Time is indeed relative. I find it hard to believe I’ve been posting photos of my work since 2012.
Church Windows is 39 by 57 inches.
Twinkle, Twinkle is 40 by 47 inches.
Where has the time gone? I seem to have only one finish this month, but have hopes for November.
The Ohio and Erie Canal, 19 by 29 inches.
“Rococo” made it back from the longarm quilter and got a facing early in the month. This silk piece measures 30 by 35 inches.
Finally worked out the quilting on “All Decked Out,” which is about 40 inches square.
“Primary Directive” is based on the primary colors, and grew from leftover sewn together bits. It’s 26 by 43 inches.
“Mining Copper” is based on 1 to 1.5 inch strips and bits I had left over from a workshop, plus ribbons and washers. It’s all raw edges and is 19 by 21 inches.
Talk about opposites! Here are my June finishes.
I finished two lap quilts just in time for warmer weather – “Trip Around Columbus” (55 inches square) and “Damask and Denim” (44 by 55 inches.)
Only “Big Red” (28.5 by 39 inches) made it to the finish line.
I finished my bullseye series with “Crazy Bullseyes,”
This month I completed my Nancy series with “Not Quite Nancy,” 36 by 47 inches.
I also finished the first of my bullseye series, “Bloodshot Bullseyes.”
My month’s finish (and possibly the final finish of 2017) was “So Not Nancy.” It measures 34″w by 36″l.
My first and last finish in November was “Feathering My Next,” for an art quilt group challenge. Size is 14 by 17.5 inches.
“In The Weeds” (22 by 29″) got finished.
Parts of my Nancy series also reached the finish line.
“Nearly Nancy” (24.5 by 29.5″)
“Nod To Nancy” (19.5 by 25.5″)
My completions this month were:
“Redlined” (24 by 32″)
“Wayside Weeds” (37.5 by 16.5″)
“Nebula” (20 by 28″)
Several pieces got finished this month.
“A Grand Day Out” (24 by 36 inches)
“Winter Fields” (26.5 by 47 inches)
“The Memory Jar” was my response to a UFO exchange challenge. It’s 17.5 by 23.5 inches.
Procrastination is still my default mode for quilting difficult projects. However, I did complete “Repurpose/Resurface,” which uses lots of my painted/dyed/stamped fabrics. It finished at 34.5 by 26.5 inches.
Late February/Early March 2017
Small projects got done as I procrastinated on important ones.
The theme for my guild’s annual challenge this year was Beatles’ songs. I chose Paperback Writer and had fun getting graphic with Baby’s In Black. Per the challenge rules, it measures 18 by 24 inches.
Then, leftovers from The Smokies turned into Lattices. It’s 14.5 by 17.5 inches.
Work I began in January got wrapped up. First, The Smokies, a faux torn paper piece that measures 20 by 25 inches.
I also finished Getting Brighter, one of my scrap quilts. It’s 31.5 by 27.5 inches.
I began the new year with a few finishes, mostly small scrap quilts. I worked with my yellow, black and gray scraps; though I generously define yellow.
Mostly Black and Blue is based on an already pieced block that incorporates black, gray, blue, and red.
Pointing Toward Lavender works the purple side of gray and the rust side of yellow, and is about 21 inches square. The circle fabrics are pieces left from a paper pieced quilt called 12 Carat Diamond.
The big finish for the month was Look At The Birdie, which is mostly paper pieced. It measures 36 by 52 inches.
Golden is a 28 by 35 inch mixed media piece made of tissue paper and cotton and silk fabric. I stenciled trees on some of the tissue paper and cotton.
My color wash quilt is finally completed. It measures 72 inches square.
Two pieces finished in November! First, Unfolding, a project from my master class. It is 25 inches square and features painted silk organza.
Second is Distilled, another master class project, which finished at 30 inches square.
The Language of Pink Elephants is the closest to finished of pieces I’m working on. I just need to sew down the facing so I call it done. It was made for my master class, uses pink silk bias strips, and measures 30.5 inches by 42.5 inches.
Another month with just one finish – It’s All About Me.
I managed to get to the finish line with Connect the Dots. It was hard for me to get to the visual from the idea for it, and I had some oopsies that mar the look a bit.
I used set aside painted tissue paper and interfacing to make Should Trees Have Standing? for an art group challenge. It’s backed with wool/rayon felt, and the trees are covered with dyed silk organza, and is 22 by 18 inches.
Three for May, yay!
