Although I have three different design walls there’s never enough space for my on-going projects. Squished on this wall is my appliqué project designed by Esther Alieu. Loving just being able to use up my scraps for this one. Slow going for me especially because I really want to explore embroidery and embellishment. Lots more to go!
Next to appliqué is my Pam Holland UFO collection. Between Geraldine the giraffe, the wonderful thread painted cat and the cheesecloth portrait, I have truly enjoyed her classes. My dream would be to join Pam on one of her tours!
Next, I played with my Silhouette today and made a fun shirt. Can’t wait to wear it
And last but not least for the past couple of days, two beautiful quilts ready to go to their makers.
Have a great evening. Quilt and craft away. Karen
BEST OF SHOW
The Tri-County guild, located in Cypress, Tx. had a fantastic show a few days ago. I hope some of you made it, but just in case, here are a few pictures of their quilts. They hung approximately 265 quilts and had walls and halls full of great vendors! Sorry I didn’t take pics of the signs telling whose quilt it was and its story…I’ll try to do better next time. Meanwhile the next few posts will be honoring their quilts and quilters. Enjoy!
This is a king size quilt completed in shades of brown to beige and tan. Esther G. pieced it and will be giving it to a friend, I believe. Such a lucky friend. We did a lovely embroidered label for the back.
I love the neutral tones in this quilt. Even though I love playing with all the brights I can get, this is the type of quilt I would definitely use!
This is a great quilt that came about from an experiment in making pinwheels in an unusual way. Although it was pretty accurate it is not a technique I would recommend…hence no explanation there. It took a very long time even though the center of this quilt is only about 30″ square. The wonderful borders came from my stash, a preprinted stripe! Worked Great. With the large cornerstones I just freehand cut the stars and machine stitched them on. The colors in this quilt work so well with my house I may very well have a new tablecover!
“I know that putting a label on my quilts is super important but I am so bad about doing that. Really your quilt isn’t complete without a label. Name of quilt, date and made by are the most important thing for a label. However, adding more information like pattern name, technique used, even information about fabric and embellishments. I have so many quilts without labels that I am adding that to my UFO list for 2016. Join me!
There are so many ways to make labels. I often embroider mine, most simple is to write with a permanent marker, but my favorite way is to use my light box and trace using permanent gel pens. Of course, all of you artists can simply draw your own label. Several years ago I found a dealer at the Houston Festival that was selling books of great traceable pictures and I have truly enjoyed using them. Her name I Kim Churbuck and her books are available on good ol Amazon. Here is a slideshow with one of her books(she has many), along with several labels I have prepared. They are lacking the text but it can easily be filled in when I am ready to put them on a quilt.
As I said you can still find her books, but with the onslaught of coloring books this is also a great, fun way to make your labels. I iron the fabric to a piece of freezer paper to stabilize the fabric while I color it. Lots of fun. You can find lots of fonts to trace your words, simply put a piece of lined paper under your picture on the lightboard. Her books do include fonts though.
So, have fun and get labeling!…..happy quilting, Karen
Monday was President’s Day and, of course, I needed a cute little mug rug that would be special for the holiday. Using silhouettes downloaded from free clip art, and combining them with a wonderful patriotic print, I quickly came up with “Coffee with the Presidents.”
Super simple and quick…maybe one day I’ll learn how to take the pictures better!
BLOG FOR THE DAY: Check out all of the tutorials on this site! Everything from purses to great little paper pieced designs. I love the 30’s apron paper pieced design, the super cute hot pads/mug rugs and the hexagon purse. http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/:// Great free patterns, tutorials and fun little gifts to make.
FUNtastic baby/toddler quilt just came off the longarm table. Sandy always does such a great job on her colors and applique. Take a look.
Sandys Applique Quilt