Thursday, December 2, 2021

November Monthly Mini and Celebrations

It can't be December yet. I haven't posted my November mini! So here it is.The top was finished a couple of weeks ago, but birthday celebrations and Thanksgiving kept me from getting it quilted and bound until now. This finished at 14". I will link up here with Wendy, The Constant Quilter (she really is), for our Monthly Mini listing.

The color is not accurate here, but this gives you a bit of a look at the quilting. There really needs to be some stitching in the larger HSTs, but I want it to be hand quilting, so that will come later.

The machine quilting shows up better in this photo of the back. I kept it as simple as possible, because I was so far behind. I had thought about feathers, but had to pass on them this time.

The colors in the quilt were inspired by a stunning monthly mini made by Gladi (seriously, all her quilts are stunning) back in September, which you can see on her blog here. I was smitten by her quilt, and knew I wanted to copy her colors. I was just getting ready to join in on Pam Buda's Quilt Archeology doll quilt, Dear Prudence, when I saw Gladi's post, and I knew I would transfer that color palette over to Pam's design. 

Pam's pattern was for a larger doll quilt than this. I cut all the parts for the whole quilt and then realized I had made a major error and had cut everything wrong. That is what I get when I work too late at night. I had to cut things down for each block. After reworking 6 blocks, I'd had enough. I chose 5 of the six blocks and made a smaller version of Dear Prudence.

As I had worked on this little quilt I was sure I had used this palette before. I finally realized where I'd used it when I sat down to Thanksgiving dinner. The first quilt I'd made with these colors was hanging in our dining room. This was a SAL at Humble Quilts blog, where Lori had us choose an orphan block and the SAL was the process of adding the borders. It was called "Faithful". Here are the two quilts together, with my hand in the photo to give size perspective.

I hope all my friends in the U.S. had a lovely Thanksgiving last week. We had planned on having 7 or 8 family members for dinner, which is small for us. But Thanksgiving morning our youngest son, who was visiting with us for the holiday, was informed that he had been exposed to COVID the night before. We had no other family come, under the circumstances, and we just had 3 for dinner. But I have to say, no matter how few will be eating, it still makes a mess to prepare it. 

My birthday usually falls in the same week as Thanksgiving, and often gets swallowed up by the preparations. In such cases we try to celebrate a week early. Happily, hubby gifted me with tickets to a Van Gogh immersion experience available in Salt Lake City the week before.

It was incredible. Words can't convey and photos don't quite do it justice, but I will try to give you a taste. I understand there are different versions of this experience across the country, but the idea is similar. There was a photo op just inside, where they offered to take your photo  with your phone. There were four different rooms of this experience, but the last one is where you spend the bulk of your time. You can click on any of these photos to enlarge them.

In the experience on the left, above, all of the water glimmered. In the picture on the right, if you watched closely, you might catch a self-portrait blinking. And in the portraits where he was smoking a pipe, the smoke wafted from the barrel of the pipe.

I took video of some of the experiences, but the files are too large to upload. I'll try to give you an idea of what was going on. Keep in mind that there is effective mood music  going on during the whole thing.

On the left was the beginning of this picture. Then the petals started fluttering around the room until it felt you were in a snowstorm of flower petals, as on the right. Then the petals began to disappear, and there was a whole different painting on the walls behind them.

At the beginning of this painting experience the room was dark. Then the swirls began to move about the walls. They continued to move and expand until it had finally become "Starry Night." Each time the paintings changed, the transition was different. 

I would say if you get the opportunity to attend, it would be well worth it.

I am humbled by the number of "mini-acs" who are participating in my Baggie Challenge. If you haven't seen their amazing quilts, check the links in Wendy's post and see what everyone has made. I haven't made my Baggie Challenge quilt yet, but plan to do it this month--after I get some Christmas gifts made!! Oh, it is coming quickly!

Hope you are finding ways to spread joy, and stay safe.

Until next time, 

Janet O.


Leaving you with this sunset from last night. The hazy sky from the inversion provides a bit of a glow spilling over the mountain top. This photo was taken from my sewing room window.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Lori's SAL and The Tiny Club

This is what I made for Lori's (Humble Quilts Blog) "Land That I Love" SAL. I haven't had a chance to quilt it, or name it.  

When Lori announced the SAL I was really in the mood to use fall colors, so I rummaged through bags of HSTs and my scrap basket under my cutting table and came up with everything for the blocks. The setting triangles and squares were cut from a FQ.

I keep telling myself I am going to hand quilt it, but it hasn't happened, so maybe I just need to machine quilt it and have it finished. And if someone has a name idea, I would love to hear it.

Now, just what is The Tiny Club, you may be wondering. Well, the wonderful quilt shop over the mountain, Village Dry Goods, is offering a series of 3 classes taught by Lynn Hopkins. It is all about 2" finished blocks. 

