2020: Bye Bye; Good Riddance.  HELLO DEMOCRATIC SENTATE

2020: Bye Bye; Good Riddance. HELLO DEMOCRATIC SENTATE...

I just have to say….Thank you, Georgia.  Time to catch up on things going on in JQ studio over the past few months! I guess being too busy to keep my website up to date isn’t a bad thing.  Being a member of the Las Comadres Gallery, a woman run co-op here in Taos, has made me put more focus on smaller projects.  It’s been fun, and always a challenge. This one didn’t last long in the gallery. I’ll definitely be making another one soon. This is a special quilt for little Ruby Lou. I’ve had these blocks for years.  I’ve had to wait until I was sure she could identify who they all are!  And she sure can. ( and yes, I have another set for Millie Rose as she comes of age!)     This is an improv art quilt, one which I chose to attempt in order to master sewing these small curves into something pleasing.  I didn’t master anything, but it is more pleasing than unpleasing. Those overlapping curves are hard.    That fly on Mike Sycophant Pence’s head during the debate with Kamala was the inspiration for these gifts:     I’ve never done a quilt with all low volume, neutral colors.  So….I made one! It’s called Cape Cod.   This is a memorial baby quilt.  Meaning, it was made for a baby using her Grandpa’s jeans. It was very simple yet sweet.   If this piece reminds you of a calm and peaceful afternoon at the beach, I’ll send you 10 bucks. These rice bags! I’m not sure what a rice bag is, but that’s what they’re called. The pattern can be found here.  I made one, loved it, so true to form – made 10 more.  I can’t help it. They were all Christmas gifts.   And then there were a few other little treats for Ruby. I like to bring her something each time I visit. Aardvark pattern by Funky Friends Factory. Always with the one glove…picking up treasures. Simple drawstring bag.   Fish pattern by Svetlana Sotak The last thing I’ll share for 2020 is this quilt storage rack. I saw it in a video talk that Joe Cunningham did. I emailed him for some specs, and Rick & I (mostly Rick) put it together.  It can store 24 quilts.  And it rolls around on casters.  It’s a game changer when it comes to storing these things.  At all times, I am grateful to have a hobby I love and a beautiful space to do it in. But even more so in a pandemic. 30 quilts, 12 other projects – a good year.  Especially great after being able to be with Hannah and Adam and Ruby and Millie for Christmas.  We all tested negative prior to Rick & I (and the dogs) driving 930 miles straight through.  SO worth it.      Sincere wishes for a good year for all!  Thanks for checking in. Debbie...
WHO’S OUT THERE?

WHO’S OUT THERE?

SIDE NOTE: It’s December 17, 2020.  I’m working on a new post – the first since August. And I come across this other post that I wrote…who knows when….and never posted.  Covid brain is very real. So was probably written in September: I’ve had my fill of appliqué for a while. This is another raven, using the pattern called Raven Magic, by BJ Designs & Patterns.  My neighbor asked me to quilt his, then I had to make one (see previous post if you want to).  I thought another one, with a larger background, was in order. So here is the thought process….. Pattern:   My raven on the aforementioned larger background:   My vision, using the Procreate app (this is where I really wish I could draw):   Andddd…how it turned out: Pretty close.  51″ x 41″.  I believe the bottom half could have more detail, but I didn’t trust myself to not ruin it.  “Stop While You’re Ahead”, Less Is More”, and all that stuff. My version: ” Don’t F*** It Up”. A few detail shots: These ravens have been great skill builders. Always learn some new tricks. Thanks for checking in!...
TIME OFF FROM BIG QUILTS

