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March 1, 2020
My First Quiltcon from Sew Preeti Quilts

I was going to write a short description with a few pictures from Quiltcon. Or so I thought.
But Quiltcon exceeded all my expectations and it therefore deserves a full post of its own.

Sunday at Quiltcon

I dropped off the completed flimsies at the collection point next to registration.  The blocks were overflowing from the table, when I handed her my contribution.
Woman 1 - How are they going to take everything back?
Woman 2 - It is a good problem to have.

I silently wished there wasn't a need for these blocks/quilts.


Let the eye candy begin.  I ...

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February 4, 2020
Voila! I figured it out....happily! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Remember that I went to a Sherri Lynn Wood workshop some time ago?


As you can see from this photo, I was a bit discombobulated by my work. I kept at it, but while there was something I liked, there was more I didn't like. People kept telling me it was good. That was nice, honestly, but I have to be happy from the inside. So I decided to put the whole thing on the design wall when I got home.

On the design board waiting for a plan
There it stayed and stayed. Life kept getting between me ...

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January 23, 2020
Strange Thrills: Put Your Quilts on Mugs, Notecards, Pillows, and/or Other Quilts! from Gefilte Quilt

Here are the two latest fat-quarters to enter my fabric stash. I'm certain that no one else on earth owns these fabrics. The first:

What the heck is it? A photograph of my recent Chicago quilt, downsized from its original 72 inches wide, to only 9 inches across. Six copies fit on a fat-quarter of fabric (FQs are 18" x 22"). 

They were printed onto a lovely organic cotton sateen by the custom printer Spoonflower.com. Spoonflower's usual price is about $13.00 per FQ - I took advantage of a two-for-one sale to pay that price for the ...

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January 20, 2020
Turn Your Maxi Quilts into Adorable Mini Quilts (and Maybe a Mug) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I put photos of quilts that are about 70" wide onto fat-quarters of organic cotton sateen, with the help of Spoonflower.com. I downsized each image to about 6" across.  Here's the fat-quarter with images of my Los Angeles quilt. Before cutting it up, it fit 8 photos, plus four partial images along the top. 
I decided to make the reprints into individual wallhangings, and this time I not only added borders, but also quilted around each building with "invisible" monofilament thread. Here's a finished Chicago wallhanging, 10" wide including borders:
The original quilt ...

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December 31, 2019
Los Angeles II: A Modern City Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

I'm on a roll with city quilts! I've made two New York quilts,  a Chicago quilt, and now, a second Los Angeles quilt. (Photos of  earlier quilts and an instructional booklet are here.) Below is the second Los Angeles quilt: 

It's a wedding present (a scant year-and-a-half late!) for my dear friend Elizabeth and her groom Rick, who whisked her away to the East Coast, leaving her family and friends happy for them, but sorry for ourselves. 

In my first LA quilt, I recreated significant buildings that would be fun to translate into fabric. For this quilt ...

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December 27, 2019
Free form curve cushions from Luna Lovequilts

Last finishes of the year !
Dernières réalisations de l'année !

Luna Lovequilts - Free form curves quilted cushions

Last october I shared in this blog post a few blocks using free form curves. Three of them were small tops of the size of cushion covers.

En octobre dernier, j'avais partagé dans cet article de blog quelques blocs avec des courbes libres. Trois d'entre eux était des petits tops de la taille de housses de coussin.

Luna Lovequilts - Free form curves quilted cushions

I decided to finish them before tackling the quilting on two small wall hangings that are waiting on the pile.
J'ai décidé de les terminer avant de m'occuper de ...

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December 15, 2019
A "No Apologies" Tutorial for Improv Paper Pieced Log Cabin Triangle Quilts from Gefilte Quilt

When I started this quilt, the idea was to make a rainbow-colored 6-pointed star. I hoped to create a pattern people might use to make a wedding canopy, among other things.  The most relaxing way to do that, I figured, would be to start with log cabin triangles.  
So what you see in the central area of this quilt are a whole lot of log cabin pieced triangles - each center piece is light, and the three "logs" around it are darker. You're also seeing blocks I call "water lilies" - from left to right, the oddball orange, pink and purple ...

