Monday, September 30, 2013

Flying Plaids is Quilted!

I've been quilting this puppy off and on all summer.

Wish I'd used brown thread for the back.  Oh well.

I got pretty good at this design.

I made the top last summer, all out of thrift store shirt plaids.


I'm celebrating with a new toy, recommended by Kathy Doughty.

Very fun!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Favorite Quilt

What is your favorite quilt?  Mary is asking this question and hosting a linky party.   
It's quite a show over there.  I hope you'll join the party.  I want to see your fave!

Here's the one I posted.  It's my favorite for many reasons, mostly because I worked on it with a friend.  We cut up a top I didn't like, added 1970's tablecloth fabric, and stitched it together one wild and crazy afternoon.  
Quilt-making doesn't get more fun than that! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Japanese Yukata Cottons

My friend, Patricia Belyea, imports and sells beautiful vintage yukata cottons from Japan.
She has a long career as a graphic designer, and now uses her talent to make stunning quilts from yukata cottons and "found" fabrics.

She's been selling the fabrics online, at trunk shows, and at select quilt shops for a few years.  
This Thursday, she's hosting an open house for a brand new shop and class room in her home!

I thought she needed a friendship quilt to mark this milestone in her life, 
so I've made 103 signature blocks for guests to sign at the open house.
Aren't the fabrics just lovely?

The simple pattern is based on this silk quilt I found in an old Japanese quilt book.  
I can't tell you the author, because all the text, including the title, is in Japanese.

It's really a privilege to work with these vintage Japanese designs.  
They were made for Japanese summer kimonos.  

If you're in the Seattle area, drop by on Thursday evening and say "hi."  
I'll be there!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Visit with Marit!

This summer's finale was a visit with one of my favorite quilt-makers, Marit, from Norway!
She was in the area visiting her in-laws, but I got to steal her away for a weekend.  

First, we visited Buffy for show and tell.  Here's Marit showing her stunning self-portrait.  
She made it in a workshop with Bodil Gardner.

We visited some fabric shops, and then bought a heap of shirts from Goodwill.

The next morning, I awoke to find Marit's treasures beautifully organized and stacked on the couch.

Later, we got out my "orphans."  I didn't know what to do with these vintage churn dash blocks.
Right away, she noticed how well they went with my scrappy shirt stripe blocks.  Yea!

Then I got out my red and green blocks, and she was off and running.  

These are still on my design wall, getting their tweaks while I get back to quilting flimsies.

Thank you, Marit, for a totally fun and inspiring weekend!!