Thursday, February 21
Friday, September 14
This is an excellent way to use up quilting scraps. It really made a dent in my stash. Total time spent was around 8 hours (or 4 movies). I would like to make another rug and sew together a few of my smaller scraps to use them as well.
Saturday, July 9
- Use lightweight plastic pots - or be creative with plastic waste baskets or storage
- Good drainage is essential
- Plan on watering daily
- Use mulch as a top layer to keep soil damp.
Sunday, May 22
Tuesday, April 12
Tuesday, February 8
Sunday, January 16
Monday, December 6
This is a baby quilt made from 1/2 square triangles (used something called thangles and they were amazing, a super fast & easy way to make them http://www.thangles.com/). I used Microsoft Word to create the monogram and then embroidered it using a satin stitch.
Friday, October 15
I took yet another class at the City Quilter in NYC on making a Blooming Nine Patch quilt. Our teacher has made a number of them and came to realize that there is no visible difference between a nine or a four patch. So, of course I took the easier option. This was a gift, so I used warmer color choices than usual. I used this company for longarm services (http://www.thequiltstudio.net/index.htm). They were great, inexpensive (one flat rate for all designs), helpful in picking out a border color over the phone, and kindly walked a novice (moi) through the process.
Tuesday, August 3
A work in progress string quilt. I'm also using a temporary design wall which is nothing more than a 99 cent store table cloth taped to the wall with duck tape. It's working beautifully! It took two rows of duck tape, including the sides, to make it stay.
Friday, July 16
"Art is a birth, and you can't go to a teacher and find out how to be born... you have to struggle... until that image, the one that comes out of your need to create, emerges."
Malcah Zeldis 1978
Malcah Zeldis 1978
This quote was written on the wall at the Smithsonian Museum in the Folk art section, appropriate because folk art is consider work by artists with no formal training. Here are a couple quilts I enjoyed from the Folk Art section. They have a fairly large collection of quilts at the Smithsonian, but aren't always able to have them all on display. So, their website is a good alternative for viewing them.
Friday, April 23
These photos are from the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City, a delightful, pint-sized museum next door to the Museum of Modern Art. This Amish quilt was made in Lancaster, PA using a traditional pattern. There are some great quilts displayed on their website that were not on display at the museum. http://www.folkartmuseum.org/
The picture below is a photo I snapped of a JCrew window display. Prior to being aware of Amish quilts in the style above (although, probably subliminally aware of them), I thought that this would make a great modern quilt design.
Thursday, April 22
These are a few quilts I saw at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, a charming and very tiny museum next door to the MOMA. The plaque next to the first quilt said that the makers name was so prominent in the quilt, because there were few ways for women to get recognition at the time. Also, labels were necessary for practical reasons as textiles were expensive. http://www.folkartmuseum.org/
This cowl was made without a pattern. I just cast on 16" size 10.5 circular needs until full and used knit stitch throughout. It became looser/larger and I was able to wrap it around twice, which I prefer. The yarn is LB Collection Silk Mohair in Sunbeam, available here: http://cache.lionbrand.com/
Thursday, February 25
I love making these little sweaters. I'm currently working on my fourth. The pattern is from Greetings from Knitcafe. I used a Lion Brand Yarn (LB Collection Cotton Bamboo), which made it a particularily enjoyable knit. More details at Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/afaulhaber/judys-grandmothers-baby-sweater-2