In 2006, a small quilting group I belonged to issued a challenge to the members: a quilt with the theme “whacky self-portrait”. I took a photo of my face, enlarged it on paper, and cut out the face shape, the hair, the glasses, and the lips. I used these as templates for the fabric face I created. I’ve always liked fashion, although I’m well aware that my own wardrobe falls far short of NY high style! In this quilt I am shopping and believing I’m really cool. 🙂
Some years ago I made a pinwheel quilt in greens and other colors. The pinwheel blocks are a slight variation on the traditional, the triangles are askew. Each block is a little different. Not enough to be noticeable until you really study on it. Then later I made another one in blues and gave it to my niece. I believe her brother hijacked it from her because it is now living with him in New York. It was a lot of fun working on both of these. Green title: “It’s My Party”. Blue title: “Blue Party”.
I like to make strip sets– strips of fabric sewn together into blocks that can then be arranged however seems pleasing. This quilt is one of those projects. I am glad that I thought to extend the points into the black border so that it looks like it is hanging on point. I also wanted the center to be lighter than the edge blocks. It belongs to my nephew who lives in Manhattan. I think it is a city quilt!
These two were done about 10 years ago. Size is about 10″ X 18″. I really can’t recall which one I thought was sunrise, and which was sunset! You be the judge. Collection of Debra Griffith.
I made some triangle pieces with green/blue colors, and was going to put them together into squares like I had done with my red one, but decided to do something a little different. I added large squares of some hand-dyed fabric, and then quilted it with straight lines as well as some leafy things. I like it hanging on point.
I’ve been doing some ice dyeing of fabric and scarves recently. The effect can be made to look like tie-dye projects. It involves soaking fabric, twisting or folding it, laying it in a pan, sprinkling on powdered dye, and then pouring ice cubes over the whole. A day later the ice has melted into the fabric and the dye has dispersed, in surprising ways.
I have a good supply of hand-dyed fabric now, my next challenge is to use it in some quilts. Here are a few samples of the scarves.
And here are a few samples of the dyed fabric.
My sister is a master decorator, her home is wonderfully full of beautiful things, artfully arranged. Some years ago I made her a table cloth, a simple square pattern. She uses it in their family lake house.
Recently I gave her a small art quilt, which showed up this week as a table topper for autumn decoration!