I’ve been dabbling in improvisational piecing and I’ve been having a great time. This, I discovered is “modern.” So, I guess I’m a modern quilter also. It so much fun.
Simple lines, simple shapes and so minimal. It’s completely different than my other quilts. It’s very refreshing to work on.
It’s also a great way to use up the small scraps of fabric I hate to throw out.
Here’s my boy Tootie. He is so photogenic. What a beautiful guy. He’s not the brightest bulb but he’s a really sweet kitty.
Tootie’s my second cat. I got him because my first cat Herman needed a playmate. I was out shopping one weekend and needed a few things at the Target on South Blvd. There he was in a large box with his brothers and sisters…..”box-o-cats.”
I’ve been wanting to make a quilt of him for a long time. I shot a picture of him one Sunday morning and decided this was the picture I needed to use.
Created with acrylic textile paint on PFD fabric, rayon thread, cotton batting. Thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.
…..how to finish a binding with a 45 degree angle.
I created directions. Let me know if you find this helpful.
Happy Labor Day!
It’s been a bad August, well, it’s been a bad year. Mark’s best friend lost his battle with cancer, mother passed away, two of my cats are under the weather, new A/C for the house, new A/C for the car, got rear-ended and slammed into the car in front of me……..do I need to keep going on. You get my drift.
Anyway, things could be much worse and I’m thankful for what Mark and I have. We really do have a lot to be thankful for.
I need to get back to it and finish up the three quilts I’ve been working on.
Here is a sneak peak of what they look like.
Daphne with a ton of thread sketching.
Tootie the wonder cat.
Oversized poppy…..what, you didn’t think I was working on a flower quilt……well, of course I am.
Hopefully, I can get back to stitching this weekend.
Happy stitching, Karen
Here are a few pics of the projects I’ve been working on this holiday week.
I love poppies and this one I shot at Wing Haven. Here’s the poppy in the middle of the painting process.
Here is the poppy with the painting completed. Now I have to start the thread sketching.
I also wanted to do some detail paintings of the poppy. As a bud, an opening bud and after the bloom.
A few months ago a friend and I went to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG) to shoot pics of the orchids. They were amazing. Here is one species that I worked on.
Picture with tracing on fabric.
Laying down the first two colors.
Orchid painting complete. Time for thread sketching.
I’ve been having too much fun lately. I’ve discovered a new technique during national quilting day. As many of you know The Quilt Show offered a “free” weekend. I think I watched a total of 8 shows. I loved the show featuring Susan Carlson. I watched her technique and loved it!!! I finally knew what I could do with all my scraps. Susan uses small bits and left over pieces to create her pictorial quilts. I immediately purchased her book “Serendipity Quilts” and here is my first attempt….Sunface.
I’m really pleased with the results. The facial features look pretty accurate and I learned a lot. I couldn’t wait to start my next quilt….MoonFace. I had even more fun with this one.
Also, for everyone who was following the block of the month. I’ve uploaded the last block of the cardinal in the column to the right.