I want to share a project that was made by my mom, Ginny Thomas, and featured on a blog recently! Congrats, Mom, for your mention. I am so proud of you and your beautiful quilts!
I finished a pretty quilt to show you. I started it in October and showed you a few blocks here and here, but here’s the completed quilt. (click to see it large!) It’s an original design in layout, however the blocks were from various sources. Each block was a major undertaking, and I had a lot of fun challenging myself with each one.
Sources: “Happy Flowers” by Hideo Kubota Quilter’s Newsletter F/M ’09, “Sunburst Trio” by Edyta Sitar American Patchwork & Quilting Aug ’08, “Shooting Star” also by Edyta Sitar purchased pattern, “Sunflowers” by Carol Doak The Quilter Magazine Sept ’03, “New York Beauty” by Mabeth Oxenreider Fons & Porter J/A ’04, Traditional Dresden Plates and New York Beauty blocks self-drafted.
I just have to brag a little…I won the Project Quilting challenge this week!
First, I won the public vote, with 31 out of 115 votes, yeah! Thank you to all my friends and fellow quilters who voted for my entry!
Then I won the Judges Vote too!!
“First Place Winner is QUILTIES with her Firework’s quilt and an average score of 8.83!
Here’s what the judges had to say:
Judge 1: I love the choice of the batik fabric for the background and the thread and paint work turned out beautifully. The skyline is a wonderful addition as well. I would love to see this in person. The design is well balanced also.
Judge 2: Nice use of mixed techniques to make a simple, but very effective project. The beads and sequins and star charms add an extra sparkle.
Judge 3: I just plain liked this one best. I think it shows that she has an artist’s “eye” to pick a great fabric, as well as great choice of techniques and embellishments to maximize the fireworks effect. The silhouette at the bottom “weights” the bottom edge – I like it.
Judge 4: I love Fireworks and I love this piece. Your son is so lucky to have this in his room. The silhouette is unbelievable. This piece is my favorite of the week AND I feel this week’s entries are the best yet! Keep up the great work.”
For all the other entries, go to the Flickr Project Quilting Group.
I just completed another Project Quilting entry that I’m quite proud of. The theme is “Stars over America” and that was really the only guideline. The only other rule was that you could use red, white and blue, but you had to use at least one other color (and that you didn’t have to use red, white and blue).
My interpretation the fireworks that were blazing over America everywhere on July 4th (or 5th in Urbandale due to rain!) My boys had the best time with the fireworks this year and I am giving this to my three year old, Brennan, who saw fireworks for this first time this year. The background is a deep blueish, rainbow batik that looked just like the night sky to me, and has big flowerbursts that look like fireworks. Then I used metallic silver and pink paintsticks to do some of the fireworks and threadplay to do the rest. I used shiny rayon threads, that really sparkle and added a little more sparkle with beads and sequins. The silhouette on the bottom symbolizes with America with its trees and houses.
Close-ups to show the paintstik portions, I did with hand-cut freezer paper stencils and quilted fireworks of just thread. I added sequins and beads to a few of the starbursts, and a couple of silver star charms to go with the theme.
If you’d like to see any of the other beautiful entries, go to the flickr pool.
And pretty soon you will be able to vote at Kim’s Crafty Apple, but I don’t think it’s up yet tonight.
So, I recently lost a quilt…sounds like something I did, but no, it was stolen from us by the burglar who stole our computers this summer. It was the quilt that I made for my husband for his birthday just last year.
Here’s an in progress photo.
He was not ready to say goodbye to it!! So, I’m already working on the replacement. I hope to make it even better than the last one and it’s really fun to work on. I love the fun Halloween prints and this sugar bowl block is a fun one.
While I don’t really believe that we will ever get the lost quilt back, it was pretty cool to find out that there’s a website out there dedicated to doing just that. LostQuilt.com has a catalog of lost quilts and an archive of quilts that have been found. There are some cool stories and some sad ones. Here’s the page decdicated to Dave’s quilt: www.lostquilt.com/HalloweenMoon.php
Now that the holidays are over, I’m thinking up new themes for quilties…and new products!! My great idea last night was for these fabric postcards. They’re not the timtex versions from the popular book, I’ve just zigzagged my quiltie right to a paper postcard! They feel really nice and sturdy, will be easy to write on and go through the mail well!! I’m very excited about the possibilities this opens up.
So, what do you think of my new product??
I had originally drawn this little birdie for a holiday quiltie! Don’t ask me why, because only one setting I’ve put him in has turned out very holiday…the rest are, well, not. Like this one! Don’t let the evergreen bow fool you!
And there’s another light blue one that will definitely have to wait for spring for it’s debut!
So, is there one right setting for this bird?! I guess he’s an all-weather friend!