Friday, December 20, 2013

KPFA Craft Fair

 Say Hello to Margo and the EBHQ booth at the KPFA Craft Fair.  These are our 2 Raffle quilts Big Blue and Rebecca Rohrcasts beautiful Red Quilt to raise money for our Voices in Cloth Quilt show in March.
Here is the postcard table that I sat at on Sunday to raise money from the sale of our Postcards.  Can you believe we sold more than half of the postcards that we brought.  Amazing fund raiser for our Quilt Show.

This is one of the postcard boards that Sue Fox lent us to display our postcards.  Some comments from people who bought the postcards were:
What a great gift idea.
Will this really go through the USPS? Yes.
Need Better Graphics for the postcard sign
Put something like : Handmade by East Bay Heritage Quilter on the postcard back.
Now we need to replenish our stock of postcards.  We only have 3 months to go for the Quilt Show.
 I had 5 quilts to showcase the workshops that EBHQ offers to promote quilting.  This is a quilt that I made from Marjan Kluepfel.  I started with a black fabric which was discharged and shibori pole wrapped.  The other fabrics used were my hand dyed fabrics.  The dragonfly was a pattern that she provided.  I used a metalic sheet for the bottom wings and Angelina fibers for the top wings.
I wanted to show the backing of this small quilt.  I didn't think to put a sleeve on these quilts, because they were my workshop samples.  Thank you Mabry or Sue for putting on the sleeves with safety pins.  It works.

Hexagon triangles

 This is the hexagon triangle quilt that I am working on.  The hexagons are made with 3 jelly rolls of Kaffe Fabric and Rowan 2 1/2 inch fabrics.  I matched one light with one dark and sewed them together on the top and bottom.  Cut them into 2 1/2 inch triangles and sewed them together into sets of three.  The fabrics are very psycodelic.  There are 7 rows of 7 for a total of 49 hexagons.  At first I thought the green fabric would make a nice background for the bright colors and tone it all down.
 Then I put the 8 gradation yellow to red color hand dyed fabrics from Cherrywood fabrics in the mix.  The yellow in the middle looks like the sun with the gradation colors spiraling out.
Toned down would have been all right.  Bright looks much better to me.  The weather has been so cold and grey that working on these bright fabrics have really brightened my day.

Freddys Spikes

This is my Spikes quilt from the Freddy Moran workshop.  Isn't it spectacular.  The words I would use is bold and graphic with the red black and white.  I don't know why I don't use more of the black and white fabric in my quilts.  It is such a eye catcher.  This was also a very improvisational piecing.  The other quilts in the class were purple, yellow, brown, some with japanese fabrics, batiks and prints.  With all of these different fabrics and styles, they all came out beautiful.

Freddy quilted feathers and stylized quilting in the red rows and borders.  I quilted straight lines in the borders.  I think I used white thread to outline stitch the spikes.  Much more simple, but just as nice.  The red fabric was a JoAnn special when they had a bolt of red fabric for sale.  The white is mostly muslin with some white on white fabric.  I was able to find some black on black fabric.  The color spots were leftovers from other projects.  There was 1 fabric of black and white dots that made gradation dots.

I liked Freddys easy going style of teaching.  She kept us all on track and yet allowed us to use our creativity on a great pattern.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

These are some pictures I took from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  The exhibition was CALL FOR ENTRIES--Innovations in Fiber Art VI.  It ran from Oct 24 - Nov 30.  Wonderful show.

 4 pieces displayed on a table at the start of the exhibit

 lb closeup



Freddy Moran - Red Sticks

Red Sticks was one of the workshops that I took with Freddy Moran.  She is famous for her color choices.  Some of the things I learned:

Red is a neutral
If its too long, cut it off.  If its too short, add on
10 fabrics is good 100 is better

Can you tell this was very improvisational.  The picture should actually be turned 90 degrees.  The red bamboo fabric was placed in the middle, because I got tired of making more pieces. This was all pieced in 2 days and the quilt was put together in quilted in another 2 days.  I was very surprised to see all the workshop students show their quilts at Freddys lecture.  They worked all weekend and some finished their quilts by Monday.

The border on Freddys sample quilt had red on red squares bordering the whole quilt.  It added an extra depth to the quilt.  She also used a focal fabric in the middle of her quilt.  It was not as large as my bamboo fabric.

Red Bamboo is going to be a gift to Lola and Jason for their baby Casper.  The back is a patterned red fabric.  I quilted it with a Red Aurifil 12 wt thread on top and red gutterman 50 wt thread on the bottom.  I used the walking foot and followed the lines of the sticks to stabilize the whole quilt.  At first I thought this quilt was too bold and red to be a baby quilt.  Doris convinced me that they will love it.  Its bright, lively and will endure many washings.

