Archive for September, 2007

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Flowers

September 29, 2007

Here’s another quilt finished up for a children’s home here in San Antonio. My friend Karen pieced the top and I quilted it. The first two pictures are the front, the last two are the back. Enjoy the pictures!

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Creative Design 101

September 28, 2007

Sunday I will be attending an all-day class with Sherry Rogers-Harrison. I cannot wait! Sherry’s quilting is incredible! Take a look at this page and here is her Webshots page.

The class is called Creative Design 101 and will cover Sherry’s method for laying out the quilting on a quilt top. Hopefully some of her talent will rub off on me during this class.

So… I have the camera battery re-charged, I have my sketch book and pencil ready to go. The van is gassed up. I’m just sitting here biding my time until I can go! 🙂

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Patriotic Pair

September 26, 2007

This week I quilted up two patriotic quilts for the Quilt Studio Service Quilt Challenge. Sande of Simple Pleasures, Holy Treasures pieced them. The large one is intended for an injured soldier and the smaller one for his child. Aren’t they fun?!

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Here are some close-ups. This is the small one…

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and the back…

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Here is the large one…

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They are sure to bring comfort to the recipients.

 

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Hedgehog Cactus

September 21, 2007

DH and I lived in Scottsdale, AZ way back in the 80’s. We would go hiking in the foothills and took many, many photos of all the beautiful vegetation in the Sonora desert. One of my favorite plants that we would photograph was the hedgehog cactus. I used it as inspiration for this quilt which I use as a table runner.

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You can’t see the cactus? Hm-m, I can’t either. Here is a photo of a hedgehog cactus.

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I’ve learned a lot about color and value since then and I think that I also understand more about composition and design. I have more of a variety of fabrics to choose from so I think I could do a much better job today with this exercise.

I also noticed that some of the quilting threads have broken and the stitches are coming out. So I am glad that I’ve learned to use better quality materials since then too!!

It would be interesting to revisit this project and make another to show the changes in my abilities.

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Pumpkins

September 19, 2007

Here I go with pumpkins and leaves again. I couldn’t just stop with the ideas that I had. I came up with some more. Here is one that I think is promising.

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I took the pumpkins and enlarged them to make them more important and more in scale with the leaves. This sketch is hand drawn on tracing paper and parts are filled in with marker to test values to be used. I want to play around with the values some more; add in some gradations. Once I get the values figured out I think it will be a lot of fun adding in the color. The overall size is 30 inches square.

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Keeping the interest

September 17, 2007

The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second which comes with a sort of mastery.

Janet Erskine Stuart

I think we quilters all understand this!!

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Color Fusion

September 14, 2007

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I started reading an interesting book today, Color Fusion, Fiberworks by Laura Heine. When I first flipped through the pages I was struck by the… what else… color! WOW! What wonderful color! But there’s also composition, fluidity of line and innovation. It is all very inspiring. I am looking forward to reading deeper into it.

Until I do read more, I will leave you with a quote that she has printed in her book. It is credited to John D. Rockefeller III and he says,

Find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it.

Sounds like good advice.