I fell in love with the abstract portrait paintings of women done by Mari Ratanen during this show at the Kemper. I loved the color and the shape and the concept.
When I needed to pick a project for my final of color theory class, I knew what I wanted to do – an abstract portrait of my mom in acrylic, framed in an embroidery hoop. Unfortunately, my vision and my ability to paint didn’t synch. sigh.
I used a very thin tape to tape the lines, but it didn’t peel cleanly, so I had to clean up the lines, which made them messier, and then the “c” didn’t fit in the frame well. Lots of problems.
But I still loved the design and the concept. So I rendered it in teeny tiny cross stitch.
And I lurvs it. I love the colors, the design, and the execution. I plan to design one that is a “portrait” of my stepdaughter. Soon. Lots of things to do. 🙂
I am planning on completing 12 quilts to donate to Project Linus this year. It gives me the chance to play with patterns and fabrics I might not otherwise. And it feels great to send a quilt out in the world, hopefully to be loved and provide comfort.
I used up a lot of stash fabric and orphan blocks to make this quilt. Including many of the dozens of 1/2 square triangles created from this quilt.
I quilted wonky lines down the quilt.
The backing is made out of a bit of the yards and yards and yards of this extra fabric I had from when we decorated our stepdaughter’s room. It was nice to use some of it up.
I love the quilt – it is quirky, but it is also bright and colorful and interesting. Which I guess is the same thing as saying it is quirky.
I look forward to using up more blocks to make quilts to donate.
I can’t believe this quilt is finished. 11 months and done. I used the Sunny Skies quilt pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company. The intended recipient was my stepson. I have wanted to make him a quilt for a loooong time. When I handed it to him, I said “Merry Christmas 2014”. 🙂
I love the fabric, I love the pattern, but the quilt felt monotonous to make.
But I am so over that because I love the results. The pattern + fabric made for a good “dude” quilt. The happy mistake of misplacing some of my grey fabric meant a modernish twist with the one yellow diamond.
I think he likes the quilt. He used it as a “homework cave” over the weekend.
I had it quilted by Missouri Start Quilt Company – which was super fast and super good. And I didn’t have to be self conscious about my sometimes not-flat seams.
I have been travelling for work most of this week. And it has been awesome. But I miss my family and my sewing a lot. In my last post I talked a pretty big game about getting lots of WIPs done. I was going to conquer all and conquer it immediately. Yes, not so much.
I have transitioned from being a GO GO GO quilter on the weekends to balancing with hanging out with the fam, playing MarioKart, and getting out of the house. Much more healthy for my mental state, but I get so much less done.
Last weekend I got this top done for a project linus quilt and got it basted. (I HATE BASTING SO MUCH I MEAN FOR REALS HATE) It wasn’t as much as I planned to get done, but I do love the top after spending time to contemplate what would work best. Because of the color scheme and improv-y parts, I decide to make it big enough for a kid/teenager instead of a baby quilt because I think it will be more appreciated. It includes 4 orphan blocks, several of the 1/2 square triangles left over from this quilt, and some scraps and stash I was happy to use up. Something exhilariting in making a dent in all of the glorious fabric I have. A lot of this fabric I was not sure I loved, but I love it all in this quilt top.
This weekend I will quilt and bind it. And maybe that is all I will get done and that is ok. I am setting new, more reasonable goals. One Project Linus quilt, finishing one WIP per month and then I will allow myself to work on a “new” project.
Find the gray. Find the gray. Find the gray.