Welcome back!

After a yearlong hiatus, I’m back in the world of the online living. Truth be told, it’s been a busy year, I’ve been making lots of quilts, traveling, and basically occupying my time in other pursuits, which left me little time to spend in front of a computer screen.

My following is not very large anyway, so I figured I wouldn’t be missed.

I will strive to post at least once a week. These will be short, photo-heavy posts, mainly, illustrating my latest and/or ongoing projects. There may even be a picture or two of my cats. In fact, I will probably do an entire story about my 3 feline “roommates” one of these days (soon).

So here are some photos of recent projects I’ve been working on.

The photos above illustrate some of the projects I’ve been working on since the beginning of this year. Also is a photo of me with one of my favorite designers, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, taken while attending one of her workshops in February of this year.

Charity Quilts

Here are two quilts that I’ve made to give to the charity that every year makes about 30 children very happy by donating them quilts during the holidays. These are mostly 2nd graders that attend a special school in Asheville for children under special circumstances.
This proves once again that the “art” of quilting is an artform that is shared merrily and boldly with no other incentive than to bring some joy to the recipient(s). For a quilter to see the happy face of the recipient of one of her quilts, that is the best payment.

 

Quilt #1

 

Quilt #2

This is why we make quilts. Sure, some make quilts to earn a living, some make quilts to compete in shows, some make quilts for display in art galleries. Others still make quilts for the original purpose for which they were created: to keep warm in the winter, and yet others make quilts to give away, whether for gifts or for charity. Myself, I make quilts because I love the process, and also for the satisfaction of seeing someone really happy to receive one. True, I have made some quilts that others have commissioned and therefore for remuneration, but those are generally the ones I cannot say too much about, other than each commission that I have undertaken has been a learning experience for me, and thus very rewarding, regardless of the difficulty.

So, keep ’em comin’!

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String Pieced Quilt

This is one of my favorite techniques for piecing a quilt. I love it because it requires working with mostly scraps, of which I always have a large supply. I’ve probably said this before, but I’ll say it again: I HATE TO THROW AWAY FABRIC! So I save every little piece of scrap I have left from any project, large and small.

Not only is scrap piecing a money saver–no need to buy fabric to make a quilt–but it usually results in some very creative and beautiful designs. It is also a very versatile technique, as it allows for very simple or quite elaborate piecing. So it is a friendly sort of way to piece a quilt, in that it is equally attractive for beginners as well as advanced quilters.

Here is one of my string quilts. However, I haven’t made nearly as many as I would like, so my pile of scraps keeps getting bigger.

One of my favorite quilters, Bonnie Hunter, is also a “scrap addict” (her words, not mine); I love her designs and the artistry with which she makes something out of practically nothing. Her designs are full of color and variety, as well as minuscule pieces of fabric artistically joined together in several different ways. I also appreciate the fact that she is willing to share her “quilting wisdom” through a regular online live show, called “quiltcam,” an informal chat where she takes her audience on a ride of sorts while she works on one of her projects.

I hope you learn to enjoy working with scraps as much as I do. Happy scrap-busting!

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