Friday, February 27, 2009
I've been sick with the flu this week and laying in bed feeling sorry for yourself leads to some serious thinking time...my mind went lots of places and when I felt good enough to sit behind a sewing machine my idea for this challenge materialized.
I made this little quilt, 'Building Peace' for the Illuminated Phrase Challenge a few months ago. Mine is more like an illuminated statement. The quote I chose to illustrate was this one:
"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”
John F. Kennedy
I had dinner with a friend from Houston a week ago. She had just attended her son's homecoming ceremony in Colorado a few days before our dinner. He had served in Iraq for almost a year. While she was proud and so happy he was home, the concern for him, about what he had experienced, and how he might be affected was evident in her face and peeked through her words. I made this second quilt for Owen. It's called 'Coming Home'. It's full of symbolism and messages in the piecing and quilting, but I will leave that to you to interpret.
While I was sewing this quilt I started thinking of my brother-in-law who was in Iraq for 2 tours as an army surgeon. He was in the first push into Baghdad. His wife generously shared letters and emails that he wrote during his tours. I remember talking with him after he returned and he shared how difficult it was to operate and patch men together, conrades and combatants on tables right next to each other. He told me one day he had just saved the life of an insurgent and he pulled one of the field commanders aside and told him to do his job right next time. In other words, he would have rather had the man dead than have had to save his life. He told me he had never seen pure evil before. It was heartwrenching to listen to him talk. It was rare that he did. He is a changed man.
This last quilt is for him. I call it 'Healing'.
I hope you will forgive me the touch of gray...it was the perfect addition to give the feeling I was going for. Both quilts are made from the scraps from the first little quilt. (there was a LOT of waste in the cutting of that quilt!)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I have another Black/White top to work on as well, that is from a UFO over 2 years ago. I'll pick it up next!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I got my Fons & Porter magazine yesterday, on the second page was this advertisment!
There are at least 2 other advertisements for black & white fabrics...
I've said it before, but we must be ahead of the curve. :o)
I officially want some of that black & yellow - yellow being my 1 color... (Oh & I am going to cut some yellow after I post this.)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Growing Pains ~ my black and white and green quilt is finished ~ you can see the pictures here.
It was quilted by Chris Ballard (she used lime green thread and an amazing panto named "Shiva")
Next one is partially cut out ~ will share when there is something worthwhile to see!
Friday, February 20, 2009
I was soooo tempted to get the black & white minky - but the sticker shock saved me.
(Hopefully I do not indulge on black & whites too much next weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show.)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have created a Flickr group for all of you to post your pictures. Part of the reason for this is I am still getting requests to join the group and the blog only allows 100 people to post. I thought this would be a great way for others to join in on the challenge. So go here to join!
I have also added a link in the sidebar.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
i've chosen my extra colour which will be blue and i know what blocks i'm going to make, but i haven't worked out how to upload photos to blogger... help! can somebody contact me and tell me how to do it please - i'm used to using typepad and i'm being completely blogger incompetent!
thanks in advance,
aha!!! it wasn't ME being incompetent - it was my COMPUTER!!! my firewall was blocking everything! here are the first couple of blocks i've made.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
My quilt top for the Black an white Quilt challenge is finished and I am so happy.
It is going to be a sofaquilt and I plan to send it away to be quilted. I feel a lot safer leaving the quilting to someone pro, Quilt'n Arendal. I am thinking about having fleece as backing , what do you think?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I left the photo a bit larger than normal, hopefully, you will be able to see the fabric color well.
Now, I have to decide on a pattern!!!
Posted by Paula
Monday, February 9, 2009
So I got this fantastic striped fabric, onsale last month. I am using this to make a literal ton of HST's for a border. I made over 150 of these only to find that it was not quite enough.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
In a comment on my own blog, Anne asked me what the block is called. I would call it a double four patch. Here is a closeup of one block so you can see the placement of the patches.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Okay ... I know . . . it's that old black and white with red again . . . I cannot help it, IT IS my FAVORITE! So these are just some hearts that I paper-pieced for a friend. I hope she will enjoy the colors as I do!
Well . . . these strips represent an attempt (at least) to break away from the black and white with red . . . I hope I will enjoy the finish as much as I do my favorite. Stay tuned . . . teeheehee!
UPDATE: PROGRESS ON THAT BLACK/WHITE plus BLUE . . . I have no idea what the end will be, but I like what's happening so far . . .
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I have finished my first Black and White challenge, it is quilted and ready to hang up or go in the cupboard ;-) I don`t have much empty wallplace.
I did free motion quilting in the big tree section and way lines at the black and white sections.
I have enjoy to work at this piece, and will properly make one or two more.