Monday, March 12, 2018

Work in Progress: One Love One Heart Wall Quilt

This quilt started with my love of Robert Indiana's bold, simple and iconic "LOVE" and a discovery and affection for foundation paper piecing hearts (they're perfect for beginners to this quilt skill).  Put two and two together, and you get a theme derived from Bob Marley's "One Love/People Get Ready" of course!  
Since this text is larger than what I usually embroider, I decided to use 6-ply rather than my usual 3-ply of thread.  I don't like that I lose some of the finer and smoother detail of 3-ply, but I'm gonna go with it just like I'm gonna go with the lack of contrast between the hot pink and oranges and red...viewers are just gonna have to get up close to read the text.
 Below I went with my usual 3-ply work, and it seemed to take an ever long time to finish.  However, I do like the contrast of coral and red.
And the project evolved.  I wanted to add more pictorial panels.  Below you see the reverse raw applique block of the world--a new technique for me.  I plan to outline the globe in maroon as well as add text.
 I added another pictorial panel to encompass people as you can see below and traced on a light box more of my favorite lyrics.
I'm not sure if I am going to log cabin these panels in orange and purple or sew sashes between them.  However, I love the look of them so far and am going to re-watch Lori Kennedy's "Creating a Quilting Plan" on how to stitch down applique and embroidery.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Work in Progress: Frida Portrait Quilt

I started embroidering this portrait of Frida Kahlo sometime last year and finally finished it a couple weeks ago.
 I decided it was not quite finished as she needed her signature unibrow and mustache.
She is ready for borders as a frame to her portrait.  However, my friends said the colors below were not right...perhaps not vibrant enough.
 Below are the colors that people say complements the portrait better.

Ceramics: Sea Mug

This is the first mug that I’ve made and was most satisfied to put out into the world.....and it only took 20 or so mediocre mugs to get there

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Quilt Border for My Funny Valentine Quilt

I've been obsessed at this minute by borders because I thought my funny valentine quilt needed to be bigger than a 62" square, and I've since learned that borders are a way to increase the size of a quilt and square it up at the same time.  I saw this border below and thought it might be a good option though I am making another February quilt called Valentine that happens to be a string quilt, and so the scrappy border will definitely be a way to go for that one.
However, a scrappy border might be a bit too busy for this completed top and detract from the individual squares.  And so I'm making it simple with just solid borders of maybe tangerine and coral--perhaps a canvas for some free motion quilting.

Monday, February 12, 2018

QuiltCon 2018 Anticipation & Excitement!

I don't want to take too much time off from work, and so I'll be driving down south on the Friday of QuiltCon and then taking in all the jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring quilts at the show as well as browsing all the vendor booths.  Then onward the next day to a lecture, "You Make the Rules:  How I Use Design to Guide Work and Life" by Carolyn Friedlander on Saturday at noon followed by a workshop, "Layered Abstraction with Embroidery" by Nichole Vogelsinger from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  I'll likely meet up for dinner with folks from a Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild.  I think O N E workshop is plenty, but I may seek out other lectures.  I tend to get overwhelmed at conventions.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ceramics: Pussy Power Heart

My homage to the Women's March from a few Saturdays ago that's on sale this Saturday for our ceramics studio pop-up.  I actually made this heart during last year's Women's March when I went to the studio rather than the march.  Let's continue to R E S I S T the patriarchy, and I plan to make more hearts to celebrate pussy power.

Work in Progress: Love + Hearts for a Valentine Quilt

I spent a glorious Superbowl Sunday cutting and arranging blocks of my most favorite fabrics by Amy Butler and Alexia Abegg with yummy and fun names like cocoa bloom or dance hall sweetheart, and as you can see below all are in a color palette of rose pink, bright pink, purple, iris, orchid, lilac, red, orange and coral.  I was looking for a quilt pattern to feature Butler's large scale prints and adored a quilt called Modern Rose Garden by Carolina Patchworks.  It's surprisingly fast piecing except I decided that my solid blocks were too plain. 
 And so I embellished with some raw-edge appliqué.  I previously made a sampler quilt with a block of Robert Indiana's typography of LOVE, which I LOVE and had to do again.  Because I'm still trying to master foundation paper piecing, I found a paper pattern of a heart shape I liked and copied it in various sizes.  More crazy hearts to come!