Three more

30 08 2013

As I make my plans for another visit to Sibila’s studio, I will show here a few quilts that were given away before I had the chance to have them photographed professionally.  I’m so glad they are on their way to being wrapped around a special, appreciative someone.

A Walk in the Garden, 2010-–I had fun making these crazy blocks from a collection of Jane Sassaman fabrics, and as soon as I did, I found it almost impossible to find a way to get them all into the same quilt comfortably.  The crosshatched print was a great find for the sashing, and then this quilt waited a while until I tripped across the wild green and black print for the large borders.

A Walk in the Garden, 2010 51" x 62.5"

A Walk in the Garden, 2010
51″ x 62.5″


Garden of Blue and Green, 2010–I only got a picture of the finished top of this quilt, but I still thought it worth catching.  This quilt was made entirely from the leftovers from the previous The Light Shines Through series (seen here), and using the brown prints really seemed to help the colors work well together.

Garden of Blue and Green, 2010 52.5" x 64"

Garden of Blue and Green,
52.5″ x 64″


Lavender Garden I, 2004–Like its cousin Lavender Garden II (seen here), this quilt was made using the piles and piles of 2.5″ squares cut from the leftovers of various projects.  This quilt came about just as soon as I found this wonderful grayed-out printed plaid border fabric.  This border made it possible to include a wide variety of colors into the piece.

Lavender Garden I, 2004 58" x 65"

Lavender Garden I, 2004
58″ x 65″


Green Fun Fours–New Year, New Quilt

4 01 2013

Happy New Year ! ! ! !    And, in keeping with the arrival of the New Year, I’m presenting a new quilt, one of the works that we photographed in Sibila’s studio in mid-December.

I have shown this as a work-in-progress, and here is the finished product, with which I am very pleased.  I don’t quite know how this one got so large:  it just did.   This size made the machine quilting a bit of a challenge (and chore), since I do my quilting on my regular Bernina, but my ability to play with new-to-me free motion quilting designs is what kept me as sane as possible during this long process.

Green Fun Fours

#213-Green Fun Fours

Green Fun Fours, 2012        79.5″ x 90″       Photography by Sibila Savage

This quilt started out as one of my usual exercises in 2″ squares (click here for the other versions of this particular pattern):  pull a big pile of squares, and start sewing them together into four patches.   I used the colors in the polka-dotted middle border as the original inspiration.  As I progressed, however, I found that adding more and more colors seemed to work well.    Any lighter hues of the greens and browns were saved for the streak o’ lightning sashing.


Green Fun Fours, Detail

For the quilting, I created patterns that repeated vertically, which I thought would make things a bit easier.  Each of the two patterns (one through the sashing and one through the four patches) required two passes to complete, but were simple and fun enough to keep me interested.

I can’t say that I am done with this quilt pattern, because every time I make it I love the results, and each one looks very different.  Truly are “fun” fours.

BTW: Unlike quilters in previous generations who put intentional mistakes in their quilts because only God was “perfect”. I did not put that piecing error in on purpose.

Random question of the day:  Why does spell check always want me to change “sashing” to one of the following:  slashing, smashing, stashing, swashing (WTF ?!?), sating, sassing, or cashing????????