Monday, August 31, 2015

Medallion, play. (squirrel!)

It's time for us to head back to NYC. Summer is coming to its fast end.  The last few weeks spent at my house has been just the relaxed nourishment I needed... We canned tomatoes, canned salsa, made beef and chicken jerky, and dried fruit... We cooked, swam, and just generally laid about. (For as long as I can manage) miss itchy fingers here... 

School starts for us, after Labor Day. So I spent the day cleaning my home studio, and packing up stuff to get back to work and family life at the loft and studio in NYC. 

One suitcase packed and loads of glorious scraps left laying around... 

Whatever to do with them? 

Throw them? 


Take a few minutes to play? 


So I cut 1.5" squares of scrap repro fabrics, and a bright yummy cheddar gold. 

I set it up on my design wall, to decide what might happen next. 

Not inspired I turned it on point. 

Mmmmm,  I like that!  

Let's make the block bigger....

Yes, I like that... 

And again, in point is even better... 

I had all these slivers of soft yellow cut and were left over from another project...

Not bad... Let's see if I can make it work...

The slivers were a 1/2" to short, so I started adding in a soft pink strip...

For now, it will stay hanging on my wall until we come back to the house. It's nice to have a project just waiting for me to play with. 

No rush.

And who knows... The whole thing may change all together... 

That's the FUN part. 



Saturday, August 29, 2015

One day.

Every once in a while, I dive into my scrap bins when they begin to get unruly and straighten them out. 

Yes, they are unruly and wild! 

Even my dog gets tied up in them! 

I go in and sift out the long skinny pieces that really get tangeled up, and find it is usually my old bindings that are misbehaving among my other scraps. 

So today's untangling means I get to add to my rug stash. 

My rug stash? 

Yep! I took all the old bindings and cut them down to 1" strips, and joined them all together to make big, balls of fabric yarn! 

Because one of these fine days, I will sit down and start crocheting them into the giant rug, that I want to make...(in my spare time, of course) 

I have dreams of it being blues, greens and golds, using up bits and bobs of fabrics from projects I've made, fabrics I purchased and once loved, but now scratch my head wondering why I own it, and even, picking up yardage specifically for this rug.

(Beautiful fabrics loaded with color that will one day rest beneath my size 12 tootsies. )

Will it ever get made? 

Am I only dreaming? 


But when that itch finally needs to be scratched, I will certainly be ready for it! 

And if at least, 
It has kept my hands busy while I try to relax with my root beer, for a few moments.... 

...then I say, CUT IT UP. 
 It's been totally worth the effort. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Xmas quilt update.

The class sample that grew and grew!
Here I was auditioning many different fabrics, to see where I wanted it to go...
I made this small sample above, thinking it would only be, a sample... Nothing to fancy...Usually those are famous last words, right?  

Well, good for that! Because now it's a totally adorable, and my THIRD Christmas quilt I've made this summer.  Yes, yes, I know... I have a Double wedding ring quilt problem, and a Christmas quilt problem. I easily accept that...

I had purchased a group of Christmas fabrics all in one go, from my friend Maureen's Quilt Shop back in the spring...None of them actually were meant to go together, but I challenged myself that they all SHOULD live together...

By adding a few of my own red, green, and brown reproduction fabrics, and an army green Kona solid, was able to make a not-terribly-interesting quilt into a fun-more interesting-project, that I am now quite pleased with it!

I had a panel fabric with Santa, reindeer, and snowmen... ( I pulled out the "let it snow"  concave piece above, because I can do without the snow!) ...And decided I would need a 9 ring quilt to make it all work...

Chain piecing helps whip the DWR's in to shape quickly. Don' you just love the conifer fabric? Sorry, I don't know whose it is... no selvage...

To fill the now, four empty concave squares in a 9 ring quilt, I decided on making some easy blocks that would give direction and shape to the quilt...

I also can't make a quilt without adding in SOME Made Fabric somewhere, So I used my Full Melon template, that works with my Double wedding ring acrylic set.

I decided they would make fun accent corners, of holly leaves...

Using the leaves in opposite corners some made fabric and the others of a brighter green to match the center for a bit of brightness... 

Once I had the background fabric pieces, and prints lined up to look like a continuous pattern, I decided it would need some Holly Berries around the quilt, as well!

Of Course,  if your having Holly leaves, then they better look like Holly Leaves, so I made a scalloped edge out of pattern pieces...

Traced them on, and cut them out leaving room for turning under the edges....

That's it for today!  I want to add a dark brown crocheted lace edge around the quilt, before I appliqué it down...
( I do know the background fabric is by Riley Blake lost & Found Christmas...)  It's bit of an odd choice for me as background, but I'm determined to use it... Once I have the dark edge down around the quilt, I think it will sing it's merry tune!  And besides, how can it not be, all that Christmas novelty fabric goodness!

It's quirky, and fun, and will be fabulous to cuddle up next to the fire, this winter!
It's a family quilt, that will get used!  YAY!

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Crafty Planner podcast

Something fun!

Hop on over to Sandi's blog, A crafty planner, to hear, her and I chat about Improv and just all kinds of good QUILTY morsels!!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Heading home!









What an amazing week. The ladies were so fabulous and fun, I feel huge gratitude for having gotten to spend the week with each of them,and to watch their journey building their double wedding ring quilts. 
Thank you Mary, Nancy, Joyce, DiAnne, Ann, Lynn and Sarah for coming to play! 

Now, I'm back at the airport, and heading home. Ready to start yet another, double wedding ring. :-) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DWR progress!

Double wedding ring quilts are coming round! (Haha, pun intended!)

Cutting, planning, making decisions, changing, adding....all the parts of creative play! 

Enjoy watching the quilts come together! 
Above is my new Christmas quilt as a class sample... I can never have enough Christmas quilts!

Diane's fun whimsical quilt! I want go buy more fabrics, now! ;-)

Lynn's long to be made, Amish version (she's collected fabrics for years waiting to make this quilt)

Sara's adorable first section. She is building four units using various ombré fabrics to make a version of my "Iris by night" DWR. 

Mary's fabulous version of "Greatest Possible Trust"... Weeeeeee! So fun!

Ann's large happy, memory quilt, with a great clever edge around the quilt! Love it! 

Joyce's summer themed quilt! Each concave center is made fabric of assorted summer details. 

Nancy is our speedy quilter! Love her red blacks and whites... She may be starting number two, today! 

Above is a full melon DWR version for a class sample using orphans and random fabrics... Which will eventually live on my bed! Having Jenny Egg, means only dark quilts in my bed. :-) little pup has to always be by mommy.
(These templates double wedding ring and full melon, are available on my my website

I'm so loving having this long week with the students. I look forward to teaching this class again at Empty Spools, Assilomar in April! The class is sold out already, I hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Day one! MISA

Having five days with students is an amazing experience.  It's a treat for me to have more time and discussions as we work about what is happening in our design walls.

The large beautiful classroom is getting that honey feel... (Fabric everywhere! ) love it!

Looking at the fabrics and choice people bring is a very fun way to get to know everyone!

How do you make work what you have? 
How do you highlight your theme or idea?

How do you pull together an idea, and be open to changing it, when the fabrics present a possible new and exciting option?

We cut. We look. We play. We edit. We add. We stay open to the possibilities. 

Each quilter has a great journey, and it's fun to watch them explore the options  and find that moment when the get that Aha! moment.

All good here!