Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Check Out The New Book-My Quilt Is On Page 107!!

As a member of Studio Art Quilting Association different opportunities are presented to us at all times. The woman who heads this organization, Martha Sielman, works with Lark Books and creates art books with themes. She chose "people and portraits" after doing books on landscapes etc. and she personally sent me an email to apply. I was flattered and entered 3 quilts (the maximum) and waited a very long time to recive any news about the book. Late fall I received notice that my Tina Turner quilt would be in the book and I was thrilled. It is due for release in April and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
My quilt is on page 107 which is nice since 7 is my lucky number!! The photography is beautiful and the quality of the book is very nice. Hopefully you will check it out and/or purchase it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vintage Kitschen

This is my second version using the "Oh Sew Charming!" pattern and a charm pack. I used a Moda Vintage Modern charm pack in this quilt. I chose a cream with grey dot background fabric and arranged the design in color families of red, green, pink and turquose. I used a flower stitch on my Viking Sapphire sewing machine as part of the quilting design to incorporate the outside borders into the design. I "shadow" quilted near this stitching to fill in the border areas. I had a hard time matching any pink embellishments with the peachy old fashioned pink in this quilt-the pinks I chose all appeared very cool toned and I quit and decided to go without an. I love this line of fabrics especially the houndstooth!! I will make one more of these quilts but I am going to change the borders.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What did We Learn From Pinterest Today?

I am taking a break from quilting and I saw this cute plastic Easter egg wreath on Pinterest. All items are from the dollar store.

     4 bags of plastic Easter eggs
     1 12" grapevine wreath
     1 3 yd. reel of Easter themed wire ribbon
     1package pink plastic glitter bows (or use the wire ribbon to create your own but buy one more reel)
     glue gun and glue sticks
     ribbon, cord, yarn, string etc. for hanging tie

The ribbon is wrapped around the grapevine wreath snuggly to help the eggs adhere to wreath. I began in the inner circle of the wreath and glued eggs around to fill in. The I started glueing egs to center and outside edges in a pleasing manner. This took a whole 5-10 minutes!! I saved some room for the pink plastic bow to fit at the bottom of the wreath. You could make a "fancy" wire ribbon bow instead if you wanted to. I used a piece of pink satin ribbon and looped it through the wreath on the top and tied a knot which I hid and ta-da I hung it on my door!! Back to quilting!!

There are plenty of Easter ideas on Pinterest and the dollar store provides lots of the materials at an inexpensive price. Have fun and don't burn yourself with the glue gun!!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Grease Is The Word

A quilter friend in my community is the in charge of costumes for the Menominee High School Theatre Dept. and this year they chose Grease as their production. They have a quilt made each year and raffle it off as a fundraiser for the theatre dept. Brenda asked me if I would make the quilt for this year. I said I would design and construct the top of the quilt and someone else could quilt and bind it. So where does one start on a project like this? First was a reuested size of twin size dimensions. Then I Goodle searched many images from the movie even though I have seen the movie alot and love it!! But the Google images helped with clothing detail and authenticity of the 1950s in regard to hair, colors and fashions. I chose 1950s colors-black, white, pastel blue, yellow and pink with some red for this project. Also I really needed Google for the car which was the part I was most apprehensive about-I draw people and flowers not cars!!
When I designed the quilt I thought of this similar to a block of the month style quilt with different pictures connected with borders. I pulled images from the production like hand jive, Rizzo, beauty school dropout, leather jackets, the T-Birds etc. and then had the bottom section with Sandy, Danny and the Greased Lightning car. I drew out the images then did a raw edged fused applique technique. Usually I would quilt and stitch the applique down in one step but since I wasn't quilting it I pre-stitched all the applique down before the quilting.
This is the close up of Rizzo-she's wearing a little chiffon scarf!! I used silver glitter glue for the jacket zipper and some glitter nail polish in her hair.
This is the beauty school dropout girl with silver lame cape and lots of glitter and glitter glue on the rollers, eyes and lips!
This block ws 8" x 8" and I felt like I was making doll clothes when I made the leather jacket. I went a little 3D and added a belt buckle from my personal belt that I knew I would never wear. I used silver glitter glue for the zippers and all the hardwear on the jacket. I love this mini jacket!
The Greased Lightning car had silver lame applique on the hub caps, lights etc. since the 1950s cars were full of chrome!!
When you use volunteers to do a project there could be drama and this quilt was not able to be finished before the production last week. It was displayed without much quilting and no binding and I had to let that go because I agreed to do the top only and not the quilting. The general public probably didn't know the difference and I said nothing!!

It was a fun quilt to make-I sang the Grease songs through the entire process and giggled when I added little details like Danny's comb, the belt buckle and Rizzo's scarf.