Friday, August 14, 2015

Now I can show!

I have delivered one of my finished quilts to its new owner, so I can now show it off to you! My friend Karen commissioned me to make her an art quilt for her living room. She wanted it to feel like the color of cranberry. First off I had to go shopping. While in California earlier this year I was able to find some wonderful batiks in cranberry. I then had the idea to have my friend Lisa cut Maple leaves for me using her silhouette machine. You can read about how that worked on this post . Since I had moved on to another project, this hibernated for a while. I wasn't exactly sure where I was going with my Maple leaf idea.

Auditioning fabrics
So for the background I was going to sew some half and half blocks, with curves. Note the 4 blocks in the upper right hand corner.  Yeah, that wasn't doing it for me.  So I decided if I had leaves, I would need a tree trunk. I put up chunks of fabric for the tree trunk and the background.

Background is all pieced!
Several of the fabrics did not make it into the quilt. I also thought I would need some branches. Some are sewn in, others are on top.

I machine quilted the background. Mostly with the walking foot, some with free motion quilting.

The quilting on the back.

Close up of the quilting

I then placed the leaves all over the quilt. I left it on the wall for a couple of days to cure. I did move some of the leaves a little bit. Then fused them down and free motion quilted veins in all of the leaves. With so many of the leaves floating off by themselves, it took an hour to tuck in all the threads. I am a tucker. I feel that it looks better that way.

I am pleased with the finished quilt. Karen loved it! That was the most important part!

This is my off the wall post for this week.

I am also linking to design wall Monday.

I am working on sorting out some stuff from my studio. I am going to be moving my studio to a smaller space and need to destash.  I have listed a bunch of stuff in my Etsy shop. More stuff will be going up in the next couple of days. Use the coupon code of BBLOG10 for 10% off a $10 or more purchase.

Craft books/magazines and patterns 
Vintage craft books/magazines and patterns
Craft supplies

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 7, 2015

What can I show?

I have completed two quilts the last couple of weeks. But the recipients haven't seen them yet, so I cannot show them here. I am working on another piece, but because it is for a show I don't want to jinx it by showing it off here.  So what can I show? How about my good friend  Lisa's trunk show that she presented at the Springville Art Museum on Wednesday?

Lisa with her entry in the quilt show.

Doing her thing!
Some of her early work

A challenge quilt

Ice Dyed and then quilted

One of her latest pieces

I also had a couple of quilts in this show. They were hung next to each other in a hallway gallery.

Bark is on the left and Odin II is on the right.

This is my off the wall post for this week.