Scrap Mania

Keeping to my resolution in 2018 to sew with what I have, recycle where possible, finish WIPs or planned projects – but not to buy new fabric! – I’ve been plowing through my Kona Cotton stash and making these color bar blocks. “Making things to make things” as I told my husband. I’m not sure what I’ll do next but it’s a fun mindless task to create these – and I’ve used up a lot of my stash. Next up I’ll make a set of neutrals (whites, grey, beige and black) before I start creating something (probably many things) from all these strips.

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American Patriot: Words Matter

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 I am an American Patriot. Following service in the Peace Corps, I emerged passionate about our valuable American rights and freedoms. I witnessed first-hand the oppression of a people without freedom of speech or a free press; of an unchallenged president in a one-party state; of corrupt elections. The women I worked with were limited in personal and economic freedom and had little control over their bodies or lives. This quilt was inspired by these experiences as well as signs exhibited at the peaceful marches in which I’ve participated since 2016. Made from my family’s jeans and recycled clothing

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Pacific International Quilt Festival 2018

I’m happy to share that these two quilts will be showing at PIQF next month!

Parrot

This was inspired by the very loud and colorful wild parrot flock that are often spotted within San Francisco. I am amazed that these escaped family pets have rediscovered their wild roots in our urban landscape.

Proton

My inspiration for this quilt is my delightful son, who is a college physics major. He enthusiastically shares all that he is learning upon his visits home – including trying to help me understand the basics of physics, and in this case, protons: a positively charged particle that resides within the atomic nucleus.

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World Quilt New England

I was excited to learn that “Quilt Melt” has been selected to be judged at World Quilt New England XVI in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 16-18! My first time venturing beyond local shows or trying to get into QuiltCon (the latter of which I’ve been unsuccessful so far.)#modernquilt #modernquilting #mqg #worldquiltnewengland

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Monterey Bay Colors

A recent trip with family yielded much inspiration for quilting.  I couldn’t wait to get back home to start ripping up fabric strips from my stash to make something!  My husband, kids (both home from college for the weekend) and my brother, sister-in-law and nephews had a wonderful weekend hiking around Monterey Bay as well as making a quick trip to the Monterey Aquarium.  The colors in the water around the coast are mesmerizing. This is what I’ve started the first afternoon.  We’ll see where it goes….

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Flaming Feminist

Looking for something to put over the fireplace, I recently created this quilt from my vast collection of batik fabrics. I have a soft spot in my heart for those batiks. After I finished it I learned that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg claimed to be a “flaming feminist.” I like the sound of that. Here’s to the Notorious RBG.

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The Shirt Off His Back

My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 was not to buy any new fabric and to focus on creating with only what I have on hand. I’ve mostly kept to that – and one that fills the bill is this one made from my husband’s shirts.  As we were cleaning out our garage he found a bunch of shirts that he planned to give away.  I intercepted (note I didn’t BUY anything new) and used them to make this shirt quilt.  It’s been quite a project, however! It took a long time to cut up the shirts (lots of good videos on how to dissemble a shirt to get the maximum fabric for reuse.)  Then, cutting and piecing to make the best use of the stripes took a long time as well. And this quilt in HUUUUGE – the biggest I’ve made yet (a comfortable king bed size – what was I thinking?) I have enough squares leftover for a twin size, I believe. Finally, I started quilting it on the machine outlining the seams, but it looked a mess.  Sooo – I decided to hand-quilt the entire thing.  I adore the look, but here we are in July and I’m still only about 1/3 of the way done, despite lots of marathon TV series watching while doing it. In the end, it’ll be worth it and a family treasure, I’m sure.

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