There isn't much actually happening in the studios this week because we are on the last few days of kitchen work! Today should finish everything up so I'll be spending the afternoon and evening putting things back in place. We are very happy with how everything turned out. There have been a couple of bumps but it's all worked out really well.
I am taking a little break from Lost My Marbles to work on some veterans quilts but I found some photos of new marbles that I hadn't shared yet. Since there's nothing else to share I was really pleased to find these!
Fabric of the Week
The theme this week is blue! Let's start with the fabric of the week, Beach Walk. Beach Walk combines the ocean and sand. Patricia Caldwell used it for sand and sky and that work perfectly too! Beach Walk is 20% off through Sunday.
New Gradient! Monterey Bay
A few weeks ago I shared by failed attempt to replicate Bay of Campeche. Since then I've been working on a replacement and I'm happy to introduce Monterey Bay! Blue gradients are the most popular gradients for art quilters and I like to have a good variety of sky and water gradients for you to choose from. Monterey Bay joins Blue Sky, Sea and Sky and Paradise.
Back In Stock
Sunrise Silhouette by Patricia Caldwell using Jenny Lake as the background.
Art quilt by Rene Iannarelli using the Navajo Gradient.
One member of this family (not me) had a great February plan to leave town and go golfing in Tampa. We had nothing but gray skies and rain this weekend while he had 78 and sunny. But for me it was sunny and warm inside and perfect quilting weather.
I decided to take a break from Lost My Marbles and see if I could get some veterans quilts done. At last month's meeting the members had finished 16 tops! I don't think they have ever brought me more than 8 at a time. Fortunately I'm not the only quilter in the group anymore so I was able to deliver 4 each to 2 quilters last week and I started working on some this weekend.
These 2 came from Carol C. who is living in Georgia now but visits here frequently. She mailed these 2 tops to me. She said she was making a queen size quilt but didn't like it. So she took it apart and made these 2 veterans quilts. I love both of these quilts and I love getting quilt tops in pairs because I always quilt 2 at a time.
I went bold and quilted both of these in red thread and used a Woodgrain pantograph.
I think the overall texture looks great on the back.
In between quilting sessions I had a lot of cutting sessions. I started Judy Neimeyer's 4th of July quilt last month at the CSQ sewing days and after that weekend I realized that it was a pain to do all of the cutting and sewing there. I had to take a huge back of supplies and try to keep everything in order as I cut and drew 4 blocks at a time.
It took a long time but I got all of the fabrics cut and foundations ready for the quilt.
The standard quilt is 54 x 71 which is pretty useless for me but it would be a nice sofa size for a gift. For now, I just cut out the regular size but I have all of the foundations to do a queen size. I'll see how I feel after I make the blocks I have prepared.
Now I can leave the bag of leftover fabric and foundations at home and all I have to travel with is the smaller orange bag. It was a ton of work and make a huge mess but it was worth it.
Jeannette Ringuette's landscape quilt is based on a picture that a friend from work took while he was vacationing in Florida. She recreated the view in fabric and gave this to him as a late Christmas present.
She used applique, thread art, fabric paint, and a bit of painted cheesecloth to create the beach scene. She even used a makeup pad which she painted yellow for the sun.
Jeannette used the Thistle Shades Pack for the perfect purple-gray colors of the evening sea. Thistle is a great fabric for landscape quilts. It's almost black but not as stark as black and the lighter shades are almost gray but not as cold as gray. It's very popular with landscape quilt artists.
For sharing, Jeannette 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.
When I posted about my Wild Gears + Zentangle labels last week enough of you were interested that I thought I'd share a little more along with the last 2 finished quilt labels.
When you order Wild Gears they come like this. They are precision laser cut and there are a lot of gears on one sheet. This is the Compact Gear Set. The larger Full Gear set that I bough is about 16" square. The larger pen holes are for making parallel designs. You draw once in the large hole and the insert one of the little fillers in the same hole and draw again.
That's how I did this one.
I filled in the space to make a dark frame and then did Zentangle designs to fill the spaces.
For this label I nested one Wild Gears design in another. You can see the pencil lines that I used to center the ring on the label.
Here's the finished label.
