My quilting year runs from October - September. This year was filled with many medical challenges. Sometimes the only thing I wanted to do was just sew something small and easy. Luckily my local guild has a Block of the Month [BOM] challenge. I found these just the right size to complete when I wasn't feeling totally up to par. Another plus is that because I came to quilting from an art background, I never had done the traditional blocks. I am enjoying these very much. Of course the guild group is making all 12" squares. I am going to make something small so my blocks are a smaller size. It will be interesting to see how these odd BOM's make a quilt.
Pink Friendship Star = 3" square
Purple Friendship Star = 3" square
Umbrella = 3" square
Sail Boat = 6" square
Pin Wheel = 6" square
Basket = 8" square
Pink Apple = 3"x4"
Purple Apple = 3"x4"
Basket = 6" square
I was attracted to Zentangles; here are a few of my many attempts.
ATC front and back
Tangled Tulips = FFFC, 10" square
Tangled = FFFC, 10"x12"
This started as an Fast Friday Fabric Challenge [FFFC]. Not happy with the original response, I am happy with the pieces made from the divided parts.
Tiny Quilt for my kitchen
[aka potholder I am proud to have hanging out]
Quilt Show Purse
This is one of the most FUN, favorite things I made during this year. There is a how-to on this blog. I wish I had it when I went to Houston. Next show = READY TO GO!
The fall was the most fun for me because I was able to attend the Quilt Festival in Houston. It was my first time; of course I want to go again. I was thrilled to see my quilt in a special exhibit of quilts from the book, "500 Art Quilts".
I was also a part of an ATC exchange. Fun to receive, but the deadlines got overwhelming when I was struggling with medical stuff. I no longer am part of a group with strict deadlines. Luckily, my favorite group, FFFC, is very flexible with due dates. Works really well for me.
Love ATC - paper, fabric, lace, ribbon, tiny pearls
Water Color ATC
Letter ATC - painted and heavily stitched
Letter ATC's - I made a letter for each person
I even managed to make and/or finish a few art quilts and a few other 'arty' things.
Sunlight and Shadows - 48"x60"
This is my first quilt. I pieced the top during the winter of 1995-96; quilted it this past year. It still needs the edges finished. Hopefully that will happen before another 15 years pass. I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I used uphostery fabric from books I picked up for $1 or less. It is really heavy.
Sunlight and Shadows, detail 1
Sunlight and Shadows, detail 2
A Taste of Summer 2 - 16"x20"
Red Rhythms - FFFC, baby quilt sent to Japan
Water Lily - FFFC, 17" square, [edges not finished]
2 Ferns - 11"x16" [edges not finished]
3 Ferns - 11"x16" [edges not finished]
Throne Cover - FFFC
This is becoming one of my favorite items in the house. It makes me smile every time I see it, which is often. I encourage you to make some practical items to add art in a FUN way.
Spinal Dance - 18"x29", FFFC, [edges not finished]
Shibori Dyed Cape - my original design
Photos and story are on page 72, "Machine Quiting Unlimited", Nov/Dec 2011 issue. My dye steps and more are on this blog.
Strip Pieced Tote/Purse
How to is on this blog.
Emblished PJ Top = FFFC expressing a mood
Step by step is on this blog
Sunlight on a Cloudy Day - 5.5"x6"
This was made for a book to cheer a person in need. I applied paint to a piece of prepared canvas glued to chip board, then used sheer fabric to finish the design. Although not my usual style, I really liked it.
Dream Rocket Panel - 24" square
My dream is for world peace. This was so much fun to make and now really exciting to watch where it is being exhibited. If you haven't yet made a panel, I encourage you to do so. Here is a link to the project http://www.thedreamrocket.com/
Totally practical. Both of these have long tutorials on this blog. Both are an answer to a specific need.
Folding Coxic Cushion - wonderful for plane travel
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder = it really works!