Welcome

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Welcome to the journal of my work.  I’m looking forward to chronicling both the old and the new.   All ideas, inspirations, mistakes, and progress will all be celebrated.

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A ton more fabric postcards

27 10 2017

These fabric postcards are soooo fun—–both for me to make and for me to see what the fabulously creative people in my guild are working on.

Here are just a few of the many that have been turned in, all in service of receiving donations for these cards at our upcoming Voices in Cloth 2018 show in March.

 

Some new ones from Susan Peck:

   

 

The latest from Claire Sherman:

 

From Andrea Segall:

 

Top one from a demo that I did, bottom from Susan Peck:

One more, whose maker I forgot to note:

And the rest from me . .

I LOVE this cat fabric, and hope others do too:

Sensing a trend with cat fabrics?

I started playing with stitching on ribbon, and I think I want to keep working on improving/extending this idea.

Random cards inspired by the fabric:

And fun angels/fairies, also inspired by the fabric:

 

Speaking of being inspired by the fabric, here is one more pic.  These are the beginnings of a bunch of postcards, the background bases of which were made of the leftover scraps from some of Sandi Cummings quilts.  I can’t wait to see what gets added to or stitched onto these.  They inspiring to me.

Hope these examples give others even more creative ideas..

 





Fabric Postcards–Voices in Cloth 2018

25 08 2017

The Postcard Group is gearing up for helping our guild members make at least 2000 postcards as a fund-raising effort for our guild’s upcoming quilt show in March of 2018.  Previous East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth shows have been fabulous (of course I say this, but they really are!!), and our postcards have been a big hit.

Two new updates to the postcard-making process for our guild members.  We have listened to you and are hoping to make this effort easier in the following two ways:

Starting:  We will begin to provide pre-made bases for your designs, since some members had difficulty getting started.  We hope these will appeal to you and inspire further embellishment, stitching, or whatever you feel like adding.

Some of these bases look like this:

Sample bases

Finishing:  We will fuse and edge-stitch your postcards for you if you like.  Simply turn in the finished postcard tops, and we have volunteers who will do the rest.

Here are a few of the cards that have been turned in so far:

By Susan Peck

By Susan Peck

Made by me.  As usual, I could not resist making as many as possible from a small scrap of donated fabric:

 

And other anonymous ones;  if you are the artist, let me know and I will included your name here.

Much more to show you in the weeks/months to come.

 





Procrastination

21 07 2017

I have been so good at putting off my major projects that I have three more donation quilts to share.

Yup, it’s sheer procrastination, but still a lot of sewing fun.

Let’s start with some purple squares, leftovers from previous kits and other projects, collected until there are enough to fill a whole child-sized quilt:

All Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

And more purple squares . . . .

All Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

And my new favorite, made from a donated Dr Seuss fabric that was a true challenge to work with.  I love this one.

Dr Seuss #1, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

These three quilts are important in one other, personal way;  I have been keeping track of the number of quilts I have made and the tally has just exceeded 300.   Pretty cool.

 





Fast and easy quilts for donation

14 07 2017

Working on major projects is laborious sometimes, so I’m showcasing here all the little projects I do to help me keep my sanity as I work through the larger endeavors.

Yup, more child-sized quilts for donation to EBHQ’s program that distributes quilts to a wide variety of worthy not-for-profit organizations here in the Bay Area.

Here’s what has been made in the long hiatus I have taken from this site:

 

Lavender Cats, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

A kind EBHQ member donated this fabulous red fabric, covered with different black and white lambs, all of whom are knitting.  I could not resist finishing this kit myself.

All Red Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

I was equally inspired by this crazy cat fabric, although it took a little while to figure out how to use this one.

Purple Cats, Detail

 

Purple Cats, 2017
36″ x 42″

The leftovers from another project . . . .

Yellow Triangles II, Leftovers, 2017
40″ x 41.5″

And then another guild member donated a huge piece of this fabulous baby animals fabric:

 

The fabric piece was large enough for me to make all five of these.  Sooo fun I could not stop.

#1

#2

#3

#4

And #5

That’s it for now.

 





In the meantime . . . . .

31 03 2017

While I’m in the process of quilting recently finished quilt tops and planning new projects, I fill the time when I just want to sit down and sew with these simple quilts for  EBHQ’s donation programs.  This helps give me the feeling of getting things DONE, since some of the other quilter tasks take quite a while.

Here are a few of the latest crib quilts:

Just because I loved putting these happy fabrics together—–

Just because I love purple and all these scraps from previous projects seemed to jump together—–

Just because someone donated this marvelous Keiko Goke fabric—–

(Yup, love it!)

Just because I found this great cat fabric on the sale table—–

Crazy cats!!

That’s all for now.

Just because.

 

 





New year, new quilt plans

24 02 2017

Time for something new, a project that helps keep me happy, so why not more of the Happy Quilt Series, the one I started when I took my first class with Freddy Moran.  Freddy’s Parts Department quilts can be seen in the two books she wrote in collaboration with Gwen Marston.

So I made some tentative blocks:

newprojects

The Pineapple block took FOREVER, so I nixed it for now.  I was looking for something I could work on at a week-long retreat, and that block did not seem as though it would be much fun.  And the coloring is not quite right for me yet either.

So I chose the swirly one.

newprojects2

Named Swirligig by the designer Beth, this downloadable paper-piecing pattern is available HERE on her Etsy site.  This pattern comes with four different variations, each with 3 different sizes.  Really nice patterns.

I don’t quite know how these are going together yet, but it was fun making all of them.  I’ll definitely keep going on this.

Just one potential layout?

newlayout

I also had all the leisure time at that retreat to sort through all of the other presewn “parts” that I have made and saved over the past few years.  I wanted to see them all together, to decide if any of these inspired me.

AAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!   Had no idea I had this much!  Piles upon piles of all sorts of blocks, borders, and small inserts.

atleasttwoquilts

There are at least two quilts hiding in this picture.  Can’t wait to find them.

When I wanted to take a break at the retreat from the paper-piecing, I worked on a few more donation quilts for EBHQ’s Children’s Quilt Project.  Simple sewing, just for fun.

Puppies with Black and White

Puppies with Black and White

 

African Animals

African Animals

 

Scrappy Rail Fence

Scrappy Rail Fence

And, my fave, using the Richard Scarry fabric.  Reminds me of the Busiest People Ever book I shared with my kids.

Scarry Firemen

Scarry Firemen

 

Scarry Firemen, Detail

Scarry Firemen, Detail

I love these fun fabrics.

 





More donation quilts for kids

27 01 2017

Here are a few things that I worked on over the holiday season,  just to keep myself sane.

Sometimes it’s fun to just sit and sew, with no huge or magnificant plans in mind.  These five are the results of just such playing.

These quilts measure approximately 36″ x 42″, just the right size to sew and quilt easily.  All of these quilts have been  donated to the Children’s Quilt Project wing of EBHQ’s Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project.

Leftover solids in a Rail Fence pattern with a wild border.

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More 2″ squares–so fun to put together!

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A Rail Fence quilt made from donated sample fabrics.

Scrappy Rail Fence

 

All squares with great African animal fabric donated by Jane S.  Love this fabric–it made at least three quilts for the kids.

African Animals

 

And  these Dalmation puppies on red played very well with some great black and white fabrics.

Puppies with Black and White