Not My Quilt, but I wish it was…

Not My Quilt, but I wish it was…

This week, I had the pleasure of quilting a Dresden Plate quilt made by my friend, Sue.  She said she wanted me to ‘go all out’ with the quilting.  Music to my ears…. I will admit to stalking Pinterest and Google images for ideas on this one.  But that’s what they’re for, right?  I started by drawing the circles before loading.  I did this as taught by Kathleen Riggins in her Patreon classes. Circles first… Then one phase at a time…   I used two layers of Quilters Dream batting:  80/20 on the bottom, wool on the top.  So Fine 50 thread. Sue used Indie Folk Fabric line for all the prints in this quilt. Lastly, the border.     And cuter than all that…RL!   Thank for checking it out!...
The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Terrie Hancock Mangat is, well, … now that I think about it, hard to describe. For one, she is a fabric designer.  As have many others, I love her fabrics.  They’re crazy wild.  When it comes to embellishing fabrics, she is a leader in the quilt world. She is a spectacular artist when it comes to fabrics and fibers and textures and paints. She is also a resident of Taos, and a guild member here. I have accumulated quite a stash of her stuff, much of it in the form of large scraps. I finally got them all out and with no plan, as usual, started putting them together in a way that hopefully would have some sense of cohesiveness in the end.  I don’t usually post photos of the processes I go through, but I will here. That busy fabric behind the diamond shapes…it’s now part of the backing. Didn’t work on the front. I like busy, but that was too much. I made the little circles using the piece-lique technique, solids and Alison Glass fabrics.  AG fabrics also in the middle column. The large diamonds were made to provide a focal point for the many clever designs in Terrie’s Rio Grande fabric.  (Hence the quilt name.) Then I thought I’d hone my wedge skills. Ay-yi-yi.  They still need work.  Each wedge has strips ranging from 1/4″ to 1.25″.  It was nuts.  Then I made a template to go around the wedges.  Lots of wasted fabric figuring that out. Still not pieced together for the most part, I tried that stuff on the outer edges. I was trying to use up left over pieces from a previous quilt.  They did not work AT ALL.   86 all the hours spent making those.  At this point, I moved the columns with the piece-lique out to the sides. Things started coming together once I did that. Those round template things, though…ugh. I suspect I will try to avoid those in the future. The rest of these photos are just close ups.  Enjoy! Here come the EIGHT diamonds, fair warning. The top border… The Bridge over the Rio Grande:   The wedges…. And my attempt at creative camouflage….I accidentally tore fabric while moving my longarm hopping foot – not once, not twice, but three times.  So that was a depressing 24 hours.  It was impossible to hide these flaws so I decided to accentuate them with hot pink embroidery thread. and just for fun… This quilt, along with 11 other of my quilts, and a bunch done by two other local quilters are currently hanging in the Trading Post Italian Restaurant (now there’s a contradiction in terms) until May, 2018.  Stop in if you come to the high desert! Thanks for the look! Debbie      ...
We Didn’t Start The Fire

We Didn’t Start The Fire

My most recent piece was inspired by the LA Fires.  My family lives in Westwood, an LA neighborhood near UCLA, so they were very much on my mind.  Several years back, I bought some wild fabric at the Houston show, called Sumi-e, by Karen Kurka Jensen. I went in for the entire line, and that poor fabric has been languishing in my stash ever since. I just could not come up with a good way to use it all.  Until the fires.  I love this quilt.  It will NOT be in my Etsy Shop. Lots of photos because A: I love this quilt and B: I was trying out my son-in-law’s new camera.      Still into using older, unwanted fabrics to piece the backs. And just because she’s adorable…. Ruby Lou   Thanks for checking it out! Debbie  ...