Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Using my stash

Two posts in two days...unbelievable!

Last March I attended the AQS show in Lancaster.  I've always loved New York Beauty type blocks and one of the vendors was Deb Karasik.  I"d looked at her website before and had seen this wall hanging called Batik Wheels but was not impressed by the colors on the pattern cover.  I know one should be able to envision something with different colors, a different setting, etc., etc., etc. but that's not something I'm able to do very well.  In any case, as a backdrop for her vending space she had this quilt in a yellow/orange color way.  I was smitten.  Bought the pattern then and there, came home, selected the fabrics and let it sit in a box ready for starting.  All the fabrics are from my stash.  I'm embarrassed to say I have a huge stash.  Now--this was 11 months ago!

 Encouraged by a friend in Nova Scotia who is working on Karen Stone's Cinco de Mayo I decided to tackle this one.  The directions are awesome!  It even comes with a little plastic rectangle to use when trimming and comes with all the papers for paper piecing.  It's a light weight velum similar to what I've purchased for paper piecing, kind of like what they use as an overlay in wedding invitations.  Tears away beautifully. BTW, originally I chose all tonal type batiks but found the look was getting kind of boring so I introduced some batiks with more obvious patterns in them.  I think it made it more interesting.  You can see another of Deb's creations on the cover of the current Quilter's Newsletter.   And I know she's the author of two books on paper piecing.

So here is the wall hanging in progress.  If you zoom in on the photo you can see a copy of the photo which Deb allowed me to take at the quilt show.  You can see there a huge number of spikes in the other border.  I have not put any of the circles together at this point, waiting to see if anything needs to be repositioned.  BTW, orange has become my new"go to" color.  Love it!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Second time's a charm ( I hope)

I'm still having a love/hate relationship with this Mac.  I've had it over a year now and I'm still not sure it was a wise purchase.  It continues to do things without my approval--like losing the entire post I'd just created.  So here goes, again...

Last July I took a five day  class with Philippa Naylor at Quilting by the Lake.  I finally finished the piece.  Philippa's work is perfection itself and I wanted to try to incorporate what I learned in a piece that would be worthy of her instructions.  Some parts I feel do that; others do not.  I'm not happy with the trapunto on the curlicues.  Philippa uses three layers of batting in her trapunto (two in the actual design and one with the regular batting.  She has a unique way of ending the piping and also stipples her bindings, both techniques I used in this piece.  Also the center petals are kind of free form--done individually and then put together.  The first two days of the week were devoted to learning some of her favorite techniques and then the last three days were devoted to designing our own work and incorporating the techniques we felt would be good for the piece.  I wanted to get it done because I'm going to be going again this July and there is a quilt show during the two weeks of classes and I needed to get it done.  Only took 8 months...

And--lost the photos again.  Somehow one was retrieved.  Lost the one showing the stippling on the binding.  Bummer.

Dena Crain Work

Dena Crain Work
Tesselated Design