Greetings! Some time ago I decided that I wanted to make a back for Joyful Noise that features the wonderful, unique Japanese designer fabrics that I collected for years and used for the palm leaves on the front of the quilt. On a rainy Sunday I was in the mood for fabric cutting and started cutting out squares for this. Arranging them in an “offset” manner adds some visual interest. Here is my design wall:
The 8 vertical strips are now sewn together and I have 7 long vertical seams left to do. Then I will have to contact someone about machine quilting it – no way do I want to hand quilt through all those seams, both front and back! Even after cutting out the above, I still have a lot of these fabrics left, though, when spread out, some of them look like Swiss cheese from cutting pieces out of them!
Here are my latest 2 stars. One is definitely the one Barbara called for – a chintz with a “blotched ground” or a “halo” of white around the designs, indicating the color in the background was filled it around it. The second star is my “stretch” for this – not really a chintz, but a reproduction fabric with a kind of “halo” of lighter color around the designs. That fabric was from the Cocheco reproduction line:
I have been hand quilting the little star doll quilt:
On our recent vacation we took a day to drive into Denver to go to the Denver Art Museum. I had been there 10 years ago to see an exhibit of Amish quilts when I was in the area taking a machine quilting course in Estes Park with several of my quilting friends. Hard to believe I took 4 days of classes on machine quilting and then never had the time to follow up with practicing those skills and now would have to start all over if I want to learn free motion machine quilting. I don’t think I’d want to machine quilt large quilts but it might be nice to be able to do something more than just straight lines with a walking foot on some smaller projects. Maybe when I am retired… Anyway, the museum is wonderful and I was blown away by their native American art. Here are some examples:
This gorgeous quilt by Charlotte Whitehill was on display:
We visited the grandkids on Saturday and took them, along with our daughter, out for frozen yogurt treats:
Off to Vermont later today and to the show tomorrow! Can’t wait! I should have lots of pictures of the show quilts next time!
Thanks for visiting. Cherish each day! Gladi