Friday, January 29, 2016

Madison College Gallery Meet the Artists Night

Last night I went to the Madison College Gallery Quilt exhibit "meet the artists" and it was wonderful!  Getting to talk to quilt-makers about their quilts, what inspired them, other ideas they have, sharing common problems and of course having the time to stand back and truly appreciate the intricacies of the quilt piece itself.  And then it occurred to me, when I attend a "quilt show" I spend less than 1 minute looking at a quilt and then moving onto the next (unless it's over the top! or a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place and I might spend 2 or 3 minutes)  But at an exhibit there is so much more time to look, understand and appreciate.  If you ever have an opportunity to share your work in a similar venue it is well worth it!

My quilt, Science Fair (pattern by jaybird quilts) can be seen in the window (left of the pillar)

The front of the quilt was nicely displayed in the window, so inside the gallery, the back side of the quilt could be seen.  Seriously, had I known the back would be viewed I would have taken more time on the sleeve! 

The lighting was spectacular and the quilting showed beautifully!  hand-guided free motion quilted :)

Thanks for stopping by! have a great day!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Madison College Modern Quilt Gallery

Recently I entered a quilt into the Madison College Modern Quilt Gallery exhibition, "Quilt Making: A Modern Practice".  Displaying quilts from January 11th to February 19th.

I'm sure many of you will recognize the pattern "Science Fair" by Jaybird Quilts.  Very cool to be in the window.

Here's a couple of pictures with a close up of the quilting. Single layer Hobbs 80/20 and Superior threads So Fine 50 and Fantastico variegated thread (a multicolored trilobal) that is very pretty!  Freemotion hand guided quilting (no computerized patterns here!)

I entered this exhibit in hopes of motivating younger artists to see quilts and fabric as a real medium for design.

The exhibit did not disappoint, many beautiful quilts with wonderful stories! Take a look....

Haha! reminds me of my trip to Colorado with my sister last summer! :)

 Love the panto quilting on this quilt...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Finished Christmas Tree Skirt

Here's a few more pictures of the Christmas tree skirt I put together for a client.  Thinking about getting a pattern for this--- just not sure when! 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas tree skirt

Recently, I was commissioned to make a Christmas tree skirt and the customer provided me with an idea of what she wanted: Red cardinals, chickadees and holly.  I think it turned out pretty and hope she likes it too!  It's now in the process of being quilted...first time I've ever quilted a round quilt, which could potentially be stretched out of round, but I'm handling it very carefully to avoid this from occurring.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Tale of Two Tshirt Quilts

Last year in October my sister's husband tragically died in a deer hunting accident.  He was only 51, far to early to leave this world.  My sister has courageously and graciously endured this hardship.  Recently she had started to sort through some of his belongings and I mentioned perhaps his two daughters would like a quilt from his tshirts.  Initially, she had dismissed that idea, but within a day changed her mind and brought me a few of his tshirts.  There were only 7 or 8 of them and I needed to produce 2 quilts, thankfully some were printed on both the front and back.  Still I needed to include some blocks, a few flying geese and the sashing borders.  I printed a picture from his wedding day to my sister on computer fabric which serves as the center block.  As you can see both quilts are amazingly similar.  I apologize for these horrible cell phone photos, but I was very rushed in getting these done and delivered to her as they will be Christmas presents to his girls.  The backing is minky and does not photograph well, but the texture is soft and comforting.

The 4 cornerstones on both quilts contain the shirt he was wearing on that fateful day.  During the construction of these quilts I felt his presence very much and his approval.  I am honored to have been a part of his life story.

While there is nothing "show worthy" or "spectacular" in these quilts, they are masterpieces in their own right and I feel very close them and the man they represent.  I know his daughters will to.