The Quilted Duvet Cover

This project was an adventure. The order was for a king sized duvet cover. The color palette was to be in golds and browns to pull in some interesting wall art in those colors from the clients bedroom. Having never done a lone star, I designed the cover around that design using the fall colors in batik fabrics.

I think the photos really speak for themselves, but I thank Donna at Jorden Fabrics in Grants Pass, Oregon, for the amazing YouTube of how to put a lone star together.

Auditioning the strips

More rays and star pieces.

After auditioning some different batiks for the backgrounds for the star we selled on a golden brown batick with flecks of cream.

Final choice for lonw star corners.

For the drop we settled on the rich, dark brown batik with Kokopelli and lizards as the fabric of choice. April at Creekside Quilts Oregon was very helpful in finding the right design.

Then with the bits and scraps from the Duvet Cover. I went on to make a fun wonky star twin quilt. It sits on the guest room bed.

Oversized twin, sustainable piecing, quilted be The Quilting Crane, Sandy Oregon.

First blog of 2022

It’s been awhile since I posted a blog. I think this is not my best way of communicating!  But I have been busy quilting and sewing with my own hand dyed fabric. I have been trying to be sustainable by using all the pieces that get cut, until there is barely any bits of fabric left. I am saving them to use as stuffing for a foot poof. 

During the pandemic I decided to use as much of my stash and specifically scraps to be creative. My go to design was wonky stars and paper pieced flying geese. I now have several finished wonky star quilts and few tops done and a box of flying geese in different sizes for further use.

First Wonky Star top before quilting.

Wedding quilt, back from the quilter, all linen cotton, hand dyed from Dailly Hand Dyed. Do you see the flying geese! Long Arm quilted by The Quilting Crane, Sandy, Oregon.

Wonky Star quilt, cotton batik, quilted by The Quilting Crane, Sandy, Oregon. For Sale!

After spending some time finishing up some stray quilt tops and donating them to Northwest Quilters to distribute to charity, my first big project was The Quilted Duvet Cover!

The Notion of Sustainable Quilting

This could be an on going subject.

The quilting community is talking about sustainable quilting – meaning that the “scraps” from more formal quilts and wearable art can be used in a new and different way to diminish the impact scraps might have on the land fill, as well as minimize the clutter in our quilting/sewing studios. #sustainablequilting

I tend to order my scraps in bins by color, so lately I have been working in a series of  blues and greens with pops of a bright color to add interest. I let the fabric tell me what to sew and even what the shape might be. There are a myraid of ways to begin and design. They can be very scrappy or more ordered. I like the shapes of the fabric I have to help dictated my end blocks. This eliminates more cutting up and tends to use all sorts of sized pieces.

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I  have started to use these blocks in quilt tops working towards a finished product so next time I will have more progress for you.

 

Creativity Cannot be stopped!

Wow! Cannot believe it has been six months. I have been busy. Grand children, garden, life and creating up a storm. Here are a few of my favorites. I am off to Spain for a memorial, then home and the summer to play with fabric again. 

Featured photo is the pile of fat quarters I dyed for an upcoming art quilt.

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Hand dyed top for Vincent’s big boy bed quilt.

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Can you see the red dragon in the hand painted panel?

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Thomas and his big boy bed quilt!

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Experimenting with Shibori.

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More Shibori. Love these Colors.

Getting Started: My First Blog Post

I started out as a ceramic artist. Thus, Into the Fire.…My emphasis was on playing in clay with shape and color. Over the years other things took priority and now at this juncture in my life I have returned mostly to the fiber arts. I cannot say that dyeing, printing, and cutting up fabric is less messy then playing with clay, but it is easier to start and put aside for momnets with family and grandchildren. I am stilling experimenting wth shape and color.

Occasionally I have things to say about the fiber arts. This blog will be an opportunity to display my art and to discuss current trends in the fiber arts in my life. Stayed tuned…