Monday, February 28, 2011

Check this out!

So I see my buddy Drew, of along the doodlescape, this morning and his says "You gotta check out my blog!" Well, I'll be damned if he didn't do a painting based on one of Angela's quilts, "Summer Rain in Bali."

Ok, she just posted on this piece yesterday and by 11pm, Drew had done his. Wow.

You gotta see this!

I think this is just way too neat.  I am very proud of them both.

Like this blog, Drew's is new too. So, look around at his posts and check back in with him. I've been watching him draw and create for a while now, you're going to find some great work on his blog!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Summer Rain in Bali

So, this would be my (Angela) first post. 

I made this quilt sometime during late 2009 - 2010 for a close friend's new house.  Melissa and I have known each other since we were both 14 and living in Sydney, Australia.  I was there for a few years with my family and she had emigrated with hers from Malaysia.  

The inspiration for this came from a stack of Bali batik fabric I got (on sale!) at Hancock's of Paducah.  The image I had when I saw those fabrics laid out on the table was one of gently falling summer rain through a window.  The blue and white are punctuated with flashes of light pink--perhaps the flowers outside.  What you cannot see too clearly from the photo is the stitching, which was done with light blue rayon thread along the vertical seams, to imitate rivulets of water sliding down the window.  The back and border are light denim.  I didn't have a middle layer--this is just supposed to be a summer throw--so technically, I guess it's not a quilt, but I added a sleeve at the top for her to hang, to get the feeling of the image I tried to convey.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Gavin's Squares

I seemed to be drawn to slightly out of whack geometric shapes.  

      As I'm trying to find my own "quilting voice," a lot of the quilts that inspire me, seem to be slightly out of whack geometric shapes.  I really enjoy the work of Denyse Schmidt and you can certainly see the influence of her "What a Bunch of Squares" quilt.

      This was actually made as a gift for some friends who were having a baby. I hesitate to call it a 'baby quilt' because of the style and size (basically a throw).  They were using grays and oranges in the little guy's new room and they have more modern, not flowery-print or basket-block, sensibilities, so I went modern-wonky.  I made it nice and large so that it could be used for him to play on the floor, in the yard, bundled up on the couch with mom, whatever.  

The way the back turned out on this really made me happy.  The simple design here helped the random quilting stand out. 


Thursday, February 3, 2011

A crook.

"Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. You know what I say? I say time is a crook." 
O'Hara (Peter Lorre) from "Beat the Devil" 1953

In one of the quilting magazines Ang gets, there was a project idea for quilted clocks by Linda Graham.  Of course, I can't remember which magazine it was and can't find it now, but I was smart enough to have bookmarked her blog when I worked this project.  And of course, in my typical fashion, I kinda skimmed the project instructions and then went on my merry way just winging it.

In short, in you design a mini quilt, stretch it over a painting canvas (here a 10"x10"), put the clock works through the middle and there you go. I stitched on some fun beads instead of numbers.