Thursday, March 31, 2016

Memory Quilt: Grandma's Flowers

"Grandma's Flowers," 72 x 95, made by Pam Geisel, March 2016

I was recently contacted by a woman whose daughter had made 18 quilt blocks using the daughter's grandmother's clothing and fabrics. I pieced them together using a bright blue fabric that tied the squares together then quilted and bound it.

The squares were about 13" x 13" so they were too big to put all 18 on the front, so three ended up on the back. Yes, the whole quilt is taller than my quilt stand.

Here are some close ups of the blocks:

Judging by the fabric she used, I think Grandma's fabric stash was from the 1970s.

I love this little lollypop flower with the birds in the background.

This shows some of the simple quilting that I did in the sashing.

And one square from the back.

It was a fun project, and I believe it will be cherished for many years.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mini Madness: Three 6"x6" mini art quilts

 Left to right: "Poppy Power," "Beach Time," and "Summer Barn," all 6"x6"x1", made by Pam Geisel, March 2016

This month the Island Batik Ambassador's are creating miniature pieces for #MiniMadnessIB Challenge! The guidelines were simple, the finished pieces must be smaller than 24" x 24" and can use any of the fabric that we've received so far. And since this is my second year as an ambassador, I've had three shipments of fabric, so plenty of choices.

Also, Village Artisans, the local artist co-op that I belong to, are having an exhibit of pieces that measure 6" x 6". Voila, two birds, one stone. I came up with some 6" x 6" designs then I pulled out all of my Island Batik fabric and after auditioning it all, I whittled it down to the chose few.

Coincidentally, the fabrics I used came from three different collections, each collection from a different shipment. The "California Creamery" jelly roll pre-cuts came this Spring, the "Sea Salt Sandy" fat quarters (the rainbow colors on the right) came last Fall, and the mini pre-cuts at the bottom, with pieces that were 3" x 10", came last Spring.

While I love all fabric, I really adore pre-cuts. Perhaps it's because you get more fabric choices with them. Each piece is smaller, but I don't tend to use large pieces anyway, and I also have difficulty cutting into larger pieces, unless it's fabric that I bought for a specific project.

The Sea Salt Sandy fabric came as fat quarters. I just love the visual texture in these.

Here's a closer look at the finished pieces:


In "Poppy Power," the blue sky and the bottom three green pieces were from the mini pre-cuts. The top green pieces is a Sea Salt Sandy, as are the three red poppies.

I quilted thread somewhat vertically to represent other flower stems, couched some blue to green variegated yarn for the three flower stems, and added some red seed beads for poppies in the background.

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In "Beach Time" the three sand fabrics were from the "California Creamery" jelly roll and the three water fabrics came from the Sea Salt Sandy collections.

I couched some funky, hand-woven cream-colored yarn for the surf, hand sewed a star fish with embroidery thread, and hand-sewed some white seed beads on the beach near the surf.

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In "Summer Barn" I revisited the barn from my Early Morning Nine Patch quilt. The background fabrics are the same as in "Poppy Power" (and have now all been used) and the barn sides and roof are from the Sea Salt Sandy collection.

I couched some yarn where the land meets the sky and around the bottom of the barn. I'm note sure if the designers had anything particular in mind when they create these, but they made a wonderful barn and roof, not to mention poppies and beach water.

All three pieces are wrapped around a 6" x 6" frame so they are all just under 1" deep.

More about Poppy Power, Beach Time, and Summer Barn

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Modern Art Postcards - Project Quilting

"Modern Art Postcards," 6" x 4" (each), made for Project Quilting, Season 7, Challenge 6: A Goose in the Monkey Wrench, Mar. 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Challenge recap for  "A Goose in the Monkey Wrench":  
For this challenge you must include at least one monkey wrench block and one flying geese block.  You may add other blocks if you wish.
I decided to make two postcards for this challenge, for two reasons. One is I've been working on a bed-sized custom quilt and that took most of my time. 
The second reason is since there two traditional quilt blocks were part of the Project Quilting Focus Through The Prism challenges, I thought it would be appropriate to use the same fabric we used for those challenges, and I mostly have small pieces of that fabric left.
Both postcards are 6" x 4" and had white fabric on the back where you can write a message and the address. And you can actually send these through the mail as they are! All of the edges are sewn down and are finished with a satin stitch using black thread.

Click on any of the photos to see larger images.

To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the A Goose in the Monkey Wrench link up.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Island Batik Fabric Winner!

And the winner of these two half yard cuts of the Island Batik Desert Rose fabrics from the Island Batik Ambassador Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Blog Hop is...

And #14 is...Wanda S Hanson! You can check out her blogs Exuberant Color to see what she makes with these lovely fabrics!