Margaret Griffiths made this bed size quilt with a variety of Gradients and Stash Packs, confidently pieced with white.
For sharing, Margaret received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
I believe that Glenn Pettaway set a record when she had this quilt made within a week of receiving her fabrics. Se used Sunset and Wildfire Shades Packs.
For sharing, Glenn received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
Today's inspiration is a landscape quilt by Ann Silk. She used Summer Sunset and Forest Canopy gradients in her piece.
For sharing, Ann received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
Welcome to a very special week where I'll be sharing a lot of beautiful art and inspiration.
We're kicking off the wee with this beautiful bed quilt from Cathy Michaliga. the pattern is called Getting to Know Hue and she combined Shades Packs with other commercial and dyed fabrics to create her own color theory color palette.
Cathy made her quilt reversible with an ice dyed mandala quilt back. The backing colors work great with the front of the quilt.
For sharing, Cathy received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
Proving that we get inspiration from all around us, Patricia says that she never thought about putting green and gray together until she posted a survey on Facebook. She proposed 3 colorways and green/gray won hands down! The quilt is her own pattern and uses Gray Sky Gradient, Anole Shades Pack and 2 pieces from a Shibori Stash Pack. (The shop is closed until September 5, 2021 so these items will be viewable then.)
For sharing, Patty received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
If you are reading this Friday or Saturday you can be pretty sure that I'm in a car. We will not have internet or TV at the cabin where we will be for 2 weeks. We will be able to go into town to get some level of public internet service. Sometimes the App works to let me post but sometimes it doesn't!
Fortunately I have a backlog of fabulous customer projects and I'll use next week to share those. Every day next week will be Customer Gems day and you are in for some real treats!
Today I thought I'd share the projects that I decided to take with me.
On the quilting front I have a lot of pre-cut projects. I've been slowly working on these all year. I like having the kits for my monthly sewing days with my quilt club and I like having them for travel. Cutting often takes more space than I have so kits are ideal for travel. On the left I have veterans quilt kits. Most of these are going to be really fast so I packed enough for 10 quilt tops. On the right are blocks for a big project that I'm going to call Flora's Stars. I'm go into detail about this project later but I'm planning on scrappy 9-patch blocks using as much of my vintage and feedsack collection as possible. There will be 8 quilts when this project is done. I've pre-cut 14 block patterns and 8 of each block. When I get tired of veterans quilts I can switch to these.
We don't have guests with us this year so I should have a lot of glorious sewing time.
On the crochet front I have 3 projects packed. In front is a shawl called the Half Circle Eyelet Shawl. I've been looking for a pattern for a "horseshoe" shawl that I can easily make for donation to assisting living and nursing home facilities. This shawl is very easy and the way she designed the increases makes this a perfect shawl that will stay on and not slip to the back. The yarn I'm using for this one is Lion Brand Mandala. My friend gave me a skein of this and I think it will be just about the perfect length for someone in a wheelchair. I'm also taking the blue yarn for a wavy baby blanket and 3 kits for Sesame Street hats. If I run out of projects I can always go to the nearest craft store or Walmart for more yarn. I make donation projects and the are all in acrylic yarn so if I buy yarn I will not feel bad about not bringing my stash. I can get yarn for any project for less than $30.
The loom knitting projects are primarily car projects. If anyone has any interest in loom knitting I have found the best video series on YouTube. GoodKnitKisses has a great beginner series. She also has knitting and crochet tutorials and patterns for all three crafts. I'm taking yarn for hats and scarves.
Done and delivered! It's no secret that I haven't liked this quilt. I started it with no purpose other than to use up a lot of green hand dyed fabrics. I showed a progress photo to my college roommate (who lives in the same county) and she fell in love with it. We delivered it this week and she was sending me these photos before we even got home 20 minutes later. As much as I have disliked this quilt, I admit that I love it on the dark wood bed. I'm happy, she's happy. It's all good.
You can read all about A Big Green Quilt and see more photos here.
Thanks to Sylvia for alerting me to my missing audiobook post for July. It wasn't actually missing but I had accidentally posted it to July 5, instead of the 31st. You can find it here.
I have two of my own veterans quilts to share today. I've been working on these in my quilt club sewing weekends. I got the tops done in July and, by doing some really fast quilting, I was able to get these knocked out this week. The one on the left was supposed to look like the one on the right but I cut all of the sashing wrong! It has the dark blue corners because when I was re-cutting the fabric I ran out of that blue from my stash. We quilters make do! I like the look of both of them.
The block is a sawtooth star with a 9-patch center. Simple. I have another kit cut out in this pattern where the stars are bright oranges and yellows and the background is turquoise. I think I actually cut out 2 kits for that one.
I am the lucky person who gets to deliver the quilts. It's really easy now because our VA hospital coordinator just moved about 5 miles from me. Do you remember when Benartex sent me a bunch of patriotic fabric in compensation for losing one of my quilts? Quilts from those fabrics are starting to roll in! There are 11 in this stack of 31 quilts.
My quilt club is so prolific! I think that this stack alone is the work of only 8 people. Amazing. I hope to have about 10 more of my own ready to quilt after vacation.
The shop will be closed August 4 - September 5. I hope that will not cause you any inconvenience for your projects. I already have new fabric ready to list in September and I'll be back on the 5th with new energy and ready to go!
Extended Coupon Codes
For those of you who have shared your art in the customer gallery and had coupon codes that expired after August 1, your coupons have been extended 30 days to allow for the shop closure.
I had some really modest goals for July:
The only reason that the vulture quilt isn't done is that July tuned into Bag Mania month. I had so much fun making these. I was inspired by a crochet person that I follow on YouTube. She was making drawstring bags for her crochet projects and I thought I'd make a "couple" for my crochet projects. That turned into about 22 drawstring bags and 13 zipper pouches. I gave away 4 and almost all of the rest are in use storing the yarn stash that I swore I'd never have.
I'm continuing to learn to loom knit and my hands are healing and I back to doing some crochet. I finished 2 loom knit hats, 2 scarves and 1 crochet wheelchair blanket this month.
I also made another set of fabric postcards and quilted a quilt for Mom.
All of my trip projects are packed and I'll post about those later this week.
My goals for August are minimal since we will be gone most of the month.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.