One of the best things about quilting is being able to give quilts to people who will appreciate them. Our friends Jim and Michele recently moved and, when we went to see them and the new house, I took two big piles of quilts so that each of them could choose a quilt to use in their new home.
We loved the modern house they chose in a wooded setting. I think Abby the dog loves it, too
Michele chose a quilt to cuddle under while watching TV or reading, and to my surprise it was a traditional sampler quilt made from a block swap with friends. The choice certainly reinforced my idea of letting friends choose their own quilts rather than choosing for them.
Who knew that a photo in bright sun would show up the quilting so well?
Jim chose one to hang in his music studio. Michele recently sent a picture of the quilt hanging there. As you can see, it goes well with his other bright decor. This is a variation on a design I did for Modern Quilts Unlimited several years ago.
I am away at a retreat this week, so here, at last, are more of the wonderful quilts from the Vermont Quilt Festival. I know, it’s been 3 months, but they’re still great quilts! Most are art quilts, meaning they have no likely use to keep anyone warm, but I enjoyed the innovative techniques used in them.
Party Lanterns (detail) by Jean Potvin. The strips are about 1/2″ finished!
Haley’s Concept by Bruce Harmon
Zoo Bound by G Wong. This was made for a niece going to college!
Take A Left at the Wall and Keep Going by Lois Nial. This was one of my favorites.
Kimimila by Beverly Cook. This quilt is round, and looked like stained glass.
Sunny Day Evolution by Sharon Tier
Branches 5: Big Branches by Lee Sproull
Piece of Cake by Ann Feitelson
This Way Up by Jen Sorenson
Clinging to the Edge by Irene Roderick
And I did get a little bit done on the triangle quilt this week. Here it is so far:
I can’t decide whether the light blue is too light or not. It may be clearer either way when there are more blocks.
I’ll be teaching two fun classes between now and Christmas (yes! It is coming!) at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC.
The first, scheduled for Saturday, November 3, is a pattern called “Frosty Flakes” from Sew Special Designs.
This is the quilt including border
I actually made this half size just by reducing the patterns for the snowmen by 50% on my copier. It makes a good child’s quilt or wall hanging at this size. The full size pattern is lap size.
Here’s a photo of just the center so you can see the cute blocks better
The other class is the place mats you’ve already seen. I made them from the shop’s current collection of Christmas fabric, but they are quick and easy so I often make them from other fabrics to have on hand for hostess gifts.
It all started with this beautiful batik that was ON SALE…And I have quite a collection of batik scraps from other projects, so I decided to make a scrap quilt with colors that would go with the sale fabric. Initially, I made the blocks really scrappy:
Then I made a few that were more controlled and liked them better:
This is just up on the design wall, not sewn, and I’m thinking of taking out the really scrappy ones. They kind of jar my nerves.But, what do you think? It’s good to have opinions from quilty friends!
I have a number of pieces of antique furniture, as much out of obligation as desire. These belonged to my grandparents, great-grandparents, and in one case to my great-great-grandmother. One of them contains Great Aunt Bess’s “Fizzle Drawer”.
Granny once commented on it, saying that whenever her sister, Bess, had a sewing project that “fizzled”, the project went into that drawer. I’m not sure what happened after that. This would have been in the early part of the 20th Century, but I don’t even know whether the “fizzle” items were clothing or something else. By the time I inherited the furniture they were long gone!
I think some of my UFOs probably should go in the “fizzle drawer”, but I don’t know when to quit, so I keep working on them. This next one was a class I did not especially enjoy, but I’ve converted it to 4 large blocks to be combined into a donation quilt.
This next one is not a fizzle, it’s a set of place mats I made for a quick holiday class to teach this fall. I developed this pattern YEARS ago for McCall’s Quick Quilts and have made many versions of it since. Place mats are a nice hostess gift to have on hand.
We went to the “apple barn” this weekend and got some apples–must be fall! Here is the view from the apple barn, looking across some trees heavy with red apples to the mountains beyond. It doesn’t get any better than that!