Just Doodling

I felt like drawing today.  This started as just a black on white doodle.  I discovered how to add some color in PicMonkey.  It’s needs to be cleaner, but it’s a start.  One of my goals is to do more art on the computer.

Enjoy Today by Pam Schoessow

Enjoy Today by Pam Schoessow

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Making Progress

Just wanted to let you all know that I have made some progress on at least one UFO this week.  You might remember this Halloween quilt top from my last post.  Well, with the addition of some wide borders, it is now a little lap quilt! Now it’s ready to pull out for the Fall.IMG_0568With addition of the orange and green borders, it measures about 58″ square–a nice lap size.

IMG_0560At first I didn’t think that the darker green border was a good choice.  But my main goal in finishing this projects it to use fabric that I already have!  I probably would have gone for a lime green or purple, but this fabric is growing on me.  Who says everything has to match perfectly?  Hope it makes it more interesting.  I picked up quite a lot of this fabric at a guild sale years ago.  I loved the little ravens (or are they crows?).  It’s an unusual print and I finally found a place to use it.  I made the binding out of another Halloween print that I had around.IMG_0561Also right out of my fabric stash I found this orange diamond fabric that looks great on the back.  I added some extra blocks (and more of the green) to make the backing wide enough.  Pieced backs are always more interesting just using one fabric.  I quilted it with an all-over spiral pattern as you can see.  Nothing fancy.  Got to get these projects done!IMG_0564I find I do have  quite a few Autumn fabrics and colors in my fabric stash.  It’s obvious it’s my favorite season and now I have another Fall quilt project to add to my collection!

 

 

Judy’s Quilt

I finished quilting this beautiful quilt recently.  It was pieced by Judy, who did a fabulous job.  It’s always a pleasure to quilt a well pieced top.  I believe this is the Hunters Star block.IMG_0488

I used some circle templates to get the nice curves.IMG_0491IMG_0493The feathers and pebbles are all done free-hand.  That’s the part I like best.IMG_0495I put feathers in the borders also.IMG_0492This quilt actually took quite a while to finish, but I am happy with the results.IMG_0496Purple lovers enjoy!

 

 

American Flower Pot

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend here.  Warm weather has finally arrived!  The trees  just about have all of their leaves and the world is glorious.  Our little town of Antioch, IL (pop. 8500 or so) has put up American flags on all the light posts downtown.  It’s a little slice of midwest Americana.  That’s probably what inspired this  piece.  Flowers and flags put a smile on my face!

ImageThis is just one of several paintings I have added new to my Etsy shop today.

 

Block of the Month Beauties

Recently I quilted 3 quilts made from the same pattern. They were sent to me by friends Randi, Maritza and Pam.  The pattern was offered as a Block of the Month last year on the internet show “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  The quilt features some New York Beauty Blocks and some gorgeous applique.   All three of my quilt top makers did a fabulous job.  With varying fabric choices, and with some variation in the applique, each looks totally different.  My challenge was to do vary the quilting as well.

This first one was pieced and appliqued by Randi.  Her colors are bright and cheerful.

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Maritza’s quilt (except for the borders) has much lower contrast giving it a softer look.  I quilted a lot of pebbles in this one.  ImageImageImageImageImage

The fabric choices in Pam’s quilt achieved high contrast.  I would have never thought to use these colors, but is works!

Very striking.

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It was a fun challenge doing these three quilts.  But I am also glad they are finished and out the door!