Shirting Scrap bag

 Here are two scrap quilts made from a shirting scrap bag.  Deanna always stops by the factory outlet store when she is in Monterey and offered to pick up scrap bags for our mini group.  Three of us took her up on her offer and gave her $20 dollars.  She came back with 3 bags full of mens shirt scraps.
Isn't it amazing how wonderful these lap quilts came out.  Just in time for gifts to some coworkers who are retiring soon.  There is still a lot of scraps left over.  They are very high quality cottons that almost feel like silk.  I really haven't done much quilting on these.  I used an Aurifil 12 wt white thread for the top and used my walking foot to keep the stitches from puckering.

David is one of my coworkers who is retiring at the end of this month.  He will have 40 years working for the post office.  This material is perfect, because he won't have to wear his dress shirts and ties anymore.  We are planning a pot luck lunch with gifts.  I was planning to bring some Sharpie marking pens, but I think I'll ask him if he wants his quilt without everyone writing all over it.  There is a poster size picture we made with his picture that we are writing all over.

Thank you Deanna for getting the scrap bag for me.  I can think of at least three more coworkers who are planning to retire soon.  They keep talking about it, but are holding out for an incentive from the USPS.  I'm glad I have the resources to make these small gifts.  Now I have to sit back and see who the second quilt will go to.  Loreice..Gary...Sonny...Ed..Rana..

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rice Bag Challenge

 These are photos of the window of Kaimuki Dry Goods on Oahu, Hawaii.  It is my favorite fabric shop, when I visit Hawaii.  They have a great selection of hawaiian, japanese and quilting fabric.  Carol took these pictures to show the window display.  There is a table runner...
 An Apron, a bag, a window quilt...
 my Plantation quilt
and this lovely dress.  I like this short dress with the rick rack and pleats.  I don't know who won the sewing machine, but challenges are always fun to see what your creativity will come up with.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Bath Mat

 I made a bath mat for Midori.  I used a regular towel, folded it in half and then used the walking foot to sew around the edges and into the middle.

It was simple, easy to make and it felt good to recycle an old towel.

Here is a mat that my Aunt Helen made.  It is simple, not so easy to make and uses recycle fabric on a towel.  What a colorful inspiration.  To give the mat depth, she folded squares of fabric into prairie points and sewed them down starting from the edge of the mat to the middle.  This mat was well used, well taken care of and lasted at least 20 years.  Yes. at least.  I'm sure it was washed many times, but you don't see any unraveling.  The mat I made probably wont last a year.  Something made well will give you such pleasure in its simplicity and longevity.  Hopefully, one day I'll have the time to make a bath mat like Helens.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


 The royal blue silk dupioni is at least 40 to 50 years old.  My father bought this silk when he was in the Air Force and traveled all over the world.  I'm not sure where he bought it Japan..India..Indonesia.  It works beautifully as a border for the hexagon.  I auditioned other colors, but this just popped and made the other silks really shine.
 The dragon came from a Dover clip art.  Ellen told me about it and encouraged me to sign up for the weekly email of free clip art.  Each week, I would look through the selections and save the ones I liked into an excel spreadsheet.  This dragon clip art was actually only 3 inches long and it was holding a flower in its talons.  I used the excel picture tools to crop the dragon.  I measured the border at 10 inches by 15 inches.  Since 1 sheet of paper is 8 x 11, I expanded the dragon to cover 3 sheets of paper.  These were printed out in black and white and pinned onto the border.
I used a gold thread from Superior as the top thread with a size 90/14 needle.  I free motion quilted the dragon using the printed paper.  My mistake is using the regular copy paper.  I should have used either a tissue paper or light interfacing.  As I tried to pull off the paper, it was too heavy and strong and lifted the gold threads.

