Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Looking back...Spring 2015

Bits and pieces from Calico Quilter's garden, Spring 2015. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Looking out the front door
This is what we woke up to on New Year's Eve day at Paz Casita in Temecula, California.  Normally the weather here is warm and windy in the afternoons, mostly always blue skies and sunshine; never, or rarely does it snow, and yet... 

Poolside; see the snowy palm trees
My little garden area

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I doodle.  I like to doodle and then glue things together, like in the picture below.  I will put my doodles to canvas; one day, perhaps.  Until then, it's just hodge podge fun stuff.

I like Ollas; variations on a theme

 An olla is an unglazed clay pot.

It's me; the Temecula years

Christine; the Temecula years
This little doodle person is me.  She's been with me for years, but here she is in more recent years.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wearable Art in the works; beginnings

The Moon, the Sun, and Earth Mama
Here's a doodle of mine.  Colored pencils, black Sharpie ink pen on a flour sack dishcloth.  The square in this drawing measures one inch, putting scale into perspective.  I have been wanting to create wearable art, artsy pieces, etc.  Drawings on fabric, to be cut and sewn into garments?  This has been done before.  I know I can do this, too; however, definitely must concentrate on scale, as a one-inch drawing won't do.  Enlarge, enlarge, enlarge!!!  Design and pattern selection will follow when my "to do" list is achieved.
To do:
1.  Think large, Christine
2.  Visit Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster, CA
3.  Experiment with various organic fabrics, fabric paints, ink, etc.

Here's another recent one of mine.  Initially, I drew the round face using Adobe Illustrator...the circle, the eyes, the lips, coloration.  Trying to adhere image to fabric, using iron-on sheet, was a huge failure, an icky, peely failure.  Did I not follow the directions?  (I did not.)  In a moment of artsy frenzy I got out my Sharpie and colored pencils and began to doodle.  I don't know why my drawings come out so other-worldly weird.  Once doodled upon, I took a picture and loaded it onto PhotoSuite; hence, I was able to add the mirage image that pools around the bottom of the drawing.  I love the effect. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pojagi - Cover Cloth

Here is a simplified version of pojagi.  Per Wikipedia, pojagi or bo for short (also bojagi or bojaki) is defined as a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Pojagi are square and can be made from a variety of materials, though silk is common. More commonly, a pojagi patchwork pattern would be comprised of small rectangle, triangle and square pieces of fabric pieced together to form a geometric design.  Besides silk, the fabrics of choice include ramie or hemp.  In the Korean tradition, pojagi are pieced together using tiny hand stitches; they may also be machine pieced, in which case a flat felled seam is appropriate. In any case, raw edges of each seam should be encased for a double-sided finish. Pojagi have many uses, including as gift wrapping, in weddings, and in Buddhist rites. Mine is a simple four-patch square, yellow and deep magenta, surrounded by a royal blue border, finished with a lime green tie.  I tried to use colors in keeping with a Korean color palette.  Made of 100% cotton, I will use this as a food covering cloth. If interested, simply search the word "pojagi" on the Internet, where there are articles and tutorials that can guide you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pincushion delight...

A pincushion made from a spare quilt block that had turned out slightly bigger than the rest from my Mrs. Lincoln quilt project.  Finished pincushion measures about 5" square.  The lime green ribbon and wood bead trim is delightful.

And here's a tiny pyramid polka dot pincushion, which measures a little over 2" square.  See the monkey print at the bottom?  So cute!  The loop is probably too big for this little pincushion, but it's functional so I didn't make adjustments.  A great way to use up those bits and pieces from my fabric stash.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Why do I quilt?

The quilt I made for my sis
The quilt pictured is one that I made for this sis of mine; I call it Lemon Meringue/Key Lime Pie because the colors are that delicious.  The picture was taken before hand quilting was applied, stitch by stitch, to sandwich the quilt top to the backing fabric, the old-fashioned way.  Visiting my sis, she once commented out of the blue, "Think of the money spent on all that fabric you have stashed away."  My fabric stash?  How could someone who does not quilt or sew possibly understand?  There are lots of us out there, you know, I mean...quilters with stashes of fabric.  There's a good reason to have fabric on hand; this quilt, for example.

Mrs. Lincoln Sampler Quilt, 5" squares...oh my!

One year ago I started this sampler quilt...
Back on Christine's work board
Preparing block #5
There's been a resurgence of interest in needle-turned applique, the old-fashioned way to applique, and I'm on board.  This is something that I love to do!  In addition to working on my Hawaiian quilt projects, I've pulled out this Mrs. Lincoln sampler quilt that I started a while ago.  This quilt is made up of 5 inch squares; some blocks are pieced and some are hand appliqued.  I counted and there are a total of 48 squares; 4 almost 5 done and many more to go.  It may have to go on the back burner again, as there are other things that may take precedence from time to time, but this one will get done.  I promise myself!

Hawaiian Quilting; it's a passion of mine

Laua'e, back view

Ipu design
This Calico Quilter has a bunch of projects going on.  Here are three examples of what's on my current work board, of the Hawaiian quilting variety.  I have been working on this laua'e leaf pattern, done in lavender calico prints, for a few years now.  The reverse side shows off the hand quilting which I have dallied with.  It's a project I'd work on and then set aside, and then go back to it again.  Almost done and then it will be made into a pillow, approximately 20" square.  I enjoy everything about Hawaiian quilting.  My newest project is the ipu (gourd) pattern, from the Hawaiian Quilt book by Poakalani and John Serrao.  This pattern is now cut out and ready to baste onto a backing fabric.