TIME OFF FROM BIG QUILTS

Mid pandemic (although I do think ‘mid’ is generous. Probably more like one third into a pandemic…), is not an ideal time to become a paying member of local art gallery, but that’s what I’ve gone and done. Las Comadres is located in the John Dunn Shops, and has re-opened with Covid guidelines.  Taos is a tourist town. The lack of tourists this summer has had devastating effects on each and every business, and thus the town. It’s so surreal.  Fortunately, there’s been just enough traffic to keep the gallery doors open, and we are grateful. It’s a small space, no room for big quilts.  So I’ve turned my focus away from big quilts to wall hangings and a few travel friendly items, like key rings and yoga bags and caddys to control your remote controls. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to do work on small projects. Time wise, the rate of return is great!  And there are always customer quilts in the que to be done as well.  (Photos of these are always on my Flickr link ) My neighbor, David, created a pretty piece using a pattern by BJDesigns & Patterns,  and I got to quilt it! I really liked the raven, so I made one myself.   This is David’s: So different, but both pretty (IMHO).  I liked his larger background, better for scale. So I’m actually in the middle of my second raven….next post! I do love color and lots of it. So I tried to create something that still has my favorite colors, but less of them and more off white. I do love this. After it was finished, I struggled with which end was up.  The photo shows the way it was created, but if you turn it upside down, that looks pretty cool, too! The next one is a small piece – about 12 x 17.  I saw a photo on instagram and loved the rich color, and the lines, and the dimensions. So I tried to make something like it!  Surprise: My rendition: All so interesting.  When I saw the first picture, I had no idea it was actually huge! I’m a totally idiot when it comes to using the EQ7 software program.  But I do use it for the MOST basic applications. I was able to come up with templates for this design using the program.  I’m sure it took 4 times longer than a smarter person could do it.  I’m talking to you, Jenn H.  The last one was also inspired by an artist on Instagram, Arianna Caggiano. quiltqueenstudio is her IG name.  I love everything she makes.  This piece is 20″ x 24″. Here are a few shots inside the co-op gallery.  This is the work of 8 women, all Taos locals. That wraps it up! Couple more weeks till I get to see my grandgirls!!   VOTE EARLY.  Send it back as soon as you get it. Don’t wait.  Thanks for checking in! Debbie   ...
JUST KEEP MAKING STUFF

JUST KEEP MAKING STUFF

First, a little fun block I made for a local COVID 19 quilt happening here in Taos. This was so enjoyable, I fully intend to make another one. Moving on….I made a couple sheer window panels using Ruby Red Oakshott Cottons.  These are hand stitched using a Korean art called Pojagi.  No raw edges on the seams. Doesn’t look like much until you get some beautiful backlighting in the picture: So sheer, and so elegant.  I wish I had a place for them in my house! These are available in my Etsy shop, link on the menu bar. And, I finally got the binding on my selvage quilt. This was sooo enjoyable to make.  After years of saving selvages, it was fun to pull them out, read them, and recall the fabrics and how they were used. I had to have some kind of order to work from, so I grouped them into similar color groups.     Selvages need some kind of foundation.  Muslin and dryer sheets are what I’ve seen most often used. Even fine paper – but I did NOT want to rip all that paper out after sewing. I decided to try a water soluble stabilizer:     This worked so very well.  I cut squares of the stabilizer and topstitched the selvages onto each square. Once I had all the squares I wanted, I sewed those together as well. THEN I soaked the top in a tub of water. The stabilizer dissolved in ten seconds.  I dried the top flat on the ground and that was it!  I was able to avoid the weight and bulk of the added muslin.         I will say that most of my selvages were too narrow.  I’ve learned to give myself at least 1/2″ above the wording when cutting them.       I could show you ALL 30 blocks, but I’ll be nice.         Front and back:   When I was done, most of the good selvages were gone, but not all.  So I went on a little zip crush..     Back to the longarm.  Thanks for checking in! Debbie...
SUMMER OF 2020

SUMMER OF 2020

Still quarantine quilting.  We did brave a DRIVE to LA in order to be present for the introduction of our new baby girl, Millie Rose. We were committed to avoiding any contacts along the way (940 miles) …roadside peeing was therefore required. Just like camping! This pattern is called The Watcher, designed by Libs Elliott. I couldn’t come up with a better name, so mine is called The Watcher! I added the mirror shades to make it seem like he’s ‘watching’ a young Frida! The border is also something I came up with ad-lib. I originally planned to have the face on a brown ombre fabric, but changed my mind… Lite Seam a Seam2 was the fusible product of choice to attach all the pieces. If you look closely in the photo above, you can see small slivers of background fabric between MANY of the small pieces. For me, this was unavoidable no matter how many times I repositioned the pieces before fusing. It bothered me enough to suck it up and embroider between EVERY SINGLE PIECE. Nuts, I know, but I love it now that it’s done. See! Not more slivers of background fabric showing. I was watching a longarm class, online, with Christine Perrigo as I was quilting this. I decided to integrate her ghost quilting into this quilt on the background, with contrasting threads.  It was so very fun to do!! The final size is 47″ x 51″.  Another favorite treasure!   Stay healthy. Social Distance. Wear a mask.  Please. We need to get out of this misery. Thanks for checking in!...