There are two kinds of quilters...those who actually make quilts and those who just think about making quilts. I used to belong to the first group but now I belong to the latter. Life just keeps slapping me around - so I'd like to go on the record right now, it's time for a four day work week!!! That would free up some time for me to at least pet my fabric, or maybe talk to my stack of tops or maybe it might even get me some time with my first love...my sewing machine! Dare I hope?!? In the meantime, here's what my friends have been up to!
Jenny hosted us and it was also her turn to teach us something new - she showed us how she makes her felted wool mittens. Jenny bought a pattern (Madawaska Mittens), made a few visits to the local Goodwill/Value Village, where she purchased very inexpensive wool sweaters, and then she felted them by washing and drying. Her mittens are easy to make and super warm and seriously cute - plus they are cheap to make! (I'm going to make ten pairs. I'm publicly stating my mittens goal, which I'm told will help me achieve it...as if!)
I can see it now, but from my vantage point across the room, this block looked like a boat to me! Of course it's Australia...you see it, right? And that little pink bottom piece is Tazmania...like 25 people live there, or so I'm told. Kareena made this block and she's not sure what she's going to do with it - maybe keep going and make some kind of Aussie quilt? Maybe just a pillow? Time will tell! This block was paper-pieced...or as someone in our group, who shall remain nameless, once said, paper-pissed...most in our little group are not fans of paper-piecing but we do admire those who are!
Stephanie brought these two finished pieces of "art" for us to see. Her 87 or 88 or 89 year old friend made them - doesn't really matter how old she is, but isn't it great that she is still making/designing/quilting??? That's the toe of my shoe in the first picture - just to give you an idea of how small those little hexagons are! It's actually 10 x 10-inches...mind-boggling. And the triangles are equally as small! Both of these pieces are absolute perfection, and hand-stitched.
Just take a minute and look at those little tiny stitches...pretty amazing. No doubt this piece was made from scraps, that would have definitely been in the trash in my work room, but now they are part of this beautiful art - kind of speaks volumes, no? One man's trash is another man's treasure...and speaking of trash...
This is Stephanie's "scrap/trash" quilt. (Those are Helen's hands! I didn't realize they snuck into the picture!) Stephanie rescued those little bits of black and white fabrics and turned them into this beautiful quilt. Stephanie is the Queen when it comes to using itty-bitty pieces of fabric. I love that she used those mustard-colored fabrics - this would look so great in my house! (I have nothing in those colors but still it would look great!)
Last month our group hosted Sujata Shah for a lecture. Sujata is a fabulous quilter, author, and all around fabric artiste! Plus she is beautiful and has the most delightful accent! Sujata showed us her quilts and talked about what influences her - mostly her upbringing in India. I will share pictures of Sujata's quilts and my notes from her lecture in another post - her quilts are amazing! If you don't want to wait for that, check out Sujata by clicking here. Pictured above is one of Helen's quilts, made in 2004. (Helen knows exactly when it was made because she put a label on it! She labels all of her quilts - and so should we all!)
Helen, still thinking about our time last month with Sujata, told us who influenced her: Her mom was her first influencer - she sewed her clothes. Helen was next influenced when she attended 4-H and learned to sew herself. The quilt pictured above is one of Sujata's patterns, made in 2005.
Helen then attended college and studied clothing and textiles, where she remembers thinking, "I'm not sure this is for me!" She pretty much hated it because her course was all about perfection - using templates, that sort of thing, and we all know templates are of the devil! But still, her college time influenced her. When Helen met Sujata, back in the early 2000's, Sujata had a profound influence on Helen and her use of colors. You might even say Sujata helped Helen find her voice. The quilt above is made with Kaffe fabrics, the saturation of color, with little pops here and there is what makes this quilt so wonderful. This quilt was made in 2005.
Helen found her voice and then some! Everyone in our group can immediately spot a "Helen Quilt" - her quilts are beautifully pieced with simple designs that let the fabrics shine. They are all colorful yet each one of Helen's quilts is unique. And how can that be when they are all Helen quilts? Well, I'd say they are all variations on a theme. This quilt, made in 2005, is one of the quilts featured in Sujata's book, Cultural Fusion. Helen challenged us to find our voice. I loved hearing about Helen's influencers - loved seeing her quilts - loved thinking about who has influenced me over the years and Helen is definitely on that list! I've never met a quilt I didn't like so I'm not sure what my quilting voice is...but I'm going to try to find it! Thanks Helen, your influence has definitely been felt in our group!
