Greetings! It’s been a busy couple of weeks. We took the grandkids for a couple of days last week during their school vacation week. Sveta designed her quilt. I had cut out 30 six inch squares for her before the visit and when it became apparent that we would have some time to work on this, I cut out the other 20 squares for a total of 50 and she had fun arranging them on the design wall:
Here is the final layout:
And we (I!!) decided not to add sashing because it would make the sewing much more complicated for a first quilt and she decided to use solids for the setting triangles:
That’s all we had time for during this visit, but the next time she comes she will start sewing the rows together. She really had fun and I just love that I am helping her learn how to make quilts! I’m enjoying seeing these delicious bright colors; I do like the Kaffee fabrics.
Meanwhile, the weekend before last I spent several hours cutting out leaf templates, ironing them onto fabrics and cutting out the leaves for the first border of We Are Stardust (click to enlarge – you’ll see there is paper on top of the leaves):
I do needle turn applique with the paper on top rather than “turned edge” applique in which the edge is usually ironed down before it is appliqued. The disadvantage of the former method is that you don’t get to see the finished look until the applique is complete. The advantage is that you don’t have to stand at the ironing board for hours ironing those edges under. To me, needle turn is very easy and quick – I really don’t think I would save time doing the ironing first. Also, I like the little surprise of seeing how it looks when I take the paper off after I applique the piece. Anyway – there is no right or wrong way to do this! Choose whatever method you enjoy most and gives you the result you want.
Prepping the leaves set me behind on Stella Nova, but I’m still making progress. I have 3 of the borders done and one of the corners:
It shouldn’t be long before I’m sewing on the binding!!
I completed a few more circles for the doll quilt:
Here are the last of the Japanese quilts from the NEQM. This group contains my least favorite quilts from the exhibit, but I still liked them and found them interesting and it is always good to see what kind of quilts are winning prizes and accolades.
I enjoyed this first one because of the use of circles, given my recent exploration of using circles in an improvisational manner in a quilt:
This is a lovely quilt – all hand done! -but seemed to pale in comparison to some of the other truly spectacular quilts in the exhibit:
The complex construction and embellishment on the next quilt were amazing. I am pretty sure many of the fabrics were from old kimonos. The bold border and sashing were interesting – I’m still trying to decide if I like it. I’m not sure I’d have had the courage to use the bright blue and black geometric in this quilt.
The next one is very modern and, though I’m not a huge fan of most modern quilts, I like this one:
What I like most about the next one is the way the quilter used the simple kaleidoscope block to create an original design. Those blocks are pretty small, too! If you look closely enough you can see the individual blocks and how she was able to use careful fabric placement within the blocks to create the overall design. This had to require a lot of planning!!!!
Another modern quilt – I like the overall design and how she subtly uses circles and ovals. I have no idea what “SYO” means!
And that is the end of my showing of the Japanese quilts at the exhibit! If you live anywhere near Lowell, MA I strongly recommend you go these – well worth the trip. As I said previously I am planning to go again.
I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy reading Deborah Barlow’s erudite blog – slowmuse.com, mostly on the creative process. She is a painter. In her most recent post I really liked what she said has helped to “steady” her and be better able to deal with the fear that artists feel about the creative process:
Stay in a state of wonder
Sit quietly and listen
Disengage from the concepts of success and failure
Love uncertainty and the unknown
It’s about the work, not about you
These are good points to ponder and follow! Don’t hesitate to check out her blog. And that’s all for today.
Be grateful, be kind, and cherish each day, Gladi