Day One: I found out the girls at work are planning a raffle to help one of the co workers who is going thru a tough time due to health issues. I get the idea to try and make a quilt by May 8th to raffle off at the bake sale. I gather the quilt supplies. I decide to use my remaining NURSE BLOCKS to make the quilt. I figure it is a natural winner because I work in a hospital. (4-18-2014)
Day Two: Using the blocks I have I start designing a quilt on my computer using ELECTRIC QUILT. I took a picture of the blocks I had to work with and made a rough layout. A friend of mine helped fine tune the design. I did not have enough yardage for the back ground fabric so I bought some Kona Cornflower Blue. ( 4-19-2014)
Day Three: I got the design wall out and hung it in the only place I have available…. Over the living room curtains. Thank goodness my dear husband and family is use to my craziness and put up with it. I take my blocks and lay them out in the pattern I designed soon realizing that my original pattern was not going to work. I tweaked the design on the wall. I have started sewing the blocks together. Center and row two are assembled. I am working from the center out. (4-21-2014)
Finished Size should be 72 x 72 inches a generous size throw quilt.
. These are the two quilts my daughter made for her girlfriends who are having babies this summer. She designed them herself after I taught her how to do a few simple techniques. She does pretty good and has improved a lot from the first quilt she made. She still does not sew a good quarter inch seam.. ..her blocks are usually off size but she square up her blocks and makes them fit. My big concern is her seams are often too small and I worry that they will fall apart. We have discussed it several times and I realize I just have to let it go … I am teaching her how to FMQ so I think someday she will realize for herself the importance of good workmanship and construction. I do not want to turn into the quilt police or turn her off of quilting by being critical… I really love the designs she comes up with as they are truly hers and she loves to just play with fabric. I have been backing off and letting her work it out for herself but try and be available when she does need the help….
This book is by Rachel May is a founding member of the MODERN QUILT GUILD and a PhD candidate in English and cultural studies with a focus on quilts and narratives. She started this book as her graduate thesis then turned it into a book. She features interviews with many of the new personalities ( as I call them QUILT DIVAS) discusses the on line quilting communities and blogs. In the 224 pages, in this book, Ms May explores many aspects of the modern quilt movement. I have many quilt books exploring the history of traditional, folk quilting and art quilting but this is one of the first books that I have read delving into how the modern quilt movement started. I do appreciate how Ms. May pays homage to earlier quilt movements.
This book includes some technique tutorials and a pattern or two from contributors to the book but this is not the main focus of the book. Ms May main focus is the on-line communication and blogs and the Modern Quilt community. As I read thru the book I google each of the bloggers listed and added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER. I look forward to following them in the future.
To peak your interest I am listing the chapters and just a few of the quilt personalities listed in this book:
1./ A SENSE of PLAY …. Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr and Kathy Mack 2./ IMPROV( ISATIONAL) …. Nancy Crow and Denyse Schmidt 3./ The Personal is Political …. Betz White and Lee Heinrich 4./ Quilting from Tradition …. Pepper Cory and Katy Jones 5./ For the Love of Color …. Amy Butler, Elizabeth Hartman, Malka Dubrawsky 6./ Practicing Scales ….. Jane Sasserman, Valori Wells, Heather Grant 7./ Coming Full Circle …. Geta Grama, Sarah Fielke, Melony Miller
In GOODREADS I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars review. I always revisit the rating after I have had the book several month to update my review. I do think that if you want to understand the MODERN QUILT MOVEMENT this is a good book to start with. I will also update this blog post when I update the review on GOODREADS.
This is my grandson’s self portrait. He made it in is guided art class in kindergarten. I plan to use it in a quilt I will make for my grandson. I plan to replicate it as an applique, date and identification. I talk a little about it in an upcoming podcast.
I will be posting this list periodically each year. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the podcaster.
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