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Archive for September 18th, 2009

Yup, I did! The theme for the current show at my local art association was Animals, and I’d be a monkey’s uncle if I didn’t make a birdie quilt just for this show! I took my own advice, and used one of my palettes (no, not the new one…the cool one…I’ve got to fuse a bunch of the jewel fabrics and I didn’t have time!) Choosing a limited palette really helps me focus, and I love how the red & chartreuse pop against each other, so I wanted to get that happening.

Little Birdies Neighborhood 17" x 13"

I really didn’t think too much about this one…actually, the most thought went into the actual construction. I wanted to give more stiffness to this, so I quilted the birds & the roots with the fabric fused to batting, and then I fused the whole thing to a piece of peltex (the stuff that stiffens baseball cap brims) and quilted the rest. I LOVE how it came out, there’s more dimension, almost like trapunto…I only wish I’d quilted the birds on the peltex too. Anyway, the whole thing stands up by itself:

and I’m sure it would develop a sway back in time, hanging it is a breeze – that little loop took me all of 5 minutes to make – this is a trick I picked up from Laura Wasilowski’s new book Fuse & Tell Journal Quilts, which is awesome! Before i read this book, I was making little quilts, finishing them with triangles at the corners and then tucking peltex in under the corners and gluing a sawtooth hanger to the back: But when I made my little houses, I realized I could quilt through peltex, but I hadn’t really thought through how to hang quilted peltex until Laura – she’s a GENIUS!

Let see what I can get done this weekend! I’ll leave you with a few detail shots…I’m not totally happy with these, but I had to get it to the gallery!

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Mid-month Goal Check In

Well, I’m looking at this list, and some of the things done seem SO LONG ago! Obviously, the 1st 2 weeks of school completely consumed me. And the actual sewing I did occurred way back Labor Day Weekend! I did a lot of computer work last weekend…I’m still on a steep learning curve with Illustrator, those banners took WAY more time than I thought they would. But, fingers crossed, they’re fine and something I don’t have to repeat. I did take some time yesterday to start and almost finish an art quilt entry for the Animals show at the RAA – it’s due today, so I’ve gotta rush home after I teach and get that finished up!

Item Date Due % Done
Tote for Pam 9/7/09 100%
Tote/Grab n’go for Tara 9/7/09 100%
Computer bag for Davida 9/2/09 100%
Small quilt for RAA Animal Show 9/18/09 80%
Laptop bag for Mary 9/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 9/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 9/30/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 9/30/09 60%
4 Baby Quilts 9/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 9/30/09 0%
Photograph Scarves for website 7/31/09 60%
Order Scarves 9/15/09 100%
Design/order business cards 9/15/09 100%
Design/order banner 9/15/09 100%
Website?? 9/30/09 ?
RAA Newsletter 9/7/09 100%
Looking Ahead for Shows:    
Going Green Baby Onesies 10/15/09 40%
Going Green Totes 10/15/09 40%
Small quArt 10/15/09 40%
Simple Totes 10/15/09 0%
More Going Green Scribblers 10/15/09 0%

I also did a bunch more work on Artists for a Cause, this little show has grown this year, and it’s definitely a lot of work. Here’s hoping the work results in more sales for the artists, and lots of moola for this year’s chosen local charity, the Redlands Bowl Association. (All the artists donate 20% of their sales). I received the postcards I designed for this from Vista Print the other day, and they’re awesome! Very nice quality. I also designed a poster, which I’ll show you now so I don’t leave you without anything to see!

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