Well, here it is my first finish for 2014. Its been about 4 years in the making. It's been waiting for me to grow my skills and decide how I wanted to communicate.
I opted to make "Lumps". When I think about my Grandmother, I don't think of a silver haired Granny, baking cookies and wearing an apron. In the 30's, she was a pants wearing, art school attending, super athletic dynamo. She was so cool! She traveled everywhere, she was in Cuba in 1969. She had a bright red floating fireplace in her living room. She made jewelery. She worked at a job, with her own office. I used to look thru her phone book when I was young, looking to see who was in there. I'm not sure why, but one day I discovered the home number of Bob Hope.
So when I look at Grandmother Flower Garden quilts, with their sweet wholesome girlish charm, I don't see my Maxine. I mean, how cool a name is that? After I made a bunch of lumps, I kinda knew I wanted to make a quilt that spoke to those GMFG quilts. Something about my own Grandmother.
It's always been sitting back in my mind. "Maxine's Quilt" Maxine's Quilt"
This last summer I figured it out. I made a hex top. A low volume, whole and pieced , hex by machine top.
After it comes off the quilter, I really have to come to grips with the the fact that this won't wash well.
I don't like the puff of the hexes, its uneven and where the lumps are 3 rows thick, I don't think it will wear well.
Having a Bernina is kinda awesome. I have a 440QE and I love it. I have a Binder that I bind all my quilts with and a ruffler for making clothes. Nothing - but NOTHING- buttonholes like a Bernina. There is a sweet foot that will hold a button and then a stitch that sews a button to the garment. Below you can see the "in progress" shot.
Well, I've been living life and before I know it, time gets away from me. I can't believe how long it's been since I posted, but here I am.
I've been curating the Monthly Quilt Show at Modern Domestic as well as teaching. I still check in on My Elder daily and keep my hubs clean and fed. the rest of the time I'm free to sew.
When I looked at the blog, I thought it needed a bit of housekeeping so ....
I created a Blog Page for Some of my Quilts, the most recent ones from the last couple of years.
I added an InstaGram Button, if you want to see my charming dog, fabrics, studio shots, and work in progress that's the place to find me these days. Please follow me there.
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A set on fickr HERE of my quilts up to 2012 will let you see my past work all in one handy location.
I'm having a grand time sewing with friends and creating work I'm proud of. How's your new year going?
as always- Quilters Rock!
My story about volunteering at the CCC is up over at Quilting Happiness.
If you have a chance to check out the web site, with not only stories but quizzes and helpful data to get your creativity flowing. Are you getting what you want/need from your making? The web site will have projects and inspiration to create a more Joyful making experience.
I just love the idea of this book.
"The details are not the details. They make the design." - Charles Eames
"Art resides in the process of doing, process is not magic" - Charles Eames
"The real questions are:
Does it solve a problem?
Is it serviceable?
How is it going to look in 10 years?" Charles Eames
These quotes are what this quilt is about. I mean, sure, it's about all kinds of things, but mostly and intentionally, its about Design and Craftsmanship.
The background is Linen, so that it will have a long life, and provide a nice contrast to the cotton applique.
Its all turned appliqué so it wont fray. It's not fused, after all a quilt is for cuddling, for using.
The back is a great modern print from Ikea.
We recently welcomed the first grandchild into our family and this is the quilt I made while we waited for the child. Clearly, its for a little girl, a modern little girl, a wee little me. But no, my stepdaughter had a boy, with a green and yellow frog theme for the nursery. They're expressing a different vision for him, one that I'll interpret into a quilt for them and the baby.
It will hold up to the toughest cuddler. It's quilted with 2 patterns that will give contrasting touch and a good hand after repeated washing. In the quilting, I try and focus on creating a sense of intention and I go for a more painterly quality, less uniformity. I want the quilt to be usable and comfy, not stiff or precious like a show quilt.
Binding is low contrast and from a distance will not distract from the center, but up close it's a color coordinated stripe from Lizzy House.
This quilt is also really an homage to Eames. From the design, to the making, to the finishing.
It's machine made. Machine quilted. Machine finished.
After years of a dedicated focus on quilting, what it means to me, how I want to add to the legacy, and how I hope to have my work interpreted, I finally feel like Im starting to more closely hit my mark. My choices are purposeful, and intentional as part of the design.
If your visiting my blog for the first time after seeing this quilt at Sisters Quilt Show. I hope you'll follow me here or over at Instagram or Flickr. If your interested in seeing whats going on, WIPS, Studio shots, etc.. Instagram is where I spend the most time.
I first did this red and aqua "trial". I decided in my
I also never did manage to press it. I decided to just quilt it and it worked out okay, better than I expected. Folks trust me when I say this: Do not try this at home! Full disclosure I also think I loaded it onto the quilter side ways and the rows go top to bottom. Boo. Hiss. But it was my first attempt.
I would leave the row I was going to attach to unpressed but press finished seams. Oh this top is Flat and Happy. Its going next to be loaded onto the quilter.
The latest quilt to get finished and off the quilter is this... another string quilt. Im calling it Spring Rain.
I also finished quilting this for charity.
It includes some vintage alphabet fabric that I think really sparkles with other low volume fabrics.
The stitching is that great Denyse Schmidt inspired figure eight. Oh that is this years charity stitch of choice. It goes so fast. Nails everything down. Washes up great and looks so good.
That's all the Quilty news from my studio. A couple of Weeks ago I went to Quilt Market and met so many great folks. My IG has jumped to 300 followers, which for me is amaze balls, I'm so happy at the response to my making. I love quilting and am so happy to have found like minded folks. yay!
On IG im 2ndavestudio- come follow me, meet my dog and see what I'm eating!
well, my first Charity Quilt for the year is done. Its not bound but its off the quilter and trimmed.
Im happy about that. I need to be quilting a couple of these a month to stay on track. I've been slacking. Doing other things and other projects. I used this as a practice piece for my Sticks and Stones Quilt that I'm about to quilt.