Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy halloween...



Have never been particularly drawn to a black and orange color combination in a quilt but this golden antique cigar store ribbon one from Laura Fisher is gorgeous. Am also taken with these Halloween prints from Maywood. I love the way the second fabric looks like a conventional damask but upon closer inspection is made up of intertwining ghouls, skulls and pumpkins. To those that celebrate- Have a Happy Halloween!

"Ghouls Night Out"


 "Orange Ghost"


 My 3 year old sister and I back in the day Halloween 70's style...


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

eat or sew...





Grown-up life is intruding on creative fun but there is still lots of late at night armchair designing going on around here. My best friend is doing a degree in culinary arts and wants to know if I can try and replicate these laser cut nori sheets on my die cutter. These ones were stencilled by an ad company for a spring exhibition in Japan. Since I'm not a scrapbooker and only cut geometric shapes and strips out of fabric, we are going to head out to the craft store to if there is an allover pattern die for paper to try. Hopefully, all my fabric afterwards doesn't end up smelling like seaweed...




Don't these exquisite images make you want to sew a black and white quilt? Perhaps with a few accents of yellow, orange and green?



Monday, October 7, 2013

one day of sun during a storm...



Have not made anything much lately as my father had a stroke. It was a great shock to everyone as his diet, weight and fitness level are exemplary. I can write these sentences now only because he appears to be recovering nicely. One worry free day was spent at a Kaffe Fassett workshop last week. There are certain teachers that should be on every quilter's young or old "bucket list" to take a class with and KF is one of them. It was challenging to work with such saturated and dense floral prints with nary a solid or white-based fabric in sight! The class was interesting as he and Brandon Mably teach by a kind of osmosis. It is hard to articulate by what means but they show you how to see color and light through their eyes. Both have an unerring sense of design. You work independently and they circulate the studio stopping only to pull out the perfect fabric that suddenly makes everything look so much better. The pattern is "Chintz" from "Kaffe Quilts Again".




On the left is mine early in the day and next to me is my friend Karen's. Hers turned out to be my favorite!