Happy Valentines!!!

 

This is my current small project….a quilted mug rug featuring a free motion quilted heart.

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It started out as a doodle that I drew while listening to the sermon at Church on Sunday.  When I got home, I headed up to the studio, made a sandwich and started stitching……IMG_1068

Afterward, I decided that it needed some color so did a wash with some Set-A-Color paints……

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The photo  at the top was taken while the paint was still wet but it has now dried to a lighter pink and looks great.  The next step will be to quilt some straight lines into the background and get it bound.

The first of my “play” times for this year!!!

February’s Quilt

Every so often I like to show the quilt that is currently hanging in my entryway.   Most Februarys I use a quilt that my mother made many years ago, but this year I decided to dig a bit deeper and see what I could find, and this is what showed up…..

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This quilt was a result of a color challenge for my guild in June of 2000.   We each picked an envelope that had a poem about one color and, as you can see my color was

RED.

At the time my son was really into op-art designs so this one just captured my imagination.  It was relatively easy to do as I followed a pattern.  My addition to the quilt was the outside border that used leftovers from my center piece.

When I got ready to make the back, I was out of time and didn’t have one piece of fabric that was big enough, so I started throwing together two  fabrics, sewing them together, cutting them apart again and then re-sewing.  _2221669

What I discovered is that this is not as easy as it appears!!!  Although I do like the way it turned out!!

My final step was picking a name……. “I’m Seeing Red” seemed appropriate.

This was one of the first quilts that was every judged in a show and I laughed  when I read her comment that “there was too much movement with no place for the eye to rest”.  What I wanted to shout was….”OF COURSE THERE IS MOVEMENT…..it is a Op-Art Quilt!!!!

Happy Valentines Day

 

Well, it is almost too late to post this, but I do want to wish all of you a Happy Valentines Day and to share my February decorating.

_2123970 This quilt is another one that my Mother made about 15 years ago.  It has her typical beautiful hand quilting!!

And, yes, that fresh faced couple in the photo are my husband (Michael) and myself, almost 33 years ago!!  My how time flies when you are having fun!!!