Done!

JustPeachy-DetailI’m so excited! I finally finished my latest quilt “Just Peachy.” I think I’ve been working on it for over a year. I took the long Thanksgiving weekend to crop it, do the binding and make the quilt sleeve.

I saw this peach colored rose one Sunday afternoon after visiting my sister Patty in Tega Cay. I stopped at the small rose garden on Gold Hill Road to take some pictures. It was late spring and the roses were in full bloom. There were so many beautiful roses in all colors but this peach rose jumped at me. It was STUNNING! I’ve never made a applique rose quilt before and I was up for the challenge. And, what a challenge it was. I don’t think I could ever have enough peachy / orange fabric for this flower. I did the best I could and of course I had to include purple….purple should be in all quilts!

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I’ve also completed another rose however this one was wholecloth painted with textile paints and then thread painted with a variety of rayon threads. I also got carried away with the background quilting but it was so much fun!

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Happy Quilting!

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2014 is going to be a great!

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After a so-so 2013. I know 2014 is going to be a much, much better. I spent January hunkered down working on several new projects and staying busy, busy, busy.  Thursday of this week I’ll be giving a presentation to the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild. I’m so excited! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends.

Here is what I’ve been working on lately. I typically work on several projects at a time. I work on one project, put it up on my design wall and let it rest / percolate for awhile. Then I work on another piece. My peach rose has been resting for a long while. It’s all applique´. I used orange, peach, red and purple batik fabrics. I also discovered there are not a wide range of fabrics in these colors.

I’ve also been painting a lot of minis. It’s fun to work on a project that only takes a few weeks to complete. I’ve done several irises and a sunflower. All of these brightened the gloomy January!

I hope your February is sunny, bright and full of happiness.

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Paducah Show

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I can’t believe it, but if you look closely at the cover of the catalog of show quilts you will see the detail of “Princess Daphne.” I’m thrilled.

Both my quilts were accepted in the show and now Daphne is part of the cover.  Wow, it’s been a big, exciting month.  I hope you will pick up a copy of the catalog to see all the beautiful quilts. They are all stunning.

Here is a full shot of “HRH Princess Daphne.” (23″ x 14″)

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Yes, she rules the house and loves it. This piece was whole cloth painted, thread painted, the blue area is hand applique and free motion quilted. I had so much fun working on her eyes.

Here is a pic of my other entry “A poppy for mother.” (40″ x 55″)PoppyForMother-FullI worked on this quilt while my mother was in the last stages of alzheimer’s disease. It was a great way to get away from all the sadness of her illness.

PoppyForMother-DetailHere is a detail shot. This piece was raw edge applique and free motion quilted. I thoroughly enjoyed choosing all the fabrics for this one. They ranged from red to pink to white to purple to violet. Plus some green for the stem. I shot all the photos of the poppies at Wing Haven in Myers Park.

I have several other projects I’m working on currently. I will post about those soon.

Charlotte Quilters’ Guild: Block of the Month

Here is my kitty Daphne with this month’s block.

Download the block here. BOM-DirectionsColor-July

Think Pink!

One evening a few weeks ago I was at Barnes and Nobles trying to find the latest issue of Quilting Art‟s magazine. Hurrah, it was there. I then began to look around the rest of the store to see what else I could find. While browsing I kept thinking about this year‟s block of the month. I had so many questions. Will the ladies try something different? Would I have good participation? How can I increase participation? And, the biggest question, would the guild members really help me make quilts to be donated to CMC‟s Breast Cancer unit?

Hmmm…..I hope so.

I then made my way to the check out. I passed the bargain table and I couldn‟t believe what I saw. “QUILT PINK for hope.” Fifty quilt blocks and one-hundred ideas for quilts to make a difference and fight breast cancer. Wow, it was a sign. A sign, that this was the right thing to do for this year‟s block of the month.

All of us have been touched by cancer in some form or another. It is my hope that when we are stitching these blocks we will remember loved ones and friends who have or are suffering with cancer. In some small way, I feel this is my way of giving back so others can fight cancer.

My concept is pretty simple. Create pink lap quilts for breast cancer patients at Carolinas Medical Center‟s Breast Cancer Unit or GYN Unit. Beginning in July and continuing through April we will create the blocks. In April and May we will finish the quilts and show them off before the June meeting and donate the finished quilts in June 2012.

Quilts should be all pink or heavy on the pink side, but of course there‟s always room for your individuality to shine. We also have a nice stash of pink fabrics to help motivate you with participation. The final size will be 35”x35” (three 10″ block plus 5″ border) so this will make a very nice lap quilt!

The blocks will consist of paper-pieced, appliqué and pieced blocks…something for everyone. You can choose any combination of blocks to complete your quilt. If you choose to, make 2 blocks each month, keep one and donate one. For your donation, your name will be entered in a raffle to win a prize. The major difference with this year‟s BOM is that each month I will collect all blocks that will be made into donation quilts. Throughout the year we plan to have a few “sit-n-sew” opportunities. At these “sit-n-sews” we can make blocks, piece blocks into tops and quilt.

I hope you will participate in this year‟s block of the month. Remember, “blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love.” 

So, let‟s spread the love and make it PINK!

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PS: I’ve got a great prize for everyone who turns in their block…stay tuned.