Hi, my name is Joan. I live in Walnut Creek, California. I love to design, piece and quilt. I am currently working on a number of quilt pattern designs and testing them. It is my hope to launch a pattern design business in 2010.
The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Hi CaliQuilter, I too have many, many tops done but not quilted. Have never gotten the hang of machine quilting and don't want to spend the money to send out. I found a lady in my area who has a quilt studio with 2 long arm machines. She will teach you how to use them & then you go & rent time on them & quilt your own. My goal this year is to finish up & give away all these tops. Plus I'm going to take a machine quilting class at a local shop. Your quilts are beautiful. I'll get some of my tops posted in the next couple days. Take care. May I add you as a friend? Marie
I moved to San Antonio, TX from Lubbock, TX over a year ago and I miss my Bunco girlfriends so bad. Sometimes I call them on Bunco night and then I get to talk to all of them. I had been playing in that Bunco group since 1998. Talk to you soon!!
I fuse the fabrics to a tricot backing as I go along. I hang the finished piece each time I have worked on it and take the photos. I have lots of batik and hand dyes and always buying more. Sometimes it is hard to find lighter colors in batik, that is when I buy more yardage.
Yes, we are in capable hands. He will need all of us to unite and make this long battle a reality. I am so excited and feel as though finally, someone is in the White House is listening to our needs.
I have made photos with small squares, circles, triangles, strips or snippets of fabrics. The more abstract the cut of the fabric the "artsier" (is that a word?) the look. With the assistance of the computer I obtain an image, crop it down or enlarge it for my selected size. I then use the pixels to trace the features of the face, selecting more or less detail. My favorite fabrics are batik and hand dyed. I select any number of colors, I like 9 or 12, even though you can use as many as you wish. In selecting my colors, I use values first and the actual colors as the second step. That is the best part for me!
All of my palettes are different except for Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson. I wanted it to look like I used the same "Paint". I prefer to make new palettes each time and wait to see how it works out in the end. I use my camera a lot to "see" where I am headed. I know I have "it" when I can identify a body part, such as an ear or a nose. I suppose that I got a little carried away with my descriptions. I was a little excited.
The weather here has changed from 65 degrees and sunny to 57 and drizzly in the last two days. I love this weather to create art. It makes me want to stay inside and create even more. Smiles, Diana
When I first learned to quilt, I worked with 1 1/2 sqaures to do watercolor or color wash quilts. It was a lot of fun and I did too many to count. Most of them were given away. I just located two of them from a storage bin and I still love them. I would love to see a photo of your quilt.
In working with my art, only small areas require a little precision. The rest of the pieces can overlap and you can still see the image. Making miniature quilts is where I needed to use precision skills. The blocks were so tiny and if you made a mistake, you could spot id across the room. Thanks for the compliment. Diana
Yours was the first in a string of French Braid quilts I have just seen recently. I think it must be a sign that this is the year I try one. I see in the comments here how someone used it in a border--neat idea. I just committed in my quilt group to complete a bunch of UFOs, but need to make a wedding gift quilt. Have several patterns in mind but all are sized smaller so I thought I would add extra borders and the FB would be a nice addition. G'Day!