I draw my labels on paper and then photocopy them to fabric that's prepared for printing. You can get printable fabric from a lot of sources but I generally prepare my own.
These labels used the last of my stash of printer fabric sheets so it was time to make more this weekend. This is a pretty boring chore so I try to make enough to last me for a while. I fold about 4 yards of Pimatex fabric in a plastic container and pour a whole bottle of Bubble Jet Set over it and let if stand for a few hours to totally soak in. I use Pimatex because the tight, fine weave accepts printing detail better.
After the fabric is saturated I hang it over the shower rod to drip dry, I don't wring it. Hanging it to drain on it's own makes it much easier to iron. I iron it to freezer paper sheets and then I can store it indefinitely for future printing. Here are 55 sheets that I made Sunday so I'm set for a while.
Quilting Lost My Marbles is a slow process. With each new circle I stare for a while to figure out what to do then I have to mark the segments and I'm slow quilting because the ruler angles get awkward moving around the circle. I often make mistakes and have to rip out stitching and start over. It probably takes me close to 20 minutes for each one. That's why I love having zippered leaders. I can work on this one slowly and take breaks to do veterans or other quilts in between.
But here are 5 more marbles that I finished this week. I'm coming to the end of the small marbles and then will have 18 big ones to do.
You will notice that the contrast is not good in some of them. That is on purpose although they show up a lot more in real life because the thread is shiny. I picked 3 colors of thread (light, medium and dark) for the marbles. I have 3 more light, medium and dark thread for the background quilting. I'm using this quilt as am experiment in value to help me with future quilts. This one isn't meant for show or anything. It's just for me so I've made it into a laboratory for several things.
Wildfire is the fabric of the week!
The fabric of the week this week is Wildfire Shades Pack. It's the most popular of the orange Shades Packs and it's on sale through Sunday.. It's a very deep rich orange that isn't as bright as Color Wheel orange. It works great in Autumnal color palettes and coordinates with the Sugar Maple Gradient.
There are lots of new Star fabrics in the shop this week. Stars are 1 yard cuts and one-of-a-kind. If there's a color you need for your collections get it now because these fabrics can't be replicated.
Lots going on around here this weekend getting the kitchen really close to done! The tile guys set the tile Saturday and did the grouting Sunday.I thought it was really nice of them to work on the weekend. We didn't ask them to, they offered! We are waiting on one countertop because the bar counter was measured incorrectly. That should come in this week and then we can wrap it up with carpet cleaning.
It's been a good exercise just to clean out. We've gotten rid of containers, glasses and appliances that we never use and I might even end up with a few empty shelves.
While the tile people worked upstairs, I did tile downstairs.
Here's where I left off last week.
I added more beads all the way across at this level and filled in with background tile. One of the new beads is a teapot lid.
Here's the wall so far.
The rest of the wall has to be done sitting on the concrete floor. I'll vacuum up all of the shards and bits and then get started on more beads this week.
Stephanie Wilds has sent us her latest fabrication, The Prophet Bert. It's a monochromatic portrait of her friend, Bert. She used the Black Shades Packs to make Bert. You can see lots more of her fabrications on her website.
For sharing, Stephanie 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.
Work has resumed in our kitchen with the partial installation of the countertops. The bar top was measured wrong so it's being remade and should be here next week. Meanwhile we will march forward and have the backsplash tile done this weekend. By next weekend we should be back in business!
Meanwhile I know that Spring is coming because our Airbnb activity has picked up. I had 2 guests this week and I give them fabric postcards. My stash of cards is dwindling so it was time to get busy and make more. It was also the perfect thing to do while the kitchen work was going on yesterday.
I have stacks of postcard size pieces that I have sunprinted and screen printed and this is one of my favorites.
I printed these on a waste fabric from my Southwest Gradient.The dandelion was screened twice, once in dark green and then the tips in bright green. After that dried I added the purple dragonfly. I had not done anything with these because I couldn't figure out what kind of stitching to add.
It took me long enough but it finally hit me that it didn't need stitching at all. One little crystal was just enough.
A purple edge, to match the dragonfly, finished it off perfectly.
I made 7 of these and they are the first cards of 2019.
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.
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