2013: The Quilts

Most of the first post about 2013 showed special projects.  Here are the quilts.

This quilt, made from a Batavian Batiks pattern, hangs in my husband's office

This quilt, made from a Batavian Batiks pattern, hangs in my husband’s office

quilt, donation quilt, bright quilt, blended border

And here is a donation quilt made from extra blocks. I used it to try out blended borders.

Here are two more donation quilts, made for Ronald McDonald House in 2013:

Happy Plaids is my own design, but there are MANY similar quilts out there

Happy Plaids is my own design, but there are MANY similar quilts out there

Twinkle, a pattern by Swirly Girl Designs, was made because I had some fabulous leftover fabric

Twinkle, a pattern by Swirly Girl Designs, was made because I had some fabulous leftover fabric

The first post about 2013 projects included a table runner made from leftovers after I finished this next quilt:

improvisational quilt

This quilt, pieced improvisationally from bright batiks and black, is one of my all-time favorites.  

This quilt was for a special baby; and yes, that’s me with my beautiful daughter 🙂

baby quilt

Quilt for a special baby!

I found a pattern for this little miniature while on a trip, and just couldn’t resist making it–all from scraps, of course.

miniature quilt

Miniature quilt–I’m sorry I don’t recall the name of the designer.

Here’s an improvisationally designed T shirt quilt I made for a friend:

Improvised T shirt quilt

Modern T Shirt Quilt, using my favorite method of designing as I go

And finally, the last Ronald McDonald quilt for 2013, made from blocks that were just too wild without solid sashing!

Ronald 1 2013That’s what I could find for 2013!  More years later.

The year so far…

Oops!  It’s the end of June already, so half way through 2014!  Therefore, here are pictures of a few of the things I’ve done so far:

scrap quilt

Quilt Alliance Challenge 2014

Dotty-Stripes-Detail

Detail of a quilt I submitted to an IQF contest

Next is the June “finish”.  I’ve been sending a finish every month to Aunt Marti at 52quilts because I need the motivation of her challenge to get some of my UFOs (Unfinished Objects) cleaned up!  As you can see, this is pieced but not quilted; Aunt Marti let’s YOU decide what qualifies as “finished”!  And after 2 years staring at these HSTs (half square triangles), I think putting them together into a top for a donation quilt qualifies as “finished”!  So if you need motivation to finish some of your UFOs, click the link above and head over to her blog 🙂

pieced quilt top

Donation quilt top is the finish for June!

improvisationally pieced quilt

In Fairyland, entered in the Vermont Quilt Festival

improv pieced quilt

Improv 9 Patch for Ronald McDonald House

As always, 20% of the projects took 80% of the time!  So it’s good to have the little pouches and swap blocks to be done relatively quickly!  What have you been up to?

Gallery Show!

applique art quilt

Leaf, made in class with Laura Wasilowski

The Asheville Modern Quilt Guild is lucky enough to meet in a nice conference room in the building occupied by both the Quilt Alliance and the Handmade in America organization.  Because of those connections (and the quality of our work) we will be having a show of our members’ work at the gallery maintained by Handmade in America.  This is an organization representing craft artists from Western North Carolina (that would be us!) The work they represent is very high quality, so we are thrilled to be invited to display our work in their gallery, located at 125 S. Lexington Avenue in Asheville.  (The entrance is on Hilliard Avenue between Church and S. Lexington.)

I’m including pictures in this post of the works I’m submitting, but I hope any of you whoshow announcement are in the area will come see the show.  It will run April 29 – August 19, with an opening reception 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.  We have several fine quilters in our group, and they really do make “all kinds of quilts”, as the title of the exhibit suggests.  Please come!

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Improv I, my original design

pieced quilt original design

Bubble Up, my oritinal design

 

 

Fun With Fusing

fused quilt

Laura says this quilt started with her scraps!

Laura Wasilowski is a multi-talented lady.  She makes bright, fun art quilts from fabrics she dyes herself.  She even dyes her own embroidery floss!  Her classes are well organized with many useful hints to make fused quilts in a variety of ways.  She even sings–yes, well enough to sing in public without embarrassing herself!

craftsy class fused quilt

This project is from Laura’s Craftsy class

…… I spent 3 enjoyable days taking classes with her at Quiltfest (see the post for August 11), but she has a Craftsy Class, too.

One of the things she said that I liked best is that her scraps are the start of her next quilt!

scraps

Some of Laura’s Scraps!

She even saves tiny scraps.  This works especially well because she has fusible glue on the back of all the fabric she works with, so those tiny scraps are ready to place and fuse wherever–no worries about seam allowance!

fused quilt

Laura (left) and me with the beginnings of one of my class projects

I enjoy her creations because they are bright and cheerful.  I hadn’t done any embroidery in YEARS until I took her classes, but I enjoyed adding both embroidery and beads to the things I made in class.

Laura does beautiful embroidery with her own hand-dyed threads, as shown in the picture below of a work in progress.  There’s also a larger picture of the entire work so far at the bottom of the post.  You can learn (a lot) more by checking out her website here.

quilt embroidery

Some of Laura’s embroidery–it’s tiny!

I recommend Laura’s classes–so much fun, and a new creative outlet!  She has a book and DVDs, too, but part of the fun of her class is her sense of humor.  Lots of fun.

fused quilt Wasilowski

Laura’s work in progress