When this quilt was being unfolded I thought it was a summer quilt with watermelon on it - see those little black dots? Watermelon? Turns out it's a Christmas quilt! Barbara found this panel and she turned it into an adorable quilt. Barbara even quilted this herself on her new Bernina long-neck machine! Way to go Barbara and congrats on the new baby/machine!
Terry has been crazy busy quilting!!! She has been going like a mad-woman finishing up old tops - and this is one of them. The colors of this quilt might date it a bit but I love it...still sweet and cozy looking! When Helen was talking about finding our voice - Terry said, "I think I'm my own orchestra!" However, we all poo-poohed that notion because we all know a "Terry Quilt" when we see it! A Terry quilt is one that is perfectly pieced and quilted...and it's even on all sides. (Something that I think is over-rated! Ask any chiropractor, he will say one of our legs is longer than the other...so shouldn't our quilts be a 1/2-inch longer in places so it matches our legs???) Terry and I have very little in common in the quilting arena - she's a perfect piecer and a perfect quilter and her quilts are perfectly beautiful! Sadly, I am not a pur-feck-shun-ist...or whatever that word is!
Terry made two of these dress doll panels - so, so cute! I have a panel - have had it for about two years now - have every intention of getting it sewn together for my grand-daughter before she graduates high school! She's 6, so I've still got time! Love the fabrics Terry! Can you see how Terry can make even a panel quilt perfect?!?
Hi Marsha! Looks like she's napping behind the quilt but she was probably just taking a moment to breath from all of the exciting quilts we saw! This is another quilt made by Terry. Last month Diane showed us a video from Missouri Star Quilting Company on how to make this quilt - and this month Terry brings in the finished quilt! That's called NOT being lost in Translation! You can find the link to that tutorial by clicking here. Just so you know, this is a quick quilt to make, so you still have time to get one whipped out before July 4th rolls around!
Terry also finished up this Christmas quilt. It's pretty cute and even though it might be hard to tell in this picture, the reds are not really red, but kind of orange-red which makes this quilt different and fun! We do love circle quilts in our group - might be time for me to make another one...tick-tock, one day!
I think the hands just add to this picture, no? I either have time to post or time to edit pictures - don't have time for both! I loved seeing all of Terry's quilts - loved them all - but this quilt tickled me!!! Those blocks are from a group project years ago - our ugly quilt block project! And we all agreed all ugly blocks go together! I LOVE this quilt - as in really, really love it! I have one just like it and my ugly quilt is one of my very favorites because it's just yummy, in the most quilt-a-licious way! I recognize the blocks I made - they are the bright green and brown blocks...hideous, but they all work together!
Terry is showing us her mad-quilting skills! She is quilting Kareena's crow quilt - it's still in the works because now Terry is going to quilt barbed wire into the quilt and she wanted to get Kareena's opinion on what's coming next. This quilt is H U G E !!! I think we all said that when she began unfolding it! I'm looking forward to seeing Terry's magic on this one! Stay tuned!
This beautiful piece of patchwork was made by Terry's grandmother. It's made with shirting fabrics and is all hand-pieced. Terry told us this top was long and narrow so she took it apart and reworked it so it was a more desired shape. Terry asked our opinions on how to finish this top...we all had one...I said I would put a large 8-inch floral border around this and my words hung in the air...I'm not saying it's the best option or even a good one, I'm just saying that's what I would do...of course then I would regret it forever and ever but there you have it! Terry will do the right thing, the "Terry thing" and it will be wonderful...and I will try to live and learn!!!
This is an action shot! Wow, I never cease to amaze myself at my photographic abilities! This is another one from Terry...how did she do all of this??? This is made with Dr. Seuss fabrics - so fun! Her grandkids will love this - and it's one of two!
Maybe Stephanie's hand...maybe Kareena's...nice ring! Here's the other Dr. Seuss Christmas quilt - and notice the names on those present blocks!!! That's all Terry!! That's what Terry does best - she puts in little surprises...that's a Terry quilt right there!
One last quilt from Terry - any Harry Potter fan would LOVE this! Thanks for the show Terry, now get back into your work room and get busy so we can have another Terry show next month! That's it kids - scroll up and down a few more times and enjoy the show - it was a doozie! Thanks Jenny for hosting us and for the yummy lunch!