In preparation for my 9-day Craftours of Bali, I saw many pictures of colorful batik markets. The batik markets of Bali inspired this series of quilts. I wanted to randomly mix different prints to get a bazaar effect. Since I was experimenting and many of the fabrics had a large scale, I decided to make the blocks big. That’s how this series of quilts got its name.
There is a herd of elephants on the back. (Remember we are going Big). If you prefer to hang the quilt rather than cuddle under it, there is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display. A label documents the quilt.
This quilt is one-of-a-kind. #bali #ovsneversaynevernovember
I spent today with my closest quilting friends. We have been working on the Passacaglia quilt since January, and today was our monthly gathering date. I decided to do mine in red and white rather than the colorful ones you may have seen in shows and online
Since the quilt is pieced entirely by hand, there is plenty of time for conversation. It feels like the quilting bee of years gone by.
It feels good to slow down. #ovsoctober #handquilting #passacagliaquilt #slowdown
Happy Labor Day! If you are traveling, be safe. If not, do something you enjoy.
I am enjoying my labor today – so much so that I am calling it a staycation. I have spent many enjoyable hours getting myself back on track with my long term projects. Just to name a few, I am doing a block of the month of the “Affairs of the Heart” pattern. I have managed to get 18 of the 36 blocks fused. I have named this quilt Everyday is Foreplay.
I started a new block of the month of the Kaleidoscope pattern by Quilt Addicts Anonymous. I named this quilt A Beautiful World. I managed to finish the blocks for the first 3 months. Only 9 more to go.
Finally, I made a little progress on my red and white Passacaglia quilt. Finding enough different reds to make this quilt interesting is quite an adventure. Progress is slow because this quilt is done entirely by hand.
In between working on all these projects, I watched some great football. What a great staycation!
The most memorable thing to me about my recent stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia is that there were so many sitting places. I don’t mean they have a lot of chairs. They have porches. Well, technically verandas.
Verandas are fancy porches. The dictionary defines a veranda as “a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the front and sides of a house.” Yes, the Jekyll Island Club definitely had verandas.
The entire resort encouraged a slower pace — like it was whispering “sit down and stay a while. What’s the rush?”
Rocking stairs encouraged you to linger. Little conversation nooks were tucked away, encouraging conversation. Or, if you are traveling alone — hand quilting.
Today was the last class for my Pictorial Applique class. We met for a year, and under the careful tutelegde of Melinda Rushing, we learned to choose a photograph, make the pattern, create appliqué pieces and appliqué the quilt.
I chose the beautiful flower above as my inspiration. Maybe someday I will show you a finished quilt, but not today.
Whether my quilt is ever finished, it was fun learning a new technique with some really nice ladies.
When was the last time you did something outside of your comfort zone?
After returning from the work place again (I served as the Interim East Point City Attorney for four months), I decided I needed a hand quilting project to return my brain to a calm place. I chose a UFO I have had for a year. I started this quilt in a class taught by Quilt Artist Juanita Yeager during the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Juanita taught us how to paint watercolors on silk. I enjoyed the class but never finished the quilt.
I named it Give Yourself Big Flowersin keeping with my life theme to always be good to yourself.
I enjoy trying new threads, and I have a large collection. I use different threads for different projects.
Lately, I have worked on several appliqué projects, and this has given me the opportunity to compare different threads. I have always been partial to silk threads when appliquéing by hand. I use Kinkame and YLI. However, there is one polyester thread that outperforms silk thread. It is called Invisafil and is manufactured by Wonderfil. I buy mine online at Red Rock Threads. This thread absolutely disappears into the fabric. I love it!