Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What I'm Up To

Not too much posting lately. The 2 classes I am teaching are sucking my precious sewing time. Plus the weather has been nice lately so we are outside more. Here's a few recent projects...

It's my take on a more modern looking Amish quilt...uses simple dark jewel-tone prints and batiks.

This is the 3rd of my Legacy Quilts. There are three in all, made for each of my kids to someday have. They are completely different styles, but all share similar fabrics. One is complete and hanging in the living room. The second is all pieced and partially quilted. This is like whole cloth quilting and is very relaxing. I recently got several large stencils for if from here. I highly recommend them - great selection and good price.
The heart is a 2' x 2' for our nanny's anniversary. And to just say thanks for being so great. With my school year coming to an end in 3 weeks, I don't know what will happen next fall. Sure hope she's free!! This is scrappy pieced, and I practiced my machine quilting, which is definitely getting better.

Here's one of my swap quilts. I have several swaps in the works right now so I won't sway exactly which it is for so as to tip off the new owner. I had pieced the disappearing 9-patch of the quilt a month ago, and just put it aside. After learning of my partner's likes & requests, I decided it'd be perfect for her once finished. She likes these colors. The fabrics are a little funky & retro too. I added the "Lazy Lily" (as it is named) for a burst of orange color.
It is hand-quilted in overlapping concentric circles in the center. The ivory backing and use of sage green quilting thread makes the circles show up more in reality than they do on the picture. I'll show the label and more about this quilt in a few weeks once the partner receives it.

There's a few other things on my sewing table too, just too dull to photograph!
  • I'm sewing 28 feet of binding on my middle son's new bed quilt. UGGH! Boring.
  • I am playing with a couple little quilts made from some Kasse Fasset squares. The colors and fabrics are wild - I love them. One of these will likely be for Kate's ALQS. I have time still as it is not due until July.
  • I am brainstorming my next border for the Spring Fling round robin.
  • I am contemplating finishing the Lucky Turtle quilt. I think he just needs a binding.
  • I am dreaming of doing some New York Beauty blocks
  • I want to make my daughter a skirt from Kaffe Fassett's Dahlias
  • I am about to start a quilt for my son's kindergarden teacher with artwork by each student. This will be very fun; I'm excited. Have to gather the last 6 pictures though this week.
  • I am sure there are more, but I need to finish a few of the WIPs first!!


jovaliquilts said...

Wow, you work in a lot of styles! That's great. The swap quilt is really nice and the flower sets it off perfectly. :)

Did you make the quilt in the center of your title bar? I'm thinking of trying one like that, lots of work on getting the values sorted just right.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Wow you have a lot of irons in the fire! I like the idea of legacy quilts for each of your children. That's great!

Mom said...

IRONS...yea, that's the tactful way to put it:-) he he

I always enjoy starting projects more than finishing. My husband thinks a fabric bomb went off in the house most days (could be why he was so supportive of my creating a sewing "space" in out basement!)

Anonymous said...

I like all 3 of the quilts, it is alot to be working on at once. I think the lily(looks just like a tiger lily) really adds interest to your quilt, and orange is a great color. I think its great that each of your children will have a special quilt!