Flaming Out (16 inches by 19.5 inches)
Z Is For Zoom (19.5 inches by 31.5 inches)
Tidal Marsh In Spring (13.5 inches by 31 inches)
With health issues impeding my quilting, output has really dwindled. I did complete Torii Traces, which finished at 31 by 39 inches.
I finished my February Master Class quilt on time. Heading Home was my response to the month’s prompt of movement. It was inspired by a kid practicing his hockey moves at a local pond.
Topsy is my first finish for 2016. She’s 26.5 by 34 inches and was wrapped up in February.
To begin a new year here’s Impact, completed in January 2015, and measuring 42.5 inches square.
Ripples In Still Water (30 by 39.5 inches) was actually finished in 2014, but I forgot to include it in that year’s portfolio. So I’m putting it in 2015 as I didn’t blog about it until then. It won Honorable Mention for art quilts at the 2015 Lake Farmpark show.
February brought two finishes.
Tidal Salt Marsh – Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia (32 by 14.5 inches)
A Hazy Shade of Winter (26 by 37 inches)
At the end up March I got (At The) Feet of Klee bound. It uses sun printed fabrics and silks, including bits from a silk scarf.
Curves Ahead got bound in April and is on display over a second floor railing. It measures 49.5 inches by 65 inces.
Continuing with the modern quilt output, in April I also finished Spring @ 60 MPH (30.5 by 46.5 inches).
Dappled is a small FMQ practice piece. I was bemused to run through two bobbins of Aurifil 50 weight thread on this one.
Rennie was inspired by the work of Charles Rennie MacIntosh. It’s 35 inches long.
Rust Never Sleeps took a long time to find a design solution. It measures 37 by 32.5 inches.Color Slide relies on color for impact. It measures 23.5 by 46 inches and is in use on my dining room table.
At long last The Big Bang is done. It’s 17.5 inches by 22 inches. I started it in February at Empty Spools and lived with it on my design wall for many months.
Another finish, My Brain On Xmas, also slipped in this month. It’s 23 inches by 27 inches, and may also have to stand in for an August finish.
Moonrise was finally bound at the beginning of the month.
Arcs (19 inches by 20 inches) showed up near the end of the month.
I celebrated a trying household incident by finishing up Yellow Jacket. It measures about 60 by 80 inches and is on the functional modern end of my creations.
Maybe I should say October-ish, as my finishes straddle the calendar between October and November.
I completed the second piece developed from the same set of fabrics as Arcs, above. This piece is called Grasses.
I also produced a few trifles from scraps. Spring Sky is an improv piece based solely on color and two and a half leftover pinwheel blocks.
To continue the -ish theme, I worked on Phosphenes mostly in October, but finished it in November.
To finish up 2015 I have an old project, found and finally finished. Shirley’s Star sat for years awaiting a way to set it. It measures 30 by 37 inches.
Then, there’s the last challenge piece for the year, Disappearing Diamonds. It was a thread challenge, and measures about 12.5 by 15.5 inches.
Finally, a small piece made with tissue paper as part of a mixed media class. I call it Ruined Choir Lofts. It measures 14.5 by 15.5 inches.
13 responses to “My Quilts – 2015 to 2018”
Fascinated with your Erie Canal quilt. My husband and I cruised the entire length of the canal in 2012/13. Rented a narrow boat and had a great time. Rotten Upstate NY weather aside. Thanks for the memories.
I learned a lot about the canal, and canals in the U.S., while I was working on this piece. There are still small stretches where you can take a canal boat ride, but most is not navigable. I’ve heard of those canal boat rentals in New York, though I don’t think they are available in Ohio.
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You have some very interesting works. I like the art of them. I really love the one on the bottom with the leaves. They are all beautiful.
Thanks for the kind words. The leaves were a mixed media experiment with painted tissue paper, organza, and mylar.
I am not sure how I found your blog but I have enjoyed viewing your beautiful work. The Curves Ahead piece is simply lovely. I have seen this pattern online many times, but your piece had me to just stop and gaze…. a long time I might add.
Keep being creative and making beautiful things. Yes retirement does give one the time to sit and play with fabric without outside time constraints.
I made Curves Ahead based on an photo I found on Pinterest. I tried to find the original source of that design, but don’t think I managed that. I think the original pattern called for much smaller shapes than I used. But I liked the supersized version I made better.
Love your sense of color and design.
I hope I’m getting better at the design aspect.
Your work is wonderful!
Many thanks for the compliment.
Absolutely love your work. How do you have time for it all?
Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. It helps to be retired. Also, I’d rather play with fabric than clean/cook/shop any day.