Monday, January 31, 2011

Sewing Day

It's time to start another piece with "Jet Trails," and I've been pulling fabrics from my stash that I've been wanting to use.

Just getting started:

I've been cutting paper strips to audition how I might cut and piece in the Jet Trails.

Nancy joined me and worked on a black and white compositon.

She also finished this quilt that she plans to donate to Genesee Valley Quilt Club's auction for charity.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Studio visitors

Pat, Jeanne, and Bev were here for a sewing day.

I don't have a picture of the great fabrics Jeanne was working on, but she cut all the pieces she'll be using for a quilt she's making on commission.

Pat volunteered to put the binding on Genesee Valley Quilt Club's raffle quilt, and that kept her busy for the day!

Bev was making sleeves for her completed quilts.

This terrific quilt is Bev's, and she just happened to use my favorite colors!
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Red Fox -- close to home!

We quite often have red fox in dens near the house. 

Here, the most recent denizen hunts along the fence line in broad daylight!

A small captured mouse is seen between the legs of the hunter.  Fox tend to mate in December or January, and we wonder if this is a female building up some protein for her motherly duties.

A nice sunny day adds to the attraction of the hunting trip,  

In the past, we have had large resident male cats who have driven off such encroaching critters.  Suki, with her 8 lb. frame, seems to know she shouldn't try and has stayed away from contact.

There are lots of burrows in the tree line at the bottom of the pasture, and this appears to be her current home.  Coyotes have driven off much of the fox population, but this chosen residence is near the road and may keep the more secretive coyote away.  We'll see!
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Sewing Day

Lots of activity at the studio today......

We looked at some new pieces Pat has been working on.

Bev is piecing together a new backing for a large quilt, and Nancy is working with some fabric pieces she created for a new quilt.

Jeanne is working on creating some patterns for new quilts based on photos that she took.

Bev and Nancy are conferring on the best way to make a larger quilt based on the design in a smaller sample piece.

Pat finished piecing this "square in a square" top that will be a sample for the class she is teaching at Genesee Valley Quilt Club's quilt show on Sunday, June 5th.
For information on signing up for her class, see and click on Quilt Festival.

This is a close-up of the quilting on one of Pat's quilts -- very nice!!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Moab Canyons

This quilt has been on my "to be finished someday" pile for quite a long time.

It was made with the "stack and slice and sew back together" technique.
And of course, it has some wonderful gold, rust, and turquoise fabrics.

I did a little of the quilting on my Janome 6600 and then loaded the top on my long-arm machine for the majority of the quilting.

The top measures 41" by 42".

Detail view.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Sewing Day

Priscilla has revised her wolf quilt and added quilting and beading.

Looking good!

Priscilla is considering another quilt featuring batik panels from Nepal. These all feature women in Nepal.

Bev was pressing her quilt -- and getting a little supervisory assistance from Suki who was perched on the adjoining table.

Bev is also working on finishing this piece that was started as an exercise in working with lines (and she picked some of my favorite shades of turquoise :-) !)
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Sewing Day

Nancy, Priscilla and Pat ventured to the studio for a sewing day last week. Priscilla was making fabric strips for a new jacket, and Nancy and Pat were working on quilts.

Bev was also making new blocks and had this completed quilt to show us. The picture doesn't do justice to the quilting, which really enhances the composition.

Priscilla has made more progress on her Wolf quilt.

And I auditioned some commercial and hand-dyed fabrics to see if I could find a Jet Trail in there somewhere!
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Priscilla's quilts

Over the holiday Priscilla brought in two of her Hmong Story Quilts that are entirely sewn by hand.

We tried to decide which one we liked best -- an impossible task!!   See the detail pictures below.

See Priscilla's blog for detailed information on these quilts ---

And this is a Work In Process that Priscilla started using mola-type embroideries from Panama.

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Dylan's quilt

Our niece, Jennifer, posted this picture of her son (Dylan Dwyer Gibson) enjoing his new (square-in-a square kitty-cat) quilt.   Dylan is about 5 weeks old.