Black and White All Over–foundation-pieced triangles

21 09 2018

I have written about this piece while it was in progress in two prior posts, and it was finally finished in time to be shown at my guild’s exhibit, EBHQ’s Voices in Cloth, 2018.

During the process of making this quilt, I tried numerous times to include color of any kind, and did not succeed.  Frankly, the result is super-pleasing, to me at least.  Seems not to have impressed many others.  But then we do what we do because we are following our own compass, not to please others.

Black and White All Over, 2017

 

Black and White All Over, detail

I started this in Ashland, Oregon, while on vacation at a great house, attending many plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  I wanted a portable project, requiring limited baggage, so I took only my Featherweight and black and white fabrics, just to get a new quilt started.

I made my own foundations on freezer paper using an unthreaded needle on my machine.  I do not include a seam allowance on my foundations.  I learned to love foundation-piecing a billion years ago in a class taught by Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood at Houston.  I’m so grateful to them for sharing their expertise.

Freezer paper foundations

Progress started out slow, until I got into a good rhythm.

Day One

And then it got easy.

Day five

 

I even found a beautiful bowl for the fabric trimmings, which became its own fabric sculpture after a while.

 

And here is what most people commented on about this quilt, since this fabric was used often:

ANTS!!

Still love it.

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Postcards, postcards, postcards—-it’s that time again

22 01 2018

Yes, it’s that time again, i. e., time for our guild members to make 2000 (we hope!!) fabric postcards for the upcoming Voices in Cloth 2018 quilt show, March 17-18, 2018.  For a small donation, you can take these home with you from the show, a little reminder of the fabric arts that you have  seen on display.

Also, I have been helping people get addicted to making these beauties, since my addiction is pretty well-established.  The tutorial on the “Postcards” tab above will show folds how the cards for our show should be constructed.

Here are a few card examples, all made by ME!   I’m finally getting around to having fun with some of the fabrics and ideas that I have had since our last show two years ago.  Hope you enjoy.

 

My experimentation with hand-embroidered motifs.  I used small motifs from vintage embroidery transfers, sometimes even using the “test” motifs:

 

My favorite cats from prior years are still fun for me:

 

And now I have some favorite dogs:

 

And some very talented chickens:

 

Cards made from scraps from finished projects, both mine and those of others:

 

My experimentation with ribbons:

 

And last, but not least, the cool cowboy/cowgirl/horse cards, from fabric that I have had for many years and not figured out how to use on the small cards.  I am pleased with the finished products:

I promise you an update on the quilts, too, but this card phase is not over for me yet.

 





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.

 

 





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.

271

 

More 2″ squares–so fun to put together!

272

 

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

JennyAlexich1

Jenny Alexich2

Marcia Alpert

SusanPeck

Anonymous 1

Anonymous

Anonymous 2  Woven Ribbons

Anonymous2

 

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown Postcards

Sonia Callahan

SoniaCallahan

Mary Gilkerson

MaryGilkerson

Lorraine Oller

LorraineOller

Orna Pascal

OrnaPascal1

OrnaPascal2

Susan Peck

SusanPeck2

 

Nancy Redmond

NancyRedmond1

 

Claire Sherman

ClaireSherman

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.