Friday, April 12, 2013

Big changes and little quilts

 
I recently finished this 9" x 12" quilt for a Craftsy class with Gloria Loughman.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.  Selecting the fabrics was a challenge, since I only wanted to use what I had on hand.  The process for making this quilt was quite complex for me, but worth it in the long run.  I can definitely recommend this Linear Landscapes class if you want to make a landscape quilt and if you are a Gloria Loughman fan.  Included in the class is a template for making a landscape, but she also includes ideas about how to create your own template from a photograph or out of your head.  I used a photo from a hike Tom and I took on Kauai several years ago.  The mountain in the background is named after Queen Victoria and really looks like her profile in person. I have painted this picture, and now I have quilted it. I like the quilt best.
As for the big changes, Bella has a new little sister, Hadley Elizabeth, born on March 28.  We also have a new little grandson, Ulysse, born on March 30 in Nantes, France.  Tom will be heading over to meet him in a few weeks.  That brings me to another big change.  I have joined the work force!  With Bella in pre-school part of the day on four days, I found myself with time to go out and earn some much needed money.  I am working as an assistant to a real estate appraiser.  It is a steep learning curve, but I find it very interesting and rewarding.  I still have Bella all day on Wednesday, and we go to our ballet classes in the morning, then spend the rest of the day in the studio making new and wonderful creations.
I have all the rows for the Criss Cross quilt put together.
 
I can see there are going to be some challenges sewing them all together.  I have to take the first two rows apart and try and address the problems.  Right now, I am just enjoying the rows on the design wall.  It has a lot of energy and I really want to keep that with my design fixes.  This will take some time and thought.  I also have several quilts I need to make, the round robin to stretch my skills, and at least four more AAQI quilts to make.  It looks like I will be a very busy woman for a while.  This makes me happy.
Until next time, joyful quilting, everyone.
 

10 comments:

QuiltSwissy said...

Love that landscape. I think I have to take a look at her class. thanks for recommending.

Love your blue quilt, but had to chuckle at that edge! LOL.

Makes me feel like I fit right in there!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Great landscape - I really need to look into the Craftsy classes - I am a member. And the scrappy blue is intriquing - maybe a skinny border inbetween rows so you are not fighting all those seams - and to give some stability. Congrats on the new grandies, too!

sheila 77 said...

I really like your landscape quilt, you have made a pretty wonderful miniquilt here and I like that you have made it from your own photo

Sandy H said...

Well, dang. One of the few Craftsy quilt classes I don't already own and now you went all tempty on me. That's a wonderful landscape quilt. I have some photos from a trip to Hawaii a few years back that I took thinking, "That'll make a great quilt some day!" But no, I must finish some of my other Craftsy classes first before I let myself buy another one!

Venus de Hilo said...

Lovely landscape quilt, Miki. Gloria's work is so inspiring, although I've done nothing more than daydream over the images in her books. I, too, have a couple of online classes (and homework) still unfinished. Your new work does sound interesting. Congrats on the new family ones, too!

Kitchener Quilter said...

Love love love that criss cross quilt. It has such movement. I like the stripey blue thing with the red bits. If I could suggest something, maybe you could move those two columns from the left over to the right side. I'm thinking they stretch quite a bit, and you could probably make them work better over on the other side, with the short length on the outside and stretch it into shape. And maybe a "stay" strip on the back would stabilize it. Or they might work in the middle somewhere. I see your challenge, though, and I'm sure you could work it out.

Sarah Craig said...

Congratulations on those new grandbabies!! I know Bella must be over the moon... And congrats on the job - sounds like fun!

Love the quilt, by the way - both the little one and the big one. Lots of movement in that large quilt even now!

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful landscape, Miki! Also love your "criss cross" quilt. Congratulations on you new job. I hope you'll still have time to come to Rebels and show us your great works.

roccagal said...

your quilts are just crazy AWESOME! I am such a fan!!!
Funny enough you were in my group in the wonky house swap and I have your red strippy house with the squares trees out front!
I was very excited when you came on board!

beth said...

Mmmm...Love your criss cross quilt! What a beauty!