Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Water Lily Progress

No work has taken place due to the beginning of school and teaching a new course in Aug. But, Before that I did a little more including lay out some fabric to audition borders. Here it is! I can't wait to get back to it!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Son to college today

Well, he packed a few clothes and notebooks and things and headed off to college....just down the street. We helped him get things arranged (slightly) in the room and met his roommate and parents. I am sure they will have more success in arranging things now that moms are out of the picture!Next few days are "Welcome Week" activities and orientation and classes begin Wed. I think he will like it. Hope he will study. Sure we will see him often :)

The Water Lily has had to take a back seat to all the college prep. and first week of classes planning. But, before that...a little more work was done and some auditioning fabric for borders. Too bad cannot have it done in time for the quilt show! The photo above are fabric swatches...more gifts from the family in Japan who hosted our daughter in the Sister City exchange. I must come up with a good plan for them.Right clue!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Japanese Fans

These are more gifts from my daughter's trip to Japan. They are fabric fans about 8 inches in size. Pretty Neat!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Quilting & Sewing gifts from Japan

These are about 4 & 1/2 inches square, flat like a coaster. Hand sewn.

These are the generous gifts from the host family and neighbors to Jasmine on her recent trip. Way cool! I have 2 more items to post in the next few days too!
Now, I must think of a good plan with them and prepare gifts for the Japanese delegation coming in Sept/Oct.

Water Lily takes shape

This is tooooo much fun! I ration my time working on it every few days AFTER other real life work is done (grading papers, teaching classes online, cooking dinner :)
It is coming along great!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The waterlily continues......

Oh how I love this type of quilting! It is a process oriented procedure to make the art quilt using Ruth McDowell's techniques. It's like designing each step of the way...the pattern, fabric selection digging through vast stash & scraps, auditioning choices, precise and tediously piecing (but a fun challenge) and each piece is different. No 2 pattern pieces are the same. FUN! I can't wait to find out if I can design my own pattern from some picture I have been taking of flora. But for now, I will finish this. I want to add a pieced border that will compliment the look...we''l see. Right now the challenge is getting the right "look" with the color of the water lily flower. This is tough :)