Wouldn't you agree? Every quilt tells a story. A story of a wedding couple, a newborn, a college or high school graduation. I will be thinking of who will receive it, who will be comforted by it, what I was feeling at the time I designed it, what was going on in my life, where I was living, and so on.
I'm becoming more and more surprised as I come across pictures of quilts from, say, 10 years ago. They bring back memories that would otherwise have been forgotten.
Beginning as a preteen through high school I kept a diary and wrote in it every day. I have no idea where it ended up. I moved in high school and I think I tossed many things I might have kept had I not moved. I also had a pen pal in North Carolina with whom I faithfully corresponded for at least five years. I'd give anything to read either that diary or those letters now to get a glimpse of who I was at that time. I've always been intrigued with old diaries. Ones I've found in antique or thrift stores, published fictional diaries, and let's face it - who didn't love The Diary of Anne Frank?
I don't have any desire to keep a diary now, but at least I can use my quilts and the quilts that I have quilted for others to help me remember events in my life. This fuels my desire to create more.
How about you? Did you keep a diary? Do you keep one now?
I'm not near my longarm and too busy to piece a top. I have been here at the river hanging out with friends and family. We've been to the pool almost every day, riding the waverunners, and done some boating at the lake. Yesterday was crazy busy here so we watched all of it from the deck rather than dealing with all the crowds.
We watched the fireworks from the airport overlooking the river and casinos. They were spectacular.
Yep, I'm addicted to plain fabric, too. With plain fabric I can make wholecloths. His is is an old one I made six or so years ago, but I've been drawing up a storm and planning a new one. I'm not ready to post pictures of my drawings yet, but will share when I can. The first picture is one side, and I didn't take good pictures after it was bound, for some reason...
This picture is of the other side, and it is a pale green.
So with this addiction to fabric, I can transfer my drawings to fabric and stitch it out on my longarm. I change my mind frequently as to which part of the process of quilt making is my favorite; piecing, designing, machine quilting, and cutting.
Here is a closeup of my stitching, which I see six years later, leaves a lot of room for improvement. Hmmm...maybe I need to just make a replica of this and it will show how I have improved?
And what have I been doing when not quilting? Boating! Here is our old boat that still runs great. Dean and I had a great time.
First, a quick pic of some vintage jewelry I'm playing with.
Color! I'm addicted to fabric because colorful fabric is so emotional, wouldn't you agree? Blues may create calmness, yellow cheeriness, and gray solemnity. Working with fabric evokes so many moods. We may not realize it at the time, but color can truly change our moods. Some people crave pastels, whereas I crave brights. I am leaning more and more toward solid brights, too.
What do you think this says about you? As we evolve our psyches may need certain colors to affect us, and I imagine it is ever changing. Speaking of change, how often does your favorite color palette change? I would say mine is frequent but has consistently stayed in the bright zone for a few years. This is definitely not true of my home decor, but it is with my quilts. I would say my home decor is fairly neutral, and that's probably why I love so much color in my quilts.
My most popular quilt with my online followers, according to FB likes, Pinterest pins, and blog comments...
When it was my turn to win blocks at a monthly BOM exchange, I got to pick the pallette as I was the second to last to win. Of course I chose solid brights.
Not a quilt or fabric, but the clematis I recently planted.
A WIP that's been on the design wall for a lonnnng time...
One of my most favorite quilts I've made...
This week while I'm not doing things related to fabric, I'm doing some jewelry making making with vintage pieces.
This is so much fun, but I'm spending way too much time on Pinterest and Instagram searching for jewelry making inspiration!
Thanks for following along, and I hope you'll comment with your favorite color pallette. Have a great week everyone!
First I have to share these views with you. Isn't this gorgeous? I'm loving being back in southeastern Idaho, even for a quick drive through. I drove under some pretty gorgeous storm clouds.
Back to quilting stuff...Last week I said that probably the number one reason why I am addicted to fabric is that I can use the fabric to create quilts for gifting. I shipped three quilts last week to family and friends. Yes, three.
A year ago I would have never imagined being able to do that., but since I have retired from my regular job, and have scaled back my longarm quilting business, it allows me more time to do things like make quilt tops. If you are a longarmer, you can completely relate. You are so busy quilting other people's quilts that you rarely have time to make your own.
So this week I am sharing pictures of two of the recipients of my quilts.
My niece and my sister in law.
And one more beautiful storm picture...I am traveling for the first time since January. It was so nice to be grounded in Montana for four months, but now that I am on the road I am happy to see more beautiful, familiar scenery.
I could make this a 22-part series, but I'll start small, you know, I don't want this to end up like a failed New Year's resolution. Maybe the number one reason I am addicted to fabric is that I can make things to give to people I care for. I found out that a dear friend has had to begin chemo and undergo a second surgery for breast cancer recently. You know that feeling when someone gives you a gift? A handmade gift? Well this friend needs to feel that.
My memory is so bad, but I do remember most of the gifts I have received, and who they were from. I love giving gifts, don't you? I am not the most thoughtful person, though, for instance I rarely remember to send a card, and I'm not good about welcoming people to the neighborhood with a freshly made pie, but at least I can make a quilt for someone who really needs comfort. I have good intentions of making and quilting quilts for various philanthropic charities, but I'm lucky if I get two of those done per year!
So while I am making someone else's day, I am also benefitting by being able to create with fabric. We will talk about all those sensory things in another installment. :)
Anyway, this is a Plus Quilt, and the PDF pattern is available to download for free from Craftsy. http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/plus-quilt---free-pattern/140183
I used fabrics from my stash, and quilted it with one of my favorite pantographs, Turbulence. I don't know if you can see in the pictures, but I used a light teal thread. I had envisioned lots of fun modern quilting on this, but I soon realized if I wanted to get this sent to my friend soon, I needed to do a quick quilting on this.
Since I have retired from my day job, I have found many, many new things to pique my interest. Way too many. Do I have to sleep?
One of them is learning to play the guitar.
I just finished an eight week beginner course, and have really enjoyed it. I've played past the pain and wear my callouses proudly. I am planning on memorizing all the major chords so I can take the intermediate course in the fall. I had no idea how hard it was to learn to play the guitar. Did you?
I was gifted these beautiful batik strips and made this tumbler quilt several years ago. It has lingered in my "to be quilted" stack for way too long. I decided to take this one out of the bin and add some pretty custom quilting on it. It will be gifted to a dear friend very soon. I had a blast quilting this. Why? Well, because it's mine, because I didn't have a budget, because I wouldn't stress if it would be liked, I didn't have to worry if I was going too slow, because I could keep the quilting light, and on and on. It's not fantastic, but it's done, and it's pretty, and I know my friend will love and cherish it. These are just some of the concerns when you quilt for a business.
Thanks for stopping by. I will be posting later this week the specifics of how I quilted Jackie's appliquéd quilt.