It’s another friend’s birthday. She likes to go bird watching. I looked through two boxes of fabric, looking for birds. This is what I found. I know that somewhere else I have Japanese crane fabric, but it wasn’t in these boxes. Here is the postcard I made for her.
I remember buying the owl fabric because my now 23 year old daughter had a thing about owls when she was little. There was a sculpture of one in a tree near her grandparents’ apartment to scare away other birds. Whenever we visited we had to take a little walk ” to see the owl.” However I didn’t buy this fabric when she was little, because I wasn’t quilting then. I bought it when I was in the midst of making the quilt she took with her when she left for her first year of college. Since only a few pieces of owl fabric made it into her quilt, there’s lots left for other projects.
Today I’m working on a 12 x 12 version of the quilt I made yesterday. I’m doing this so that I can work out how to quilt it on the smaller one. Also, this way I’ll have something to show tomorrow when my 12 x 12 group meets. Since I forgot to take photos of my process yesterday, I’m doing it now.
I just spent a weekend retreat with Joey Weisenberg, who teaches nigunim (songs without words), sometimes singing the same one for up to an hour. Its kind of like meditating only more fun. Something he said really struck me. The Hebrew word sulam means both ladder and a musical scale. I came home and started this quilt. The ladder in my quilt is made from fabric that looks like sheet music. I think l’m going to call this quilt Axis Mundi, which is the connection between heaven and earth. My next step on it is to make some land at the bottom from two different purple fabrics.
I made this with more of the extra black and white strips. I’m going to cut a hole in the center- a hole in the shape of my favorite eight pointed star. Then it will become an amulet, once I figure out what to write in the center.
A friend of mine, whom I’ve known since childhood just had a birthday. I gave her a quilted postcard with several Laurel Burch cats on it. I’ve been making a lot of postcards lately for EBHQ to sell at the the 2018 Voices in Cloth quilt show. I used fusible web to glue the cats to the background, and then zigzag stitched around each with monofilament.
Yesterday there was a celebratory walk through of the quilts in the currant library show. Mine is the orange one. The show will be up through June 4th at the main/central Berkeley Public Library on the 2nd floor. This is the 36th annual show. I’ve lost count of how many of these shows I’ve had a quilt in, but it must be at least 10. The first library show I was in, was when the show was still at the North branch library. It was one of my really early quilts.This quilt was inspired by Qustav Klimt’s paintings. The detail shows the 3D effect of the mini quilt within the bigger quilt.
After attempting to quilt this quilt with my regular sewing machine’s foot, and running into problems, I bought a walking foot. I love quilting with the walking foot!
For the April meeting of my 12 x 12 group, we brought in everything we’ve done since we started in Sept. This is the half way point for the group. I’m fairly pleased with my progress. My goals for this year: Make a quilt every month, try new things/techniques, and explore making amulets.
Here it is, all quilted and ready for its debut in the Berkeley Public Library (main branch) Quilt show, opening May 1. It will be up until June 4, so there’s lots of time to see the show. It will be on the second floor, above the reference desk, and in the original lobby. Ask at the reference desk to borrow the catalog. Otherwise you won’t know who made the quilts, because the quilts only have a number.
I wanted to audition quilting options for the quilt I’ve been working on. So I made a nine-patch version of the quilt. It just happened to be 12.5″ x 12.5″. So, after trimming it would be perfect for my 12 x 12 group, which meets in two weeks. That’s a good thing, because I might not have time to make another one.
I tried both free motion quilting and walking foot, and three different thread colors. I decided to use the walking foot with a dark yellow thread. The quilt is now quilted, but it’s too dark to get a good photo of it now. I’ll try to post one tomorrow.
Here it is, quilted, but you can’t really see the quilting lines in the photo above. Here’s a detail: