Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - I'm in!

I've decided to join the Fall edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side blog.  We all like quilt shows, right?  This promises to be a fun and exciting show of quilts in a variety of categories.  Yey!  Quilt Show!  Then immediately I was faced with this quandary...  what category should I enter?  what quilt should I enter?  Oh the pressure! :-)
I decided to enter the Art Quilt category with Goddess of the Deep, 14" x 14"

This quilt was made for the Quilting Arts magazine annual calendar contest in 2004.  But still remains, to this day, one of my favorite pieces. 

It is made from one piece of commerical cotton in the background.  The mermaid is raw edge appliqued from commerical cottons and batik lame.  
Once the mermaid was added to the quilt and the entire piece free-motion quilted, the real fun started.  Layers of embroidered silk and tulle were hand embellished with glass beads, hand dyed ribbons, fibers, Angelina fibers and metallic threads. 
The mermaid's fin was made separately using batik lame, beaded, and then applied to the surface of the quilt.  It is actually dimensional.
Handmade beaded fringe was added around her waist.  Netting and fibers added to the movement in her hair.  
Whew!  there are  lot of beads on this quilt!

I am happy to say that this originally designed quilt was chosen to be included on the calendar for June.

Please stop by the Blogger's Quilt Festival and check out all the beautiful and inspirational quilts on display.  Or maybe enter a quilt yourself!  You have until October 31 to enter in 11 different categories and voting for View's Choice in each category begins November 1.  All skill levels are welcome!

See you at the quilt show!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Challenging month!

This month's color at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at So Scrappy is....... Brown, Gray or Black.  Hmmmm.... I found this a bit challenging indeed!  My Offset Log Cabin blocks have been delightful rainbow-like. :-)  I was a little stumped when I saw the color selection from Angela .  I don't have a lot of brown in my stash, nor did I think it would go with my blocks.  So I moved onto Gray or Black. I decided that gray was definitely the way to go.
Although skeptical at first, I am really delighted with the way these came out. 
I have been trying to increase my gray pallet, so this was a good place to use them.
I was focusing on value in both of these blocks.  This being the lighter one.
And one slightly darker.

Lucy didn't care much about value.. other than how soft they were to lay on.
Happy Stitching,
  Check out the other wonderful October blocks at RSC2014. I'm linking up there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Around the World Blog Tour - by Proxy

Recently I was tagged by Sally from The Objects of Design blog to join the Around the World Blog Tour.  Sally is a wonderful quilter with a fabulous sense of humor!!!  You have to check out her blog - I am sure you will enjoy it!  Now this was not a typical request - it had a twist I just couldn't resist!   Sally actually was not asking ME to join the blog tour, but wanted to know if the quilt diva, Miss Lucy, was interested in sharing her thoughts on quilting with the rest of blogland. (Like I said, a great sense of humor!)  Lucy especially likes her fish blocks!  Check them out!
After much consultation, and some kibble negotiation, .... she agreed.

So, here is Lucy's blog, in her own words......
(she quickly got to work on the computer)
Hi!  I'm Lucy (a.k.a. Lucy-Lou, Miss Lucy, Muffin & Muffy).  You may have seen me around my owner's blog a time or two.  I like to get involved in all of her projects.. but especially the quilting ones!
I've been asked to comment on several questions regarding my input to my owner's quilting process.  I am, after all, an intregal part of her quilt life!
What am I working on?
Well, if any of you have visited here often, you know I mainly work on fabric selection, quality control & inspection, block design, and quilt layout.  Quilt layout is one of my favorite activities, along with very close supervision of her work.
She has lots of projects to monitor!
It can sometimes just wear me out trying to keep up!  Mainly I try to supervise any cutting or piecing going on in the studio and definitely keep track of the thread and handwork done on the couch each night.  It's a lot of hard work and exhausting for one cat to manage!

However, recently I have been working on a self-

Looks like me, right?

How does your work differ from others of your genre?
Many of my contemporaries, including the other cats in this household , just spend their days sleeping, eating and watching leaves fall past the window.  However, I am a multi-tasker!  I start the day by surveying my domain with the utmost care... Watching for the mailman and for any squishy mail that might arrive.  That seems make my owner the most happy.. as she whisks it away and downstairs before my male owner realizes it has arrived. .  
Of course I must inspect all packages.  I especially love getting into bags of fabric.
She then neatly folds it away, as if it's been there all the while.  She could have bought me more treats instead of more fabric!
There is also quality control - where I make sure I check seam allowances, fabric choices and block selections.

My most important work though is making sure there is an adequate amount of cat hair on all projects - either in production or post-production.  (these are blocks my owner just finished for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I am obligated to lay on them.)
My owner is always working on something.  She likes all styles of quilting and maybe that is what makes her a little different from what I see other quilters do.  She can be working on an art quilt, traditional blocks, or a modern design.  Frankly, I don't know how she keeps it all straight!  I try to help by moving items around her studio when she is not looking.  I just dream about pulling pins out of her many pin cushions - it is also a favorite pastime.

Why do I create what I do?

I must leave my cat imprint on everything my owner creates.
It increases my chances of being on my owner's quilting blog.
My owner creates just to make quilts for us cats... right?  What other reason would there be?
How does my creative process work?
See fabric, lay on it
See a quilt, lay on it
See binding hanging off the end of the ironing board, play with it.
See any plastic quilting tool, chew on it.

Okay, now I get to tag other quilt bloggers for an Around the World Blog Hop post next week.  I have asked Val at Val's Quilting Studio.  I really like Val's blog because she is so creative... Love her colorful work.  I suggested that she have Jackson, her Jack Russell assistant do her blog.  Okay.... he's a dog... but I can't hold that against him - He's really cute and a great helper!!
So check out Val's blog next week for a new episode of the Around the World Blog Hop.
Right now... I need a nap.  This has been exhausting.  Please leave a comment... I just love fan mail!  My owner promises to read all comments to me.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Week of Finishes - Yay!

I wanted to share some projects that I finished this week.  Yay!!  Nothing like a deadline to get me moving!  I had two girlfriends who had milestone birthdays this week.  No worries - I won't reveal your ages!
I made this little birthday sampler, Happy Birthday by Blackbird Designs, for my girlfriend Dawn.  (It was hard to get a photo without glare from the glass)  I like this design because it includes both her and my initials in the top left and right corners.  Her birthday was Monday.
A closer look before I framed it.
On Thursday, Karin celebrated a milestone birthday as well.  I made this large mug rug as part of her gift.  She likes bright colors, so I thought this was perfect.
The back was as colorful as the front. Opps... I guess you can see the year on there. :-)
I also finished this adorable bib for Karin's grandson.  Dylan is the son of my co-worker, Jaime - who bought her first home with her husband over the summer.
I finished this table runner for Jaime and Tony as a housewarming gift.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it quilted before I wrapped it.  So, you'll have to take my word for it that it was awesome. :-)  These are the colors in her kitchen/dining room.  

So it was a very productive week and felt good to finally get these projects done and now I can focus on projects without deadlines! 

Happy Birthday Dawn & Karin (two awesome quilters)!

Happy Stitching!


Linking up at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.. which I hope to be doing this afternoon!


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