Monday, November 29, 2010

fall color

This is my "Fall Color" quilt, submitted to the Noble Seasons Autumn special exhibit.  It will debut in January at Road to California.

Here's a detail. I figure that I ought to post it, while it's still fall! I was inspired by the fall color we saw on our trip to the northeast almost two months ago.  I made "positive" and "negative" leaves, similar to earlier projects that involved hearts and arrows. .

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Samantha, super model

Samantha is modelling some of the things I have made for her. Here is the blue sweater I had been working on while we were visiting there (late Sept-earlyOct), with the buttons from Mood/Manhattan. The sweater pattern came from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. This is the same book I've been using so much for fingerless gloves and other items I can't talk about just now. (Shhhh)

This is another sweater I made, from Natural Knits for Babies and Toddlers by Tina Barrett. She looks like she's about to whisper a secret.

Now she's wearing the matching hat, too!

She seems to really enjoy that ball!  (Be sure to watch the video, on a recent post in case you missed it) This is an original design made by yours truly with flannel, some hand embroidery and ribbon tags.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Welcome Home patriotic house quilt project

"Welcome Home" patriotic house quilt project coordinated by Jamie Fingal on behalf of Furnishing Hope, a non-profit organization specializing in interior design for Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Battalion and this current project, Veteran's First. We are making welcome home patriotic house quilts for the Vietnam vets that are housed at Veteran's First in Garden Grove, California.

Here is a grouping of four of the welcome home quilts turned in so far. That's mine in the upper  left corner and Jamie's on the bottom left. I'm not sure who the artists are on the right - I'll let you know if I find out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

little flag quilt and gloves for me

I finished this little quilt recently.  It's a donation for Furnishing Hope, to give to soldiers coming home. I liked how it turned out. I purposely chose an unpredictable color scheme. The "hills" are batiks from Ghana, the house is dupioni and the flag is Japanese silk.

Here's a detail.

I've been working on several knitting projects, but most of them cannot be shown for now (Christmas is on its way!). I can show this pair of fingerless gloves, because I made them for myself. I love how they turned out! I made similar pairs for my daughter and son-in-law for their birthdays in October. My pair is assymetrical, with one plain side and one cabled side, and I like it that way! This is the first thing that I've knitted for myself, in this go-around.

weekend at the Bowers

This past Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Quilt Faire at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Stacy, Peggy and I shared a table. It was fun spending time with old friends and making some new ones, too.  I sold patterns, note cards, pincushions, and business card holders.

They put our names and examples of our work on twin screens above the crowd. Nice touch! Thanks to Stacy for taking these photos, which I have shamelessly borrowed from her blog.

Peggy convinced me to give a demonstration on English paper piecing on Sunday. I brought all my hexagon quilts, large and small, handed out sheets of hexagons, gave a little demo, etc. I'm happy there was a nice turnout, and people seemed interested and asked good questions. I feel pretty good about it. If I'd been smart I would have announced this event ahead of time, but I was being lazy. Anyway, it went well. There is an ongoing quilt exhibit at the Bowers, featuring some of the quilts from their collection.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilts out and about, and finished projects

It's been a couple of weeks, but this is my "Summertime Cat" at PIQF, taken by Terry. It's part of the travelling exhibit Noble Seasons/Summer. My "Mille Fiore" was also there.
My quilt "It's Your Fault" is currently in Houston at Quilt Festival, as part of the "Beneath the Surface" exhibit. You can see it on the far left of this photo taken by Jamie.

I'm almost finished with a small donation quilt, featuring a house  and a flag. I'll post it when it's finished. I'm also working on my Noble Seasons "Autumn" quilt.

I sent this off recently for Samantha, and I hear that she is wearing it. Hats are fun!

Ditto on this little alpaca number. The yarn was hand-dyed; I purchased it at the farmer's market where Martine and Jack sell their wares.

Here is the hat in progress, with a peek at what the yarn looked like before it gets knitted up. It's a mysterious melange in a ball, but it transforms into neat little stripes. Cool, huh?