MATTAPOISETT

MATTAPOISETT

While in Paducah last spring, a bought a looooottttt of fabric that I didn’t need, but couldn’t go home without.  I loved this Moda Homespun fabric, also called Boro Wovens.  I came home with 2 layer cakes of it (10″ squares).  I was so inspired by the overwhelming fabric choices, and now I’m trying to complete the many quilts that were exploding in my head as I was tossing all this fabric into my basket. So this is ‘Mattapoisett’ (a favorite place to visit with my homies from the great and distant past). The fabric has such pretty indigo and tan and neutral colors. This stuff shreds if you looks at it. So I chose to just sew them together without any cutting or piecing. Very simple quilting to keep it soft and subtle. Despite meticulous planning before I sewed anything, I managed to sew one row the wrong direction and ended up with two identical blocks next to each other. Of course.  So I added some hand stitching to minimize the error. It helps… The back consists of many different fabrics, similar colors.  My attempt at ‘destashing’.  These type of backings always turn out to be the most lovely, in my opinion! It measures 96″ x 96″, good for a queen or a king bed.  This is available in my Etsy shop.  Too pretty to store away… Twenty more days, Ruby Lou!! Thanks for looking!...
FOUR WALL QUILTS

FOUR WALL QUILTS

I’ve started the year by taking advantage of the fact that I have zero customer quilts in my que!!  I love my side gig, but I love the rare breaks when they come. A couple panels that I purchased in Paducah… The Dream Big panel by Hoffman.  How fun was that. I already want to do the reddish-burgundy one.  Here are a few shots that definitely put me into the dreaded overkill category, but it’s my website…   I guess that’s enough.  The other panel was a silk batik panel, 21″ x 22″. This was my planning phase, using clear plexiglass and a dry erase marker: Then I tried a braiding technique that I learned from my quilty friend, Laure, on the east coast, and added a handprinted bunny that was a gift from a teacher – Pam Holland. Lastly, I finished this Siddi quilt.  This was the class I took with Pam Holland.  No machine sewing, nor piecing really.  The pieces are added one at a time as you hand quilt. So all these will hang in a show at the Trading Post restaurant, here in Taos for the next 3 or 4 months.  If you’re in Taos, stop in!  They like it if you eat there, but it’s not a requirement to just look at all the quilts our guild will hang there. Thanks for checking in! I miss my Ruby Lou soooo much.   Debbie...
LAST TWO QUILTS of 2019

LAST TWO QUILTS of 2019

Two last quilts to wrap up the year.  I sit here typing, listening to the House Debates, waiting for Impeachment, and I do hope we have a better year.  But I doubt it.  Just vote. Chimayo started as a set of 4 placemats! But after I finished the first 3 and put them on the wall, I thought…huh.  This might make a pretty cool quilt. So I kept going, made 9 more ‘placemats’, and ended up with a quilt I love!   I decided to practice my longarm grafitti skills.  I really love doing this, but I’ll admit that it fatigues my brain. It looks so random, and it is.  One would think it is easy to just keep whipping all the tools out of the toolbox.  But honestly, it takes some serious premeditation! But the end result is delicious.           Lastly….this little pretty, which I named Pilar.   Originally, I did the math wrong and the top looked like this: When I put this on a queen bed, the stripes took up the entire top of the mattress and it just looked dumb. I told myself it didn’t matter.  My son would never really care.  That lasted about a week.  Then I took the entire quilt apart.  As quilts go, this one doesn’t have a ton of seams.  I made the strips narrower and shorter, added another outer maroon border, and now I love it again.   I kept the quilting simple, just straight lines.  I did mark the quilt before I loaded it so I’d know where my start and stops needed to be: And now it’s back to LA for some Christmas fun with this little girl! Thanks for checking in!...
MORA

