Archive for January, 2012

Ocean Waves

I began Ocean Waves in the fall of 2008. I dyed 27 shades of blue.

I then cut my blues into triangles. This quilt is going to use 1,008 triangles.

And then piecing began. For each square or triangle, I carefully laid out the triangles, making sure color values were distributed evenly across in a random arrangement.

Here you can see my two completed triangle pieces and two square pieces. Stunning, no?

I’m following a schematic from “How to Make an Amish Quilt” by Rachel and Kenneth Pellman. Despite the simplicity of their schematic, sewing this quilt is actually a lot more complex. Practical how to details have been left out of the Assembly Instructions.

I am determined to finish this quilt. The hand quilting on the black will be absolutely out-of-this-world. I’m seeing blue thread on black . . .

But something needs to change. Something about how I was piecing before made it too time consuming. I think I need to find a quicker, logical, chain-piecing style to get these triangles pieced. Here’s a few of my ideas, which I’ll go into in more detail in the next few posts:

1. Identify triangle units, and chain-piece triangles into these units in a factory-line manner.

2. Figure out a way to keep various values from light to dark evenly distributed across the quilt, so your eye keeps moving across the quilt like you do when you gaze out at sea.

3. I need to dye more fabric (!) and cut more triangles (!). I haven’t reached my 1,008 triangle count yet. I have 724 triangles, so 284 more are needed. How many colors will there be in this quilt? More than 27!

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2012 To Do List

As I look ahead into 2012, and dream of quilts, I am reminded of the quilts of previous years that did not get finished, my UFOs. I think you know the ones I am talking about.

Here is a short tour through my daily dreaming of quilts, including ones I’d like to finish and projects to begin.

My UFOs:

Ocean Waves

This is Ocean Waves, I’ll tell you more about it in another post, but just imagine what a queen size quilt would look like. In my opinion, stunning beyond belief. It would take a lot of piecing.

Mountain Sunset

This quilt is pieced but not quilted. Started last year this time at the 2011 Road to California quilt show, a workshop I took with Mickey Lawlor. I’d like to have this done in time for the Calico Quilters quilt show in May.

Ode to Chickens

This is a Cathedral Windows pattern quilt, using various chicken fabrics I’ve been collecting. I began it last summer, and it is my go to hand sewing project for those quiet moments when my hands can’t sit still. Some day it will be done . . .

Baby quilt

This small lap quilt, or perhaps baby quilt, is half quilted, so I’m almost there. Soon!

Upcoming Projects:

My new year’s resolution for 2012 is to open an Etsy shop. I’ve been browsing other Etsy shops, getting a feel for what is already out there, what other crafty folks are sewing and selling, what prices are . . . I think this would be a fun challenge to use my talents. What would you like to buy on Etsy?

I would like to continue to explore and experiment with natural dyeing. Over the holidays, I discovered the most beautiful book, Harvesting Color, full of colorful pictures and inspiring directions. I want to experiment with plant dyes collected here in the Eastern Sierra, instead of ordering powders online.

I just discovered this new quilting book, Transparency Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Don’t you think a transparent quilt would look incredible using hand dyed fabrics? It would be a challenge too, to dye fabric specifically for a transparency quilt color palette.

And I would like to continue to play with designing fabric using batik, screen printing, and Spoonflower too! If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower, head on over and check them out. You upload any design, and they print it on fabric for you!

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Reflecting on 2011

Happy New Year!

What a lovely, creative, productive year 2011 was. I made many baby blankets, gifts for friends, dyed lots of fabric, and finished a quilt for my sister.

From the top left: 1. Screen printing fabric, 2. Kaleidoscope quilt for Kim, 3. Machine quilting Becca’s quilt, 4. Baby quilt for Jonas, 5. Hand dyed fabric, 6. iPad case for Aaron, 7. Baby quilt for Grace’s baby, 8. Coffe bag wallet, 9. Painting fabric with friends, 10. Hand dyed batik fabric, 11. Becca’s quilt, 12. Loopy log cabin for mom, 13. Tote bag for Amy, 14. Painting a mountain scene with Mickey Lawlor, 15. Photo printed fabric quilt, 16. Baby quilt for Lukas, 17. Pot holders for Christel, 18. Sewing table make-over, 19. Hand dyed fabric, 20. Costume for Brandi.

What will 2012 bring? I’d like to finish my ocean waves quilt, open an Etsy shop, and continue to experiment with screen printing, batiking fabric, and dyeing with natural plants.

What do you want to do in 2012?

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