I took a 9x12 artist canvas and covered it with a contemporary piece of fabric that I thought would pair well with the simplicity of the print. I layered the print with fusible batting and quilted around the print, then finished off the edges with a satin stitch. Originally I intended to attach it to the canvas with an invisible stitch, but then got the idea to do a visible running stitch around the edge - and luckily had the perfect color of perle cotton. I think it really enhances the piece. I'm happy with how it turned out and excited to make more!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
During quilt camp this summer I used a technique for using up the excess paint on a screen before washing it. Using a slightly damp sponge to print not only gives you additional prints but helps clean your screens without washing a lot of paint down the drain. I had a scrap bag of Cherrywood fabrics I used for these prints - pieces that are approximately 6x9 inches. If you are not familiar with Cherrywood, they make beautiful hand dyed fabric with the look of suede. I ended up with quite a few of these and decided they would make Great Wall art.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Last weekend our VCQ quarterly meeting was held at Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center, South Boston, VA. Wow! Can you say gorgeous? What a beautiful place! An antebellum plantation built in 1728, Berry Hill is one of the few surviving examples of classic Greek Revival architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark that has been transformed into a resort and conference center without detracting from it's period elegance, and one of the premier wedding venues in VA and NC. It is a place I would love to go back to for a get-away, to relax and enjoy the amenities. Unfortunately for us, it rained all day Saturday, so most of my pictures are from indoors and through the rain drops.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I've been having fun this summer collecting row patterns for the Row By Row Experience. If you're a quilter, you probably know what this is. If you're not, you can read about it here. In a nutshell, this is a shop hop for summer travelers in the US and Canada. 1250 shops in 34 states are participating. Simply visit any participating shop for their free row pattern. Some shops also have kits available for their pattern, as well as fabric license plates with a slogan picked by the shop.
That brings me to 13 patterns from Virginia. So, you might ask, what am I going to do with all of these rows? The point of the shop hop is to make a quilt using at least 8 rows. The first person to bring a completed quilt to a participating shop wins a prize from that shop. I'm not going for a prize, still haven't decided if I will use some of the rows to make a quilt - that remains to be seen. Since the rows each focus on a season, one thing I'm considering is putting rows from the same season together for a "summer" or"fall" quilt. There are some rows I'm completing as table runners. My row from Artistic Artifacts is waiting to be quilted, and I have the materials to do the same with my Keepsake row.
No matter what I end up doing with them, it's been fun collecting them and visiting the different shops.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
So far getting back in the swing has meant hanging out in the kitchen taking care of the garden produce. More kitchen time = less studio time. I'm up to 19 quarts of tomatoes canned in the last 2 weeks. Have also frozen green beans, made zucchini bread and fritters, zucchini quiche, and fresh tomato salsa. The tomatoes show no signs of slowing down.
The last picture is today's pick. That's in addition to the 5 quarts of tomatoes I canned today.