Thursday, March 28, 2013

Giveaway: Books and quilt pins

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that I like to read Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts books and I've even reviewed some of her books her on this blog.

Jennifer Chiaverini's recent book "The Giving Quilt," which I reviewed here, will be released in paperback this week on April 2. To celebrate this release, I am giving away two copies of her book PLUS two sets of three of the Elm Creek Quilts pins pictured above ("Sonoma Rose", "The Giving Quilt," and "The Wedding Quilt.")

If you'd like a chance to win one of these two prize packages, leave a comment and your e-mail address below answering one of the following questions:

"Which of Jennifer Chiaverini's books is your favorite?" 

Or if you haven't read any of her books:
"What is your favorite quilt book?"

Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. I will redraw if I am unable to get a hold of the winner. The giveaway closes on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6 pm EST.  Winner will be contacted on Wednesday, April 3rd. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tweet Dreams Baby Quilt - Project Quilting

"Tweet Dreams Baby Quilt" 30" x 30", made for Project Quilting Season 4, Challenge 6: Hurray for Spring, Mar. 2013
Quick recap of the challenge: "Hurray for Spring"
1. Hurray for Spring.
Awhile ago I set aside six hand-dyed pastel fat quarters because I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt with them, only I didn't know what I wanted to do with them. Every time a Project Quilting challenge was announced, I'd look at the fat quarters to see if I thought I could use them for that challenge. Sure, I probably could have done something for "A Square in a Square…in a square," "Annie’s Vision," "Wish Upon a Star." or even "Print Publication" but all those times I had other ideas that I liked more.

For this quilt I cut the fat quarters so I had six 5" squares (finished size) and pieced them together. Then I made five flowers with stems and a sweet little bird that I machine appliqued with a variegated pastel rainbow thread.

I quilted 'x'es through the top four rows of squares then echo quilted around the flowers and birds using the same variegated pastel rainbow thread.

The backing fabric is yellow with orange, green, blue and purple butterflies on it. The binding is pieced with the hand-dyed pastel fabric.

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As always, you can click on any photo to see it larger.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Hurray For Spring page.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Stained glass quilt stars

Stained glass by Dave Roach

We still have a few older windows that need to be replaced so they get plastic put over them for the winter. I recently noticed that when the sun shined through the stained glass that was behind the plastic, the plastic distorted it enough to make quilted stars appear where there are usually squares. Below is a photo of the piece without the plastic over it.

Stained glass by Dave Roach

Monday, March 11, 2013

Quilt National: Returning and Coming Soon

Quilt National '13, the eighteenth international juried competition for new innovative quilts, will be on display from May 24 to September 2, 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. If you want to see some of the best art quilts in the world then mark your calendar.

If you're near the Columbus, Ohio, area, you can view selected quilts from the previous show, Quilt National '11, at the Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus through Mar. 24, 2013. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sat. and Sun. from 1 to 4 pm.

I reviewed the Quilt National 2011 show and all three of my favorites are included in the show at the Ohio Craft Museum and is also on their website: "Meadow Pine 2" by Nelda Warkentin, "52 Pickup" by Bette Uscott-Woolsey, and "Global Warming" by Paula Kovarik.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Three Wishes - Project Quilting

"Three Wishes," 9.75" x 34", made for Project Quilting Season 4, Challenge 5: Print Publications, Mar. 2013

Quick recap of the challenge: "Print Publications"
1. Chose a print publication and open to page 28. Your inspiration must come from this page.

I must admit that this wasn’t the first magazine page I looked at. The first one was an ad for the National Geographic Channel’s special “Killing Lincoln” which was 90% black with very little images and text. The second one was only text, it was the legalese that went with a prescription drug ad. Last week I gave away over a hundred “American Craft” and “Fiber Arts” magazines going back to 1998…if only I’d known what this week’s challenge was going to be!

Then I remembered there were about two dozen or so pages that I’d removed from the magazines before I gave them away. I pulled out those pages and sure enough there was a page 28 on the back of an article that I was interested in. Page 28 had an article about wallpaper that isn’t what it seems. The example has flowers with tiny white bombs falling in front of them. This article was from the Nov./Dec. 2005 issue of Fiber Arts.

My first thought was to make a fabric mosaic with three parts: a blue square, an orange square, and a red square. I usually put my fabric mosaics in a frame but I didn’t have any that were the right size so I thought I’d piece them on a light colored background. I started looking through my massive fabric stash only to find I’d recently used up all my light neutral fabrics and I didn’t really want to use a white background.

I pulled out a box that had non-quilting cottons and found a home décor fabric that was the right shade and decided that I liked the back of the fabric even better because it had great texture. Also from that box I chose three bright, shiny purple and pink woven fabrics which look different depending on the angle that you look at them. At this point I abandoned my original plan to use the colors from page 28. I also took out some deep velvet that has blues, greens and purples in it, and a dark brownish purple wrinkly taffeta.

I sandwiched the home décor fabric and the back fabric with some wool batting and quilted some wavy horizontal lines with two different colors of purple thread then I quilted around the outside of the quilt a few times to finish the edges. The top and bottom edges are frayed and fringy.

I sewed the dark brownish purple across the middle leaving the extra width hanging over each side. I put some extra batting behind the shiny purple squares, appliquéd them to the background, and quilted them with a square spiral. Then I appliquéd the three velvet squares on top of the shiny ones. The two photos above show the different colors in the velvet.

More about Three Wishes

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As always, you can click on any photo to see it larger.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Print Publications page.

Monday, March 4, 2013

First show of the year!

"My Love is a Pine Tree"  (detail) by Pam Geisel,17" x 16", Jan. 2012 

This Saturday, March 9 is my first art show of the year. It's a new show called "Natural Art Fest" sponsored by the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District and will feature art inspired by nature for sale.

There will also be pansies for kids to pot, nature hikes, face painting, music by “@6” and additional kid activities.

The show will be held at the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District Community Center, 2751 Washington Mill Rd. in Bellbrook, Ohio and goes from 12 noon to 3 pm.