Borrowing color from a floral arrangement

When in Vegas, I never miss a chance to visit the Bellagio resort, as I can always count on a feast for the eyes. This floral arrangement caught me eye, and has been a great source for creating color palettes: Purple and orange seem like unlikely friends at first. Many years ago, my husband and I purchased a new condo, so we had the pleasure … Continue reading Borrowing color from a floral arrangement

Drawing Mandalas on my iPad

When does a series become an obsession? I have discovered the symmetry tools available in Procreate for the iPad, and can’t quit playing with them! This “drawing assist” repeats the line as you draw, allowing you to immediately see the shapes and patterns formed by the symmetrical option chosen. Most of these were drawn using radial symmetry, though a few were quadrant symmetry. I’m calling … Continue reading Drawing Mandalas on my iPad

Plan a quilt edge to edge

The hardest part of piecing this quilt was the black border. Note to self: draft patterns for the whole quilt, not just the fun part. In retrospect, it would have been easier to construct this differently than I did, bit it’s whole now! Now on to the finishing… basting the quilt sandwich isn’t my favorite part: Now for the quilt wrestling: I quilt on a … Continue reading Plan a quilt edge to edge

Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo took over our local convention center for the last several days, bringing several curated quilt exhibits. I saw so many quilts with techniques that I want to remember! “Separated” – a quit by Valerie Luberecki. It was included in the exhibit “Best of QuiltCon 2019” from the Modern Quilt Guild. There’s quite an impact here with just piecing—starting with … Continue reading Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

Tackling a quilt with problems

Next up in my quest to finish the unfinished. The middle block is too puffy, and it needs another border, which must be added carefully as there is very little black fabric at the corners. Oh 2012-Christine, why did you trim that so tightly? I started piecing this quilt more than 5 years ago. I think the problems that needed to be addressed kept me … Continue reading Tackling a quilt with problems

The quest to quilt the unquilted

I’ve been creating quilt tops for about 15 years. Some of those tops became finished quilts – usually when I wanted to give a gift, like a baby quilt. Many quilt tops languished on my shelves, mostly because I wasn’t confident that I had the skills to finish, and I didn’t want to ruin what I had created. Earlier this year, I decided it was … Continue reading The quest to quilt the unquilted

How “Speak Now” Came to Be

Working in my sketchbook in early 2012, I wrote the following cranky sentence across the page as a starting point: Thought I was buying a set of black markers presumably of different stroke sizes. Clearly, this is working out differently than planned. I had recently seen a magazine article that exposed me to the basics of Zentangle drawing, where one divides space into sections and … Continue reading How “Speak Now” Came to Be