Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Challenge piece

Our quilt guild, Northern Star Quilter's Guild, has several small groups within, one of them the art quilt group. Every year this group has a challenge and the results are hung together at our annual show in May. This year it was a fabric challenge. We were to make a twelve inch square piece using as little or as much of the fabric that we wanted. The fabric could be manipulated, stamped, scrunched, etc. in anyway as along as the fabric was identifiable when finished.

The fabric, shown below, was rather dreadful (sorry Debbie) so I decided to use as little of it as I could. I pieced together a lot of yellow prints to make a 20" square and then kept slashing and inserting narrow strips of the fabric. All pictures are clickable for a bigger view.

Here's the finished quilt. Another rule was that it had to be faced or pillow cased and had to have a black back.

A detail of the zig-zaggy quilting.

And here's that (ahem) lovely fabric. It also came in bright turquoise and yellow.

I'm looking for a name for my quilt. So far I've come up with, "Fractured", "All Cracked Up", and "Not All That's It's Cracked Up to Be". Any suggestions?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry, merry Christmas

from my house to yours. I wish you health and happiness in your home and in your world for the holidays and the coming year.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

'Tis the Season

to be busy, busy busy! I know that I haven't posted in a long time, but this has been one of the busiest social holiday seasons that I can remember. There was a two day overnight trip to see the Brandywine Museum, Long Wood Gardens and Winterthur....spectacular! I have been on a day trip to NYC to spend the day, see the sights, dinner at the famous 21 Club and a Broadway show. Took a trip to Hartford to see the Governor's mansion all decked out for the holidays.....fabulous! Saw Amahl and the Night Visitors at the local college, the Nutcracker at the local High School, out to lunches and dinners and cocktail parties and more to come this week. Of course I did the usual decorating (I do a LOT), gift shopping, wrapping, baking, etc. Whew! I'm not complaining because I love to be busy and I love to get dressed up and go out. But it's left me little time for the studio. I'm not one of those people that can work in 15 minute spurts. I like large blocks of time to immerse myself in a project. I did make a small art quilt this week and I will post a picture, maybe tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy this jolly little Santa from my Santa tree. I put up three trees. The one in the family room is just 4 feet high and it is decorated with red Santas of all kinds, some glass, some fabric, some wood, etc.

I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful season.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010