Friday, April 26, 2013

Standing Stones #1

I am taking "Working in a Series" with Elizabeth Barton through Quilt University.  For my series, I chose the theme of standing stones.  I found a picture of Callanish standing stones in Scotland, and "abstracted it."  

SS #1, 22" x 18"
It took me two days to construct this little quilt.  It was rather fun after finishing several very fussy tuning fork quilts.  And I can see (in my head) what the next quilt in the series should be.

Elizabeth's class is wonderful.  She is a thorough and attentive teacher.  I've ordered her book, which is an expanded version of the class, and can't wait to receive it.

I've linked this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

High Fiber Diet

My quilt, Resonance, won "Best Art Quilt" at Dallas Area Fiber Artists' High Fiber Diet fiber art show.

I am so excited, not only that I won, but that I am a part of such a talented group!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Tuning Fork #12 is pieced.  Now all I need to do is quilt it!

I am very happy with parts of this quilt.  I like the upper left section, I like those three slightly flat tuning forks on the top center, I like the way I used dark colors (burgundy, purple and navy) in the middle left.  The dark variations in color are much more subtle in person than in the photograph.  I am not so pleased with the bottom right corner.

Of course, things always look better quilted.  We'll see....

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday and Richard and Tanya Quilts LAFF and Fiber Artists Journey.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Studio Pics

Nina-Marie is hosting a "Sew Many Spaces" studio party on her blog. I thought I'd play along!

Full disclosure:  I didn't tidy my studio before I took these pictures this morning.  It's in a normal state of disarray, because  I am in the middle of piecing "Tuning Fork #12." I don't work well if my workspace is chaotic, so I try to keep the mess under control.  But it is a little messy.

My studio is actually the master bedroom of our house.  It is 16' x 23', which seemed big when we moved in, but filled up fast when I moved my quilting things in.  It's on the second floor and has a dormered ceiling.   My favorite features are the 5 large windows -- 3 on the West wall and 2 on the South wall.  I love the light and my treetop view.
View from the SW corner
Cutting Table
Sewing machine, ironing board and design wall.  Note sofa against the west wall of windows.  Very convenient for contemplating designs.
Fabric/supply storage area
View of Gammill table.  I'm standing just inside of the doorway facing the South windows.
Tuning Fork 12 is coming along!

Monday, April 8, 2013

It's a Beautiful Monday Morning!

Why am I so cheerful this morning?  After all it is Monday.  And here in Texas it is still very early in the morning.  But I woke up this morning bursting with happiness, and ready to leap out of bed and get back to work on Tuning Fork 12.

You see, Brian spent the weekend at a geological society meeting.  And I spent every moment in my studio.  Well, ok, not every moment, but at least some lovely long hours.  And Tuning Fork 12 is coming along, I think, very well.

Tuning Fork 12 in progress
Can't wait to get back up there today.  One more cup of coffee and I think I'm ready to go.....

See more great Monday design Walls at Judy's Patchwork Place.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Progress Report

No finished quilts this week, but a lot of progress nonetheless.  I had three wonderful days in the studio, nothing but a bit of laundry to distract me from my work, and the weather outside too cold and damp to tempt me to try a bit of gardening.  Perfect!

Ruins #2 was started at the TVQG retreat in January.  I wasn't happy with it, so I added the bottom bit.  And, in fact, it is my favorite bit.  I love the high contrast and love some of the figures I created.

Ruins #2, approx 32" x 46"
 So my design wall was now clear.  Time to start another tuning fork!
Tuning Fork 12 
Very early going, of course, but I think I like the direction it's taking.  Maybe......

I've linked this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Monday, April 1, 2013

Destruction and Reconstruction

This weekend I was looking at a pile of quilt tops in my "to be quilted" pile.  The pile isn't all that big, but it not only contains a couple of quilts that I think are good (eg worth quilting) but also a couple of stinkers.  Like this one:
I made this top last summer/early fall.  The idea was to put a bold figure against a pieced background.  I fussed with it for weeks and finally admitted defeat.  It was placed on the bottom of the pile and promptly forgotten.  

Last week, I unearthed it.  And reassessed it.  Yup, it's still a stinker.  But rather than put it back in the pile (or even better in the trash), I decided to cut it up into pieces and see if I could salvage it.

Those who know me know I love to cut things up.  I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  And this is what I ended up with.  I think I saved it from it's date with the garbage can:

Big Figure #10, 42" x 46"
Happy April 1st!

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