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Some of my favorite photos from various walks and my yard. (iPad users click here.)
Mary and I had a lovely walk at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland near the airport. The day started out cool and sunny and I was able to get some new bird photos.
Immature White-Crowned Sparrow
I love owls and finally I was able to take my first photo of one. At Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley there is a section for the Western Burrowing Owl and on New Year's Eve day I saw one. He's hard to see but in the middle between the two sections of pavement is an owl.
I rarely get to see the quilts I make and give away in use. This past week I visited my brother and got to see his king-sized quilt in use in his room. This colorway of this quilt was designed around the painting that hangs behind the bed. Accent colors from the drapes and rug were also incorporated to make sure this quilt fit in nicely to the room. I am delighted with the results.
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This past month has been busy on the quilt front. I have made four baby quilts and one lap quilt, all of which have been shipped or delivered to their new owners. With all of this piecing and binding, there was a pile of leftover scraps that are too big for me to throw away and too small to put back in the fabric drawers for other projects.
So, my current solution is to make Jumble quilts. I sew the small fabric scraps together to "make" new fabric, then cut each into 6.5 inch blocks. It can be addictive, matching colors that work well together and saving a scrap of fabric with a great image. I ended up with enough blocks to make six good sized baby quilts. I had enough blocks of a dominant color to make four quilt tops so far. Here they are:
Blue Turtle Jumble
Pink Jumble--the sashing is a bit busier than I normally would choose, but I'm coming to like it.
and a detail from the Orange Jumble
The lap quilt was for a friend who is going back to school and leaving her job at a local restaurant.
The baby quilts I completed went to Vermont and San Francisco and somewhere on the peninsula here in the Bay Area.
I have been in a piecing mood and have made two lap quilts, one of which may become a donation to the library fund raising auction or a gift to a friend.
The Sticks and Stones quilt is made with batiks from my stash.
I have been playing with the various ways to arrange half square triangles to get a wide variety of looks.
The latest is a Chevron pattern made from a layer cake of coordinated prints and an off white for the background. I added two borders with matching fabrics from my stash to hold in the busyness of the design.
This queen sized quilt is a modified Colorado Block using a variety of coordinated prints and colors from a layer cake and a solid white.
This queen sized quilt is made from 4 inch finished squares and just two colors, white and blue, arranged to give an expanding star design.
I made this quilt several years ago to experiment with the drop shadow effect. Then I decided I didn't like the quilt top because it had no "color" in it. I'm a brights kind of person. In a frenzy of finishing up UFOs, I took this top to a wonderful longarm quilter and told her to do what she wanted. She used one of the backing fabrics for quilting design inspiration and now I love the end result.
At a local pizza place one of the servers, Brianna, is having a baby next month. She also has a 5 year old daughter. Seemed like a perfect opportunity for two new quilts. And I wanted to try out a T block that features large scale prints. Turned out to be perfect for some fish quilts (she lives on a boat).
Fish and Frogs
Needing to have some hand sewing to do at night, I appliqued some frogs, created a wall hanging from them, and quilted more frogs into the blank squares. Here's the result.
More baby quilts are being requested, so I have been playing with different patterns. And I've made a couple of "Jumble" quilts which is making fabrics from my scraps and then cutting out squares for the quilts.
Pink and Purple Half Squares
Another Jumble with a Print Jungle themed back
It's back from being quilted. A challenge quilt I made for one of my quilt groups was to make a quilt of any size and color combination using the X and Plus block pattern. But first some history. I got inspired when I found fabrics leftover from a quilt made for a friend, Jean, based on a quilt she saw in a fabric store. Here's the front of Jean's quilt:
Here's the back with photo prints of flowers from her garden:
Here is the challenge quilt.
I wanted a new project so asked a new friend if she would like a "Nose to Toes" quilt. That's my description of what others refer to as lap quilts. I make quilts sized to the person so a lap quilt will go from the nose to the tips of the toes and a bit more so you can really snuggle in and stay warm. I asked Arlene to name her favorite colors and she chose purple, blue, and maybe green. Her step-daughter mentioned she liked stained glass windows so I tried to combine the two.
Here is Arlene's French Braid quilt.
A friend I used to work with is newly married and he and his wife are expecting a baby boy. Of course, I had to offer a quilt for them and, happily for me, they said yes. Here is a quilt for Bill and Rebecca.
Playing with the idea of a maze and some of the wonderful grays and blue gray fabrics I have accumulated and been given. Here is the first quilt. There may be more.....
I will be submitting two quilts for the Alameda County Show and see if both get in. One is a challenge quilt from one of my mini-groups. Based on a Chiura Obata woodblock print that my son sent to me from Yosemite, the challenge was that each group member had to use the same fabric in a large enough quantity that it was clear we had used that challenge fabric. In my quilt below you can see the challenge fabric in the tree trunks, the night sky and the river bank.
The other was just for fun and I call it Going in Circles--pattern from Weeks and Ringle, Modern Quilts.
My son and daughter-in-law now have friends having babies, so I have been making a few more baby quilts than since I retired. Here are the latest.
First, a scrap quilt to use up squares of the cute little frogs left over from another quilt. Too good to toss away.
After coming back from visiting my mother in Vermont, I wanted to make a present for a baby shower I will be attending. The maternal grandmother had already made a baby quilt, so I needed to find something else to play with. Here's what I came up with--a fabric alphabet book.
The pages were constructed using fusible web and raw edged applique with a fusible fleece in between pages. A hook and loop closure keeps it all together with no parts that could become choking hazards.(iPad users click here)
When I'm stumped and need some design inspiration, I play in a small format. Lately, that has taken the form of making fabric postcards. Fabric on one side, card stock on the back, and fusible interfacing in between (like Timtex) allows these cards to be mailed as is. Just be sure to have the words Post Card on the back and put the proper post card postage on. Gives the mailperson some fun during delivery.
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Yeah! It is finally quilted and I'm sewing on the binding. Sue let me know that she had finished quilting the French Braid quilt I made last summer for my bed. I had taken three quilts to Sue last summer to quilt as I had two large queen sized quilts and one large king-sized quilt. While I have quilted several queen sized quilts before, it is not as much fun as working on smaller quilts. So I finally decided to let someone else quilt three quilt tops I had made. Very freeing to let go of needing to quilt every top I make!
Inspired by a book I bought in Napa, I decided to make some pamphlet books of my own. A bit of art paper, some interesting shapes sewn to the cover and a backing, with 48-60 blank pages sewn in ready for whatever thoughts or notes you have.