Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Spy in the Cubby-Holes

I have always been intrigued by optical illusions.
So I decided to use the 'attic windows' idea to create an I Spy for a special friend.
(A special Grandma)

60 Pictures to Spy.
And hours of fun with the Grandchildren.

I'm posting about this artistic endeavor - and am entering this quilt in the 

You can visit the Festival and Vote for your favorite quilts in all the categories
by clicking HERE

I got to practice making y-seams (60 of them!) and got pretty good at it.

To add to the optical illusion effect, I felt the picture frames needed a black highlight in the diagonal seam... so I hand embroidered a black accent line in each square.

(hmm... the quilt was not hanging straight on the fence - 
and wind was blowing so the lines are kinda wavy in this photo...)
You can see the black embroidery accents in this photo.

I plan to sign the quilt on one of those baseballs - 
the ball next to the one with Babe Ruth's autograph.

I used black strips as lattice on the front.  The strips on the front I cut at 1.25 inches.  
With my a-little-more-than-quarter-inch-seams, the black lattice finished at around 3/4 inches.

You can read about how to construct the quilt using this technique by visiting  The Happy Zombie .

But the part of the quilt that just makes me SMILE is the BACK.

Using the quilt-as-you-go method, I varied the colors of the linking lattice 
to create this really fun rainbow effect.
And the denim will make this perfect to use as a picnic blanket.

This Grandma has a daughter who participated in a Quilt Club I had when my girls were in high school.  I had a signature fabric that I included in a number of blocks I made for the girls.  Chocolate.  It was chocolate fabric.  And that fabric makes its appearance in this quilt as well.

I tried to make the whole quilt look like maybe it was a bookshelf of Cubby-holes.
You can see the left border appearing like the side of a bookshelf.
You can see the top of the bookshelf, as well.

And I notched the top right hand corner to finish the illusion of a bookshelf.

This Quilt was just so much fun to make.
I hope you will go and vote for your favorite Art Quilt at the Blogger's Quilt Festival HERE.

You can also access all of the categories in the Blogger's Quilt Fest
you can nominate and/or vote for your favorite in the Viewer's Choice category HERE.

How fun is this?!  To go to a Quilt Show and not have to leave your home.
YOU get to have a say in which quilts win the prizes.



Two suitcases full of t-shirts. . . and an educational career of memories.
My challenge was to sort the t-shirts and make a quilt (or more than one quilt)
to preserve those high school and college memories.

This is what came from half of those t-shirts:

I'm (finally) posting about this adventure - and am entering this quilt in the 
Blogger's Quilt Festival - in the Large Quilt category.

You can visit the Festival and Vote for your favorite quilts in all the categories
by clicking HERE

I used a quilt-as-you go technique that allowed me to quilt each t-shirt top separately.  I was able to  out-line some of the words on the front of the t-shirts without having to manipulate the whole quilt top under the arm of my little Singer sewing machine.

I used black strips as lattice on both the front and the back.  The strips on the front I cut at 1.5 inches.  The strips on the back I cut at 2 inches wide.  You can read about how to construct the quilt using this technique by visiting  The Happy Zombie .

The quilt measures 85" by 54". 

Here you can see how I outlined the College name from the front of the t-shirt -
 and it shows up so well on the back of the quilt. 

I also did some fancy stitching on some of the shirts. 
(Pretty sure I have never stitched a treble clef with my sewing machine before!)

And I stitched waves where water was a well-suited feature.

You may have noticed a theme of PURPLE in many of the t-shirts....
So I chose this lovely batik for the back, with aqua accents...

This was a lot of fun to make and I love the way the black frames the shirts so well.

Voting Starts Friday, May 22.  
Vote for your favorite quilt in the Large Quilt category.

Friday, October 31, 2014

King Arthur's Castle

While quilting may be fun, and blogging may be enjoyable, 
You may have noticed that I have not blogged much
and I can tell you that I have not quilted much.

One project is finished - King Arthur's Castle.

I am entering this in the 
Original Design

You can vote for your favorite quilt in this category at this link.
Vote today!

It's a long story - I refer you to my daughter's blog if you are interested.

My daughter's Mother-in-Law (who happens to be one of my very best friends) suggested that we make a quilt for our grandson-to-be, Arthur.  We quickly thought of making a castle.

I designed the castle on graph paper and pieced it.
We made its door like a draw bridge, and made the whole quilt able to hang on a tension rod over a doorway... so our granddaughter could play in the castle.

