New/old papercuts!

It’s been a while since I’ve done papercutting. However, I just added several papercuts to the papercut gallery which you can access from the menu bar at the top of my blog. I made most of these a long time ago but hadn’t added them to the gallery. Here they are:

S of S papercut

I made this as a final project when I was taking a class on Hebrew calligraphy. The text is from Song of Songs. If you look closely, some of the green fig leaves are on top of the lattice, and some are behind it.

Simchat tarah flagThis is a flag for the holiday of Simchat Torah.  The words say, “Rejoice and be happy on Simchat Torah.”

mizrach for Sukkot

This is a mizrach for our sukkah.

Ellie Bday card

This is a more recent papercut, made as a 70th birthday card for a friend who has two cats.

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Octopus’ Garden

Octopus Garden

I’m just finishing this challenge quilt. For the SF Quilt Guild’s March 2023 show there is a challenge to make a 20″ x 20″ quilt inspired by a Beatles song. This is Octopus’ Garden. If you click on the image, it will get larger so that you can see it better. My original idea was to make disappearing hourglass blocks for the under the sea part, and cloud/sky fabric above. After I bought the three fabrics that are in this quilt, I changed my mind. The sky fabric didn’t go with the ocean fabric, and the ocean fabric was so busy, I didn’t want to accentuate that by cutting it into blocks.

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Regina’s baby quilt!

Regina quilted front

I finished this baby quilt for my new cousin, Regina. It has been sent and received, so now I can share it. I’m especially pleased with how the back turned out. I love this rainbow triangle fabric!

Regina quilted back

 

I did all the quilting on my home machine with a walking foot.

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Postcards!

As one of the leaders of EBHQ’s Quilters Gather, i’ve said that i’m always willing to be added to the postcard exchange if there is an uneven number of registrants. This month i sent a postcard to someone in Ohio who has been attending our meetings on Zoom. She sent me a lovely postcard!

postcard from Ohio

Here is the postcard I sent her. It’s a wonky basket ala Gwen Marsten.

basket

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Wise One

Wise One

Look what just arrived in the mail! It’s the little silk quilt I made in 2019. It’s been traveling all this time as part of a quilt show called, Eye Contact, sponsored by Sacred Threads.

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Regina’s baby quilt

Regina quilt

I’m working on a baby quilt for a cousin who’s already been born. This quilt has dogs, an alligator, and dragonflies.  If I’d had any armadillo fabric, I would have used it! I hear that baby Regina has armadillo stuffies.

Here are two closeups:

Regina 1

Regina 2

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Eight different layouts for Chunk of the Month!

Now that the 6th and last Chunk of the Month has been revealed, I’ve been playing with layout possibilities. Here are eight of them. I’m sure there are more!

Layout 1

Doesn’t use 2 long sashing and 6 short sashing pieces, and isn’t quite symmetrical.

Doesn’t use 2 long sashing and 6 short sashing pieces, and isn’t quite symmetrical.

Uses all sashing but they are a little short. Would need to cut 2 morel small pieces of sashing.

Uses all sashing but they are a little short. Would need to cut 2 morel small pieces of sashing.

 

Similar to previous but 4 blocks moved

Layout 5

Layout 6Layout 7Layout 8

I really like this last one, but i’m going to keep arranging them to see if i find something i like better.

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Work in progress

Work in Progress

I’m working on two things at once. The other thing is 8 different layout options for Chunk of the Month-but I can’t share them util after Thursday when EBHQ has the meeting when we reveal Chunk #6. Here’s the quilt I can show you! I started some of these circular rectangle blocks while teaching the technique at Hello Stitch. Then there are pieces I made for both Lone Robins, and earlier leftovers that didn’t get used in whatever quilt I was working on. So, this is kind of a kitchen sink quilt, where I make the disparate pieces play well together.

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Playing with the chunks!

playing w chunks 1

 

I’ve been having fun, playing with the chunks! I think the first one looks like a string of beads. Here are two more options:

playing w chunks 2

playing w chunks 3The middle one is my favorite! I like the diagonals!

 

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5th Chunk of the Month!

When Julia first told me about Chunk of the Month, she was hoping I would do wonky versions, that would contrast with her more traditional ones. I did curved triangles for the first chunk, but none of the other chunks seemed to lend themselves to this treatment. I tried curved piecing for #5 but didn’t like the result. Here’s the process:

Chunk 5.1

First, I cut curves.

Chunk 5.2

Then I cut the same curves into the second fabric. It’s important to cut both fabrics right sides up!

Chunk 5.3

I sewed the pieces together and cut it down to size.

Chunk 5.5

This is what Chunk #5 would look like. I didn’t like it. It wasn’t worth the effort to make it wonky. I decided to change colors as I haven’t used any light blue since the first chunk.

Chunk 5 blue

Now I just need to make 7 more of these!

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