Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday 4.22.14

 Happy Wednesday!

 As I mentioned yesterday with the first reveal post: My Seven Cat Quilts are done- Hooray!
 I've started my next Four-In-Art Quilt.  That just screams "Central Park", doesn't it?
 Still working on the temperature quilt.  I think this was the longest stretch I went with out making patches.  On the plus side, it probably is more efficient that way, with pulling fabrics, pressing and cutting.  Notice that blue with the purple stripe?  Yep, record cold that day.  And snow.  In April.  This strip represents April 4-21.
 And lastly, now that I've read (most) of my EQ7 Manual, I am having way too much fun designing quilts.

 Linking with Lee.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The First Two of Seven Cat Quilts

 Remember this stack of 7 tops?  Well, I've got them all done, hooray!
 First up, purple cats.  These quilts were designed to maximize use of the many cat themed fat quarters I had my stash. (A couple of summers ago I acquired about 24 yards of cat fabric!)
 An all over FMQ meander took care of the quilting.  I found I could get the quilting done in  about an hour.

 A teeny butterfly print for the back.  I also used the back on this quilt.

 Next, the orange cat quilt.  This is one of my favorites.
 More FMQ with orange variegated thread.  Actually two different ones.  I totally didn't pay attention to the first spool I grabbed for this project and ran out after doing half the quilt.  Fortunately I had another spool that was similar enough to get away with it. 

 The back.  I also have used this backing previously as well, on this quilt.
Each of these quilts finishes around 50" x 60".  They are destined for Operation Snuggles, specifically Camp Serenity which is a camp for children who have lost a parent to the war.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Random Thursday 4.17.14

 Really Random Thursday:

 So excited to try this type of gardening!
 We've booked a house on the coast for a week.  This is the only way to keep the kids from driving me crazy.
 More fabrics for the 100 Blessings Quilt
 5 year old vs. T Rex.  5 y/o wins!
 A couple of drawings that I found saved on my desktop.
 Linking with Cindy and the other Randomeers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday 4.16.14

 I am still working on the stack of 7.  As of this writing, all are quilted and 3 are bound!

 Here is one of the finished ones.  They all need a washing and then I will start posting some finishes.
That is all my WIPs for this week.  Really trying to get them done so I can start on my next mini art quilt. 
 And in other news, M is 9 months old.  She's been out as long as she was in!

Linking with Lee.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Four In Art: Inspiration

Our next Four In Art Challenge continues to be in the Theme Urban, with this quarter's subject being Landmark.
My very first thought was to try a thread drawing of the Colosseum.  I still love the idea, but I'm not sure I have the technical ability to make something that I'm happy with.  
 Next my mind went to the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee.  They are very unique structures that can be seen from many places around the city.  Especially when they are lit up at night.  In each dome are gardens.  There is a desert dome, a tropical dome, and a show dome, that changes with the seasons.
I do think that somehow those windows would make an awesome quilt.
 I have decided, however, to go with Central Park in New York City.
 I really love the above shot with the rivers on both sides of Manhattan with the park in the middle.  The buildings look so spiky.
 Of course a gorgeous autumn shot.
 And bright green summer. 

I am hoping to get started on this next mini this weekend.  Time ticks away to our next reveal, May 1.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Chevron Quilt

 I have in my possession this old chevron string quilt.  The Question I am posing to you is "What should I do with it?"
 As you can see it has been well used.  Do I try to repair it?  Should I just hold on to it for posterity/historical interest?  (cat photo bomb) 
 This section is the worst.  I'm not entirely sure what the batting is made of.  It almost seems to be a blanket of some sort with a mesh fabric over it.  The quilt is tied.
Here is a shot of the faded back.
Any thoughts on what to do?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Really Random Thursday

 A bit of randomness today:

 Spring has finally sprung! We spent Sunday afternoon cleaning up gardens and the yard and having a big fire.  So nice to be outside as a family!
 The first batch of fabrics for the 100 Blessings quilt have come in.
 WD gave a presentation about Joseph and needed a coat of many colors.  This was offered by a friend to be used.  WD declined.  However, I think this coat is great.  All patches of polyester double knit.
 Not sure I'd really wear it out in public, though....
 And lastly, I'm on a steering committee to work on the future of quilt shows in our guild.  Are you in a guild? What is the makeup of your guild? Do you do a quilt show?  Do you make any money?  Do you have enough volunteers?  Do you attend local quilt shows?  Thoughts and comments on your experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Linking up with Cindy where you can see other Randomeers.