Friday, June 12, 2015

Jane Dunnewold Quilt

My arm is better and it's time to get back to the sewing room......more specifically I now feel like sewing again.  First things first though...The reality of retirement, downsizing and relocation is getting ever closer.  I have to find new homes for some of my favorite things.

So last night I put my fabulous Jane Dunnewold Quilt (1996) up on ebay.

This quilt was made for and pictured in her iconic book Complex Cloth.  

 Jane wrote a nice blurb about making this piece.

Take a look...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time Out.....

I'll be taking a time out for a couple (or few) months....I took a bad fall on January 16th and fractured my elbow and ruptured my tricep tendon.  So my right arm is in a brace for 3 more weeks and physical therapy fills my days. Damn.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pillow #3

I have a funny need to make something....then change it a bit and make another....add another process and make another...and on and on until I find something uniquely mine.  I learned so many new processes over the years from myriad teachers....I need to put them into my work.  Time gets in the way and I lose interest fairly easily....but at least I'm making things that can be sold or I endure.

I'm enjoying the pillows....even finding time during my busiest work time of the I started pillow #3 the other day. 

The fabric is a linen from Miss Matatabi on etsy...also wanted to get more but not available.  It is a slightly heavier weight so worked nicely into a pillow.

 I screened some swirls with special foil glue and applied three different colors of foil.

 Silver, gold and bronze. The squares on the fabric provided a great background for the foiling.

Then I lightly quilted some straight lines both horizontal and vertical.

The back was left plain and the zipper installed. the ease of putting in the zipper.

Just received fabric for #4 from Miss Matatabi....couldn't resist...three of my favorite things....turquoise, crosses and metallics. Yum!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pillow #2...different.

Since I don't have a lot of yard pieces of fabric I have to use what I have.  This piece of Japanese dobby fabric was from Miss Matatabi on etsy. I went back to get more and it was gone.

I didn't put the binding around the edge...mostly because I just forgot and sewed right sides together! I like it though. Love the turquoise. The front is layered with batting and a muslin and quilted.

I needed to embellish a bit so I sewed on some delica beads to resemble a few snow flakes falling on the trees.  They catch the light without being so large that you would feel them when leaning back on the pillow.

I especially like the way the back zipper is easy and so nice looking when finished.

Very happy with this!  Excited to see what #3 will be.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Starting Early for Christmas 2015!

My New Year's resolution.....Start now and get some gifts completed that will use my stash. I got nothing done this past year in the "Homemade Christmas" category...very disappointing.  We'll see how I do this time.

I saw this pattern in Quilting Arts Gifts Holiday 2013-14 and decided to give a try.  I have many pillow  forms, and need to use them.  I'm really pleased with the outcome and will make many more with this pattern, maybe using different words, color combos or themes.  Who knows....