Got up before dawn this morning to the sound of rain. Kind of unusual for Las Vegas. After studying for tomorrow’s Sunday School lesson, I was in the mood to paint. So while listening to a quilting podcast and downing a few Girl Scout cookies ( the lemon ones are surprisingly good!), I got to work. Life is good.
This little drawing is based on antique needlework patterns. I added a fabric texture in Ipiccy–don’t know if you can tell. Though my brushwork is a little messy, I like how it turned out. And it was much faster than needle-turn applique!
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors. I love pumpkins. I love anything with an autumn flavor. And even though it’s still officially summer, it’s September and that signals Fall to me.
Today is the beginning of the Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I started my blog after her similar challenge in January. Even though I’ve been painting just a year, I feel like I’ve come a long way from my first attempts just a few months ago.
Since I do love Autumn, expect to see a lot of Fall subjects in the next 30 days. My mind is bursting with ideas. I just hope I can keep having them for the next month.
Today’s pic is Mr. Scarecrow. I’ve just always liked scarecrows, crows and pumpkins, so this pic was a natural.
I was able to do a little painting on my recent vacation. Sewing is a familiar theme and thread is definitely a part of my life. I doubt I ever leave the house without some thread attached to my clothing. Some people seem to think they need to point this out to me–as though I should be embarrassed to be seen that way in public. To me it is a badge of honor!
The last several weeks I have been working on a wedding quilt for my niece, April. I finally finished just minutes before I left for the airport to attend the wedding in Las Vegas (my hometown). The wedding was last Saturday and everything was beautiful.
Her colors were blue and salmon so I picked several blue prints and designed an elongated monkey wrench block. I didn’t want the quilt to be too “girly” so I just adding a touch of salmon in the corners of the blocks.
The few salmon blocks I did make became part of the pieced back.
I quilted it with several different designs in the blocks and traditional freehand feathers in the borders.
I presented it to the happy couple a couple of days before the main event. They seem very pleased with the results!April and Brandon on their wedding day, August 17, 2013. Best wishes to the happy couple! I know they will appreciate the quilt and that makes it all worth it.
I was browsing through some old quilt magazines today and came across an antique pickle dish block quilt. I’ve always been attracted to this pattern, but have never had the time or patience to make it. Well, now I have–not in cloth of course. (I’ll just have to add this to the other 99 quilts I would like to make). I’ve added some rose “appliques” to my version here. The triangles spikes and the curves makes a very pleasing design that I just love.
Sue wanted to honor her father by having a quilt made out of his old suits. Her friend Brenda did a wonderful job piecing a quilt top that was very pleasing–adding a floral print that softened the look. I recently finished quilting it. It’s a large bed sized quilt.
I quilted feathers in the “suit” areas to soften and unify the different wools.
In the floral print, I used straight lines to accent the triangle shape and added some freehand leaves and curls.
In the center, I quilted a feathered wreath.On the other side, it’s easier to see the border design. The solid lime green backing fabric really shows off the quilting.
This is one of the those quilts that was really an honor to quilt. I love how it turned out.
I was looking through a book on antique quilts and found one from 1855. It was an applique quilt with whimsical motifs that I found very appealing. Apparently, it has come to be known as the “Lollipop” quilt. This is my 4 block version that was inspired by that quilt. The original was predominantly dark green. I lightened up the color scheme a bit in my version.
Whenever I think of Flag Day, I think of my Grandmother Griffiths. June 14th was her birthday. This year, I realized that she would have been 125! She was already 70 when I was born, but luckily, she lived until 90 so I had a chance to know her well. I love flags and the combination of red, white and blue. It just says Summer.
Here is an incredible quilt pieced and appliqued by Abby W. from New York state. She said it took a year and a half to complete the top. I’m not surprised. She did a wonderful job! The pattern was a block of the month offered a couple of years ago on The Quilt Show (with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims) on the Internet. It was designed by Sue Garman.
I did my best to compliment the top with combination of straight line quilting , stitch in the ditch, and freehand flowers, leaves and feathers. It took a while, but the results were worth it. The back side (last pic) looks like a whole cloth whitework quilt!