Thursday, November 14, 2019

Picking Colors for Bonnie Hunter Mystery "Frolic"

This is such a fun time of the year.  I love the colors Bonnie chose for her mystery

But, I've used fuscia and aqua in my last two quilts so I wanted to change things.

Instead of aqua I am going to use the very light green (pear grunge) that I already had in my stash.  I found the darker green polka dot on the sale rack and it will be my green.  Instead of fuscia I am going to use orange..  Bonnie's photos of Texas wildfllowers was her inspiration and when I think of the Bluebells I always thinking of the orange Indian Paintbrush flowers too.  The last 2 years of mysteries On Ringo Lake and Good Fortune both had orange in the quilt and I went with a different combination so now I have this:

I am ready for the fun to begin!

Last Saturday I went shopping with a friend and snagged some neutrals

I finished the quilt I was quilting for my friend.  I decided on no background fill...The big blocks are stitched in the ditch and the pinwheels have continuous curves.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Background fill

This is a friend's quilt.  It has large negative space.  I have been putting framed squares in and I am happy with the look, but I am not sure how I will do the background around the frames.

I opened the pic in Microsoft Paint to try out some ideas.  - very rough sketches with a mouse, but I am still undecided.  Off to consult with a friend....

Monday, October 7, 2019

Choosing Colors For Quilts - Good Fortune

Someone recently posted on Quiltingboard Forum asking how people choose colors for their quilts.  I thought I would share my response here.  Of course there are many ways to select colors and at one time I thought about making a few videos on the subject. 

What I used for the Good Fortune quilt (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2018) was a focus fabric but not used in the quilt.  Bonnie's scrappy quilts use color families - several shades of one color.  She gives out the colors for the next mystery around the end of Oct.   She chose red, orange, blue, green and neutrals.  I didn't want to use orange so I went shopping for a fabric that combined 4 fabrics that I liked because I couldn't think of what I wanted.

This had several colors

I took this fat quarter around the shop and picked out fat quarters in 4 colors from it until I found four I liked together. then I pulled fabric from stash and shopping that went with my color choices.

 The final quilt didn't use the focus fabric.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Free Motion quilting on tshirt quilt

I quilted a friend's tshirt quilt.  Free motion - flowers, hearts, curls.  Sometimes on the shirts the thread sinks in so much it looks like there are skipped stitches.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Allen Quilt Guild Silent Auction

This is a small guild in a town northeast of Dallas.   There are very friendly and welcoming. 

Last Thursday was their silent auction and sale.  The fat quarters were on sale for $.50.  I restrained myself because I really have lots of fabric.  They sold preowned notions and panels also.  Then there were items in the auction. 

Here are my treasures:

I am going to save one of the desktop organizers for a gift.  The boxed pouch will be used for EPP notions - needle threader, scissors, etc.

I am almost embarrassed to say I only spent $35 on my loot

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rally Day 2019 - Pam Holland

This post is late!  Rally Day is in July.  It is put on by TAQG (Texas Association of Quilt Guilds) It's an annual event with a guest speaker.  If you are a member of one of the associated guilds entry is only $5.  There are lots of door prizes, raffles, silent auction. Most of the guilds bring their raffle quilt to sell tickets. 

There are two lectures/trunk shows from the guest speaker.  This year the speaker was Pam Holland.  She is a wonderful artist and speaker.  It was so fun and inspiring.  After speaking she had her quilts out for us to get closer looks.  Some of her quilts:

these were laid out on the steps of the stage.  The elephant is one of my very favorites:

The speaker was selling things and I picked up this print of a sketch she'd made.  It was $6 and just a lovely reminder or her art and a great day spent with friends.

Also the first 500 people get goody bags with donations from all the guilds.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Small Landscape finished

This quilt was also at the quilt show.  A non-judged exhibit where members show projects they made from guild workshops the previous year.

This was from Ann Loveless' workshop in January.  I like it.  I never finished my poppies quilt from her other workshop.  I am not happy with it.  It is sitting in a drawer having a bit of a time out