Thursday, September 28, 2006

Second Ft. Mason

Okay, the first picture is NOT Ft. Mason. It is an old appliqued baby quilt top that I bought at an antique store in Social Circle, near Atlanta. (Yes, there is really a town called Social Circle, it's very cute.) Many years ago, I bought one similar to this at a garage sale in Los Angeles. The applique was almost done, so I hand quilted the top. I was thinking I might do the same thing with this one, but it's too I will donate it to an auction. (It only cost $15.)

The second picture is a smaller version of the first photo quilt I made, which is shown way back in the beginning of this blog. This new one is smaller, and printed on smooth cotton fabric instead of textured polyester.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

My pirate name

My pirate name is:

Captain Mary Vane

Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. You tend to blend into the background occaisionally, but that's okay, because it's much easier to sneak up on people and disembowel them that way. Arr!

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hawaiian scrap quilts

When we were in Hawaii earlier this summer, I bought a package of scraps at a fabric store. They came in handy when I needed a backing for the small Camperdown Elm quilts I posted a few days ago (bottom photo). And I also got the urge to stitch some of them into this small quilt top (top photo). Not sure what I will do with it--nobody I know is having babies. It may be donated to the SFQG auction in November.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Reflections on a quilt show

The photo for this unquilted top was taken at the San Francisco Quilters Guild show in 2005. I was sitting on the patio, turned around and saw the reflections in the window. The vertical red and blue design you can see repeated are some banners that were already in the building, but there is a quilt visible, it's darker so may not show up in this picture well. My daughter already did a watercolor painting from this photo, so it has been very useful!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Camperdown Elm

This is the unquilted top for the big Camperdown Elm quilt. The blended border fabric is something I picked up in Atlanta, the perfect greens for this quilt. I will not use basting spray anymore--it gets all over my sewing room (my new ruler needs to be cleaned already). But I'm liking iron-on fleece instead of batting.

Games People Play

A Quiltnet member asked me to print a piece of fabric for her to make a bag that her parents can keep their Scrabble pieces in. I shot a photo of my scrabble board, and this reminded me that the San Francisco Quilters Guild is having a challenge for our next quilt show, and the theme is "Games People Play." So I quickly set up the Scrabble board, this time with more words on it (I got the words from a watercolor painting I saw at the recent Sausalito Art Festival). It's about 20 inches square.

The two smaller quilts are each 12 inches square: the quilt with color dots on the edges is mine, the other one will be donated to the SAQA auction at the annual meeting in 2007. These are made from the same picture of the Camperdown Elm, a cool tree at Filoli Gardens. I accidentally printed two sheets of fabric the wrong size for the Camperdown quilt I am making (photo coming soon!) so I was happy to find a way to use them in these small quilts. I just cut both pictures in half and reunited the halves (two bottoms and two tops). Interesting, huh?