Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Special finishes

One of the most rewarding things is to 'give' ......this year I had four special projects that I gifted to special people in my life.

Finish #1

When making a class sample in 2013 for this fall table runner, I incorporated fabrics in the border that represent activities my parents enjoy and the center fabric fits in with their kitchen d├ęcor. The outer border was pieced as a strata with strips of fabric and then cross-cut.

The leftover strata I also gave to my mom and she made the placemats to coordinate. We enjoyed using it on the Thanksgiving table while we visited them in Arizona.

Finish #12

This fall themed table runner I named "In Your Time" and gave it to my sister. She understands the meaning...and at some point in time she'll have what she wants. ;-)

I originally made this design years ago as a guild mystery project. I was traveling at the time and saw these fabrics which reminded me of when I was in Japan and my grandmother passed away. The fall colors were spectacular that particular weekend and she always loved gold, so the gold accents in the fabric and the fall season made me think of her.

When I finally made it, the pattern didn't seem to work for me, so I re-drafted it and made it again as part of a class I offered a year ago in Grand Coulee. Just prior to Christmas I had to put my long-arm machine quilting on rest for a month. It took me a long while to get back to it, but I finally got it finished this year and was able to give it to my sister for Christmas. I chose a backing fabric that coordinates beautifully with her living room. She can use it any time of the year.

Finish #13

to a dear friend who is surviving breast cancer and all that goes along with that.

This started out as a collection of 2.5" x WOF strips obtained during the 2011 Shop Hop the Blues. Each shop had used the set of strips to make their own quilt design. I thought my Hugs and Kisses pattern might work up nicely if I could get the 'values' right.

When I decided to teach the Hugs and Kisses quilt as a class this fall, I got out the strips and decided that it was time to try and make it along with the class. Although the pattern calls for 2 5/8" strips, as long as you do everything consistently, it will still work just fine.  I organized the strips from light to dark and pulled the colors for the border that didn't quite go with the centers and made a strata to create a border.

All that was left were these pieces, the orange being the only complete strip I did not use:

As I pieced it together, it suddenly hit me that this was perfect for my dear friend battling cancer. It has a bohemian spirit in its result and it reminds me of that spirit in her, so I sent it off in hopes it would keep her comfortable and remind her of the love from a dear life long (well, since we were probably about 8 years old) friend.

I used this beautiful batik that is available in my studio for the backing and the binding. The coloring on the right is more true to what it looks like. The photo of the back was taken at night under lights.

This 'Heavenly Morsels' pantograph by Beany Girl Quilts is my go to favorite for quilting this design. I used the Fad 5 Signature variegated thread on the top and a coordinating burgundy thread on the back.

Finish #15

To another long time friend whose art work I'm honored to own. I hope this piece will daily remind her of who can inspire and sustain us. She is an outstanding artist and a beautiful person. The fabric line is 'Handmaids', the original quilt design is 'Draw Near'. I found the fabric at Experience Quilts in Odessa. I adapted it a bit so that the vertical outer borders had complete images of the fabric. This required the black sashing to be modified in a symmetrical way. The inner border called for the pink fabric, but I wanted to use the palette fabric. I chose to do the vertical green and blue (her favorite colors) and the light horizontal on top, and darkest horizontal on the bottom. The original binding suggestion was the red playtime fabric, but I chose to use a black/white chevron.

Each large panel square includes a scriptural reference.

I found the perfect quilting pantograph to go along with it. There is a paintbrush, crayon and pencil.

On one of the paint brushes, I stitched in her first name.

Details on the back:

Here is hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas time.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Exploring new territories via quilt shops

In anticipation of the Row by Row Experience that my studio will be participating in for the first time in Summer 2015, I wanted to share with you another way of exploring new areas that include Quilt Shops!

QuiltingHub.com allows you to create your own travel path and see the shops along the way. Now, anytime of year you can be sure and have options for a respite on all of your travels.

Given that my studio is at a fantastic location for sightseeing, I hope you'll consider a trip to North Central/Eastern Washington. Please take a moment and find our detail page and 'like' it.

We are in the middle of the Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway

We are within a mile of the Grand Coulee Dam. Lake Roosevelt backs up behind the dam and provides lots of wonderful recreation. If you have an electric vehicle, we're working on putting a charging station on the studio property. If you need a charge before that is available, just contact me ahead of time and we'll make arrangements for you to get charged.

This is a movie made in 2014 about the Grand Coulee Dam. it is about 40 minutes in duration but is a nice perspective on what happened here back when the dam was envisioned and built and what it has become.

There are beautiful geological formations to explore. This is taken on Banks Lake from the north west side of Steamboat Rock. There are national, state, regional and city parks to explore.

Have I inspired you? Hope to see you next summer!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter Tree Trivet

Today on DoYouEQ.com is a featured project ....a Winter Tree Trivet designed by me.

This is a paper pieced pattern, adapted from the Pine Tree block in the Block Library of EQ7.

The project is something you can quickly make as a great hostess gift or just something to enjoy on your own table all winter long.