Category Archives: Quilt
A lovely coworker had an emergency appendectomy over the weekend. Anyone I know that has surgery (or has a baby!) gets a quilt from me!
So this is my take on a “Guy Quilt.” Easy half square triangle blocks at a very large 14″ each. I challenged myself to only use fabric that I had on hand. In this case it was Parson Gray fabric by David Butler that I’d saved for a special occasion. I cut and sewed enough for a second quilt for another “special guy” and still have more leftover!
Note my two cute quilt models – thanks ladies!
I love making a handmade gift – in this case for a 50th birthday surprise dinner for my friend Sara (who is my birthday buddy – we share the same date!) We are both lucky to have a wonderful group of friends, some of whom got together for dinner tonight to surprise Sara. Happy Birthday, girl!
I am so fortunate to have a wonderful group of long-time women friends here in San Francisco. We all met when our kids were in kindergarten at Miraloma Elementary. That public school was so much more that I’d ever anticipated for my kids, but the added bonus was the wonderful parent friendships we all made. The first of us have older kids now leaving for college and the rest of us have teens at the end of their high school years. Friendship is forever – I love y’all!
So I completed a lovely quilt for his girlfriend’s dorm room and wanted to make something special for my son, too (I mean BUY something ready made?! The horror!) My firstborn leaves for his freshman year in college next month. His college colors are red and black so I started this… only to find he thinks it’s too crazy and wants something simpler. (I ended up buying a plan navy duvet cover – ouch!)
I’m thinking of chopping these up into something else…ideas? The blocks are 19.5″ and I have 8 more of these already done. I’m not sure exactly what I was thinking regarding size…I guess I just went crazy making log cabins.
Finished and ready to go!
A graduation gift for a very special girl heading to college in the fall.
This is a detail of a “made fabric” improv block I hammered out last weekend. This is about 10 inches of a bigger piece that so far is about 20″x20″. I adore creating these! I don’t know what I’m making, how big it’ll get, what it will look like or what it’s for – I just take my latest pile of teeny tiny scraps and go into my sewing trance. In this case I’m using leftovers from the Tomato & Tangerine quilt and contrasting pillows in turquoise and greens. FUN!
Orange is my favorite color! I’ve wanted to make an orange quilt for our room and started by experimenting with giant blocks made from large half square triangles (finished block is 16″). I used Kona Tangerine and Tomato Cotton Solids. When view it from far away – like on the design wall in my sewing space in the garage – I like they way it looks. However, it’s overwhelming up close! Quite eye searing in our small bedroom! The window light reflects bright orange all over the ceiling and walls to boot. I’ll give it a try for now – it needs pillows in a cool color to on it to mellow the burn!
I’m honored to have received two ribbons in the San Francisco Quilters Guild 2015 show In March!
I received 3rd place for Selvedge Salvage. This quilt uses the, often thrown away, selvedge end of the fabric. While making other quilts over the past decade, I’ve diligently saved all these pieces in the hope of eventually sewing something out of all the selvedge scraps I’ve been collecting (Confession: a few pieces I actually bought just because I liked the way the selvedge looked!) I enjoy text patterns in fabric and get a kick out of the names of some lines of fabric (like Michael Miller’s “Dysfunctional Family”!)
I love the idea of letting nothing go to waste. Also, I enjoy looking at the quilt and remembering what project each little fabric piece came from and, in many cases, to whom the original was gifted. I already have a bag of extras for the next selvedge quilt project!
I received an Honorable Mention for Scrappy Jewels. This quilt is a rainbow collection of 4″ “made fabric” squares on point, that were created from very small scraps of leftover fabric. I just love sewing together these little random pieces into squares! Each square created seems like a little precious artwork jewel to me, hence the name Scrappy Jewels. I started this project with the intent of clearing out my scrap bin but it appears to have hardly made a dent in my scrap piles!
I was unable to attend the show as I was away for work, but am so grateful for the talented and dedicated folks from my guild for their devotion and hard work to put on the show. Thank you, SFQG!