 Note the black windows on top: they have pockets to hold princesses, and Winnie the Pooh.
Note the real windows on the bottom portion.

Note the FLOWERS ("shra shra" in 19-month old language)

And the lovely leaves sewn by the other Grandma.

And I am very late- so I will write more later! Cathy H

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Modern Quilts - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I'm a math teacher.  And I love Geometry.  And I love Quilts.

And I direct your attention to the 

You can vote for your favorite quilt in this category at this link.
Vote today!

I had so much fun making this quilt!!

Like the Star Quilt in the previous post, this quilt is made primarily of favorite old shirts.

I started with two smaller quilts comprised of 4 rectangles.
(I got carried away making it - and forgot to take very many pictures along the way)
I sliced the rectangles into 1.5 inch strips and then staggered the strips.
For instance, one of the 'starter quilts' had the burgundy shirt in it, 
the other 'starter quilt' had the dark blue shirt in it.

At the top I have a strip with the dark blue, then the next strip has the burgundy.
Blue, burgundy, blue, burgundy, blue, burgundy .... all the way to the bottom of the quilt.

In addition to the every-other-one concept with each strip, I also SHIFTED the strips left and right to create curvy patterns with the strips of fabric.

Lest you think I am uniquely clever in this - I actually saw this technique used by Lorrie Cranor
and it is described so well in this post:

When I was working so closely with the little strips, it was hard to see what was actually going to happen with the strips.  These pictures just make me smile as I see the curves and the motion made with the strips.

The back is pretty unremarkable, because I used a quilt-as-you-go method that just sewed each strip to the batting and the back even as I was piecing the front.  (Again, these instructions are available with the HOW TO MAKE AN INTERLEAVE QUILT link above)

 You can see other categories in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, also.

It's like going to a quilt show without leaving your home!

And you can be a part of the voting to select the winners in each category!

I might have to make another quilt like this someday...


It's Been a Year - Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's been a year since I last posted.
It's been quite a year.   But I finished a few quilts.

One project I started and finished involved shirts.  A dear friend lost her husband to cancer - - now over two years ago.  Our Quilting Bee (Seams Like Sisters - more about them in the next month or so) gathered his (mostly plaid) shirts, cut them up and and put the pieces back together into the quilt pictured below for his wife.

But this scrap quilt is not what I wanted to write about.
I decided to make a small quilt for each of their grown children from the left-overs.

And this star quilt is maybe my favorite.

I had so much fun designing this quilt!
And I have decided to enter it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Spring 2014
Almost one year since my last Blog post!!

You can see the other 
Entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival here

Since I am a math teacher - - - I LOVE to use graph paper.
I sketched this design 
And added to it as I went.

I had to use the pockets from the shirts in order to get enough fabric for the quilt blocks.  You can see the button from the white shirt's pocket pretty clearly in this picture.

The thing I love the most about this quilt is the spiral quilting.
I just started the spiral in one of the larger white stars near the lower right side of the quilt and 'eye-balled- about 1/2 to 5/8 inches away.  The size (about 36"x 51") made it easy to just spin and spin the quilt as I stitched it with my little Singer Sewing machine.

It was almost remarkable how the spirals went through so many of the stars in a fashion that made them MOVE.  made them FLY.  

My husband had the good idea of having the stitches fly off to the top right corner to create even more motion.  Of course, on the back, then, the stitches fly off to the top left.

I had so much fun making this quilt!!!

Be sure to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
 - and the winners get PRIZES!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rainbow Snowballs

To meet the deadline!!!!!
To post a quilt to the Rainbow 
(Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet) 
category of the Blogger's Quilt Fest!!!

I  JUST finished this quilt: Rainbow Snowballs.

Cut out in 2003.
Cut totally from scraps.
Machine Pieced in 2006.
Hand quilted.
Finished May 23, 2013 11:30 pm CST.

The back is a rain-bow tie-dyed fabric.... 

Made for our second daughter - who loves rainbows.
Who just started Physician Assistant's School.
Who probably needs a pretty quilt with her at school.

View all the other ROYGBIV quilts
on the Blogger's Quilt Festival.


Vote for your favorite.

Maybe it will be this one!!!

Thanks for visiting!!
Come back later - I might have time to tell some more about this quilt!
I might, also, have pictures of the quilt in day light.
Remember - I just barely finished this in time to enter the Festival.
And . . . it's  a FINISH!!