Sunday, December 8, 2013

UFO Inventory 2013

It's been a big year of not getting things done! Here's what's in the works (or folded in a plastic bag).

1) Remember these rose stars? Of course you don't. I didn't either until I found them again in a pile of fabric. The holdup with this project is that I've decided that I don't particularly like my color choices. Does it look a bit clown-y to you? I was thinking of finishing it off with a green border. It's ok if the greens clash a little right?

2) The summer Mod challenge was 'Metro'. If you are a frequent reader, you'll remember my Mark Di Suvero sculpture quilt. That quilt got a little bit further with Noguchi's Red Cube and Paul Sisko's Balanced Cylinders.

The idea with these was that if I did quilt-as-you-go it will be easier to finish. Well, you can see how that worked out. That's how this quilter goes.

3) This summer I did something I thought I'd never do, a nine-patch.

It's not that there's anything wrong with nine-patches. They are lovely (particularly this one :)). I just never thought that I would be so lacking other ideas that I would end up spending time on a straight-forward pattern. But July was a really crappy month and I needed a project that I could do without too much planning, math, or potential for failure. This quilt has the highest probability of getting finished - I have backing fabric for it!

I told my quilt guild on Saturday that I'm in need of a little peer pressure to get this stuff finished off. Feel free to post snarly comments about how lazy I am or comments that ooze enthusiasm and expectation. That might help a lot. Thanks!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Feeling Inspired

Today was rainy. I skyped with my always inspirational friend Julie. So, I dusted off the Bernina and put together this little piece.

Does it look like this? That is the general idea. If (and given my track record lately, this is a big if) I get it done, it will be part of my Mod guild challenge entitled 'Metro'.

The guild challenge invites us to collaborate. Even though I did the quilting alone, I like to think of it as a continuation of a conversation started by the original artist. In my imagination the conversation goes something like this:

Me: What is this? (pointing to the sculpture)
Mark (original artist): It's called Joie de Vivre. (joy of life)
Me: Right, because people are going to laugh, because they have no idea what it is.
Mark: Exactly! That's the whole point of modern art, to bring a smile to your face.
Me: Good call making it red, it is a great contrast to the buildings.
Mark: Yes, red is the ideal color for urban outdoor sculpture.
Me: I agree. Red also goes well in quilts...

*note that the quilt in photo is longer and more narrow than appears