Wednesday, April 8, 2015

new york beauty...


Quiltmania is one of the best publishers of textile arts and specifically quilting out there. The magazine is superb and every book is a must have. One of their new spring 2015 releases documents the rarely seen but visually arresting New York Beauty pattern from the collection of the USA's Bill Volckening. Bill is one of my online quilt crushes. He voraciously acquires the most amazing quilts from many genres. He lectures, writes a great image-filled blog, self-publishes through Blurb his annual acquisitions and can be found on Instagram. This book documents his collection of NYB quilts from the 1850's to the present. I can't come up with an appropriate superlative to describe how gorgeous the pages are. The book is stuffed with lush photos of the most classically beautiful and quirky quilts. This book is truly inspiring and a great addition to your library...

 The early, 1850 Kentucky:


The odd and unloved, 1860-1920 USA:

 

and the recent, 2011 Jana Schmitt Iowa.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

holiday goodness...


Will be spending the day making these beautiful Easter egg nests and the rest of the weekend trying not to eat them all. Tried to find some holiday inspired quilts but unlike Christmas ones they seem to be quite rare. I did find these exquisitely embroidered wool eggs. The web is filled with tutorials on how to make them...


If Passover is more your flavor, here is a gorgeous six-pointed star quilt reminiscent of the Star of David made by the ever talented Lesly .

Happy holidays!




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#1718 quiltalong...


Am learning a lot making this quilt. Have discovered that I may be the slowest applique sewer in the world. While quite absorbing, even relaxing to sew, making these blocks I could literally feel myself aging:) Of more importance, I've learned that I should never trim a block late at night and/or when tired. Managed to trim an extra 1/8" off two sides of one of them and at an angle no less. Am hoping that when it is all put together that the busyness of the quilt disguises all the errors. Whingeing aside, this top is fun to make and it is amazing to see all the different fabrics people are using. Search for 1718 Quiltalong on Facebook and join in. You know you want to... 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

1718 coverlet madness...


 
Having bought this book by Susan Briscoe when it was first published, I was pretty sure it would be filed under "inspiring to look at" but "there is no way am I ever going to make that quilt". That is, until the charismatic and inspiring Sarah and Amy decided to host a Quilt Along. I have a bad track record with this kind of quilt as my unfinished orphan Farmer's Wife blocks will attest. But after months of sewing crazy improv pieces, I really feel the need to make sure that I can still sew small and precisely. Have finished February blocks and am on to March. The fabrics are Liberty Marylebone, Bloomsbury, and Denyse Schmidt among others with lots of shirtings. Making these blocks is simultaneously aggravating and addictive.You can join in the fun by searching for the group on Facebook. Hope to see you there!


Friday, February 27, 2015

rip spock...


Well it is a very sad day. Leonard Nimoy has passed away. This fine actor is best known for his role as Spock in the series Star Trek. That role was his legacy and probably also his curse. On television, Star Trek was in reruns around the world forever. It was a pretty ground-breaking series exploring issues of civil rights, war and other political concepts behind the guise of science fiction. As a child, Spock was my first onscreen crush or as I like to joke- he was the first emotionally unavailable man I ever fell in love with:)

No wonder that geek love for Spock found its way into the quilt above sewn by an unknown maker...


This talented artist made a wall hanging...


Inexplicably, Leonard Nimoy also made this video. In it, he sings about hobbits...

Condolences to his loved ones. To his family he was a man. To the rest of us he was an iconic part of our childhoods...
RIP LN

 


Monday, February 23, 2015

illustration inspiration...


Now that I see everything in terms of quilting, I wanted to share this really inspiring book by British artist Millie Marotta. She's created the most beautiful coloring book for adults.

 

I love her illustrations and can't help thinking how fantastic her drawings would be as inspiration for machine quilting designs...


Here she is  drawing a charming fox from her book... All those textures!





Sunday, February 15, 2015

dandy...


This patchwork suit from the 1920's is believed to be a theatrical costume. It is made of meticulously sewn silk squares. I like to think that it was commissioned by an extremely dapper man and worn day to day. Or, it may have been sewn by a thrifty woman who really preferred to quilt...


Sunday, February 8, 2015

simple but effective...


This late 1800's quilt is positive proof that a design doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful. It is simply a very large square within a square block but made up of four patches. It would look great remade in all sorts of fabrics and would be fun to try sewing without rulers...