In the background you can see Lynn giving instructions. In the foreground is one of his custom rulers and patterns

Lynn has custom designed rulers that allow you to make precise 2" finished blocks based on a 3x3 grid--and that is no simple task. At each class he gives us patterns for 4 blocks, and demonstrates what we need to know to experience success. Below are some of the blocks he has made, and some of his quilts.

In the two photos above you see many of his 2" blocks. My hand in the photo on the right gives you a bit of size perspective.

 The blocks shown to the left are all made from silk ties--and they finish at 2" just like the others. If you have ever worked with silk, you know how hard it can be to keep it from slipping and sliding. Then, to make things this tiny and preserve accuracy is insane.  

Below you see a collection of Lynn's little quilts.




To the right is Lynn's Jacob's Ladder mini quilt, made from 2" finished blocks, of course.

And then we have the masterpiece! Look at this incredible quilt--all the little blocks within it finish at--what else? Two inches!!

I was so inspired afterward that I came home and made a few blocks myself. Five of them were from Lynn's patterns and the others were from my own patterns for 2" blocks. Mine are mostly based on a 4x4 grid (much easier to do than the 3x3 grid). I am doing them all scrappy from the fabrics in the basket under my cutting table. Someone's got to use them. :)

Today (November 13, 2021) was World Kindness Day. I hope you were able to find a way to surprise someone with kindness, whether you knew about the designation or not.

Until next time,

Janet O.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

October Monthly Mini

I hadn't planned on making a Halloween mini, but when I was sorting through some Sandy Gervais Fall fabrics I've saved from years ago, I came across a small pile of Halloween themed fabric tucked in among them. And this was born. It is about 8 1/2" square. I think I will name it "Boo Who?" If you look closely you will see that much of the fabric has "boo" printed on it.

Linking up with Wendy (The Constant Quilter blog) where all good mini-acs go at the end of the month.

The hyper-quilting of the spider webs in the setting triangles makes the blocks poof out. On a normal quilt I might not like that effect, but for a Halloween quilt it somehow seemed appropriate.

I don't usually use holiday themed fabrics for holiday minis (I usually use holiday colors in my good old repro fabrics), but I couldn't resist seeing what I could create from these scraps that were passed on to me by another quilter. I added the orange for the setting triangles (from an old Primitive Gatherings line), and for the back I chose a piece from a bundle my Mom once picked up years ago at a yard sale. You can see it in the photo below.

Though this was not my "Baggie Challenge" mini, it could probably qualify. I have set aside a baggie of scraps that I intend to use for that, but it may be December before I get it made.

In the meantime, I am ready to start quilting my "Land That I Love" from Lori's (Humble Quilts blog) doll quilt SAL. And I have almost finished the piecing on Pam Buda's "Dear Prudence" doll quilt SAL (Heartspun Quilts blog).

My design wall is currently covered with this project--my version of Gay Bomer's Heartfelt BOW. None of it is sewn together yet.

The lighting doesn't show how purple this really is, but I think you can still see the pops of cheddar I had to add. Since I don't applique, I left out the center medallion and set my blocks on point with triple sashing and 9-patch cornerstones. Once those are all made and this is assembled, I may add a couple of borders to make it queen size. Such a novelty for me to make a quilt that actually covers a bed. :)

Funny story for you--are you familiar with Pinewood Derbies? Around here they are usually associated with cub scouts, but our church had one as an activity last Wednesday, and beforehand they had encouraged families to create derby cars together. They brought in a specialist with a fancy track that electronically determined the place of each car in each heat, and each car raced in several heats to determine the final place they earned. Hubby and I made a car together (the only old people who did). He cut and sanded a simple, aerodynamic wedge shape. I painted it, and he attached wheels and weights. We took 4th place against all the young people who entered cars in the "classic" division. No one had trouble telling our car from the others.

Until next time, I'll leave you with the view of the setting sun on the mountains as I was going into the church for the Derby.

Janet O.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

New England Visit--Part 3B

This post is about the "other" show that was at the New England Quilt Museum when I visited in August. (I can't believe it has taken me this long to share everything of a quilty nature from that trip.) Along with the wonderful Quilt Japan show that I have shared, there was also a one-woman show by Kathy Metelica Cray. Before going I had read about this show and was really looking forward to the opportunity to see her quilts.

In the artist's own words...

I love the concept of her quilts. And since I have 2 or 3 sets of vintage blocks in my sewing room closet, I may have to give it a try someday. With that foundation, you are ready to see the show. I haven't included everything, but pretty close. Here goes!






(I have to say that this may be my favorite--the butterflies, the black and the happy colors--though it isn't in my normal comfort zone, it sings!)

I hope you enjoyed this. It was so inspiring to me! And this wraps up what I planned to share with you about my trip to New England.

Until next time, be gracious and thoughtful, and brighten your corner of the world.

Janet O.