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

 





Just a few more EBHQ postcard makers

4 03 2016

As promised, here are just a few of the many, many fabric postcards made by EBHQ members other than me.

These are ones that have already been turned in for our fabulous postcard fund-raiser at the upcoming Voices in Cloth 2016 Show (Click HERE for the link to the show details).

Please come to the show and stop by the postcard station by the windows.  This is your chance to make a small donation to our guild and take a little work of art home with you, to share with a friend or keep for yourself.

I have also included a few cards whose maker’s names I didn’t catch, for a variety of reasons.  If you recognize these, let me know and I will update the photos.

Jenny Alexich

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Jenny Alexich2

Marcia Alpert

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Anonymous 1

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Anonymous 2  Woven Ribbons

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Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown Postcards

Sonia Callahan

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Mary Gilkerson

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Lorraine Oller

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Orna Pascal

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OrnaPascal2

Susan Peck

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Nancy Redmond

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Claire Sherman

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I hope you enjoy this wide variety of artistic styles.  Trust me— there are even more in the approximately 1,500 cards that will be at the Show.

See you there.





Sewing for the Children’s Quilt Project

5 06 2015

I am soooo totally still into the just-sit-down-and-sew mood, and this time for a different reason.

It is because I am so busy organizing fabric donations and kit construction for my quilt guild’s volunteer effort, the Children’s Quilt Project (more info here),  and I have consequently felt as though I did not have time to work on my own quilts.

Since this other work in non-sewing, I have sneaked into the studio and grabbed time to sew on quick and easy projects that I can finish in a shorter period of time.

Here’s the gallery of items I’ve made since the last post:

From triangle scraps donated by EBHQ-er Judy J, an actual finished quilt—-

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I quilted and bound this lovely top sewn (from a kit I put together) by another EBHQ member—-

AllSquares

Sorting through all the donations of fabrics to the Project, I found a large bin half full of 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.  I played with these for a while, and came up with a few quilt tops—-

A Christmas Chinese Coin Variation—-

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A Sideways Christmas Chinese Coin—-

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A Christmas Rail Fence—-

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A Somber Rail Fence—-

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A Purple Rail Fence—-

RailFence2

A Brickwork—-

OffsetRectangles

Two Stripes—-

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And one large Four Patches with Half Square Triangles—-

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That’s all for now.

 

 





Fabric postcards galore

22 11 2013

The postcard project is producing some very nice works, and I thought it was time to showcase some of the wonderful EBHQ fabric postcard artists, including Sonia Callahan, Meg Nixon, Rosemary Corbin, Susan Peck, Claire Sherman, and me.  I have remembered a few names of the names, and I’m sure I have forgotten others.  Please let me know if I need to include your name here.

It’s so much fun to see the variety of fabrics and techniques that we all have used for these small pieces.

The various themes include . . . . .   Christmas

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Birthdays

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Animals

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Other characters

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Free form designs

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These little gems are lots of fun to do, once you have made a few to get yourself familiar with the techniques.  Let me know it you want to make some, too.





Forgotten Quilt; Halloween Postcards

25 10 2013

While looking through my old photo files for pictures of the Christmas stockings I had previously made, I came across a picture of a quilt that I had forgotten about.  The picture is one taken for the EBHQ historian at the Voices in Cloth 2008 quilt show.  I did not keep this quilt long enough for it to be professionally photographed.  It was donated to a women’s clinic in Africa, when EBHQ still had a means of getting these items there.

Triad II, 2008

Triad II, 2008

I also remember that this quilt was problematic in many ways.   It started in an EBHQ workshop on color in quilts taught by Christine E. Barnes.  She uses “mock blocks” to teach color and other artistic concepts to quilters.  (see her book Color: The Quilter’s Guide for all the details)  Below is the mock block I made in class, and I loved it.

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Time to make a full quilt.  I changed the center square to a red-purple (magenta), creating a triad color scheme.

Finding the turquoise, yellow-orange, and magenta fabrics for the quilt was difficult, especially when I needed them in different values.  There was not much dark turquoise in the local fabric stores.

Then, finding an appropriate fabric for sashing between the blocks was even harder, since I had boxed myself into this specific color scheme.  I love the puzzle aspect of this art form, but this one was not so much fun.  The sashing fabric turned out to be in my own stash;  it was a fabric manufactured by the children’s clothing company Mousefeathers in Berkeley, and a wild print it was.

Anyway, after struggling with finding fabrics, putting them together, working out the math, and developing a quilting pattern, I was happy to see this one finished, ready for display at the quilt show,  and I loved it.  But NO ONE else did.  Too bright, unusual colors, whatever.  So off it went to keep someone continents away safely bundled.

AND

Just for fun with the upcoming holiday—-some more postcards.  I loved making these from some old Alexander Henry fabrics I found heavily discounted after Halloween one year.  Some of these images were incomplete, but they still worked in this small format.  I even had to give the torn Frankie a few extra sutures on his neck;  seemed to do the trick.

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Yes, more EBHQ postcards

27 09 2013

I’m really pleased to see all these postcards made by EBHQ’s many wonderful members.  I hope this is a fun exercise for all who participate.  So many different styles are emerging, and I’m happy to see them all.

Everybody make MORE!!  If you need supplies, a consult, a demo or answers to your questions, see Contact Susan above.

Here are all the latest, made by (in no particular order) Jean Wolslegel, Meg Goldman, Andrea Segall, Susan Peck, and Meg Nixon.  Enjoy.

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More from me:

I told you it was addictive.   Did you really  think I could stop????

Cutting up an unfinished project from a Laura Wasilowski workshop at EBHQ, I made thisA_2but could not stop.

BAending up with all these:

dAnd, because I still can’t throw anything away, I made these from the scraps after trimming the above flowers:

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Vegetable leftovers and two works in progress

9 08 2013

Just a few more items I worked on during the “sewlessness” period to get myself back in my artistic groove . . .

But first, let me describe how much I LOVE LEFTOVERS ! ! !

Here’s why:

—The fabric goes together because I already used it in a quilt I like.

—The fabric is already cut, a big bonus.

—The fabric is just sitting there screaming to be used.  What am I gonna do . . . throw it away??????

—(Perhaps most importantly) I get to work on the puzzle/challenge of making something new that works in a different.  Perhaps this is why many artists work in series.

Eat Your Vegetables II (see the first in the Vegetable series here)

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Eat Your Vegetables II, 2014               47″ x 55″

I was very pleased that I got to play with this group of fabrics again.  Usually, when I work with the limited group of fabrics all in the same coordinated line of one manufacturer, the quilts can seem dull or boring.   I love that these particular fabrics do not seem boring to me.  I think I like them because they are in the cartoonish style, a particular favorite of mine.

Here’s the close-up:

veg2detailEat Your Vegetables II, detail

There’s one more in this series, which is in the process of being completed.  I don’t have the right borders yet, if this is where the quilt is supposed to end.  I may have to add a few more pieced borders before this is complete, just to exercise the medallion quilt skills I’m learning to incorporate into my repertoire.

veg3Eat Your Vegetables III—work in progress

Since the sewlessness has passed, I’ll share this pic of the larger project I am happy to be working on again, the project on which I became stumped.  It is now just the perfect hand sewing project for the next thousand hours.  See the end of this post from a year ago for a view into how this all started.

wipSlowly this will take shape.  I am fortunate enough to have taken an EBHQ workshop with by Becky Goldsmith, who taught us the Piece O’ Cake method of hand applique.  I had tried applique before and had been frustrated by the imprecision I could not seem to control.  Using these new techniques has made me a happy quilter.