Friday, January 28, 2011

Sneak Peak

I know, I know... I've been neglecting my dear blog, (and most everyone else's, I'm afraid) but with good reason... I am working hard to commit more time to sewing!

My little shop is sorely in need of new items, and instead of listing an occassional one or two items here and there, (as I am prone to do) I thought this time I'd like to update with a whole batch of new work, (hopefully sometime in February). Until then, here's a little sneak peak at a few of the scrap inspired art quilts I've been creating.

In other news, the latest issue of the e-zine Fat Quarterly is now out.

This issue is all about solids, and I'm delighted to have been asked to contribute an article on how I got interested in using solid fabrics, and why I love them! You can go here to see a sneak peek of the issue and find out how to order your own copy. (It's easy... you can even order right from their etsy site!)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Work Quilt #4 - Finally Finished!

After taking a bit of a break from hand quilting, I finally got back to it, and have now finished "Work Quilt #4".


The quilting on this piece, (stitched with Sulky® Blendables) consisted of rows and rows of wandering stitches both horizontal and vertical, which seemed to take FOREVER...

Using fabrics in various blues, greys, and greens, and also incorporating bits that had "flaws", such as that piece with the faded stripe of blue, seen below...

my goal for this quilt was for it to have a "crude" beauty...

trying to create something that although new, would look old, patched and worn...

along with well used and very much loved...


In other news, last week I received my complimentary DVD copy of Quilting Arts TV 700 series. I read that the series is suppose to be airing sometime around now, but when I checked the QA Station Finder, (a handy link that lets you see if your PBS station carries the show, when it airs, and which episode is playing) it seems that a lot of stations are still showing the 600 series... so I am confused, but truthfully, that's not unusual.

I will be appearing as the first guest on episode 702. (Alas, my PBS does not carry the show.) I was soooo nervous to see how it turned out, as I felt like such a train wreck of a guest... but I must say I was extremely relieved to see what a great editing job the QA TV folks did... they managed to make me appear coherent. Yay! (Pretty impressive since I lost my voice during the taping.)

So, if anyone gets to see it airing on their PBS station, please let me know, as I am curious as to when it is actually showing. HOWEVER, please note... the heavy TV make-up is not part of my normal attire! My kids, (who at 21 and 16 are old enough to know better) apparently went into shock at seeing me with lipstick and blush, causing fits of laughter and finger pointing. Thanks and sigh.

And last, but not least, if your PBS station also is remiss in not airing Quilting Arts TV, and you would like to view the 700 series, it can be ordered here.