Monday, April 27, 2009

Blue Willow Progress

I have made a lot of progress on the quilt but it is not quit finished. I am done quilting it and I'm pleased with how it came out. I faced this quilt and love the results. I put crystals on there, more to put on just waiting until I have finished the three people on the bridge and of course the birds.
I am hoping to enter it into Houston International Quilt Festival. I am going back this year and bringing 7 friends who have not been:)

I am pleased with the fence, it's 3D. I had just enough thread - it was scary watching the last little bit come off the spool as I finished the last section of fence.
I love the tree with the silk trunk, I think its that Broderie Perse flowers. There are about 35 different blue fabrics in the quilt.
The willow branches are 3D and tacked on so that they have some deminsion and texture.
Below is how it will look when it's all done. It will be under the glass of our dining room table. You can see the facing in this shot.
When it's all done I will post another picture. Hopefully by then I will have started my next quilt too:)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

what makes something pretty?

I was asked to make a quilt for a woman as a gift from her friends. The recipient is a young mother with cancer. They wanted to put a piece of clothing from each of their (13 total) kids into the quilt as a reminder to their friend of all the love and memories they share. Below is the label they wanted to add to the quilt.

At first it was hard to design because I am used to making pretty quilts, coordinating fabrics, pretty patterns, etc. I decided after the quilt was done this was one of the prettiest I had made because of the love behind it:)
My daughters and I went to a shower last weekend for my niece. She is a lovely girl married to my terrific nephew. In the photo is Morgan 17, me, Jillian 15 and Paige 9 - with her new haircut.
I made this for the baby. It's a girl! I wanted to make her something she could take to sleepovers at Grandma's house. I consider it her first piece of luggage.

Her are my bags with my new label on them. I like the label and it seems others do too.

This is the new backpack I made. It has lots of room and it 8 pockets inside. The flap is heavily quilted and has lots of crystals on it.
I had some of my quilts professionally photographed by Andy Spencer He did a fantastic job.
This quilt was made using a photograph from a magazine. I made it in a year long class with Louisa Smith.