Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Busy Start to the Year

I have a few things that I am working on. In December I joined a second challenge group called Fifteen by Fifteen. Every other month a theme word is given we have to make a 15 inch by 15 inch quilt. The group has a blog with our profiles and our quilts when they are revealed. The link to the blog is http://fifteenquilts.com/. Our first reveal will be near the end of January. The theme was LINE. I cannot reveal my quilt yet which I finished yesterday, but here is a sneak peak.

The idea for this came from my husband. This is only a small sliver of the actual quilt.

I am currently taking a class called Flower Power with Susan Brittingham at Quilt University. Here is the sketch of the flower I will be working on. This one will be a blue-violet flower with a yellow center. I am really into contrasting colors these days. You can see that in my 15 by 15 challenge too since that one is orange and blue.

I have not made many flower quilts. In fact I have only made one other flower quilt of daisies years ago called “Crazy about Daisies” since daisies are my favorite flower. Here is a photo of that quilt.

Crazy about daisies

This morning I stitched down the pieces in my grayscale forest quilt that I think I am going to name “Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh My.” This was made from fabric that I dyed last fall in an Elizabeth Barton class at Quilt University.

I also decided that I should pull out a project and finish it this year. I really enjoyed the hand quilting that I did last year when I finished my husband’s “Scotland the Brave” quilt. I was able to take the quilt with me to Pittsburgh when I had to help out my sick parents. Here is the completed quilt.

I am thinking that I might have to do that again this year so I am looking for a hand project. I started an Hawaiian quilt years ago. That is the project that I will finish this year. I have about 1/4 of the appliqué done. I will have to get out the instructions on needle turn appliqué to refresh my memory on how to do it. This was started in another Quilt University class a long time ago.

Thanks for reading.

Chris

2 comments:

The Idaho Beauty said...

Isn't it amazing how much we forget when we haven't worked in a particular technique for awhile? At one point I was diligently working through Baltimore Album applique techniques until I felt so proficient no applique design daunted me. But the blocks got set aside before I finished all I planned to do, and I haven't done much applique of any kind for several years. When I got out another old project with very pointy leaves, I realized I'd totally forgotten the tricks to making those lovely points! You should be able to pick up the Hawaiian applique fairly quickly though I'd think. Good luck - you have a lot of good projects lined up for the year.

Khristina aka Khris said...

You do awesome work Chris...love your Scottish quilt...hugs Khris