Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More Autumn prints

As I unpacked my car from quilt camp I noticed my Japanese maple was in full color. I took a minute to gathered up a handful of leaves, lay them on wool fabric, roll it up,  steam and let it set for 5 days.

I wasn't sure how much detail I would get as the leaves are so skinny, but it turned out pretty good.

A nice burgundy/brown color with gold highlights.

I finished stitching on the vines, berries and leaves to my wool piece.
I've been stitching up a storm but I am not able to show you at this time as the pieces are gifts for my friends for Christmas.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Quilt Camp 2015

Off I went last week to "Quilt Camp 2015". This was our 16th year of renting a home on a lake and spend the week quilting, eating and laughing.  This year we had 9 1/2 days (plus 1 hour due to daylight savings time) and every hour counts!

The house is so close to the water you feel like your on a boat.
There is nothing more inspiring than watching the water and sky.
And inspired we were. The following are just a few of the projects worked on.

Our first night (the night before Halloween), a couple of us made this vintage postcard quilt. The postcard was transferred to fabric and made into a little quilt.

This was a kit and I don't remember who designed it. I'll try to give credit to the designer whenever possible.

Halloween day I worked on machine quilting my "ultimate Halloween quilt".  One day a year I work on it so hopefully in the next couple of years it will be done.

At nights I worked on hand-stitching projects, my favorite being wool. This was a pattern called October Crow by Lake View Primitives.
I still have to embroidery in bittersweet vines and leaves.

This is from the pattern Silvery Moon.
I pieced different blacks for the background. The pumpkins, stars and moon are only basted, I still need to blanket stitch them on, add the curved lines in the pumpkins and quilt it. Until then it looking good on my table.

Every sunset and morning the swans and geese swam by.

My friend Deb made her daughter from China a memory quilt. Some of the fabrics she brought home with her. She will embellish it with Chinese coins, gem stones etc. that she bought while there. 

Kay made this Red Wings wall hanging for her grandson. The center was cut from a Red Wings t-shirt with a iron on stabilizer.

The weather was beautiful, a lot of times we have snow by now.
On the warm days I sat out here doing hand work,

as the fallen leaves floated by.

or walking with my friend through the colored leaves. I love this moss covered stairway to no where.

Another sunset to photograph, everyone is different.

This year we had a challenge. Everyone brought 3 yards of "winter" fabric. We sat around the table, I started by (the first fabric in the line up) cutting mine in half, keeping 1 1/2 yards for myself and passing the other 1 1/2 yards to the next person. She then cut it in half and passed half to the next person, it kept going that way with the last person getting about 3 inches. (There was 6 of us).
Then the next person did the same, so you always kept 1 1/2 yards of your fabric you brought and an assortment of everyone else's fabric.
We then had to make them into a quilt, with the option of adding other fabrics to it.
The following are the creations:

Deb C.
She pieced her blocks, framing the winter novelty fabrics, the gray snowball blocks will have the silver snowflake fabric appliqued inside. Then the top will be sewed together and quilted.

Eileen used her fabric to piece a tree with the assortment of fabrics used as background.

Mary made this cute tote bag cutting the fabrics into hexagons and appliqueing them on the background fabric. This is a commercial pattern.

Martha found her idea on Pinterest, piecing it into this cute wall hanging.

This is mine, the blocks are still pinned on my design board.
I wanted to make a sampler wall hanging with all of the things I love in winter.
I didn't use a pattern just pieced some of my favorites.
I'm still piecing blocks to fill in the empty white spots. Hopefully this will be done before winter is over!

Some of my favorite blocks are the red truck and snowman,

pieced trees and log cabin blocks.

Kay started to make one lap quilt, cut the fabric wrong and ended up with this design. It is even cuter in real life. She still has to add boarders.

Well there's a sample this years camp.

  • Deb Hardman
  • Allie Aller
  • Jenny Bowker Cairo