn't she do a fantastic job? She uses a regular sewing machine, not a long arm. Her lines are so graceful and neat. Thank you Maika!!
If you are looking for a machine quilter, I highly recommend Maika (mike'-uh).
These are the fabulous works of Lisa Frick in Missouri. I love this table (above). When Lisa was in 8th grade she dreamed of having a macrame pot holder store. Now she's the proprietor of 2 shops: an arts and crafts store and a colorful hippie style store. In addition to her Etsy store, of course.
These random orange wedges on my design wall might become a quilt. I don't know. This is mainly a cool-down exercise after sewing all those 1.5" strips together for the last quilt (see below). It was fun making that quilt, but now I have to "shake it out." Haha. I like how the Jennifer Paganelli "orange and white tiger stripe" fabric looks here. I have so much fun with that fabric. I got a yard of it on Etsy so I linked to the listing for you just in case you're interested.
The orange quilt top is finished! Hopefully by tonight it will be a finished quilt.
Each strip was cut 1.5" wide. The quilt measures 61" x 61." There are 60 rows.
The center has reddish orange prints, fading out to light orange, light green, yellow, and then stark white. I particularly like the 5 black dots. This quilt has solids, prints, batiks, dots, stripes, ikat dots, Kanji, calligraphy, black and whites, solid white, hand-dyed orange fabrics, novelties, and an orange and white "tiger stripe" fabric designed by Jennifer Paganelli.
There was a lot of tweaking in this supposedly random design because I wanted the colors to fade softly, not in chunks. This quilt looks especially rich and warm at night with a lamp nearby.
This quilt was made to order for a customer in San Francisco, CA.
Last night I took a class on entrelac knitting from Ginger, owner of the local yarn shop: In Sheep's Clothing in Torrington, CT. This is what I've knitted so far. It looks strange, but Ginger says it's right. Like most beginner projects, this will be a scarf. Haha.
Here's a beautiful example (below) of what a completed entrelac knit looks like. When I first saw it, I wanted to slide my finger between the squares to see if it was open, but it's not.
The photo above is from the book "Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting" by Rosemary Drysdale. I haven't read this book but I've seen excerpts. I think the instructions would be adequate if you were comfortable with knitting instructions. Otherwise, lessons are better.
Look what just arrived from Fabric Fascination! Kona cross-weaves are made with one color for the warp and another for the weft. I think they're prettier than solids, and they have a nice hand: soft, smooth and a nice weight. The photo below is from the Fabric Fascination site. It shows the texture and dual colors a little better than my photo. I can't wait to use them in a quilt. New fabrics always cheer up my stash.
You know I can't just show you one fabric, so here's "Metropolis" below, from Jenean Morrison's Silent Cinema collection.
Another of my favorites at Fabric Fascination is this shrimp colored collection of batiks from Bali, Indonesia. This shop always has something fresh and unique to keep the creativity going!
Remember earlier this year when we made "blocks" measuring 55" wide x 6" tall? I put them together into a quilt which I named the "World Quilt" because the makers were from all over the world. It now lives in Florida with the Quilting Violinist.
I'm working on a similar quilt now. It will measure 60" x 60." It should be red-orange in the center, fading to stark white along the sides. Bits of other colors are okay. The strips were cut 1.5" wide. They'll be about 1" when pieced, of course. A few at the top are already sewn together. I'm still playing around with it. That's the fun part though. I'll show you how it goes.
You need to view a lot of your stash to get this quilt together!
This beautiful liberated medallion selvage quilt was made by the Cozy Quilter from Ontario, Canada. She calls this "Sewing Baskets." It was made at Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat. I love those spools. You can read more about it at the Cozy Quilter blog. Nice job!!
Isn't this Turquoise Door photo charming? It's listed in Gail's Etsy shop: Vita Nostra. This photo above was taken in Portugal. Her shop is loaded with travel photography from all over the world. She has a good eye for doors and interesting architecture.
Karen Kebinger of Connecticut made this lovely selvage chair cushion. It has ties in the back that attach to the chair, or you can use them as a handle when carrying it to meetings where the seats are uncomfortable. She got the knitted wool shawl that you see on the back of the chair for free! It had a little hole in it which she repaired. Karen came to the quilt exhibit on Sunday and we had a nice visit. She showed me this photo on her phone and I asked to show it here. Nice work, Karen!
Yesterday I had the great honor to exhibit 35 of my quilts at my church, the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, CT during the Fall Festival. There were many quilters and non-quilters who visited and I had the best time hosting this event. Thank you to all my blog buddies who were able to attend. For everyone else, here is a virtual tour via photos.