Sunday, January 23, 2011
I live in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan. My yard backs up to a large marsh, adjacent to the open waters of Lake Michigan. The marsh supports much animal life including "my" herd of "pet" deer.
Every evening they travel along the lake shore dining on the local bird feeders. We keep the feeders full and put out corn for them in the winter. My quilt shows one of the girls looking in our sliding door. I think she is saying "I would like some more please."
My quilt did not make the list of finalist. Oh well.....I love my "deer" little quilt.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The class will be held at Alley Kat's Quilt Shop in Marquette, MI and taught by Paulette Carr.
Should be fun! I found an orange/purple batik for the cushion and a fancy orange/purple/gold for her dress. Sally and I enjoyed Paulette's face drawing class last year.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Our last one was in October 2009. This last show ended up being quite large for us, with more than 150 quilts, hundreds of visitors, etc. We were able to make nice contributions to local charities but it is an amazing amount of work for our small group.
It is a little sad but also a huge relief. We will raise some money for charity from a raffle quilt that we have already started. Now we will be able to spend time at our guild meetings learning new quilting techniques instead of all the business of putting on a large quilt show. Perhaps we can plan a few trips to out of town quilt shows.
Here are a few pictures of our 2009 show.
Monday, January 17, 2011
We have had very little snow this year. I could actually see bare ground until we got 4 inches today. Anyway - I LOVE snow and want more of it. Here I am taking a turn around the Rapid River Ski Trail on Sunday.
About a week ago, I posted about my huge Quodlibit quilt using Asian fabrics. I finally have the center assembled. Here it is hanging from the loft in my house.
You know, you really do need to square up quilt blocks. I have worked on this quilt on/off for a year and just forgot to square up some of the 6 in squares that determine the size of the quilt.
Needless to say, I assembled most of them prior to realizing my mistake and had to unsew several rows. Duh! I hate to unsew and this quilt it so large that it takes a while to unsew a row. So the project laid in my sewing room for several days, nagging me every time I looked at it, until today!
I still have some borders to put on this large quilt. I plan to use it for a bedspread in my bedroom. I have decided to have my friend Betty quilt it using her longarm quilting machine.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
The coloring page consists of two steps. Step 1 lets you choose a color to change.
There is a little box above the blocks for each of the colors in the basic block. To change a color, click on the little box. The selected color box is larger than the others. So white is selected in the picture below.
Next, click on one of the colors in the Basics, Solids or Prints lists under Step 2: Choose New Color. If you are looking for a specific color, click on the small color boxes at the top or type the name of a color and click search.
On the screen above I clicked on Blue to only see shades of blue in the solids and print lists. I also change White to Green Stone.
On the above screen picture, I changed Red to Buttercup.
Type in a name and click save when you are done. Now you will see your new color for the block.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Simplex Star is an easy, beginner, 9 patch block similar to the Friendship Star. The pictures below show simplex star in red and orange color waves.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
This meeting was working with Lutradur. Lutradur is a 100% polyester, translucent material that has been used on mattress backings. Glenna organized a program to try the various techniques in this book.
To keep us focused she had us pick a vegetable or fruit and write a Haiku about it. Then using the Lutradur with other materials we worked on creating an art quilt about our vegetable.
I picked tomato. I was inspired to pick tomato because I received my Burpee catalog. Of course I live too far north and have too much shade in my yard to actually grow tomatoes. But fresh tomatoes in the summer is one of my very favorite foods. ..my Haiku is
Juicy, red, warm, delicious
My mouth watering
This picture shows how far I got in our meeting....
We started by painting the Lutradur, our poems printed on paper in various font, fabric and other things we thought might be good for collage using the colors for our vegetable or fruit.
Then we started creating a collage using these painted items and other materials we brought.
On the left is the beginning of a collage of tomatoes on a vine. The blue background with the green stripe in it was fabric created using painted Wonder Under made in a previous meeting of this group. It is sticky because of the Wonder Under so it is east to create a collage on it. (Always cover with parchment paper to iron on it - unless you happen to like cleaning your iron!)
I used red painted Lutradur to put shading on tomatoes cut from fabric. The top most tomato on the left is just Lutradur - note how translucent it is. The tomato stems and leaves were made by melting the Lutradur with an iron and soldering iron. Lutradur melts/burns at a pretty low heat so you have to be very careful. Also, the fumes of melting Lutradur are toxic so only work on this in a well ventilated area! The melted Lutradur is very dimensional and stiff so it makes great stems.
We didn't get to try all the techniques in the book at the meeting so there is much more try out at home.
I also include some of the painted Lutradur and fabric in the above picture.
Our next meeting is in early March so I can get pictures of all the Lutradur creations.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
There are 2 basic things you may want to do when you see this Churn Dash quilt..
- Change to different quilt blocks
- Change other things about the quilt
For today's blog entry, I am going to talk about Changing the Quilt Blocks.
To do that, you need to go to the page to select quilt blocks. Any web page is limited on space so I made selecting quilt blocks for your quilt one page and using the blocks you selected to design a quilt a separate page.
Of course if you know this, you can start on the selecting blocks page. To select quilt blocks look at the screen print below.....look for the links with the red circles.
There are about 170 blocks to choose from at the current time. Each block is available in 7 standard color waves. You can color your own blocks - but that is another lesson.
The screen has many ways to search the blocks. To get started click on a color and/or a type of block. If you are looking for a particular block - type in the search area and click search.
Clicking the left most color block (multi-color) and the All button for type will make all the blocks appear.
When you find a block you want to try on your quilt, click the "Select" link next to it. Clicking Select will add the block to the column on the right "Blocks for My Quilt"
Monday, January 3, 2011
It was quite a technical, computer programming challenge to get the menu to work with all web browsers - Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla, and Safari. At least, I think it is working for all of these!
This picture shows the new menu for Quilt Blocks. It is now very easy to access the:
- New Quilt Block Library page for larger block pictures and links to the free quilt block patterns
- Select Quilt Blocks for a quilt design
- Quilt Block Coloring page.
There are also drop down menus for Quilt Patterns (my patterns vs. automated computer generated patterns) and the quilting calculators (Backing & Binding and OnPoint Setting Triangles).
If you have any trouble with the new menu, please comment on the blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what web browser you are using, the page you were on and a description of the problem.