One of my favorite books is Dragonsong by Anne MacCaffrey.  A quote from her book is "When thread falls, dragons fly".  Thread had a different meaning in the book, but I just love the thought of the dragon flying around the edge of the quilt looking for loose threads to singe.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Phoenix border

 This is the phoenix border that I am quilting on the silk quilt.  I am using a 100 wt silk thread from YLI and a 50 wt Gutterman cotton thread.
 Have you guessed how this is quilted?  The silk thread is in the bobbin and the cotton thread is on the top.  I free motion quilted the lines and the phoenix birds from the back of the quilt.  To prepare for this, I hand basted the edges of the quilt and used a red thread to baste around the hexagon middle.  The red thread helped me to define when to stop.  There were some instances when I continued the phoenix into the hexagon because I didn't want to just cut it off.  I have decided to hand quilt the inner hexagon.  After seeing Joan's beautiful hand quilting, I thought that would be the best way to quilt the beautiful silks.
This is the end of the bolt of cotton yukata that I used for the back of the quilt.  Yes, I think this is an indigo blue stencil.  There is a repeat that I haven't figured out.  I washed it and ironed it.  I don't know how old the fabric is, but the washing could not remove all of the brown spots.  Still, I thought it was better to use it than to let it sit for more years.  .Luckily, I had enough to cover the whole back of the quilt, since it was only 14 inches wide.  You'll see why I was so happy to choose this phoenix fabric when you see the next post.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Red and White dolls

 Here are some pictures of the Japanese Red and White dolls.  A friend of ours gave us these two dolls about ten years ago.
 Here is a back view
 Here is a side view.
The beautiful silk brocades in this new quilt came from my friend who made the dolls. She carefully kept all the scraps of the silk that were used to make dolls.  Her collection of dolls is awesome.  Her collection of scraps were more awesome.  To me anyway.  There were so many fabrics with gold thread in them.  I have never seen these types of silks for sale, but I'm sure they are very expensive.  I'm very fortunate to have these beautiful fabrics.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rice Bag Challenge

This is a 100 pound rice bag.  A local quilt shop in Hawaii made a challenge to use these rice bags in a quilt or garment.  Carol sent me two of these rice bags so I could compete in the challenge.  Since I had just finished the indigo workshop, I decided to dye one rice bag in indigo and keep the other as a white with the lettering.  

 This is how the challenge quilt came out.  Do you recognize the stencil from the John Marshall workshop.  The stencil is of a plantation worker with a brown staff and a hat and gloves. I was hoping to better match the lettering and white graphics with the indigo blue graphics.  That didn't work out.  Even though I put the placement on the design wall.  When it came to sewing the blocks together, they got all jumbled.  It started out as a log cabin furrows, but it looks like she is in jail.  In a way, it fits that plantation workers had to work long hours, in the hot sun with very little pay.
 This is the label on the back of the quilt.  It is made from one of the leftover blocks written with a sharpie fine tip pen.  The name is "Obachan" which is japanese for grandmother.  I named it after my grandmother who worked in the Waialua Sugar Plantation.  I don't think rice was ever grown in Hawaii, but the state was built from the Sugar and Pineapple plantations.

 This is a closeup of the quilt.  I used the stencil that I bought from the Santa Rosa quilt show to pounce chalk on the blue indigo.  That gave me a wave pattern to quilt.  I used the Blue Aurifil 12 weight thread as the quilting thread.  From far away, you don't see the quilting or even the indigoed rice bag.  Up close, you can see the that the blue is made from a rice bag.  Cool.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hula Girl Bag

 Hula Girl bag is done.  Doris needed a new wheelchair bag.  You can see the holes and the rips in the old bag at the bottom of this post.  This fabric is called Hawaiin bark cloth. It is used a lot in upholstery, so it should be fairly strong and durable.  I cut out a hula girl motif and interfaced and topstitched her on.
 This is the back of the bag.  It worked out really well having the buttons on the side that does not show.  There were no ripped buttons or ripped fabric like the first bag I made.
This is the bag that I had to replace.  The topstitching on the demure hula girl was starting to come apart at the right edge.  There were tiny holes becoming visible in the merimekko fabric.  I think this is more from washing.
This is the inside of the bag and the reason why I decided to make a new bag.  She just ripped this fabric to shreds.  I love putting a pretty print on the inside of the bag.  The new bag has a light purple japanese geta or wooden shoes fabric.  I think Doris will get a good kick out of it.  Its always fun when the inside looks just as interesting as the outside.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

On the design wall

This is what I am working on.   These are all silk fabric scraps.  I have been cutting silks for about a week now. Luckily, I have about another hundred fabrics to cut into triangles.  From each fabric, I cut three pieces and try to short them in to categories. So far the categories are white, dark, red, yellows, etc.

At first I tried putting them on my design wall, a tablecloth pinned on the wall.  The silks would not adhere to the wall.  Then I placed a sheet on the bed and used that as my design wall.  Taking a picture of it really allows you to see the separations of the light and dark.
There are problems with silk that I have been pondering, but haven't made a decision yet.  Should I put on an interface backing.  Some of the silks are very flimsy and sheer.  Should I hand piece them?  
I still have a long way to go.  But it is taking shape.  Now back to cutting more triangles.