Friday, December 5, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
What else is going on in my life.....Waldo....naturally. Waldo is working on a new quilt using Kaffe Fassett fabrics (many of which I gave her from my stash...what are friends for if they can't use your stash :). The pattern she is using:
Giggles and Smiles,
Saturday, August 17, 2013
If you have read "Jean Creates" past few blog posts ( here and here) you know what I've been up to.
We both have an affinity for Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Phillip Jacobs fabrics. Jean decides we are going to stop petting our fabrics and actually use them. What a mind blowing idea ay?
Jean pre-ships her fabrics and this is what arrived at my house:
Kaffe/Brandon/Jacob fabrics from my stash and had them waiting for Jean's arrival. Mine were all neatly folded in piles...well...until Jean arrived and suggested it would be more fun to toss them all into one big pile and just start. Another mind blowing idea :)
I've never, ever....ever started a project like this one. Talk about excitement/anticipation/and drama (mainly the colors of the fabrics)....way too much fun. How the plan began...it was a book (un-named for sure!) Jean found and thought it would be an awesome way to begin and each of us could add to the others quilt. After a few hours actually using the book the book (definitely not a recommended book) idea was abandoned and we were on our own creating.
I wanted a fabric that would allow a place to rest before seeing more exciting prints....so I went into my stash in search of just the perfect fabric. Initially I hunted through my batiks...nope....then....WOWZERS....I came across a piece of Patsy Thompson hand dyed fabric that was perfect....absolutely perfect in my mind.
Working from intiution is a odd feeling/experience....I've not done that before. I set this block up on the design wall and waited until something came to me for the next border. I knew I didn't want a square quilt so I would have to elongate the block...top and bottom borders to move from a square to a rectangle. Hmmmm.....Incubation Time.....
I saw my Magic Stack N Wack book on my bookshelf...hey...I've never done that...I'm going to make some of those fun kaleidoscopes for my quilt. Might I suggest you actually read the book before "Wacking" into your fabric? I did not cut enough repeats so I ended up with 1/2 kaleidoscopes that I combined for my design.
My block now measures 24 1/2 x 24 1/2. Then it occurred to me....3.5 x 7 = 24.5 PERFECT...I just need seven 3/12 inch somethings to add to each end of the square. I cut up several pieces of white paper that were 3/12 inches wide by various lengths and began drawing different shapes to see what I thought would look good. The one I loved the most I couldn't use because I couldn't figure out how to paper piece it. Jean pointed out that I had only spent a day and a half trying to figure it out and if it were her...she'd move on and choose another block. What an epiphany!
Patsy Thompson Designs but I needed one she didn't have so I ordered from Glorious Color website. I was very pleased and will order from Glorious Color again. (No, I don't get kickbacks from either site)
Jean's progress? Well...here is her quilt:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
"Peaks of Enlightenment." How do you like that? :)
(if you don't know what the acronym stands for....please don't look it up)
........Ever notice that when someone/several some one's work resonates with you....it is actually just reflecting something on the inside waiting to get out?
The IHAN world in which I live can be fun on afternoons such as this one. Prior to seeing any of these folks work I knew I liked color but I think it was buried deep inside me. I realize I need some color in my world/home. I don't typically work with colors etc because of self doubt. My uncle was a very successful designer and he had wonderful taste. He was held up as the measure for taste and style....if he liked it....it was "divine" (said in such a grandiose manner too). Apparently I internalized the message that only "designers" have taste and I certainly am not an artist or a designer so I have honestly never explored much until recently. I've never taken an art class relied on a color wheel to tell me if things "worked" together or not.
Fear color no more!!! This photo was taken a few minutes ago in my kitchen. Like the color? I can tell you it sure beats what was there before....just ask "Waldo."
Thursday, April 22, 2010
One of my greatest experiences at the Houston Quilt Market was hearing Kaffe and Brandon talking about their work. I was fortunate enough to win the Kaffe's book, Quilt Romance.....and he autographed it too!!! I was so excited I thought I would burst. I wish they were my neighbors.....I'd probably be arrested for being a peeping tom....LOL.
Speaking of Kaffe, he has a new book out, Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Westminster Fibers had a class entitled, "Quilt Romance." Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy (I did not forget to link to Liza's site...I could not find it and I've got to run...sorry) and Brandon Mably spoke.
Upon entering the room you typically have to put your business card into a basket. At the end they may pull business cards and give away something.
Liza, Kaffe and Brandon shared about their new fabric lines. They allowed us to gaze upon such beauty using their fabrics.....I thought it was so generous to allow us to see these and some folks actually touched them. I looked like I had recently been to the dentist and the anesthetic had not quite worn off. I was drooling all over the place.....so embarrassing :)
I want to roll around in a bed with this as the quilt...don't you?
Kaffe and Brandon were poking fun and I think they were actually making up names for their fabrics as they went along....it was very entertaining. Something I might do....just call it the first thing that came to my mind.
cried and kissed the man.....but I found that last ounce of composure and just smiled. (I have it under lock and key so don't even think you'll be breaking into my house to get this....it ain't happenin....nope...stop dreaming)