back from a wonderful journey through California & Delaware

Friday, September 30, 2011

13 pieces

are sewn by Linda Franz' handpiecing method.
Love her DVD, which comes with her 2nd Quilted Diamond book



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

counting

I’m running a Dear Jane group at the LQS for one year now, explained all the different techniques.
I teached about measurement of sashing and border tris, Linda-Franz-method, how to add the scalloped edge,how to cut real bias binding two different ways and so on – all the basics.

This week I asked the girls to count their blocks and pieces to get an idea
how much we got done in 12 months.

It’s a little bit hard to push the ladies, some have to take care of their (old)parents or are still dealing with children. Two of them are big gardeners and in harvest they are really busy – you get the picture.

I have the counting of 8 of us – the summary so far is:

388 blocks, 6 triangles, 4609 pieces

The funny thing is, most blocks (109 !!) have been made from a woman who wasn’t shure
about handpiecing and how much DJ blocks she’ld like to sew ;-)

Hope to get the missing numbers of the other participants next month.
Even the pieces of the 109 blocks hadn't been counted - so the final # will be much bigger.

I made 26 blocks for my taupe Baby and 1 tri AND 10 blocks for the European Birthday swap. And some example blocks in white/winterblue which I didn’t counted.

I have to give the Baby more attention and make more progress, otherwise it’ll not get to Belgium in 2o13.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Amish Quilts und die Kunst der 60er Jahre in Kaufbeuren

Yesterday I made it to an exhibition called „ Amish Quilts und die Kunst der 60er Jahre “ ( Amish Quilts and die art of the 60s / Minimal Art ) in Kaufbeuren.
An example:
an Amish Center Square from the Lancaster area and Josef Albers.
What’s common and where does the ideas come from?
Imi Knoebel’s “Revolver III” also worked with the square.

Tumbling blocks from Ohio and Victor Vaserely.
The lady who explained the background had really interesting informations.

I took some pics to think about later, especially Imi Knoebel’s work touched me.
But I don’t allow myself to start something new right now. Have to finish my WiPs first and some projects, which have to be ready to travel with me to California in January. Ah, and there is Xmas this year as well, doesn’t it?

BTW: there was a movie about the Amish (50 minutes). Lots of lovely sceneries, especially the barn building of the whole community was quiet impressive. I knew about, but have never seen it in action before.
Well worth the trip IMHO
The exhibition is open until November 6th

ok, I'm off the puter now to start working on my houseduties and WiPs ;-)

Theme of the week: hoarding

Cate Prato, Online Editor of the Magazine "Cloth Paper Scissors Today"
just wrote interesting thoughts to the theme of hoarding too.

I started quilting in 1982 and still have some fabrics, or may I say swatches of fabrics ( with memories of course ) from my very early years. Why do I still have them? They are mostly not my taste anymore, maybe I may cut them down to 1,5" strips and follow Tonya Ricucci's idea called Lego tutorial?
I think it's really amazing what she is doing!!
Of course Bonnie Hunter is working with stripes again - who wonders?
Doesn't her title "Red Strings In the Sunset" sounds wonderful?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Stash or hoarding

Due to the fact, that we are moving in a 3 year interval the amount of stuff in our household is an issue more than once. enough said ;-)

Tricia Waddell, the Editor in Chief Stitch Magazine posted an interesting thought lately:
Hoarding is a primitive instinct. But it is not necessary for your survival as a fabric artist. In fact, having a limited selection of fabrics forces you to be more creative and make better design decisions. You learn to alter the fabric that’s available or even to create your own by dyeing or painting or surface design.

That's something I have to think about seriously! Any thoughts?

Monday, September 05, 2011

Nelli - once again

Cyn asked to see our American Cockerlady "Nelli" - so here are some pics





this picture was taken the day she won our hearts in November 2oo3, she was 15 weeks:




do I have to say, we are in love with this cutie?