Archive for the ‘Quilts’ Category

Follow Your Dreams

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Recently my nephew’s girlfriend, Kat, graduated from massage therapy school. She did this while holding a full time job and caring for her two young daughters, an amazing achievement in my book.  I  made this  quilt, Follow Your Dreams,  as a present for her graduation.

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Hawaiian Applique Sampler

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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Hawaiian Sparkle

This is a Hawaiian Appliqué square that I made for a class I am teaching at the Fort Collins, CO Presser Foot on September 20. This is a contemporary approach to design and needle-turn appliqué a Hawaiian quilt, and doesn’t involve the traditional folded cutwork that can be so difficult to perfect. In fact, this method if pretty foolproof, and very easy to learn. I can prove it – as a complete novice appliqué quilter I designed and made a quilt using this method and it won several national awards. (See Endless Hawaiian on my Contemporary Traditional gallery page.)

 

The appliqué top is made from a Lunn hand dye and the background is one of my own hand paints.

 

Its been a lot of fun to get back to Hawaiian quilting for a bit, its such a chance to work with beautiful fabrics without cutting them up into small pieces.

 

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Hawaiian Sparkle Close Up

Transforming the stash

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Rather than tossing some of the fabrics in my stash that are no longer the kind of fabric I use in my quilts, I’ve been painting them. Not only is it a lot of fun, but I now have about 30 transformed fat quarters in luscious colors and various techniques using mostly Setacolor paints. On a few I have added some Jacguard paint. Here are three of the pieces that I’ve painted recently.

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This piece was painted on quality muslin yardage which I had kept for years, for some unknown reason.
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Now I wish I had a lot more of this fabric, a white on white Christmas fabric that I picked up on sale after the holidays a few years ago. It painted up beautifully.
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I had almost 8 yards of a boring solid pink good quality cotton. I think that I had planned to use it for a back for a quilt for my little girl when she graduated to a big girl bed. She is now 27, and I never use solids anymore, so I decided it was safe to transform it. The pink added such a wonderful undertone to every piece I painted on it.

So my suggestion is – go for it! See what you can do with those out of date fabrics before you toss them.

Alpine Meadow

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

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My guild has asked me to do a landscape design workshop, and I made this small quilt as a sample, using the relatively simple technique which I intend to teach. The inspiration was a picture that my son had taken in Switzerland, while he was doing an internship there. Here is the original photo (by my son, Alex Robinson):

  Alex's Switzerland Picture

Close-up of Reina’s quilt

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Reina’s quilt - detail