Thursday, December 29, 2011

Quilting in 2012

I've run the gamut of quilting in the last 60 years. English paper piecing, strip piecing on templates cut out of The Tuscaloosa News, making templates out of cardboard, hand piecing feathered stars, allowing a rotary cutter into my toolkit, creating quilts in the style of Judy Martin, Alex Anderson, Judy Niemeyer, Jacqueline de Jonge, Ricky Timms, Philippa Naylor, and so on and so on.

So what's up for 2012?

First, quilt the five tops I made this year. Finish, finish, finish.

Then, explore new fabrics, more duponi silk.

Then, more bed quilts, fewer sandwiches that don't fit anywhere in my house or any one else's. How many wall hangings and table runners can one use!

And then, if I'm not quilted out (and what quilter ever gets "quilted out"?), I'm going to encourage quilters to return to quilts that feel good to the touch and make them feel good when they're snoozing under them. My chorus will be keep your quilts away from those manic compulsive longarm quilters who add so many stitches that you can't see the fabric you fell in love with and lovingly guided into a beautiful top. Or, perhaps I'll find a longarm quilter who understands the words less dense, perhaps become one myself.

My New Year's wish for all my fellow quilters is that you'll find the joy of hand quilting a sandwich with wool batting (quilts like butter), take pleasure in your uneven stitches through the four-layer intersections, and wake up from a nap every Sunday afternoon under your snuggly palette of beautiful fabrics.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another Solids Party

I'm half through quilting the building block castle crib quilt so I decided to do one more project in solids. They'll both wait to be finished until January since we're leaving to "do the Danube" Saturday morning. But I'll have something solid to come back to, and something a bit warmer than what we'll be experiencing for the next two weeks.

And here are the colors yet to be added.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Celebrate Solids

Sometimes I forget how nice solids are since I get so caught up in pattern fabric. If you're in the Atlanta area, watch for upcoming classes at Kiwiquilts focusing on solids. However, when I shoot the backing, you'll see I did fall off the wagon and add a print, oh well, nobody's perfect. I'll post that pix soon.

And as always, I could not accomplish anything without my able assistant Lily, who keeps quilts in progress from flying off the table.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Love Letters Block #7

Back to work on Love Letters and two new projects (also a bit more modern using all solids, which I've never done before). I'm liking the quilt without the sashing that's included in the pattern. What do you think?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Something a Bit More Contemporary

Moving into a more contemporary color scheme today. Let's see how folks at the craft fair take to greys/greens next year. I love Dresden Plates but not so much in quilts because of the extra weight so I thought I'd go for home decor with some.