Thursday, August 30, 2007
This quilt was done for a customer through Laura's Home, the restoration business that I've been working with for the last 6 months or so. Laura sent me the last two crazy quilt restoration jobs, and this is one that came to me from a fellow that my sister worked with. I was happy to do it with Laura's help and her vintage fabric stash!
There was a hole in the center of this quilt, where 3 of the diamond shapes were missing, as well as two of the white squares and two triangles. In order to keep the blocks looking as well planned as they originally were, I removed 8 diamond shapes from one block and used 3 of those to fix the damaged block. Then I had to replace the 8, which I did with a vintage pink floral print. The four center blocks had either never had or had lost their batting and quilting stitches, so I replaced the batting and hand quilted all four blocks to hold it in place. Lastly, I put a new binding on it.
This is the finished quilt with all but the top row of blocks visible. It is a beautiful pattern, with some of the stars done in a variety of prints, which gives the impression of pinwheels, and some done all in one print, which looks more star-like. It was originally made by the owner's grandmother and even though it's a family heirloom, it is now usable again as a quilt.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
These are some shots I took on our recent drive over Engineer pass. The pass is a 4 wheel drive road that goes from Lake City, Colorado, to Ouray or Silverton, Colorado, depending on which fork you take near the end. It goes up to 12,000 feet in elevation, into the tundra of the Rockies. We saw a black bear while on the drive, though he wasn't black, he was what my husband calls a "cinnamon" bear. I thought he was more honey colored. He definitely didn't blend in well with the bushes; the sun on his coat really made him stand out.
And I just thought I'd show you how moon flowers reproduce themselves so prolificly. The spiky little balls are the seed pods, which, when dry, will curl open and drop seeds all over. They are less lethal than they look at this point; the spikes are fairly soft, but once they're dried, they stick like velcro.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
On Monday of this week, which was my first day without the responsibility of children since May, I went to mail a package and stopped into our local Joann's. They had some buttons on clearance with red tags, so I picked out a few, about $10 worth at the clearance price, and took them to the register. When they rang up, they were coming up at 10,25, or 50 cents each. They totalled $4! So I went back later and really looked them over. I ended up spending another $20 for buttons that, when I totalled the retail price, came to over $106. I got hand painted kitties, a tiger, and a moose. There are 3 different Mary Engelbreit styles, fancy filigrees, Scotty dogs, roses, bunnies, pumpkins, strawberries, and mother of pearl ones. Take a look; click on the picture to see them larger.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Much of the original embroidery was worn and had to be replaced, as well as the new seams created by "puzzling" the pieces together in their new form. The date, 1887, however, was still in good shape and on a good piece of velvet, so that is original, as well as maybe 30% of the rest of the seam embroidery.
Some of the fabrics used were ribbons, including the beetle jacquard that came in two color variations. One was black and orange, the other burgundy and orange. It was quite worn in spots, but I was delighted to find when I turned it over that it was vibrantly colored on the back side, just in reverse of the front. So several of the pieces I turned to the "back" side to get the brighter color and less worn look. It really gives this little quilt a pop of color!
The finished quilt will be a wall hanging, and it's just the perfect size for it. It came out to just under 24" square, with a pillowcased (or knife, if you prefer) edge. It still has its original batting and backing, which is a soft dove-lavender sateen. All together, I think this took me about 4 months (taking some time off this summer), but what a gem it turned out to be! I hope the owners will enjoy it for many many years!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
|Your Brain is Blue|
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about your friends, your surroundings, and your life.
|Your Power Element is Metal|
Your energy: contracting
Your season: fall
You are persistent (and maybe even a little bit stubborn).If you see something you want, you go for it.You have a lot of strength, and it's difficult to get you down.Very logical, you tend to analyze everything going on in your life.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
The second block I did, which is somewhat similar to the first, has the very last bit of my batty print fabric. It also has a moon, lightning, and a sinister tree. I did this tree with a few leaves left; they're done in black beads that have an iridescent coating that make them shiny blue, maroon, green and gold. The pumpkin patch is right under the tree in this block. And this is where I absolutely must stop, so I can send it on to the swap hostess, Gerry, with some work left to be done by whomever my partner will be.
This is the third block I've done for fall. I've started embroidering it, but have no plans for the final outcome. Maybe I'll practice a little more SRE on it. The shiny leaves are on some fabric I bought at Walmart. The fabric itself is like organza, very sheer, and the leaves are heavily embossed onto it, so I put some purple fabric behind it to set them off. It doesn't scream purple, it's just a hint. I really love to be able to use orange (HONKING ORANGE, to some) in the same block with royal purple. The fabric in the upper right corner is royal purple, though it looks sort of blue in the photo.
Monday, August 6, 2007
There's a fence done in embroidery that goes around the cemetery. The large spider web in the upper corner is bordered by a straight stitch done in a fan shape and embellished with black beads with an iridescent coating. I am finding it rather hard to come up with seam embroidery that looks spooky. Any suggestions?
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I'm not sure how this photo will look enlarged on here. The print fabric that I used in the fall swap block is a scrap left over from the two costumes that are in this little photo. Michaela, on the left, is about 6 in this photo, and has a witch dress with a bodice of the fabric, with black sleeves and skirt. Trystan, on the right, is about 15, and has a fitted top of the fabric, with shiny burgundy sleeves and a black skirt.
The frame is a little wooden one that I got at JoAnn's and painted.
Both blocks in the second photo are from Lauri Burgesser from right here in Grand Junction, Colorado. I was hoping I'd get at least one of hers, so I was thrilled to get two! I got to see all of her blocks in person, as we spent some time working on them together.
The last photo is of a block done by JK Alvarado from Calimesa, California. She was the hostess for this swap; she set the theme and collected all the blocks, then swapped them around and sent them out to their new homes.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Mine is Halloween themed. That orange, burgundy and black print near the center is the last bit of some fabric I've had for about 7 years. I originally bought it to make costumes for my two younger daughters. The piece I had left was so narrow that it didn't have a whole tree on it. I went ahead and pieced it in, using red, burgundy, black, a bit of honking orange, midnight blue, and purple. I love putting purple next to orange, so I did that here. It's not something one can do just anywhere, but for a Halloween block, it seems appropriate... sort of a colorful BOO! to you.
When I started embellishing it last night, I got the idea to have the black bat silhouettes extend out of the print and onto the neighboring shiny burgundy fabric. I satin stitched a third bat on the seam line, so it looks like one bat is escaping the confines of the print. Then I thought I should do the same thing for the branches of the tree, so they extend into the red and blue patches to the left. Then I got out my gold thread and extended the lightning! I am having so much fun with this block...
So come on, take a walk with me....we'll follow the dark path beyond the red and black hills, toward the setting sun....to see what lies behind the purple hill.....I dare you!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
This is my daughter, Michaela, with her award- winning drawing, which was inspired by K.T. Tunstall's song, "Big Black Horse and the Cherry Tree." Michaela is a horse lover and collector. She has about 36 My Little Ponies and uncountable numbers of other horse toys.
The drawing will now be on display in its usual location; her bathroom wall.