My friend and colleague, Tobey, is getting very interested in quilting. We talk about fabric and quilting all the time at work and bring books and blocks to show each other. Tobey has made a few quilts and patchwork mats/table runners, etc., but I would say that she is still fairly new to quilting. A short time ago she started talking about making a throw quilt for her cousin to match a favorite pillow. She showed me a picture of the pillow, and we talked about my wonky log cabin blocks and Gee’s
Bend quilts that we have admired in books and in a gallery in .Well, she totally blew me out of the water and almost left me speechless when she brought in her blocks to show me the other day! Portland
Here are her inspirations: burnt orange, red, gray, blue, and white pillow (sorry, it’s a picture of a picture of the pillow) and pamphlet about Gee’s
And here are her blocks:
I am not an athlete, but when I run or workout, I can feel like one. Well, I’m not an artist either, but when I create a quilt, my inner artist comes out to play. Tobey is now an artist in my book. And brave! She didn’t always know what she was doing, so she just made it up as she went. I love that!
I have been a little busy myself. This is as far as I’ve gotten on block one of the Sue Ross BOM. I’m still basking in my own success with the curved piecing! It may not be perfect, but that puppy lies flat as a pancake!
I finished all of my wonky log cabin blocks, and here they are – 25 blocks, 15” square each.
I’ve been playing with squares of Kaffe Fassett fabrics for a half square triangle value quilt. This should be lots of fun for my inner artist.
Today I checked out a fabric store that I had never been to before – Bolt Neighborhood Fabric Boutique! I love it! Imagine that someone picked out your favorite fabrics/designers and put them in a shop just for you! That is what Bolt is to me! There are only two drawbacks. I live west of
Portland and Bolt is in Northeast Portland, and it is pretty small. However, afterwards I stopped at three other -- much larger -- fabric stores that I just ended up walking into, walking around once, and then walking right back out the door.
I bought these lovely Jennifer Paganelli fabrics (1/2 yard each) at Bolt and these vibrantly colored fat quarters. The selvage reads: "Global Gardens designed by Kathy Hall for
Museum of International Folk Art, under license to Andover Fabrics, Inc." My inner artist is extremely happy with these colors and designs to play with! Museum of New Mexico
At the risk of being labeled a crazy cat lady, I managed to catch a quick picture of our other cat, Bonnie, on the cutting mat. She never jumps up there, but when Sammy and I left the room, I think she finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. She was not impressed. Please note that she is sitting on the cogwheel that I am oh so proud of!
Finally, the October mini needlepoint teapot on an orange and black quilt made for my son by my mother-in-law. It’s not for Halloween (as it may appear); these are the colors of his favorite college football team (
). Oregon State University
What has your inner artist been up to lately?
With wishes, true and kind -- Joan