Many apologies to everyone who commented or emailed me privately for my lack of response. After weeks of intermittent misbehavior, my computer died. The very sweet guy at Apple tried to explain what occurred. Seeing that I was tilting my head like a confused dog, he dumbed his speech down and explained that "something really bad happened to your hard drive". Thankfully, everything is fixed now...




Saturday, January 31, 2015

quilts and fine art...



Sedrick Huckaby is a contemporary artist whose work is preoccupied with predominately domestic scenes of African American life. More recently, his art has focused on quilts made by the women in his family specifically his grandmother and the larger tradition of quilting and faith in African American culture. The following are iterations of a piece called "A Love Supreme"...


With an MFA from Yale in fine arts and hence extraordinary skill...


 He paints large-scale murals of patchwork...


His work is widely collected and there are a couple for sale at 1st Dibs...


This one titled "She Wore Her Quilts" 2005-2008 portrays a woman in a garment reminiscent of the brightly colored polyester coat that Victoria Findlay Wolfe owns...


 This piece "Midst the Blues" 2011 is a more abstracted quilt painting...


Sedrick Huckaby talks about his work and his 2013 "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit in a compelling 10 minute short film on YouTube. It is pretty hard to resist an artist who describes quilting as "women's jazz"!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

quilts and music...


Was perusing iTunes and saw the beautiful cover art for the new Decemberists album. It made me wonder what other musicians have a quilt in their cover art. A quick search came up with a Boston-based band actually called Quilt. Lots of people collect vintage and antique photos with patchwork in them. Are there any vinyl junkies out there who can think of other LPs with quilt images in them? Enquiring mind(s) would like to know...


Thursday, January 15, 2015

actual sewing...



Decided to get back into the swing of things  by sewing the scraps from my neutrals storage bin. I wish I had a before picture because loose the strips really looked quite colorless but it is amazing how much color slipped in. Anyway, the plan is to use a fair whack of the following:


Plus some accents of these including a Pantone's Marsala-like solid:


To make a striped star quilt. At this stage I can't decide on six or eight points. One of the goals for
this year is to challenge myself to use palettes that make me a little uncomfortable and try using hues that initially I am not fond of. We'll see if this strategy makes that burgundy a winner...


Monday, January 5, 2015

hello 2015's pantone masala...


Pantone's color for 2015 is Masala which on the Kona chart most resembles Wine with a little Brick and Sienna thrown in. It reminds me of a darker version of a popular dusky rose red from the late 80's. Think I prefer it as a dark accent like in the quilts below and in the vintage hooked rug above which would look amazing as a log cabin quilt. Masala does look great in larger swathes in genuinely antique quilts and there are some very tempting reproduction fabrics out there. As for 2015, this year my goal is plainly just to sew. 2014 was a disaster on the making front. Here's hoping most of all that my family is healthier, my computer and sewing machine also cooperate and that I can carve out way more personal time. Would also like to catch up on months of blog posts as I feel very out of touch and am dying to see what you've all been up to... Happy New Year!

Wine:
Brick:
Sienna:

Reproduction fabrics:


More quilts with Masala as an accent:




Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas...


Technology has not been my friend the last few weeks and I've missed sharing some great "quilty goings on" in particular the release of Sujata Shah's beautiful new book!

Because of its colouring and star motif, this gorgeous quilt seemed an appropriate one to show today. This beauty is from The Quilt Complex and was made by African American quilter Artemeasie Brandon from Port Gibson, Mississippi. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Thursday, November 27, 2014

happy thanksgiving usa...


I wanted to post a great modern Thanksgiving quilt, or an antique turkey red one, even fabrics from Turkey but settled on a shot of this vintage toile. To all our friends and family in the USA, quilters and non-alike- Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

blogathon canada 2014...


Well it is time for the third annual Blogathon Canada hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. Check out these blogs. There are daily giveaways at both the hosts' sites and the store's one- as well as links to other quilters in each province. I've also included a map to help navigate this beautiful country if you are unfamiliar with it. Enjoy!

The Hosts:
Monday, November 17    BC    Stacey    Stacey in Stitches
Monday, November 17    BC    Jessica    Momiji Studio
Tuesday, November 18    Maritimes    Linda    Scrapmaster
Tuesday, November 18    Maritimes    Linda    Stitch Lines
Wednesday, November 19    AB    Kelsey    Every Day Fray
Wednesday, November 19    AB    Leanne    She Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20    SK    Heather   Peace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20    MB    Lori    Night Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21    QC    Josée    The Charming Needle
Friday, November 21    Territories    Janet    Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22    ON    Lorna     Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22    ON    Sandy    Upstairs Hobby Room