Sunday, August 28, 2011


I recently won a giveaway for my participation in the Hand 2 Help charity quiltalong.  It took me a while to realize I hadn't sent Caroline at Wondrous Woven Fabrics my address.  Once I did, she got this jelly roll to me quickly.  It is Warm Memories by Kansas Troubles for Moda.  As I have said before, I do love anything designed by Kansas Troubles.  I am a sucker for their palette.  These will work perfectly with Perennials on that quilt I have started.  Now, I can make it even bigger.  I may actually get a bed sized quilt out of this.  That would be a first.  I love lap quilts, so that is what I make for bigger quilts, usually. I am very excited about winning this.
I am also working on my Lautrec block.  I strip pieced all the yellow pieces together.

I am very excited that they all work so well.  I think I am going to cut into this and sew it back together in to make still newer fabric.  The netting in the yellow/gold tutu in the photo is quite rumpled and I want to get more of that effect without going three dimensional.  The next thing I worked on was the top of the dress and the torso, which we see from the back.  Her arm is bent at the elbow.  It is hard to really tell what it is in this photo.

In the painting, the skin tone is very mottled with greys, yellows, pinks, and greens.  I found this batik that works perfectly.  My next step is to put the head on the torso.  I think I am going to have to applique the hair because it is just too complicated for me to figure out how to piece.  Maybe someday I will be that good, but for now I will settle on the easy way.  I also need to piece the yellow tutu to the blue skirt.  It is coming along, but it is slow.
I have many projects going right now, and my studio time is about to be cut in half.  Beginning tomorrow, I will be with Bella three days a week again.  My daughter is a drama teacher, and her school year begins tomorrow.  I am looking forward spending quality time with just the two of us again.  It is wonderful being a grandmother, and I am very blessed that I am able to be so close to Bella.  I am also blessed that she loves fabric and creating small quilts on her own design board.  I am going to teach her to use the machine after Christmas, when she is 3 1/2.  Maybe sooner if she shows more interest.  I know she wants to make quilts for her dolls.
I will be cutting down on my blogging posts as well, probably.  Hopefully, I will get things done and have more to share soon.  In the meantime -
Joyfull quilting, everyone.


Snoodles said...

Wow, Miki, that is looking awesome. I think when you cut into it again it will have the look of that tutu, for sure! I'm impressed by your work, but not exactly sure that the project is something I am ready for! I do have a recall you had a project with a circular pieced portion, and you were going to teach it (I think to a guild group?). What was that technique called? I can't find it in your older posts, and I would like to look at it again. Have fun with Bella!

Sarah Craig said...

So glad to see you got your fabric from Cathy quickly! She's great about fast shipping!! And I love your yellow piece - can't wait to see the finished project. Enjoy Bella - if she's anything like LIlli, she'll be dying to sew at least in short spurts, soon!!

Anna said...

The block is looking so good! Love the many yellows!