I posed for several photos with my quilts at Quilt Expo this year, but this was the only one I could find on FaceBook. That's me in the red shirt helping to hang the show.
I had to sit on my hands to resist typing "does my bum make this quilt look fat" in the comment section!
I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Prescott in her booth "A Quilter's Dream" this year. She has fabulous quilt and bag patterns and designs some lovely batiks. I made this bag from her pattern "Metropolis" using her batiks for the buildings. The sky fabric came from my stash.
It was easy peasy to make -- the directions are very good. Of course, I had to modify it a bit -- I added the extra pocket inside the large one -- for keys or a cell phone, and I added a magnetic snap for closure.
I know I'm a bit late in posting this, but real life keeps getting in the way of my cyberlife (and my artwork too, but that's another story.) I had a bunch of posts mostly written before I went to California, but I never got all the photos off my DD's camera and didn't finish them. Soon...
"Spectral Chroma" debuted at Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this month and here is a photo of it hanging in the show.
It's 92" by 74" and was beautifully longarm quilted by Nell Coons. I added some more machine quilting and will probably add a little more before I'm finished.
The pelican was also juried into Quilt Expo and will be in one more show next month before I unofficially retire it.
This dragon was part of a special exhibit of the Sun Prairie challenge quilts. I haven't seen it in a while -- it seems like I made it and dropped it off immediately. It's been traveling the country and I've missed it.
I'll have another post soon about Quilt Expo, then it's on to other stuff.
I previously blogged about my friend Alice here when she asked for my help in creating a special hand-dye for her Wisconsin Wildflowers quilt. I finally got to see the completed quilt and I think it's amazing. This is all hand-appliquéd and hand quilted.
If you look close (or click on the photo) you can see the purple and green stripe I dyed for the jack-in-the-pulpit block.
I hate waste. I hate using throwaway containers. So these plastic portable coffee cups seemed like a fine idea. But they get hot. So I need a paper insulator. Which gets (yep) thrown away. DH is the worst offender (he drinks the most coffee). So I made him one he could reuse.
Using the paper insulator as a guide, I cut out fabric and Insul-Brite.
I left a quarter inch around the edges for shrinkage from quilting. Fabric was right side out and Insul-Brite in the middle. Just enough quilting to hold it together. Then I trimmed off the excess.
Binding was two and a quarter inches folded in half, stitched around the edge and turned, then hand stitched down. Although I suppose it could all be done by machine.
I used iron-on velcro strips. But I don't trust their glue, so I stitched around them with my machine.
And the finished project. And, yes, I did throw away the paper one I used as a guide. *sigh*