MORA

Mora is the only quilt I have hand pieced.  I started her in June, 2018.  She is 88″ wide x 92″ long, and has about 3000 diamonds pieces. There are 39 stars, each has 60 diamonds. Although the black & white fabric is busy, I love that fabric (Terrie Mangat design) and could not  resist using it to connect the stars. I tempered it a bit with solid black diamonds.  It was a long process, but not at all painful. It was nice to always have a small, lap-size project whenever I was sitting still, which I don’t do well. I started it prior to our 2 week Alaskan cruise because I thought I would be bored. I was NOT bored, but still glad to have a project.    I used a design board w/ stylus for the quilt design.  It’s very dense, and therefore holds the handpiecing together nicely.   It’s hard to get a nice photo of this.  But this is good enough! I’ll be starting another hand pieced project before too long.  It’s just nice to have one around.      Look out, Sports Illustrated! Thanks for checking in,...
WHITE SANDS

WHITE SANDS

Several years ago, at the Houston quilt show, I bought a stack of Yoshiko Jinzenji fabrics with the best of intentions.  So, here it is, 5 or 6 years later, and I pulled them out…now or never.  I decided to stop trying to be creative and just make some basic court house step blocks.  Her fabric is not big on ‘dark tones’, so making one half of each block light, and one half dark, requires some imagination. The little gold square is the center of each block.  If you squint, you can tell that the top and bottom of each 10.5″ block is ‘dark’, and the sides are ‘light’.  Subtle.  Maybe even creative! Initially, with regard to the border, I was going to piece black curves into the white fabric.  I wasn’t really looking forward to it – never comes out right until the 3rd or 4th time.  The thought of fusing curves onto the white fabric took the pressure off. It was easy and gave me much more flexibility.  I love the border!     I used 6 different thread colors on the longarm; just straight lines using a channel lock. It was pretty cool seeing it from afar the first time at the Taos County Fair. That’s it for this quilt. In keeping with my recent decision to name quilts after cities in New Mexico (and maybe a few in Colorado), this is White Sands.  Naming quilts got a whole lot easier.   ….weddings are stressful for everyone, Ruby Lou.  We all want to suck our thumb. Thanks for checking in!...
TAOS STUDIO TOUR 2019

TAOS STUDIO TOUR 2019

The downside to being on the studio tour is that I don’t get to see anyone else’s work, except my neighbor, who is a fabulous potter.   Labor Day Weekend is when annual event occurs, with about 35 artists opening up their homes to strangers and throwing themselves out there. It’s a pretty vulnerable feeling. People select studios from all over town that they want to visit. I am the only quilter on the tour, so the odds are in my favor that if they are coming up the driveway, someone in that car likes quilts. It’s very hot, usually.  For Taos, anyway.  The sun bears down on my precious quilts…I worry about that. And then the wind whips up, as usual, around 2:30-3:00, so all the quilts have to come down.  And it ALWAYS rains at least one afternoon.  (two, this year).  You’ve never seen 15 quilts come down so fast….clothespins flying.   The first morning, it takes Rick & I about an hour and a half to get them all up.  Much less time the next 2 mornings as we know where everything is going. Some of these were repeats from last year.  I certainly don’t make enough quilts each year to provide all new ones.  But I love seeing my old quilts.   Look at Zoomer there…so sweet.  This will be his last studio tour, I’m afraid.   I did finally sell ol’ Georgia, The Giraffe.  I’m always happy when a quilt is in a good place and not rolled up on my spare couch.       On to the inside…This year, I sold way more quilts than little purses.  Opposite of last year.  Although both these wall hangings were for sale, neither sold.  I’m sort of glad. I can always make another one, but I really like these – not quite ready to let them go.   This was day 2.  Everything that was on the wall for day 1 sold before I even took pictures!   This was definitely NOT for sale.  My handpieced gem.  Can’t imagine letting that one go.     However, this DID sell and I am SO happy.  It’s a great quilt, but I made it for the challenge, and didn’t really want to hang onto it.  YEY!  So, although it’s a lot of work, it’s nice to be a part of the art community for a weekend.  This week, I am in Paducah, Kentucky at the AQS quilt show. I’ve put all the photos I took into my Flickr account.  I didn’t photograph every quilt, just the ones I really liked, or (parts of) ones that had some element of quilting that I’d like to try. I was lucky to get 3 quilts in the show.  Pretty wild.  You can view them by clicking here. We also visited North Carolina last weekend for a wedding.  It was so fun, but I miss these people…….so much…..     Thanks for checking in! Debbie...
TULAROSA & CIMARRON

