Monday, March 27, 2023

Granddaughter's Graduation quilt - post #3 - FINAL

This is a continuation of two other posts about the making of the graduation quilt for my granddaughter.  I had coffee with her parents after watching her in a Veteran's Day parade with her high school marching band.

They asked me if I'd seen her bedroom decorations recently, and I answered that I hadn't.  They said it is almost pure white, with very little color.  That really helped me "pale out" the quilt.  I think the quilt will now be more to her liking, while still letting me put in a few flecks of color.  

I sewed it together on the diagonal set.  And here it is already quilted.  Side Note:  I woke up at 3:00 am and thought it might be fun to applique some white flowers on the top.  Then woke up later:  NO.

Tami Levin did the quilting for me with a digital design that has swirls and circles.  It is so modern and beautiful all quilted. 

I love Tami's work.   I hope you like it too!

Friday, March 24, 2023

A ribbon for a friend

One of my friends has a new goal.  And to help her visualize the goal, I made her an award ribbon.

In 2015, she and I were part of a group to go through "The Artist's Way".  One of her goals, then, was to win first place in a category at one of the National Shows.  Since she was already a winner in our local guild shows, it seemed like she would easily achieve that goal.  But to help her along, I made her a blue ribbon that had "First Place, National Show" on it.  Since then, she has won 2 blue ribbons in categories at National Shows; has had 2 solo shows; has been featured in a SAQA journal, and has continued to win both local and national ribbons at the highest level.  She is an amazing art quilter, mostly focused on portraits that are based on pictures in the National Archives.  Just Google Lynn Czaban and you will get a feel for her body of work.

Recently, she told me her next big goal is to win a Special Award at a National Show.  She didn't say what the special award would be for, but they can range from a judge's choice, a sponsor's choice, best of show, and many other areas.   Well, guess what I did?  Yes, I made her another ribbon that had "Special Award, National Show" on it.  It was so much fun to pull out ribbons and go shopping for all of the bling and to look at YouTube videos on how to make a ribbon. Here's the picture:

I hope she gets a kick out of having this one too!

Monday, March 20, 2023

Carnival Flower - Part Two

This is a continuation of one previous blog post about the making of Carnival Flower.

The second class and booklet of instructions were for the pieces next to the outside border.  They were made in two stages, then pieced together with the curved piecing technique with glue.  I LOVE this technique and have quit using pins!  This section also included applique circles and gumdrop shapes.  It's a good thing that there is a month between classes.   Because it takes a long time to turn the edges and applique 120 gumdrop pieces and 72 circles.  Plus, all of the piecing. 

Here is a photo after the second booklet of pieces and instructions were completed.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Published in Quilting Arts Magazine - Spring Issue

I wrote an article for Quilting Arts Magazine and it got published in the Spring Issue.  I'm linking the magazine order page here:

Quilting Arts Magazine - Spring Issue

The magazine features an artist who has something to say about quilting and what it means to them, and it is usually at the end of the magazine.  I was thrilled that they selected my article.

I hope you can read the article and that you like it!