Keeping with my New Years Resolution to sew only what I have and NOT add more fabric to my hoard…I pulled out my technicolor scrap pile and created this quilt using foundation piecing. Not really having an overall plan or any idea how it would turn out, I must admit I LOVE it! The oblong bricks create an exciting energy. It practically screams at you! I’m quilting it now. #scrapquilting
I’ve had this beautiful panel of a Japanese print hanging around for a while and finally sat down to tackle the “one block wonder” technique. I’m happy with how it turned out but have no idea what to do with it. I only wish I had more of this fabric as it’s a weird size that it’s not useful for much. Ideas? #oneblockwonder
I was fortunate to be able to drive to and from Pasadena for my second QuiltCon (the first was in 2016) with my Bee Modern San Francisco Quilt buddies. In addition to seeing fabulous quilts and taking fantastic classes I was able to visit my daughter at UCLA. A bonus was seeing her dance at halftime the UCLA Women’s Basketball game and spending a mom-daughter day at LA museums and restaurants.
There is so much visual and creative stimulation at this show it’s impossible to absorb it all. Here are just a few of the quilts that spoke to me:
My cherished friends – the Miraloma* Moms. * We all met when our kids were in kindergarten at Miraloma Elementary School/SFUSD. Kids are now in college – but we still carry on together!
My VOTE door sign quilt came in handy to double as my sign. Here we are at the end of the march at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
Someone interviewed me – I’m in a documentary somewhere!
Gotta hand it to a hubby who regularly attends the Women’s March with me – rain or shine.
I bought some yummy fleece and made about a dozen of these. Some to send to my daughter at UCLA for her and her friends, and the rest for my buddies here in San Francisco.
Pussy Hats Factory! Made a dozen for my daughter and friends!
Sporting my new Pussy Hat – made by me.
Like a lot of folks, I seem to be focusing more on using Instagram to document my work these days (follow me on Instagram @quiltinginthefog). It’s so EASY to post photos, tag, etc.
2017 was an eventful year: My oldest is midway through college. My youngest child graduated from high school and started college. My husband and I now face our first months as empty nesters. I am grateful for our health and good fortune and for our family and friends near and and far. My quilting hours are usually spent listening to a political podcast or an audiobook – most recently 36 hours with Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
For those of us in very “blue” San Francisco and California, each morning we awoke to anxiety over the national news. I must admit, it’s exhausting but I am obsessed with the news. Always an active voter and one that pays attention to the issues, I’m invigorated and hopeful seeing the increased progressive activism bubbling up around the country. I plan to use personal and vacation time this year to work towards the successful election of candidates and issues that matter to me – especially beyond my backyard. I’m donating to candidates in other states (including a college friend running in Texas!) and to help target Congress members in California that I believe are hiring Californians and Americans.
2017 was quite productive as far as quilting and sewing goes! I finished quite a few quilts, pillows and other sewing projects, mostly leather zipper pouches. More than I realized, now that I look at some of them!
Millennial Wedding Quilt
She Was Warned…
Adrienne’s College Quilt
Quilt Melt – 1st Place Visual Impact New Quilts of Northern California, Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017
Julian’s College Quilt
Rick’s Memory Quilt
Another for Mark & Stacia
I made this colorful center medallion ages ago while playing with very small leftover scraps from two other quilts I had gifted to others. I liked it so much but kept putting off making anything with it as it felt too precious and I was waiting for just the right idea. I decided to just DO SOMETHING and, while exercising during a dance class* it came to me to plunge into the deep turquoise and then created this. I submitted it to QuiltCon 2018 (alas, it was a #QuiltConReject!) but I love it anyway!
*my best ideas come during my YMCA Zumba Class!