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12×12 June

May 30, 2007

I’ve started my 12×12 journal page for June. It is very different from what I have done before. I guess this would be more akin of a whole cloth piece.


I have chosen an image from one of Dover’s copyright free books/CDs.


I printed out the image at the size I wanted and am cutting a stencil right into the printout. I will transfer the lines to fabric with a disappearing marker. The quilting lines will be the outlines of the image. And I think I will do some filler quilting inside the middle of the flowers. After I get all of the stitching done I plan to try painting some dye on for color. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out since I have not done anything like it before. Anyway, that is the plan…at this point.


12×12 May

May 11, 2007

The year is moving right along. It is May 12th already and time for the 12″x12″ Porfolio Challenge posts. My offering this month doesn’t follow my defined parameters exactly but it is close. I hope that you enjoy looking at it.


I used the Ohio Star block this month. Instead of focusing on the piecing of it, as I usually do, I concentrated on the quilting this month. Feathered wreaths and plumes fill the alternate blocks and fall into the corner patches of the Ohio Star. The center of the Ohio Star also contains a feathered wreath and all of the background is filled with stippling. The yellow fabric is a hand dyed fabric but the green is a commercial fabric. The overall size of the piece is 18″x18″.

I am fairly happy with the outcome but there are things I would change if I were to do it again. I think I would adjust the sizes of the inside and and outside feathers on the large wreath and I would change the size and angle of the plumes that extend into the corner blocks. I’d like to experiment with different types of background filler too. That is what these projects are good for, learning.

Thanks for looking!


12x12x12 Portfolio Challenge

April 16, 2007


My design this month began as a pencil sketch in February.


I then machine pieced it out of hand dyed cottons and machine quilted it.


I am very happy with it, even though there are a few things that I would do differently were I to do it again. I didn’t take the time to plan out the piecing before I started piecing it so I ended up with some inset seams which I do not like. I think I could have avoided those if I had planned ahead. So next time I will plan out the piecing a little better. Also, when I started quilting it I figured that it was too small to need to be SID’d. As a result, it does not lay as flat and smooth as I would like. So next time I will definately SID first.

I had so much fun with this one that I am planning to use this same design, with variations, next month.



April 6, 2007

Progress was slow this morning on my 12×12 quilt for April. I have not pieced anything since January. So it was hard getting into the groove of piecing again. It’s amazing what a few months off will do. But here is the progress I made:


And more progress later in the day:



WIP Wednesday

April 4, 2007

The 12x12x12 journal page project has been an interesting one to watch. There have been so many lovely pages and, of course, they are all different. I’m enjoying seeing all of them.


And, of course, I am enjoying it when I have time to work on one myself! I plan to finish this one for April. I did a pencil sketch of it in February and this EQ sketch just this week. I haven’t decided on the colors yet. Since it is spring I am leaning toward greens and yellows.


So what is it that drives a quilter to start another project when she already has too much going on to begin with? I’ve been thinking about starting another quilt after seeing this one on line at the Buggy Barn Quilt Shop. It comes from their book called Gone Crazy and is called Barn Raising. I’m thinking of making from my stash in blues and creams.

And where am I going to find the time for this? I don’t have a clue. I’ll worry about that tomorrow!


Better Late…

March 20, 2007

than never?!


This is my 12x12x12 journal quilt for February! It’s pretty simple and straight forward.The pieces have frayed edges and are simply glued in place. I then covered the whole thing with netting and quilted it.

I had fun playing with the values, but there are a lot of bad vibes for me with this one. I did most of it while sitting in my husband’s hospital room after his surgery, which was no fun at all! So this one is probably going to sit in the closet for a while until I get past that.


WIP Wednesday

January 31, 2007


My work in progress this week includes three projects. The 12x12x12 Journal quilt for February, the Love Ring quilt for my parents and general maintenance on my quilting machine.

I dyed some fabrics for my 12x12x12 February project over the weekend, 8 gradations of red. Red is a lovely color. I was thinking though, while watching the fabrics soak up the dye, that the tints of red don’t really look like red at all. A light blue looks like blue only lighter. A light red, or pink, doesn’t look like red. It is much softer, gentler and quieter. Maybe that is why there is a completely different name for pink.

I am still cutting, cutting, cutting on the Love Ring quilt. I did pass the half-way point so the end is coming. I also ordered a Curve Master Presser Foot. A couple of quilters recommended this foot to me so I am going to give it a try. Apparently it can also be used the same as a 1/4″ foot for straight seams too. So it is a versatile foot. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

And lastly, I spent most of the day Monday with my dad doing some maintenance on my quilting machine. The three rollers were not parallel with each other so we adjusted those so they are now parallel. And the canvas leaders needed some new markings. All of this was in an effort to keep the quilts from looking like parallelagrams when they come off the table! A great big THANKS! to my dad for his help!!


WIP Wednesday

January 3, 2007


This is the progress I have made on the 12 x 12 x 12 project for January. The design is based on the Broken Dishes pattern. I hand dyed the fabrics last week.


While I haven’t officially joined the Take a Stitch Tuesday group, I did find some time to sit down and play with this week’s stitch, the Herringbone stitch.


WIP Wednesday

December 27, 2006

Santa came through with the design wall!! He even let me go out to get it so I would get exactly what I wanted. I got some 1/2″ thick foam and covered it with white flannel. The overall size is about 6′ by 6′. Small blocks will stick to the flannel by themselves or I can pin larger blocks up. Being able to pin is also a good thing because I like to run the ceiling fan a lot and it can send blocks flying!


The clerk at JoAnn’s asked what I was going to make with the materials I was purchasing. When I told her it was for hanging up my quilt designs on the wall she replied that I must be a “serious” quilter. I think the more accurate term would be “obsessed”.


So, on to the Work in Progress… see that small block hanging on the design wall? That is the beginning of my 12x12x12 piece for January. I’m sure Santa is wondering why I needed such a large wall space for that small project… Don’t worry, Santa, I will get to the big stuff soon.

On Go Away Dark Night I am 1/2 done with the binding. On the quilting table is the baby quilt with the urchins.


12x12x12 Portfolio Challenge

December 11, 2006

The 12x12x12 Portfolio Challenge is a quilt project organized by the Quilt Studio Ring. The project is a series of 12 quilts, 12 inches by 12 inches, to be finished by the 12th of each month in 2007. Each quilter is to come up with her own theme to follow for her series of quilts. The finished quilts will be displayed on the Quilt Studio Ring blog.

I have decided to join the 12x12x12 group. For my theme I will have 2 guidelines to follow:

1. to use only hand dyed fabrics

2. to use traditional pieced patterns developed into contemporary variations


This is a direction that I have explored a little bit in the past and would like to go with further so this looks like the perfect opportunity. I have quite a few hand-dyed fabrics in my stash already so I won’t have to dye every month. But I do hope to have 3 or 4 dye sessions throughout the year so that I can experiment and learn more about dying. To develop the patterns I may use ideas and inspiration from Ruth B. McDowell’s book Pattern on Pattern or Joen Wolfrom’s book Patchwork Persuasion.

Sande mentioned that this would be a good opportunity to develop a body of work for a portfolio, for getting a teaching position, for getting a gallery show or for getting contract work. That would be nice 🙂 But I think it is also a good opportunity to have some fun on some small pieces of quilted art!