Quilting makes the Quilt

It’s always challenging for me to capture the actual quilting I do on quilts due to the limitations of my camera — the lighting has to be just right, the stars have to line up, the barometric pressure has to be exact…

I stumbled upon the moment this past weekend where everything was just right for me to take pictures of the quilting I had done on Roslynn:

roslynn6

roslynn7

roslynn8

roslynn9

roslynn10

I have done all the quilting on my quilts using my home machine so far — it is possible! I want to encourage all quilters out there who do not have a longarm to not ever give up the possibility of using your home machine to free-motion quilt!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

The Quilter 20th Anniversary Issue (March 2009)

My first quilt published in “The Quilter” was in their 19th Anniversary issue:

wholecloth-sampler

I feel honored to have another quilt featured in their 20th Anniversary issue (HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fabulous quilt magazine!). This time, it’s Roslynn. Remember this?

noble11

The quilt in its entirety used to decorate a tabletop:

roslynn3

Additional shots (I just love that burgundy fabric from Benartex’s Noble Familie):

roslynn5

roslynn12

We are experiencing a snow storm right now, won’t you join me for a hot cup of coffee and some petits four? I learned something new while making sure of the spelling — petit four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of a large buffet. The name is from the French petit four, meaning “small oven” (from Wikipedia):

roslynn2

Stay warm, everyone!

In the company of “rich”…

You remember this, don’t you?

I have been in nearly constant company of fabrics lately because of impending deadlines, some rich fabrics. Don’t you just love that rich red among the other colors? I have to say that red fabric is probably one of my very favorites!! This will be the last sneak-preview before the quilt is officially featured in “The Quilter”‘s March 2009 Issue:

Fabrics and what we make with them enrich our lives in many ways, historically and presently. They sort of tie eras of history together as each era emphasizes a different aspect of fabric art that is slightly different than the other eras. My fabric pursuits have largely been influenced by the rich history that is associated with the early American history. Last night I had a most enjoyable phone conversation with Judy Morton, chair of the Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge. She told me about how she too have been inspired by the rich history of America in her quilting pursuits. She is an amazing hand quilter – one of her quilts is featured in the “Photo Finish” of “The Quilter“‘s Christmas Issue. She has done the applique all by hand:

Okay, I need to get back in the company of more fabrics… (you will see what I mean in tomorrow’s post). I wish you all a wonderful day, rich with blessings! Till next time!