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...