When I look back over this crazy year, I realize that I’ve been quite productive in my quilting efforts compared to previous years. I think it’s because I’m loving my new Juki machine!
Here are all the quilts I finished this year:
I hope 2017 proves to be just as productive for me. I want to follow through and do 5 more quilts based on the Chakra system to complete that as a series, finish my 2nd Hexie Hummingbird, and possibly start a new hexie project!
Today is the opening of the gallery show: Textiles: American Contemporary Quiltmaking at the Watermark Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island, and I am honored to have two quilts hanging in that show.
My friend Bill Volckening is a quilt collector and writer who is a quilt fan. His love of quilts is extremely inspiring to me. He has curated this show and the artists he pulled together are quite varied, and from all over the United States. I am truly humbled to be a part of this group. I really wish I could make the trip to see it myself!
The two quilts I have at that show are “Earth Energy” and “Green Cross Series #3”
Green Cross #3
Also happening today is the Airing Of The Quilts in Milwaukie, Oregon, and thanks again to Bill, I have two quilts on display there:
photo by: Bill Volckening
“Ocean’s of Blue” and “Green Gardens” were both commissions for Bill’s family, and he entered them in this show along with the Red Heart quilt he received from Penny Barnes after a recent health emergency he had – you can read more about that quilt here.
I think the three quilts look amazing together, and am thrilled to see them hanging like this! This show is happening only today and tomorrow – so if you’re near Portland, it might be something to check out!
I’m so happy to report another quilt finish! So much better than a political conversation – IMHO at least 😉
This one is called: Earth Energy.
Earth Energy Quilt – Finished Front
This quilt came about because I won a pack of pre-cut off-white Kona HST’s at PMQG meeting a year or two ago… then, when I was at an All-Day-Sew, my friend Beth Wells was getting rid of some of her stash, and she happened to have the Kona Darks HST package – and gave it to me. I was pretty excited, but wasn’t sure how to put them all together at first.
Earth Energy Quilt – close up
I ended up with a ‘rainbow’ type quilt, and it reminded me of radiating energy, hence the name. Once the top was finished, I wanted to quit it on my Juki, but didn’t have a good idea of HOW I wanted to quilt it. I started with the wavy lines and after I was done, I was ready to pull them all out and start over. Instead, I just added more quilting using straight lines. Well… semi-straight lines, I free-motioned them, so they are definitely not perfect, but I ended up LOVING how it turned out.
Earth Energy Quilt – Back
I got some of the really neat Tula Pink quilt backing in blue for the back – I adore these backing fabrics with polka dots and birds – so awesome! I used wool batting for this quilt too – it feels so soft… and I still have to wash it! It will feel even better after that!
Recently I also went a little crazy with the green fabrics I have laying around… it didn’t help that I had a couple requests too… so I also finished 4 smaller cannabis quilts. I’m calling them my “Green Cross Series Quilts”.
Green Cross Series #1
Green Cross Series #2
Green Cross Series #3
Green Cross Series #4
They all are very similar, but all are very different. They are approximately 42″ square. Each one has a Cannabis leaf stitched into the green cross. Series #2 is currently hanging at a show in Madison Wisconsin right now! It’s at the Gallery @ Truax along with over 40 other Modern quilts in a collection called: Quilt Making – A Modern Practice. Another is a commission for a friend, and yet another is spoken for by someone who has a cannabis shop here in Oregon. The last one is probably going to stay right with me 😉
Cannabis Free Motion Quilting
I finished the last two of these since the beginning of the year, along with the Earth Energy quilt, that makes 3 new quilt finishes for me this year – YAY! I’m so happy to share something productive!
While it’s been a while since posting, I have been getting a lot of sewing done! I’m very close to my 3rd quilt finish of the year. As soon as this binding is on, and we get some sunshine, I will be taking (and sharing) photos!
I also wanted to share that I have 3 quilts hanging publicly right now… and I’m so thrilled!
First, I had entered two quilts to QuiltCon that were rejected. I had expected as much as my photos were not that great… I was not disappointed either as I understand how these things work. Luckily, Modern Domestic decided to show the quilt rejects from our area, so my quilts get to show publicly anyway… and in a local quilt shop! I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. So if you’re in NE on Alberta and 14th – go check out MD and see my quilts along with some other stunners from our PMQG!
Second, I have one of my small Green Cross Series quilts hanging on display at: Quilt Making: A Modern Practice in Wisconsin at Madison College in the Gallery @ Truax.
I’m very happy to have this quilt in this show… times are certainly changing, and it will be interesting to see how this quilt is received by the public in the Midwest. There is a reception on January 28th where you can meet some of the quilters. The show runs until Feb. 19th, if you’re close to Madison – you should go check it out!
I finished the last two quilts in my Green Cross Series, making four smaller Cannabis quilts altogether. Two are spoken for, one is in the show in Madison, and the last one will probably be a gift for one of my friends. I feel good about getting so much done already this year… I hope to share (good) photos soon!