Wednesday, November 15, 2006

WIP Wednesday

The working title for this piece is "November". So catchy and original, eh? It's just a little larger than a journal quilt and I used my usual combo of commercial, hand-dyed and thrift store fabric. I haven't decided if I am going to finish it with threadwork, or if it is just a study. I have a possible series in my head using these abstract tree shapes, and may work at this a bit.


This second piece is a wallhanging to decorate for Christmas. I just loved some of the new Christmas fabrics and couldn't resist. (I didn't buy them from this website, but they have LOTS to look at, so enjoy.)


What I really have been spending most of my sewing time on are quilts for Christmas. Our quilt group draws names each year and each person makes a quilt for someone else. It sounds like a lot of work, but you do have a whole year to get it done and it makes the best quilter's Christmas party ever. I mean, as quilters we always give quilts, how great is it to get one? Last year my friend Carla, new to our group, burst into tears because it was the first ever quilt she received as a gift. She has probably made and given hundreds.

I just finished my exchange quilt top, a very traditional log cabin in the "barn raising" layout. I added a row of friendship stars at each end so the quilt would be longer. My quilter friend will like the subdued colors I used since they are her colors of choice. No orange in sight. I sent it to be quilted, so I will share pictures at a later time. While I love doing the quilting and threadwork on baby quilts or small art pieces , I am not too crazy about working on anything larger. So I help keep my longarm quilter friend in business :)

12 comments:

Karoda said...

i just love the colours in the first block!

debraspincic said...

totally love the "study" piece. The Quilt Studio has some new ideas for 2007 that would be wonderful with your new work--hope you do develop it into a series.

Fruit Jar Nicky said...

Christmas quilts as an exchange? Wow, that is ambitious!

Happy WIP Wednesday!

Micki said...

The "November" piece is great. Love those colors.

Anonymous said...

Your November piece is gorgeous! I just got a packet of Christmas fat quarters that I need to figure out how to use.
The banner photo on my blog is Pikes Peak from just south of town. I can see Pikes Peak through the leafless trees out of the front windows of our house, but it shows up better out of town. The Wet Mountains are behind me where I took that photo; we have mountains on three sides of us.

Anonymous said...

I like the abstract tree shape!
Warm colours! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Oops! Your top left block has a boo-boo. I was contemplating the piecing and wondering why it was pieced the way it was, i.e., why not just piece the diamonds in one step? When I saw it. Hope it's not to late and sorry it I rained on your parads.

Anonymous said...

Wait, on second glance, maybe it's supposed to be like that. Sorry.

Jeri said...

November is awesome - I love those colors! And I am fond of the christmas star blocks too - so festive.

Scrapmaker said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I am excited to work a little more in this direction. I do tend to be drawn to these colors again and again.

What I love most about quilting is the fabric, color, texture and infinite possibility for creativity. I also love giving gifts that will give comfort.
What I don't love so much is fussy piecing or following a pattern exactly. If I deviate, I am more likely to try to work it into the finished design. Jen

diva of quilts said...

I love the November piece! Can't wait to see it finished. The Christmas quilt is pretty too.

Shelina said...

I really like the colors on your block too! The dark lines look like a road to me, like a leisurely drive to view the fall colors.
Your Christmas exchange sounds ambitious but wonderful.