The quilt and the pattern are finished! I decided to go with Version #2 (scroll down to see post) because I really like the illusion of an empty box in the middle of this star. Thanks for all your input!
Here are some close-ups.
This is the first time I've tied a quilt. It was fun. I used DMC Pearle cotton #5.
This 1930's style vintage quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted. Niki in North Dakota has it listed in her Etsy store Rubisco for $199, but she's going out of business and everything's 50% off. Seems like a good deal for the vintage quilt collector. There are a few stains, but I really like the splash of black and red in this quilt. Some of the fabrics are feed-sacks. Great photo too, don't you think?
Jean Kake of Baltimore, MD and the Quilted Cupcake (blog) bought this sewing machine at Goodwill for $15 to decorate for her studio. It works, but she doesn't use it. With her, it's all show and no go. Haha. Jean has an Etsy store with the same name Quilted Cupcake. You rock, Jean!
Hot off the press! Optical illusion selvage quilt looks like boxes containing little buttons. The buttons look charming with all the round color windows nearby. Lots of how-to photos, optional variations. Take a look!
This beautiful Christmas selvage pillow was made by Leila in Iowa. I like the fresh, modern look of the light turquoise and the white spaces. The rick-rack adds a nice touch, and the white dots in the center tree are perfect, the red border...oh, this is so nice! Great job, Leila!
Leila is mom to 5 daughters, and they look just like her. Family photo on her blog: Sewn.
Louise Walker is a photographer and knitter in London. And yes, these are knitted wigs! You can see more on her blog: Sincerely Louise. Sometimes I'm glad my DH doesn't read my blog. He would just shake his head. Haha!
I think I'll email Louise right now and ask her where she gets her inspiration. How she fills her creative tank.
UPDATE: Here's what she said:
I think the ideas I have for everything I knit comes from the making side of it. I think I'm most creative when I'm hands on, after looking into what I want to make and then just running with it! And if it looks a little odd loving it anyway!
Ami Simms, founder of the AAQI, reports that in 2013 she expects to pass the $1,000,000 mark in funds raised from the auctioning of small quilts donated by quilters from all over the world. So far, 13,000 little quilts have been donated! Read Ami's update and plans for 2013 here. This is the last year quilts will be auctioned.
I save my emptied spools during the year and count them at the end of December. Many of you do too. The recent post about this idea caught the eye of Diane Harris of Quiltmaker magazine and the Quilty Pleasures blog.
Diane is going to blog on this topic in January of 2014. Let's gather our data this year and report back in the comments below. I'll send her this link next January.
I realize that this values quantity over quality. It favors longarmers and zigzaggers over hand applique people. It favors users of little spools rather than biggies. But it's not really a competition. It's to satisfy our curiosity about our own productivity, one year compared to the next. If you have any thoughts on this practice (which aren't too critical) please add your comments here too. :)
P.S. This pretty polka dot basket is from the Container Store. In store only.
Nicola at Jaunty Little Flowers in the UK made this felt flower brooch in yellow and gray. Isn't it charming? She is a self-taught fiber artist with a penchant for jewelry. Nicola is a mom to two little girls, but this is what she likes to do in her free moments.
I would like to sip a cup of tea and watch her make one of these little flowers.
This bit of creativity is from Tanya at Myrtle and Eunice in Australia. She made this a few years ago, but I just found it on Whipup and dusted it off for you because I thought it was so creative. Plus, in January, anything leafy and green looks beautiful.
I found this houndstooth batik on eQuilter.com tonight. Isn't it charming? I like red and pink together. This would be perfect for my upcoming retro style Picnic quilt. It comes in about 6 colorways, but I like this one best. Happy quilting!
This gorgeous spiderweb quilt was made by Megan. You can see more photos on her blog: Lucy and Norman. She was inspired by a quilt called "Maple Leaf Rag" in Sarah Fielke's book "Material Obsession 2."
This quilt is also featured on Angela Walter's blog: Quilting is My Therapy. Have you seen Angela's books on machine quilting? She machine quilted this quilt for Megan. Wonderful job, Megan and Angela!!
Have you visited Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH? It's a gorgeous quilt shop well worth the trip. I noticed they're offering a pattern for selvage placemats. You probably already know how to do this. (Lay your selvages on a foundation and then sew along the bound edge of each selvage, being sure to cover the raw edge of the selvage underneath.) I thought it was interesting to see selvages featured in a "mainstream" quilt shop catalog (shown here).
This is my newest pattern in The Perpetual Quilter series: "Paperweights." I call it "modern" because the white background gives a light and airy feel. This quilt doesn't have a border, not even a colored binding. The binding is white. Also, many of the fabrics were made since 2000. Scrap quilts are so interesting, don't you think?
Here are some photos of my favorite "paperweights" in this quilt:
If you are a regular visitor here, you know that my niece from Vermont visited at Christmas time. I asked if she'd show you her awesome backpack. It looks like blue on my monitor, but it's actually turquoise. She bought it at a toy store in Montpelier, VT. That purchase was a no-brainer!
Take a look at Marit's new scrap quilt on her blog: Quilt It. She used 2.5" wide strips. I love this quilt. She has some great photos of her design wall as it was going together. The red fabric with the white dots and the white chairs on the black background add some extra sparkle to this quilt, don't you think? Nice work, Marit!
Marit has a link to Bonnie Hunter's free pattern for this quilt.