Friday, July 14, 2017

Lizzie Portrait Quilt

This is my third portrait quilt.  The first two were the pear still life ones (here and here).  This one was made using a photo I took of my dog.  The teacher from the iQuilt class (Leni Levenson) actually took this photo of Lizzie and turned it into the pattern.   

The quilt is machine appliqued and quilted.  It measures approx 20.5 in x 21.75 in.  It is not perfect but turned out fairly well.  Here's the finished quilt.

Here are two detail photos


There are some things I hope to do better with more practice.  For example, I know that red fabric often will bleed if not washed (and sometime even if prewashed). The red fabric had been prewashed and when I washed the fabric markings from the quilt I used cold water to try to prevent bleed.  It happened anyway.  I fixed it by appliqueing more fabric over the red areas as you can see.
Also as I did the "dog" first and then decided on the background I had the brown fabric of the floor showing through the white of the "dog."  I had to "underline" the dog with a layer of muslin to hid the brown.

Just for fun check out this photo of Lizzie sitting with me while I was working on this quilt.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Messaline Sweater

It took me a long time to knit this sweater, almost a year.  Mostly because I keep putting it aside to work on other projects.  I do like the finished result.  The pattern is Messaline by Bristol Ivy.  The yarn is Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Nurmilintu Scarf Two

I knit this scarf using the same pattern as for this one I knit earlier this year.  The pattern is Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander.  This time the yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegría in colorway Macachines. It measures 79 in across the longest border and 19 in at the widest point.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pears Still Life II

My second attempt at doing a portrait quilt.  This one, like the first one, is machine appliqued and quilted. It measures 10 in X 14 in.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Pears Still Life

This small quilt is the result of an online quilt class I recently enrolled in (Translate Photos Into Fabric Art by Leni Levenson Wiener at iquilt.com).  It is machine appliqued and quilted.  The small quilt measures 9 in X 12.5 in.  I have mailed it to a friend who admired it. 



Friday, June 9, 2017

Latest Child's Crazy Quilt

Recently finished this child's crazy quilt.  It is machine pieced using scrap fabrics.  It is machine quilted.  The quilt measures approx 40 in X 44 in.  No one particular in mind but thinking I may give it to a colleague for her grand-daughter who is just over a year old.  This first photo shows the entire quilt.
 These next three show details.  There is much for a child to find.  Colors (red, green, etc), shapes (strips, dots), things (sail boat, girl, Minnie mouse).
 In this one -- peacock feather, sailboat, horse, dogs.
 In this one -- owls, horses, angle, razorback.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nurmilintu Scarf

I love how this scarf turned out.  Just finished it earlier this week.  It was knit using yarn Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock.  The pattern is Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander.  After blocking the scarf measures approx 77 in along the longest edge and 18 in at the widest point.  The two other sides measure 37 in and 49 in.




Friday, May 12, 2017

Theirs

I made this quilt after reading about the use of they as a singular pronoun by many trans individuals rather than he or she. My thinking for this piece was a monogrammed towel as a simple gesture of welcome and acceptance.  I chose the floral background fabric to try to elicit wallpaper.  The dark gray/black strip at the bottom was meant to be the counter top which I chose to leave empty (thought of adding soap, hair brush, etc but decided not to do so). The quilt is 20.5 in X 22 in.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.

 I quilted pronouns (he, she, they, his, hers, theirs) among the background flowers. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Death Penalty, RIP Quilt

I made this quilt a few weeks ago as a small protest against the death penalty.  The current news is full of the executions here in Arkansas as the state is trying to conduct multiple executions before the end of April.  I am not for the death penalty.  I came to this conclusion many years ago.  My decision is mostly based on the commandment “thou shalt not kill.”  I rarely go to Church anymore but cling to the 10 commandments as a good foundation for living.  I admit I would probably fight to the death to protect myself or a loved one if we were in imminent danger (thereby breaking the commandment). However, the death penalty does not protect anyone in imminent danger.  The prisoner is already behind bars.  Life without parole seems like a better choice to me.  My husband disagrees with me.  I do have compassion for the families of the victims (and the prisoner).  I would love to see a system that would provide them with free (or low cost) counseling. 

I designed the headstone on my laptop and then printed it onto fabric.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  The quilt measures 15.25 in X 18 in.
 Here is a close up of the headstone.
 This is the back.  I like the way the quilting shows.

Friday, April 21, 2017

On (the) Line Quilt

This year's theme for the Quilt Alliance (https://quiltalliance.org/) yearly contest is "voices."  This is my entry.  I designed it with phone calls to/from my mother (She died almost 8 yrs ago and I still miss hearing her voice.  I really miss the phone call on my birthday each July.), the party lines from my youth (you would sometimes have to tell someone who picked up their phone to use the line, "hey, I'm on the line."), and today's on line conversations (ie Twitter) all in mine.  The words are machine embroidered into the telephone lines. The quilt is 16 in sq.  It is machine appliqued and quilted. 
 I tried to choose the words to reflect a "catching up" conversation.
I added the "cubs won!" as a nod to my grandmother who loved baseball.
This last photo is of the label on the back.  I added the phrase "a little bird told me" as it again makes me think of my mother (and also of twitter).

Friday, April 14, 2017

Please, don't litter Quilt

This quilt was made as a nod to the continued need for EPA and environmental protection.  Clean air, water, and land is important to human, wildlife, and plant health. The scene is mostly pristine with the exception of the deformed turtle in the foreground.  The background is strip pieced.  I printed the canoe, the birds, the turtle, and the sign onto fabric using my home printer.  The waves are made from plastic bag strips.  I hand sewed beads to look like small pebbles. The piece measures 21.25 in X 21.5 in.  Like the one last week I submitted it to Threads of Resistance and hope it will become part of their exhibit (http://threadsofresistance.blogspot.com/).            



Friday, April 7, 2017

Wall of Resistance Quilt

This quilt is machine pieced with machine appliqued stars (13 of them).  There are also statements (printed on fabric, then appliqued onto the wall) regarding issues that are important to me. The quilt measures 23 in X 23 in.  I have submitted it to Threads of Resistance and hope it will become part of their exhibit (http://threadsofresistance.blogspot.com/). 


The statements:


1,439 officers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years — that’s an average of 144 deaths per year.  51 law enforcement officers were maliciously killed in 2015, 41 in 2015, and 64 in 2016.


In 2013 in the U.S., there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries and 33,636 accidental firearm deaths.


Shooting: 
Sandy Hook School (2012) – 28 dead
San Bernardino (2015) – 14 dead, 22 injured
Orlando Nightclub (2016) – 49 dead, 53 injured
Sikh Temple (2016) –  7 dead, 4 injured

Free press is important to democracy.

The ocean is rising at a rate of about a foot per century causing severe coastline erosion.
 
Avoidable healthcare.  Coverage of preexisting conditions.


I approve of DACA -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was created by President Obama via an executive order in 2012.   Only eligible for “Dreamers” who arrived in the US before age 16, have lived there since June 15, 2007, and were less than 30 yrs old when Obama signed the 2012 executive order.

The Day of Remembrance (DOR) is a day commemorating the Japanese American internment during World War II. Events in numerous U.S. states are held on or near February 19, the day in 1942 that Executive Order 9066 was signed, requiring internment of all Americans of Japanese ancestry.  Let’s not let something like this Internment happen again.

Immigrants should be vetted but should not be barred.  Refuges should be welcomed.  

One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. 


Sexual harassment continues to be work place issue.

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was originally written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman in 1923.  The proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. Passed by Congress on March 22, 1972. Never ratified.