Thursday, June 25, 2015

Halloween Quilt

Here is a quickie shot of a Halloween spider web lap quilt that was paper-pieced. I did the web blocks ten years ago and put it away in the closet to sew together later. It's never too late to make a quilt...or too early. And voile! I added a border and piano keys that I made at Ritter Ranch (the retreat center in Sajuarita, AZ) and here it is before the quilting. Keep watching, I'll post the finished quilt. It's a birthday quilt for my daughter-in-law Stephanie in Indianapolis. Her birthday is October 2. I'll send it in late September.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chocolate Truffle

This is a sample of a larger piece called "Chocolate Truffle" which features browns, pinks and teals. It is machine embroidered with a double-blanket stitch in brown Masterpiece thread from Superior. I love to play with decorative stitches from my Bernina 200 machine and do a multitude of projects in all sizes. This one will turn into a "mug rug" for a local quilt guild challenge when it is completed.

It will be followed up by a larger piece but for now it is a small practice piece just to study the color combinations.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Amish Effort

I love the Amish quilts with black and here is my effort in its early stages. It is the beginning of a paper-pieced spider-web design done with black solid and my hand-dyed scraps from other projects. Here it in progress on the design wall. It will be 3 blocks across and three blocks down with a border (as yet to be determined). What a fun project to do with scraps.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Halloween Quilt B

Here is a Halloween quilt in its earliest phase. I made the Chinese Coins strip at quilt camp at Ritter Ranch in Sierra Vista in April. They are doing double duty as the original work was for borders on a spider web quilt. Apparently I was very excited about the strips and made enough for two quilts. Who doesn't love grandchildren. Now both families will get treated on this fun holiday.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fantasy Fish

This piece, in its early stages, is called ""Fantasy Fish". I plan to add paint sticks and stamping and lots of embellishment before this piece is complete. This is only the beginning. The fabric selection has been made and some stitching has been added. The pale background was selected for its embellishment opportunities. Visit again and watch it progress.
This is the backing of the fish fabric after I added the Shiva Paintsticks. More to come however...and in this view it is portrait not landscape like it will be on the finished quilt. But its evolving.