Quilt Portfolio

Monday, 18 August 2014

Banner Blocks

Happy Monday, folks! I had a busy weekend with the gallery opening for the Last Exit to Springfield show where my Krusty quilt was included and then a wedding and the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival on Sunday. Phew! Between all that I managed to actually get some sewing done. Not much...but some!

Here are my blocks to be included in the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild banner. The one on the bottom left will be signed and included on the back. The other two will go on the front. They are all 6.5" sq (ish). Now, off they go in the mail to be added to the others!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

"If this is anyone other than Steve Allen, you're stealing my bit!"

 There's another theme art show coming up this weekend at the Dart Gallery in Dartmouth, NS. This one is Simpsons themed!! I'm so very excited to see what everyone else is contributing.

Here's my Krusty the Clown quilt. I just finished it last night as I was having machine problems. So I ran out this morning before work to grab this picture. Tonight, it's off to the gallery so I thought it might be the last chance to get a picture (no matter how bad the pic is, it's better than nothing). I love the crinkle in this quilt. If my washing machine wasn't broken, I would have thrown it in to make it even better.
A close up so you can see the quilting around Krusty. I'm pretty sure Eric is keeping this one unless it sells.
And the back using red, orange and yellow scraps. Love it! Again, sorry for the poor picture quality. I'll try to get some better ones.

Well, back to work on a commission and a few squares for the Guild banner! Hopefully will have more to show you soon!


Friday, 4 July 2014

Finished Bill Cosby Quilt

Hi all! Just a quick post to show you the finished Bill Cosby quilt for the Michael Miller fabric challenge. I'm going on vacation next week so I wanted to share before I go.

The sun came out for about 5 minutes today so I ran out with my quilt to get some pics.

Even though I don't plan to actually use this quilt, the simple quilting over the white seems so cozy. Did a bit of special quilting on his sweater to make those pegs really stand out.

Just something simple for the back. The quilting doesn't look great back here but I don't care too much. You can see the quilting for his sweater on the bottom white square. Then, I just did a bit of tracing of his features to go with the echo around him. Simple, I think.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Megaman and Roll

Check out this adorable couple that I just finished up. Megaman and his girlfriend, Roll made into pillows. As usual, these ended up larger than I had planned but they look great (if I do say so myself!).

These pillows were a commission from The Last Gamestore in Clayton Park. They will be prizes as part of a raffle as part of their annual "Megamanathon" which benefits Childs Play. For more info, check out their facebook event page.

It was such a nice sunny day, I decided to photograph them on my deck. I managed to do this without any doggy photobombs - which I think may be a first.

Here's a pic of my boys playing in the tub in case you missed them. Jack is the black lab, Darwin is the Australian Shepherd with his face under the tap.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Jello Puddin Pops

I think it's safe to say that I have seen every episode of the Cosby Show multiple times. The fact that I own the seasons on DVD should attest to that. So, when I saw the fabrics for the Michael Miller Challenge through The Modern Quilt Guild, I knew that this was the perfect Cosby Sweater pattern!

I did this entire quilt applique which is a little different for me. I find all of the cutting and prep work a little annoying but once you start sewing, it comes together quickly.

It's looking a little creepy here
 I love, love, love how it came out. I really don't think I would be able to part with it.
Quilt top done!

Eric had to hold it for me to get a good picture. Too much wind!

I still have to figure out the back of this. I plan to just hang it in my quilt room and not use it as bedding but I am still having trouble deciding on what to do for the back. It's supposed to be nice this weekend so I may not have a lot of time to work on it but I need to finish soon so that I can move on to a couple of commission pieces.

I should also note that the original image comes from DeviantArt user Mo-o7.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Spring Chevrons

Another post so soon? I know, I'm getting crazy over here. I have a finish to show off. I have been wanting to do a chevron quilt for quite a while and finally had a chance. I did this cute little baby quilt for a friend of Eric's who recently had a baby. I think I finally found someone who would appreciate the Berenstain Bears fabric on the back so I chose the colors on the front to go along with it. It seems a bit backwards but I often find it easier that way. There are so many colors of Kona that you can usually find something that will go with your backing.

The green, blue and yellow remind me of spring too so that's a nice bonus until we get some colors other than brown going on outside.

The backing!
It's making me want to do a more adult chevron. I love those colors but feels a bit kidd-y. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Quilting Confessional

I have a confession to make: I am not a good fabric purchaser. I have a really hard problem with buying fabric unless I have a specific quilt in mind. Perhaps it's my accounting background that causes the serious cheapness. I know that to you fabric hoarders, this probably doesn't seem like an issue but a lot of times I end up talking myself out of buying cute fabric and then missing out on it. Or, if I actually do buy fabric, I keep it in a drawer and refuse to use it on something unless I think the receiver will have a proper appreciation for it. I bought some of the Berenstain Bears fabric a while back and only just used it because I didn't want to waste it on someone who didn't care about the BBs.

Another issue is that I really can't seem to figure out how to use patterned fabrics. You may have noticed that my quilts tend to be all solids - except sometimes on the back. I swear I'm going to get this thing licked. So, with that in mind, I made a purchase!

Allow me to introduce you to Echino Birds in Black and Natural. 

And Echino Bees in Blue/Green and Pink/Purple.

I'm thinking that these will combine into a super quilt called the Birds and the Bees. We'll see if that actually happens but for now I'm just awaiting their arrival in the mail! I should also mention that these are my first Echino fabrics and I'm pretty excited about that too. It's possible that I would have bought all 4 colorways of the bees if they had been in stock.

I have a question for my fellow quilters: When you buy fabric for no quilt in particular, how much do you buy? My cheapness says to go for a fat quarter but my inner quilter says go for at least a metre so it could be used on the back of something small.