TULAROSA & CIMARRON

I’ve taken to naming my quilts after towns in New Mexico.  The names of other people’s quilts always sound so clever. It’s a hard thing to do – naming a quilt. So I decided to just google ‘towns in New Mexico’, and pick one that fits. I received this top in 2012 as part of a barter for longarm services.  The woman had numerous unfinished tops to choose from, and I chose this one.   It’s been hanging in my closet(s), first in Texas, then came with me to NM.  It’s not really my type of quilt. I probably thought I’d practice on it…and never did.  I decided to cut it up and play around with the blocks, and ended up with this: So, this was better.  But no magic going on. I then chose to cut arcs and make a version of a double wedding ring. The pattern is by Sewing Party, called My Wedding Ring.     Progress…. Add a little color in there: Now I’m loving it.  Onto the longarm: And the big reveal~a very different quilt to be sure. TULAROSA   Cimarron is based on a Kaffe Fassett pattern called Haze Kilim. I went a little rogue on the border, but not much.  I used Patina Batiks by Hoffman – I love them.   I think there are 11 different shades in here. Adding the sashing in between blocks. CIMARRON It’ll be for sale, as soon as I end my procrastination that is called…’List your things in your Etsy store’. I miss this baby…. Thanks for checking in!...
AT THE END OF THE DAY

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Apologies for this dull, hard to read, grey text.  I seem to have lost the ability to change font color.  This was a stab at an art quilt.  My friend Carole Harston painted this a few years ago, and I’ve always drooled over it. Transitions, by Carole Harston 40″ x 30″  My fabric choices.  Love this part.  I added a few others along the way, but only a few. Most of these were used only once or twice in each panel. I decided to break my work into 3 panels, each one 12″ x 27″.  I had a color copy made, and then covered the sections of the photo I was NOT working on. I pieced small wedges of fabric together. I did not used any backing as I sewed (no muslin, no batting). Second panel (above) So these were the 3 panels, untrimmed.  Next step….the longarm. Then I finally got to trim them.  It’s really hard to resist trimming up to this point. Finally, I stood back to see the almost end result. I tried to tell myself that I was imagining the issues with the left panel.  I slept on it, even looked at it from afar: Couldn’t take it. SO! It went in for major surgery: (at which point I learned that I STILL should not have trimmed the panels yet) Now, I am NOT very skilled at art quilts to begin with.  To say I knew how this was going to be put back together would be very generous. But I did know that I could just make the entire panel again if I had to.  (not my first choice) In the above photo, you can see the newly created section. It looked like it was gonna be much better on the eyes. Now to sew it together. First, I picked out 3 rows of longarm quilting from the top and bottom sections.  Next, I cut a piece of batting to fit in there, and fused it to the edges of the original batting, using fusible batting tape. (photo below) This is when I realized I had no plan to sew a new piece of backing on.  It gets a little sketchy here. I cut a piece of backing fabric that was the exact height, plus 1/2″.  I pressed the top and bottom 1/4″. I applied this double sided tape I have (Atemto Double Sided tape .1 inch) to the folded edges. This tape isn’t for sewing, I’m sure. I really didn’t care at this point. I had made peace with the fact that the back was not going to be perfect. I flipped the blue fabric and finger pressed it onto the existing backing fabric. Next, I took the panel to my regular machine and quilted it with straight lines as I had done on my longarm.  This (above) is after I trimmed it.  You can see the flaw.  I totally chose to pretend it was not there, and carried on. I applied facing to the panels instead of binding.   SOOOO much better!  I am so glad I dove in to the reconstruction.  I’ve named it ‘At the End of the Day’.  And here’s why. Aside from the fact that it DOES LOOK like the end of the day, I get so annoyed by any new and unnecessary verbage, or lingo, or slang, that pops up into our language. When my kids were young, and started saying “like” 3 times in every sentence, I...