2016 Quilt Finishes

Oceans Of Blue Quilt

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:

Green Cross Quilt #3
Green Cross Series #3
Green Cross Series #4
Green Cross Series #4
Earth Energy Quilt
Earth Energy Quilt
Green Gardens Quilt
Green Gardens
Oceans Of Blue Quilt
Ocean’s of Blue – Swirling Oceans Quilt Pattern
Big Hexies
POP – Big Hexie Quilt using my own fabric designs from Spoonflower
Root Chakra quilt
Root Chakra Quilt
Hexie Hummingbird Finish
Hexie Hummingbird
Manipura Quilt Front
Manipura Quilt

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!

What are your 2017 quilt goals?

Cannabis To The Rescue!

Green Cross #3 Detail

Oh my, what a morning I’ve had… really not a fan of nausea in any sense, but waking up to it almost every day makes it a little difficult to get out of bed. Today was a doozy. I ended up smoking early, and the immediate relief I felt was so amazing – I think I may be doing the ‘wake-n-bake’ till this symptom passes. (and… no, I’m not pregnant – for all those with that question 😉 )

Green Cross Series #4
Green Cross Series #4

I don’t write about this awesome weed much… but it is a huge part of my day to day life. So – I figure this is a good topic for the #31 Day Blog Challenge I’m taking part in. With cannabis, I avoid all meds for depression, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia – it also helped me quit cigarettes, meth, and alcohol.  It’s the only pain medication I can take that doesn’t make my liver hurt – I just can’t say enough good things about it!

Green Cross Series #2
Green Cross Series #2

Last year when Cannabis was legalized for recreational use, I made special quilts to celebrate – the first was a large quilt: The Green Cross Quilt, then I made (4) smaller quilts in a series. Even though I’d been on the medicinal plan for years, it was still a big deal. It legitimizes me and so many people I know. It feels great not to have to hide who I am in public, and that is fantastic!

Cannabis QuiltIt’s not like I need to have a pipe in my mouth at all times… in fact, I use concentrated oils where each dose lasts a long time, so I don’t feel it interferes with my lifestyle in any way. It also helps me relax and enjoy whatever project I’m currently working on – fantastic for hand-stitching!

I know it’s not for everyone, but it works for me, and I am so absolutely thrilled it’s becoming legal in more and more states. Have you ever tried Cannabis? What was your experience?

Green Cross #3 Detail

 

Quilt Showings!

Green Cross Quilt #3

Feeling pretty giddy and excited today.

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 Quilt #3
Green Cross #3

 

Earth Energy Quilt
Earth Energy

Also happening today is the Airing Of The Quilts in Milwaukie, Oregon, and thanks again to Bill, I have two quilts on display there:

Hanging at Show
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!

Quilt Finish!

Earth Energy Quilt

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
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 close up
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 Back
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 #1
Green Cross Series #2
Green Cross Series #2
Green Cross Quilt #3
Green Cross Series #3
Green Cross Series #4
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 😉

Green Cross #3 Detail
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!