2018 was a year of change. We moved (locally). I started teaching Fiber Art and Zentangle classes at Artscape in Murphys. My son graduated from High School. There were family changes and creative changes everywhere. And for me, there wasn't a lot to add to the portfolio here on this site as my creative energies were pulled in different directions.
This is why 2019 is going to be the year of the UFO/WIP! I have actually always preferred WIP, because of course I'll get back to it someday. :) I am currently in the process of reorganizing my new studio and going through all of my WIP's (you don't even want to know how many I have). I intend to keep no more ongoing projects than will fit in one of my wall cabinets. This particular cabinet has glass shelving, so I intentionally choose that, as it won't hold much!
Stay tuned for updates!
Amish Challenge 2017
Mom got to select the Family Challenge topic this year and her choice was: Amish. So all "solid" fabrics.
I have always been inspired by the Gee's Bend quilts with their improvisational piecing. And quite a few of the Gee's Bend quilts were done in solids.
After going through my stash, I didn't really have a lot of solids. So in true Gee's Bend fashion, I repurposed some fabrics from thrift stores.
Double Wedding Ring Challenge 2016
This was my year to select the theme for the Family Challenge.
There was a particular pattern that I had been wanting to do.....so I selected the yearly theme of "Double Wedding Ring". Now of course that means Double Wedding Ring Variation, because the pattern that I wanted to use was The Single Girl (with only one ring.)
I knew this wasn't going to be an easy one as the pattern came with templates. Templates?! Who does templates any more?
The blocks went together fairly well. I heavily quilted it with micro-stippling to get it to lay flat.
My mom's version was Ball and Chain. And my grandma did a fused version of scattered rings.
Lone Star Challenge 2015
For the 2015 Family Challenge, my grandmother chose the Lone Star pattern. We also all had to use the fruit fabric in the piece somewhere.
Animal Challenge 2014
Muffin Top Challenge 2012
My entry was: Pinwheel Flower Garden
Star Challenge 2011
Log Cabin Challenge 2010
My piece was called Revealing Circles and you can see the purple circles opening up into the challenge fabric. Some photos of the work in progress on my design wall and at the Ironstone Quilt Show in Murphy's in October 2010.
Stack and Whack Challenge 2009
30's Reproduction Fabric Challenge 2008
Each year my mom, grandma and I have a quilting challenge. This year we chose the 30's era reproduction prints to create a quilt in any pattern of our choosing.
I used every fabric that I could get my hands on to create a scrappy look. I used two different patterns, both using freezer paper cutouts.
Our quilts hung in two shows this year, both the Sonora show in September and the Ironstone show in Murphy's October. We actually had 4 generations of 30's quilts in the show as my mom put my great grandmother's original 30's quilt in the show as well.
My great grandma Babe's quilt is the boats, Mema's is the scrappy squares, my mom's is the star with applique and mine is the Flower Garden