Nov. 4th, 2011

Quilt Festival Day 1

So today Mom and Aunt Marlene and I spent the day seeing approximately 85% of the Exhibition floor and about 10% of the vendors at the Festival. Very exciting.
Mom and I return tomorrow for the Vendor Extravaganza!

I am so tired.
Here, have an exceptional and amazing Yin Yang quilt. SO BEAUTIFUL.
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More photos in the set.
And more to come tomorrow! :)

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Dec. 6th, 2010

being crafty

I'm finally making some progress on my quilting. I cleaned the craft table over Thanksgiving break, and now I have plenty of room to work. I've got some great fabrics, but am a bit stymied by handling faces in small quilts.
The first one I'll do with fabric, and the second one I'm planning to try fabric paint. We'll see how well that works.

I'm contemplating fandom quilts, too, although I still want to do my Canterbury quilt as well. Now that I don't have homework every night, hopefully I'll get a lot more done.

In related news, it turns out I have a ton of Coats & Clark thread. Doh! The stuff is horrible for machine work - it gunks up the works something awful, and most quilters seems to agree. Wow does my thread drawer look empty now. I need to find a Gutenberg or Sulky sale, stat!

Time to take a deep breath and start cutting!

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Nov. 10th, 2010

Latin for fun and profit

LOL, the medieval story we got to translate in class was HILARIOUS: guy kills enemy, makes a cup out of enemy's skull, marries enemy's daughter, delights in giving daughter the cup and inviting her to have a drink with dear ole dad, daughter plots and kills the guy. Fun times with barbarians!
And now, guess what?

We're reading GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH, you guys. A story about HENGIST.  LOLZ forever.

Ahem. Yeah, I can be serious.  Someday. There are tales of SPACE: IT'S REALLY BIG! \o/ plus cute baby elephants, the biker invasion of Galveston Island, airport delays with bonus beagle action, and an XTREME QUILT SHOW experience to be blogged, maybe.  Eventually.  Some of the photos are on Flickr already.

Seriously:
SPACE! IT'S REALLY BIG!! \o/ ♥ ♥


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Oct. 22nd, 2010

Returning to the Top Fives

From Emily: Top Five Things I've Made (with pictures!) All images are clickable.

1. Victorianna (aka My First Doll). I bought the pattern at the Houston Quilt Festival when I was 13 or 14, and made the thing by myself. I taught myself how to use a curved quilting needle, Mom helped me learn how to tea-dye muslin, and I had a lot of adventures with sewing yarn, stuffing, and finishing. The doll pattern comes as a "boudoir" doll, with sewn-on undies, and you can buy several dress patterns from her. Some are fancy Victorian-style things, some are clever transformations of traditional quilt patterns. I did make her a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" dress and apron, but I don't know where they are off the top of my head.
Victorianna Doll

2. Wedding Quilt: Michelle and Andy. This was a collaboration between me and Shelley, and it took four years to finish because we were horrible procrastinators and then we had to shuttle it back and forth between us. Once the top was done, I took it home and eventually did all the finishing, quilted it and put little crystals all over. This was my first time working with: printer fabric sheets; wedge-cut circular piecing (which was hard and involved a hell of a lot of precise math and careful measurement); heat-bonding crystals; free-motion quilting. The writing you can see is from the day of their wedding - we did have the top finished just enough to get it there and have the guests sign it. It all had to be taken apart and redone eventually, but it got done!
<Full quilt before finishing edges
(I can't believe I don't have a photo of the finished version! Here's one of it in situ at Chez Michelle and Andy in Ithaca.)

3. Girl in a Headscarf, prismacolor on paper. This was my first project using Prismacolor Pencils. I took a course at Rice Continuing Studies with a very awesome teacher, and chose a gorgeous photo released under Creative Commons licensing to render. I used a grid method to get the image onto the paper, and then colored very carefully. :) This one currently hangs in my office.
Finished and Framed

4. Canterbury in Colors, watercolor on paper. I did this in my watercolor class at the Art League of Houston. I loved that class, and it's kind of a toss-up between this piece and the one of the girl in a chair. I find the Canterbury painting so appealing, though, plus it's based on one of my own photographs. I plan to make an art quilt out of it. This one is framed and hanging next to my door at home.
A Street in Canterbury

5. Wedding Quilt: Lisa and Tim. (Do you see a pattern in my quilt-making? LOL.) This is my first really finished pieced art quilt. I had done one earlier than this of Professor Snape for a fellow Harry Potter fan, but that was based around a print on fabric of one of my illustrations, so it doesn't count in the same way. For Godzilla, I pieced and appliqued the whole thing together and then did shaped quilting to emphasize form and line. And Godzilla's back spikes are actually 3-D. Mom found a great skyline fabric to use on the back so it could be linked to New York, as well. I really enjoyed the shopping for this - Lisa and Tim got some really exciting novelty fabrics. (And they were really enthusiastic when they opened the package, too!)
finished quilt

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Apr. 22nd, 2010

The Great 2010 Art Quilt Placemat Challenge

So now that Keet and Julie have received their lovely gifts, I am posting the collection of photos about making my offerings, plus shots of the ones Mom made. (With apologies for the totally crappy quality of the photos.)

Mom made this for Julie's theme of "fireflies":
"Fireflies"
The fireflies, stars, tree, and details of the figure are in embroidery, with quilting over top to give the landscape.

And Mom made this for Keet's theme of "sunshine":
"Sun"The center of the flower is full of embroidered French knots.

I made this one for Keet's theme of "A Midsummer Night's Dream":
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That's partial square patchwork and partial (badly) reversed applique.

I made this one for Julie's theme of "Japanese water garden":
"Japanese Water Garden"
And seriously, go look at the big version of this one, it's not quite as blurry as the others, and I am really proud of the quilting I did on that one. Again, partial patchwork.

The Great 2010 Art Quilt Placemat Challenge set on Flickr includes a few making-of shots and some close-up on the details.

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