Thursday, January 29, 2009

A New Year

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday this past year, we had a very restful holiday and enjoyed it very much.

I've been in my studio working very hard this year, so far, I finished a couple of baby blankets, burp cloths, bibs etc.

I've been working more on the wedding quilt and I'm going to take a few pictures next week and post them so you can see what I've been doing. I'm also making a kids quilt for a birthday next month, its from the animals around the world series, and incorporates one of the soft book panels. Its looking nice and I enjoy doing something simple for a change, I'll post that also when I'm done.

I have been taking two classes from Quilt U. One is on fabric painting for landscapes. I've been following the discussions and reading the lessons, but I haven't been able to set aside room in the studio to paint right now. The other class I'm taking is Dena Crain's "Darned Quilt Class" and I'm having a lot of fun with that. See some pictures below.

We need to have gradated range of fabrics that mostly read as solids.
 These are the colors I chose.

Next we sewed them together and this was the end of lesson 1

Lesson 2 was to embellish the quilt, and I'm not quite finished with that yet, but i will try and finish this week...

What fun the class is, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a fun class and just wants to enjoy the process to take this class.

Click on Dena Crain to read more about the Darned Quilts and see some examples.  I'll show you more as the quilt progresses.