Thursday, June 27, 2013

Improv Day 2

I had made fabric in mind for the sky. So I pieced and pieced.

I also tried a little made fabric for the lower right corner - shards from the top sections.

Here's how they look with the rest.

Hmmm. That sky is too much. 

This may be better. You can see I've got my work cut out for me today. That bottom left corner needs help. I want it to be different than the right corner. Ripping out will happen today! I'm enjoying photographing these - that helps me see it even better ...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Improv Day 1

I figured just starting would be one of the hardest parts of this project.

So I started with the railings. I'm working with a black & white photo - which helps me see color value clearly. The railings came together with a remnant and some tiny checkered seersucker from a shirt.

I chose a roofline fabric - a few darker pieces for the shadow. On to the first floor windows. Yellows, red railings. I think this old feedsack fabric will work for the chimney.

I'm liking the work of Day 1. How odd is this? That orange fabric scrap on the roof formed a bird shape. That was a total accident, just serendipity. Quite fun!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Improv Time

OK. Deep breath. I read about an online challenge recently and I'm going to give it a go. It's the architectural challenge on Victoria's website. I live in a mid-century modern house that I find pretty exciting. 

Here are some fabrics I might use. I've been thinking about this a lot - this afternoon, I start.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


We go to quilt guild meetings for many reasons. We get to see our friends, we talk about quilting, we have great programs ... and at our guild, we have a fabric giveaway table at the back of the room. It's right by where we sit. Yesterday, one member left fabric there that was leftover from an antique mall booth. Score! Feedsacks, vintage blocks.

We admired a fellow member's clever way to transport her finds - in her briefcase. Wow! No one would notice more fabric coming into the house ...

I got 10 pieced blocks in the sunniest colors. My cat Oreo seems to like them.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rosie's Pieced Shirt Quilts

Rosie Mayhew sent me photos of more quilts she has made from her shirt collection. All these quilts are Rosie's original designs.

I thought we'd look at her pieced quilts first. She calls this Leftovers, simple bricks left over from a pieced border. She let me use it in my book Making Memories. It was my first peek at the great colors she was collecting.

I LOVE this one, I left in Rosie's shadow (taking the picture) on purpose. Rosie writes: "This is my "Not Necessarily Halloween" quilt.   I made it after seeing a black & orange log cabin in an antique store in Abilene.   I completed this quilt in 24 days, a record for me.   But, as you can see, in my haste to complete it, I made an error in setting the rows of blocks together.   I still like it but sometimes wish it had been put together totally correct!   It is titled "Not Necessarily Halloween" because while there are some Halloween fabrics in it - stars & moons for instance, there are no pumpkins, witches, ghosts, etc..    About half of the fabrics used in this quilt are gray, orange & black plaid and striped shirts.I actually had this quilt on my bed for about a year before I hung it up and took the picture, even after it had hung in the quilt show a week or so before, when I realized the mistake in setting the blocks together!

And what about THIS one! It makes me want to RUN to the nearest thrift shop to find some tropical patterned mens' shirts. Isn't it wonderful? Rosie notes: "This is the quilt that I made from the blue Hawaiian shirts that I collected. I still have more of the shirts so need to figure out another quilt to make with them."

Last but not least:"This one is too big to photograph where I did the other quilts so I am just sending a picture of part of it.   It is about double size.   I think this is maybe the first shirt quilt that I completed."

Rosie has made a pile of appliqued quilts too - we'll look at those next.

Monday, June 10, 2013

55 Years Apart

My picture was on the front page of our local newspaper last week - in a good way too. Not being arrested, not protesting, oh no. I was touring a garden with my husband and photographer John Young snapped this:

I got to thinking - this is NOT the first time I was on the front page of the local paper. I was actually on it once before, again in a good way, if you consider a very posed photo 55 YEARS AGO good:

I was with another fellow in this photo - we were both the children of Lawrence High School teachers so I suspect being teachers' kids got us there. I seem to be awkwardly posed, don't you think. The construction paper/doily May basket is positioned perfectly ...

In another 55 years, I will be 110 years old. If I live that long, could this happen again? Probably NOT, we probably won't have newspapers then. Oh well.

I promise I'll get back to quilts soon, I have things to show.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Purple Turnip is Open

We had a location shoot Tuesday at Maggie Bonanomi's new workspace/studio/occasional retail shop. In the photo right are (from left) designer Brian Grubb peeking out, my reflection in the window shooting the photo, Maggie's tiny head peeking over the Shut sign, and photographer Aaron Leimkuehler, working of course.

It's a swell spot. There is room for Maggie's antiques, plants, and fun items for sale. There is definitely room for a stitch group / workshop group to work. AND there is a large basement, ideal for more workshop space (cutting tables, etc.).

Maggie marveling at the brickwork in her shop basement.

There is even a little garden out back, becoming more Maggie-like every day ... here's a sneak-peek of the project we shot there (her next book, tentatively titled Another Place and Time, will be out in September).

Maggie says the shop will be open weekends when she is in town, and by appointment otherwise. It's best to call ahead (660-232-4406) to make sure she will be there. It's at 1109 Main in downtown Lexington, Missouri.

Look for the rustic purple turnip sign outside ...