All the Christmas quilts

21 12 2012

Christmas quilts on parade:

For the holidays I decided to present a post with almost all of my Christmas quilt creations in one place.   You may not have seen some of these if you are new to this site, and  I don’t have pictures of a few that I gifted away (that’s you, Diane and Dave), but there are photos of most of the rest.

I recently realized I did not have any pictures of either of the two Christmas quilts made in the Simple Pleasures pattern (for more info on this pattern click here.), so I corrected that deficit at the most recent photo shoot in Sibila’s studio.  After all this time, I still love this pattern, which looks wildly different with every change in the fabric choices.


        Happy, Happy Holidays, 2003      77″ x 89.5″     Photography by Sibila Savage

Patrick’s quilt is from the 2″ Squares series, at the same link as above.


      Christmas 16-Patches, 2009            Photography by Sibila Savage

Also at the same link is this fun quilt made of 2″ squares set on the diagonal, with the fabulous snowmen borders.  This one gets a professional shot soon, too.

Christmas Medley I

                             Christmas Medley I, 2009              63″ x 72″

And, lastly, the most recent one, based upon the pattern from Maggie’s graduation quilt, described in detail  here.

Christmas Medley II, 2010

Christmas Medley II, 2010

Detail, Christmas Medley II

Detail, Christmas Medley II

So that’s it for this year.  I look forward to sharing many, many more quilts and other fun things in the year to come.

Happy Holidays!!

Just one more graduation quilt

14 12 2012

As the end of the year nears, I have the opportunity to finish the thread of all the graduation quilts for my daughter’s girl’s group, one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place.  There remains only one to document, the one for Mara, whose quilt was made last.

Skulls and Stuff

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Skulls and Stuff, 2007         66″ x 72″           Photography by Sibila Savage

Perhaps I have previously described something that happens to me when I’m working, a situation in which I say, “This quilt made itself”.  My husband calls this “being in the zone.”  Mara’s quilt is one of the zone quilts.

I started gathering the fabrics and cutting the irregular slices on a Friday night, and the quilt top was finished by Sunday night.  It was soooo much fun I just couldn’t stop.

The irregular strips were sewn together, almost randomly, into larger units, and then the regular-sized blocks were cut from those constructions.  Sprinkling all the bright-colored slices into the wonderful black and white prints was like putting together a puzzle.  Simple quilting was all that was needed, since the fabrics have so much activity.

Because I had a lot of these slices leftover, I created another quilt for myself when I taught a class how to make this quilt.  This one still hangs in my kitchen.


                          Skull and Stuff Leftovers           37.5″ x 45″

So this is the end of the graduation quilts era, and I still contend that this was the beginning of a very productive period for me.  I played more and labored less, most likely reaching my 10,000 hours sometime during the process.  I’m glad I set out to make these eight quilts and am grateful for the experience.

The Photo Shoot

7 12 2012

I have been adding “Photography by Sibila Savage” so often to this blog that I wanted to introduce her to you by adding this documentation of my latest trip to her studio in Emeryville two days ago. I have found it very valuable to have these professional photos of my work, to provide a personal history to my art.  Perhaps more importantly, these photographs have allowed me to enter my work in local and national quilt shows with the confidence that my work is being presented as well as possible.  Since Sibila works with a wide variety of artists as well as commercial customers, she has given guidance about optimal use of her skills within the artistic community.

My friend Pepper joined me for this shoot, and we shot a record-breaking 15 quilts in one (four-hour!!!) session.  Granted they were not all huge pieces; nonetheless, we worked hard getting it done.

After hauling all our bundles of quilts and supplies up to the studio, and after Sibila got the background papers in place, Pepper and I started in with the quilts, smallest first.  Here Sibila shoots the detail shot of one of Pepper’s pieces.


Proper lighting through fabric diffuses glare and diminishes shadows.  I can’t tell you how much fun it is to see my works in this environment, as though they were solo performers on a stage.  Hey, these look kinda good.

Sibila shooting a detail of one of mine:


Getting the light just right on one of my Fun Four variations.


By the time we got to these two largest pieces, it was quite an adventure to get them up on the wall.  Here’s Pepper’s largest, these amazing pinwheels in the Amish color palette, with the two of them getting all the edges to lie flat and prevent shadows near the quilt’s edges, using appropriate applications of artist’s tape to the back of the quilt.


I do not have the finished images of my quilts from this photo shoot yet, but rest assured that they will all appear here in the weeks to come.

During this shoot, Sibila and I tried to figure out how long we have been working together on getting my quilts documented, and our closest guess would be more than a dozen years.  Wow, my stuff has changed over that time period.

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