Gilded Komons finished after a little over two years. The quilt is named for the type of kimonos worn by Japanese women shopping and for visits at one point in time. The fabric in Komon kimonos contained small repeated patterns of items found in nature, but as far as I could tell they did not use gold or crystals, so I added “guilded” to the title.
It didn’t take 24 months to finish the quilt, but the chain of events to bring it from start to finish spanned approximately two years. finished to base top of this quilt about 18 months ago and placed it on the pile of unquilted tops where it remained until I convinced my friend Joanne (owner of Splitting Stitches ) that she had the long arm talents needed to quilt the top (she is very good at edge-to-edge quilting but this point did very little custom quilting). After a couple of planning talks she agreed to talk the project on, so the top moved from my pile to her work pile, where it sat for about six months waiting for her to build the confidence to put the top on one of her long arm machines. Over the past several months the top moved on and off her machine between other jobs, and visits and email exchanges to discuss design and in some cases design modifications. At the end of January Joanne set me photos of the quilted top and asked when we could meet to discuss the quilt.
The first week of February we met to view the top and discuss the next steps. Joanne’s work was lovely and made the piece shine.
Now it was my turn to get to work. I added a number of embleshments to give the quilt some additional dimensions. Folded fans were added to the back of each kimono, the center flower received some heavy beading and a 3D gold center to add some bling and to draw the attention. A few crystal butterflys were were added both the quilt fronts and backs to reflect light when the piece is hung.
I am not sure if the embleshments are done, so the quilt has been hung in my sewing room waiting for feedback from my collaborator and so that I can study it for a bit.
Yesterday I finished the second of the house quilt in the series of four that I will be doing. The first quilt was a miniature paper piceced creation called “Life in Vermont”, the second is a queen sized quilt named “The Village”. I still have two pillow shams to complete for The Village quilt before I move on the third one.
The third quilt will be throw size and made out of fat quarters so that each house sitting on the hillside is different. I plan on starting this project some time in December when we will start to have a lot of time in front of the wood stove.
With the hot weather we have received recently I have been able to make some progress on the English paper piecing project I started several months ago. All of the full stars have been added and the partial stars that will abut the border are created.
We have a long car trip to visit family in the near future so I should be able to complete the top by mid-September. I really loved working on this piece but I will be just as happy to finish the top so that I can move on to other projects this fall and hand quilting the top this winter.
I am down to the last two paper pieced blocks for my quilt-as-you go project so I just had to start a new project. It seams that I am not comfortable unless I have 4-5 quilting projects going at the same time. The latest project is an English paper pieced tree skirt.
The skirt will have a dozen poinsettias circling around the midpoint of the skirt and holly leaves at the base, with a beige background in multiple shades of the color. The skirt will be hand pieced (great travel project) and quilted. It was just started this month and I told my family that I would finish it for the Christmas season, fortunately I didn’t say which year 🙂
This summer I decided to to work on a quilt-as-you-go project on rainy and really hot days. I also decided to challenge myself by using only solid Kona cottons and developing a king sized quilt.
4 1/2 of the 35 blocks I will be making this summer. Each block design will be different but all all will will use a black background fabric
Designing and piecing quilts is a real joy for me, whereas quilting has always been a chore. Hopefully, the quilt-as-you-go process will help to improve my machine quilting skills while making the process much easer….
Another one of my quilts made it out of the UFO pile this week. After 4 years and a move across the country I finally finished Chugach Sunset. This inspiration for this piece was the Chugach mountain range that we had the pleasure of viewing from the back of our house when we lived in Alaska. Towards the end of the summer season when the stars became visible again we were treated to some of the most colorful sunsets with the mountains as a backdrop.
The french braid pattern on this 90X120 inch quilt are designed to represent the mountains and the colors that can be found at the different altitudes. I love the colors and the stained glass feel of the finished top…. No more big tops until the winter.
Another UFO has made it back onto the sewing table. I started this paper pieced snowflake quilt about five years ago, after a few units I decided to move on to another project, or two, three or more… About a week ago I took it out and set a goal to finish it by mid-spring.
I am close to the halfway point on the units….we will see if I keep up the momentum or find another project to turn my attentions towards….
With all of the snow and single digits temperatures I found some time to finish another quilt top. This one was created for a quilt challenge at our local quilt guild. We were asked to create a quilt using the color of the flower or gem for our birth Month. Since I was born in March it was a double challenge for me since almost never use yellow in my quilts.
We had a wonderful Christmas break — friends, family, good food and time for crafts. We didn’t get any snow for Christmas day, but it snowed the entire day after, so we had time to work on our respective craft projects in the studio with the wood stove at full burn.
I managed to get another quilt finished over the Christmas break and will start another for New Years. The one that I finished this week is a modified cathedral window pattern, the pieces of which I carried around in my busy box (hand work that I carry on road trips and to appointments) for the past 10 months. The quilt is called Winter Skies and created with a combination of hand and machine piecing/quilting using batik fabrics.
Now on to the next projects….
Hope that your holidays were all that you wanted them to be.
One more bed quilt for our home done, just two more to make. After a year of working on this project I can finally call it complete. I pieced this quilt for our guest bedroom, and Joanne Lendaro did the longarm quilting for me.
I love lily pads, the flowers they produce and the insects that they attract. So much so, that last year I started designing a quilt that reflected my love of pond and toad lilies. This summer I finished the folded blocks and piecing, and about a week ago the machine quilting was done. I used a dense but simple quilting pattern on the top so that the flowers and origami butterflies would stand out on the piece.
The picture shows the machine quilting. I am in the process of sewing down the flower petals, once this is done the butterflies and beaded embellishments will be added.
At our October quilt guild meeting the theme for the Christmas gift exchange was announced. This year we are to make cookie and tea quilts (mug rugs) for exchange at the December pot luck dinner. I groaned a bit under my breath at the meeting, but then an idea came to me. With all of the other items that I am creating for the holiday season I couldn’t see where I was going to find the time to work on project. Then preparing the yard, and the vegetable and flower beds for the winter came up on the to-do list. Yesterday we spent the entire day out in the yard pulling/cutting plants, fertilizing and caging young items to keep the deer and wild turkeys on their best behavior. We were going to do more yard work today, but my friend procrastination came for a visit and the yard will now wait until next weekend and my sewing machine spent the day working. I am happy to say that I finished the little cookie and tea quilt and will shortly be moving on to a quilting project that has been on my large machine for the past two months.
So I guess the moral of this story is that procrastination can make you productive in unplanned ways…
I missed working at my sewing machine so much, that I put aside my to-do list and pulled out one of my quilt projects. It feels so good to working with fabric again. This four heart wall hanging is one of the Christmas gift that I have on my cut table.