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!
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!
Okay… I’m blaming this project completely on my guild-mate Beth Wells! I got to sit next to her at our last PMQG All-Day-Sew, which was sweet enough on it’s own… but then she let me go through her bag of ‘give-aways’. She was de-stashing and I was able to take home some cute fabrics AND a package of white pre-cut Half Square Triangles.
Once I got home, I dug through my stash and found another package of the same size HST’s in dark solids – then I became inspired and had to design something to show off the dark colorway. Then I started chain-piecing at 1am last night…
Late Night Chain-Peicing
ready for pressing
I got up sort of excited to see how this was going to layout… and now I have this on my wall:
I think it’s pretty… a different take on a rainbow quilt. I’m excited to sew it all together and get it on a longarm. I think this quilt will lend itself nicely to some funky quilting, but for now I just need to keep on sewing!