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December 11, 2019
Going Around with Modern Improv Paper-Pieced Log Cabin Triangle Quilts from Gefilte Quilt

Here are the projects that have consumed me in recent weeks.  The first started out as this pyramid of 11 hexagon-shaped formations that I call kaleidoscopes: 

I finished it just like that, with the pyramid shape and a dark grey binding. I hoped it was done, right up to the moment that it occurred to me that if I turned the thing upside down, and added another kaleidoscopic formation to the bottom.....

...it would become an exclamation point! 
I love punctuation, so I stitched that "dot" to the bottom. The dot has quilted 60 degree triangles popping out from the ...

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November 22, 2019
Teaching Improv and Curves from Luna Lovequilts

I spoke about it in several blog posts since the beginning of the year ... And at last, it happened ! I teached my two day class about Improvisation last Friday and Saturday.

J'en ai parlé dans plusieurs articles depuis le début de l'année ... Et c'est enfin arrivé ! J'ai donné mon cours d'improvisation sur deux jours vendredi et samedi derniers. 


Luna Lovequilts - Curaçao quilt - Sample for teaching Improv'
Curaçao quilt

Ten participants worked on the four different motifs I used in my Curaçao quilt and my four mini quilts.
Dix participantes ont travaillé sur les quatre motifs que j'ai utilisés dans mon quilt Curaçao ...

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October 9, 2019
Sample blocks and more from Luna Lovequilts

November is just around the corner and this week I had in my calendar to prepare my upcoming Improv class.
Novembre approche à grands pas et, cette semaine, j'avais mis au planning de préparer mon cours Improvisation.

Luna Lovequilts - Sample blocks

My intention was to make sample blocks that I thought would be useful for understanding the assembly process.

Mon intention était de réaliser des blocs de démonstration, que je pensais être utiles pour comprendre l'étape d'assemblage. 

Luna Lovequilts - Sample blocks

Still on track ...
Encore sur les rails ...

Luna Lovequilts - Sample blocks

I tried a colour combination I had in mind for a while and started to deviate from ...

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April 30, 2016
Freedom from Sewn With Curves


How the year has flown by. I didn't believe adults when I was younger telling me that time just flies by as you get older but I am a believer. Now that I am 40, I can only imagine how quickly things will happen. Fingers crossed that I am ready for it.

I lost my sewing mojo for a while, hence the lack of posts in recent months. This was the first time in years that I didn't sew everyone's Christmas presents. I have decided to not put any stress on myself for any reason to finish ...

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November 11, 2015
Recent Echoes Quilts from Traveling Quilter

Echoes quilts is a term I use for quilts made from leftover fabrics from earlier quilts. Echoes quilts are donated to charity.

A is for Angela II
Created partly from leftovers of A is for Angela, made a few years ago.
Based on Craftsy class Dot to Dot Quilting. Quilt to be donated to Stanislaus Family Justice Center.
42" square
Completed 9/1/2015

Original A is for Angela
For daughter of coworker Margarita A.
Completed December 2011

Guitars
Improv quilt created partly from leftovers of Larry, made a few years ago.
Quilt to be donated to local agency.
45 ...

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Quilt Finishes from Traveling Quilter

Here are some quilts I've finished in the past few months.

Sew, How Do You Take Your Tea?
For retiring co-worker Karen L.
Original design
59" square
Completed 7/8/2015

Inspiration ideas provided by Karen: purple, royal blue, mauve, quilts and tea. Karen hopes to learn to quilt, and the quilt's title is a deliberate pun, combining sewing and tea.


Improv - Aqua Room
Pieced improvisationally. Color combo inspiration came from an aqua room seen on Pinterest. Completely from scraps. Free motion quilted. 
20" x 25"
Completed 8/21/2015
Inspiration image: 
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2011/12 ...

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