This the first section, I am so lazy I tried to think of a way to finish from here but realized I really needed more blocks so I have finished 8 more... now just need to work on getting it together.
Visited friends on Lake Cherokee yesterday an it was just the best day! such a beautiful lake.
One side of the lake has awesome sedimentary rock cliffs...
There are islands too...
In a variety of styles...
Some of the crew...
These little zips are so much fun.... love them because its quilt as you go, no measuring and you can use any scraps.
Envelope Bags from Lazy Girl Patterns by Joan Hawley. They are so easy and fun to make.
After traveling over two and a half years through more than 20 venues my quilts for the show "Piecing Together A Changing Planet" are home! They started in Miami and traveled through the west to the Pacific ocean National Parks and east and north to Cape Cod, making many stops along the way - so many I have lost count. Its all thanks to the vision of the artist Maya Schonenberg who conceived the idea of the show and made it happen. The quilts were hanging at Arrowmont Gallery Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN the night of the great fires and we were all on pins and needles until they made it safely through that terrible night.
I think this is my first ruffle quilt.... I don't remember making one before. Its so easy! Lay two pieces of fleece or flannel together, right sides out; they need to be the same size of course. Take a scrap of cardboard, say the piece from the back of a 5 inch charm pack, lay it at each corner, cutting out the fabric there to leave an open square. When you tie, this will make your corners nice and orderly instead of a big bunch. Take your rotary cutter and slice fringes, roughly an inch wide or so, remember this is fun, not rocket science! Then tie fronts and backs together and you are done! I chose a gray and pink dreamcatcher design for the back and bunnies for the front because its a perfect fit for the recipient!
My friend has a quilt shop and she gave me a piece of striped fabric and said see if you can figure out something neat to do with this. So I thought and thought and this is what I came up with - it reminds me somewhat of the Cherokees and some of the beautiful bright designs I have seen them make. Or maybe we could call it a "Bargello Cheater Quilt" because it certainly looks like bargello, but its without most of the labor! Why do I say that, because I just cut strips of black and from the original fabric and sewed them together! So easy! I think I will put it in the motorhome when I get it quilted. Here is the original fabric:
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.