Thursday, July 30, 2009

We are making this wonderful wall hanging on the little bouquet quiltalong. I have used alot of silk pieces and a few batiks for my roses. The pot for the flowers is a hand dyed vintage piece that I pickied up at International Quilt Festival in Houston last fall. This seemed to be the perfect place to use the vintage fabric. I have just finished placing my roses and need to add some leaves and greens before I stitch everything into place and start quilting.

Friday, July 24, 2009

This quilt top is finished and ready to be quilted. The stacks are vintage home dec fabric samples from the 60's that I saved from the trash during the cleanout of a local art space. I added a few contemporary fabrics for the vines and to fill in here and there so I could finish the quilt. This quilt is one of nine quilt tops I have completed in the past three months. I'm waiting to get my longarm quilting machine to tackle the quilting!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Little log cabin framed quilt

I loved the small framed quilts that I saw at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh! I had this vintage frame and decided that a log cabin design would be perfect for framing! I am thinking that these little framed quilts would make great Christmas presents this year! Think I'll get started now!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

summer nights mini quilt

Just finished my first mini quilt. I had alot of fun working out the design from ideas I found on the internet and putting the fabrics together. I liked it so much that I made another one in a different color combination that just needs binding. I like to make pin cushions from the small scraps I always have when I finish a quilt. I made this quilt for a swap and just sent it on it's way with the pin cushion!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Maryhill Museum Peacock wallhanging

During a visit to the Maryhill Museum during the off season we were treated to a private showing at the museum. When we left the grounds were deserted except for several elegant peacocks that made the museum grounds their home year round. They seemed as curious about us as we were about them. They posed willingly for pictures on the side of the gravel driveway near some rocks. I was so impressed with the encounter that I made the photograph into a wall hanging that was juried into the Utah's Hogle Zoo annual art exhibit. I used an openwork lace for the gravel and home decorator fabrics for the detail and body of the peacock along with extensive stitching and rayon threads. The peacock has crystal eyes for the final detail.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

End Of Game Pittsburgh Pirates Quilt

This quilt was three years in the making. It was taken from a photograph that was enlarged to the size of the finished quilt so everything is actually to scale even the players. My daughter and I spent vacations and many evenings working on the quilt when I made trips to Pittsburgh. The quilt was completed in May was was shown at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"End of Game" wallhanging

detail of the players that were taken from the enlarged photograph and transfered to fabric. They are actually "to scale" and are the players that were playing at the game the night the photo was taken.

Detail of Pirates quilt

This is a close-up of the detail on the PNC Park quilt. My daughter made sure that everything was accurate and to scale including the big screen! The spesctators are all small snippets of fabric. The players were taken from the actual photograph at the game, blown up to scale with the quilt and printed on fabric. The players you see on the field are the actual players from the night we were at the game.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The vintage quilt is pieced

The quilt is pieced! The results remind me of sherbert flavors! Is it the quilt or just the summer heat! I would love a dish of lemon sorbet about now! I added a row of pale yellow rick rack between the quilt and the border blocks to add to the vintage feel. Should be fun to quilt!

Blocks for vintage quilt

blocks add a star when sewn together. I used a Kaffe Fassett design for the quilt layout. My choice of fabrics has totally changed the look of the original quilt.

piecing the block for my vintage quilt

This is the basic block that I used for my vintage quilt. I think the prints work well with the large scale floral print.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

finding fabrics for vintage print

I had a great time looking for fabrics to use with my large vintage orange and pink print. They say everything comes back in style again if you keep it long enough! It's definitely true with this vintage cottong from the 70's. I had an unbelievable choice of fabrics to work with this fun print. next posting will be the finished quilt top.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

vintage fabric find

I found this great 70's print in my stash. All of these colors are hot again now and should be fun in a quilt or wall hanging. Can't wait to shop for fat quarters to add with other vintage fabrics to pull it all together. will post blocks tomorrow. I have been looking at this piece for years, now I know just what to do with it!

70's vintage fabric inspires contemporary quilt

I have a great vintage piece of fabric from the 70's with oranges, pinks and mustard greens and greenish yellow. It looks great cut into these 9 1/2 inch blocks. It will be fun finding fat quarters and other vintage fabrics to work with this print. Quilt blocks will post tomorrow.