printing on quilt face

2015 Racing Along!

The last three weeks have flown by. I’ve completed two more quilts since my last post, so there is some proof that I’ve been busy! I created my own “fabric” by cutting and piecing fabrics together. I used commercially printed fabrics, my hand silk screened fabrics and my own designs that have been digitally printed by Spoonflower. I truly love working with all sorts of quilt fabrics – old and new. I take great delight in utilizing a range of materials, especially ones that are not pretty or new and trendy and making them work together. I love the challenge.

Here are some photos of my newest work – the center of a quilt, a sample of my printing and a close up of the borders.quilt center quilt center quilt borders printing on quilt face

Here is a shot of the back of the quilt with all my carefully ironed seam allowances, and one of Kush helping me with the ironing. That cat is so helpful.quilt back Kush on the ironing boardclose-up view

quilt 2 corner detail

Quilting Fun

I am having a great time working on a couple of new quilts. I am using the same log cabin format that I used for the first 18, but this time I changed the scale to see what would happen. My first quilts were made up of 16 squares with various borders. The newest quilts have only 9 blocks with simplified borders. i need to carve a couple of new stamps to add some printed texture, and these will need to be larger than what I have made in the past. Check out you say? or quilt love to see some of the earlier quilts. You can see some of the circular images that are stamped on the surface. I want to explore some new designs.

The new quilts include a variety of fabrics from my extensive (yes, that’s a polite word for it) fabric collection, some of my hand silk screened fabrics and some of my designs which I had printed at Spoonflower. It was terrific using this assortment! I decided to only do 2 quilts at a time, and not 6 like I have in the past. This way I can test out different ideas more quickly. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Here are a couple of photos of works in progress. The tops are sewn but need more stamping. I did carve a square block to stamp over the center squares of the quilt, as I thought the centers needed more emphasis. It obscures the print that I used (my own printed fabric) but there wasn’t much to see in a 1 3/4″ size square. The quilt backs are sewn and when everything is ready I’ll have them layered and quilted. After that’s done I can choose the binding fabric and finish them. Nothing like a MULTI multi step process, right?

quilt 1 quilt 1 border quilt 1 border detail quilt 2 quilt 2 corner detail center square detail

As you can see, Kush made an appearance on quilt #2. I hope it doesn’t go to her head that she might become famous.

After Holiday Break

I think this is what everyone needs. At least I do. I’m not complaining, as I had an absolutely fantastic Christmas and New Year’s celebration with my family. We all met at our home in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. We laughed and cooked and ate and laughed some more. And ate. And visited with friends. And ate. Oh my, I just realized that I can probably save a lot of time by not eating at all this month!

However, having said that, I wanted to tell you about a Peruvian restaurant I discovered. My youngest son and I were the last of our group left in Albuquerque, and we decided to try somewhere new for lunch. We picked “Pollito con Papas” on Gibson Boulevard.  Here’s what we ordered: fried yuca, grilled chicken thighs with fries, and grilled chicken thigh with stuffed potato. The yuca was fried to perfection, the chicken was lightly spiced and delicious and the potato was stuffed with a tasty chopped chicken filling. It was all very good. The presentation was simple and basic. Each dish was accompanied by “aji” sauce, which was a fresh tasting thin dipping sauce with a slight bite. My attempts to find something similar online have been unsuccessful, except to learn that it varies dramatically from table to table. Many versions contain tomatoes, but this clearly did not.fried yuca and aji sauce chicken and fries chicken and stuffed potatoThe menu was limited and straight forward. They serve chicken and potatoes in several variations. I had my first taste of Inca Cola – a bright yellow soda pop which I could not bring myself to try in Peru. It is far too sweet for my liking. The only dessert on the menu is flan, which we felt obligated to try. It was a little more dense than I was expecting, but it was yummy. The fries and yuca are not the most healthy eating choices for after Christmas, but I thought I’d wait till I got back to Calgary for “real world” eating to take effect.

Now that I’m back home, I’m definitely trying to make better food choices. It has been so cold that I chose to hibernate for two days, but today I was able to visit the grocery store and stock up on lots of vegetables. My activities since arriving home have been somewhat limited as I’ve had a cat almost glued to my lap. It’s nice to know I’ve been missed! I’m working on some quilt bindings. Kush was content to sleep beside me for a little while but then decided she should help by weighting down my project. She’d hate to see it slip off the sewing table!Kush on my pillow Kush sleeping in the studio Kush sleeping on my work in the studio

weekly photo challenge : infinite

Wow! Where did the week go? I can’t believe it’s already time for another photo challenge and I haven’t posted anything since the last one! I have been a bad blogger lately. My only excuse is that I’ve been sewing like a fiend – a fiend obsessed with getting my next series of quilt tops made. I have 100 quilt blocks near completion, and I have the crippled arms and back to prove it. Why on earth can’t I do things on a scale like a normal person? No, no, no, I need to go into production mode to drive myself crazy challenge myself. Fortunately I’ll be forced to take a break for the next few days. My body needs it. But I digress. Here is my interpretation of infinite – piles of fabulous fabric waiting to be made into something wonderful. The possiblilties are infinite.light colored fabrics dark colored fabrics a row of stacked fabric kids' prints lovely light colored fabrics lots of red fabricsOf course, I can’t really talk about sewing without including my assistant, Kush the cat. Here she is napping on some quilt blocks while I work on another pile. This work can be pretty exhausting!Kush sleeping on quilt blocks