My Sister Loves Elephants

My sister, Claudia, loves elephants the way I love giraffes.  I would have to say her house is as full of elephants as mine is of giraffes.

So a couple years ago I came across a pattern of four intertwined elephants.  They look like they are following one another around a pole.  The beginning of the block is actually, in the quilters world, called a snails trail.QUILTS 005

From the very center of four 1 1/2″ squares it continues on with the beginning of the trunks.  Can you see the elephants heads beginning to take shape?  The pink one is a little more visible than the other one.

 

 

 

So here is the whole quilt.QUILTS 002  It actually only measures about 27″ x 27″ and she has it proudly on display in her living room.  She tells me it’s her favorite, but then, so I am (her favorite).  But that’s easy to say since I’m her only sister.

 

 

 

 

I had some fun QUILTS 004quilting elephants in the borders.  You have to look closely to see them since I used the same color thread as the fabric.   The corner blocks are a repeat of the beginning trunks.

Cool huh?

Quilting detial of elephants

 

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Road to California is a Quilters’ Conference and Showcase of over 300 judged quilts from all over the United States.  It is held in Ontario, California every year at the end of January.  They have amazing quilt classes taught by the best teachers   from all over the nation as well.

So back in October I pondered if I should enter the quilt “Stars To Light Your Way” I had made for Aaron and Vanessa, and had just given to them.  Keep in mind it was a wedding present and they got married May 5, 2012.  So it was only one and half years late.  I had entered another quilt one other year and was rejected.  So my pride was still stinging a little, but lots of my colleagues had entered over the years and even the best gets rejected.  So I figured, “What the heck; give it a shot.”  I was so shocked when I received a congratulations email stating that my entry had been accepted.  They stated that “We pride ourselves on selecting from the highest quality entries for our Showcase.”

Here I am standing in front of the quilt on display at the show.

Kay standing with her quilt at Road to California

Kay standing with her quilt at Road to California

So, Aaron and Vanessa will get the quilt next week and I promise not to take it back again.

Tigger

In 2010 Rich and I drove over 750 miles to visit my brother Danny and his wife Noemi, and daughter Kareli.  We wanted to spend Thanksgiving with them and I thought it would be fun to drive out there.  It was a nice long drive and we saw some amazing sunsets in the desert. Rearview Mirror

This one I took a picture of the side mirror with the reflection of the amazing sunset.  I probably took 25 picturs of the sunset, and yes they all look pretty much this same.  This one really is my favorite.

My brother and his wife and daughter have four dogs.  Yes, you heard me correctly, four dogs.  If it was up to Kareli they would have more.  This girl loves dogs.

Th Gang and KayThis is the whole gang including the four dogs, plus yours truly on the left.  Tigger is the one sitting on Kareli’s lap and I really just fell in love with this dog.  I would have brought him home but no one would let me.  But I did manage to get some close up pictures of him.

From one of those pictures I decided to make a fabric quilt postcard.  There was over 1500 donated pet-themed fabric postcards sold.

Here is the postcard which I donated to the Houston International Quilt Festival that was held this past year.   All proceeds benefited the  Friends For Life, a no-kill animal shelter in Houston.

TiggerI’m thinking about making another one of him, but maybe a little bit larger scale.  He was looking at me thinking I was going to give him a doggie bisket.  Yes, I did give him one.  What a sweetie.

Feeling The Jazz

Mu husband Rich plays the trumpet, flugelhorn, and guitar.  Yes, he is a very talented man.  He also loves to cook, which is great for me because I really do not cook, except out of a box.  Sad, I know.

But I do love to sew and create in several different mediums.  One of those mediums is fibers.  Thus, the art quilt.  An art quilt is by definition three layers stitched together with thread.  So you have your top which is usually a design of some sort, batting and a backing.  You have seen several of these art quilts of mine.  The latest is from a Jazz challenge from the quilting quild I am a member of.  The challenge goes out to create a wall quilt, aka art quilt, with the theme of Jazz.  It has to be your original creation (no copying from anything else), and has to be 14″ X 14″ sqaure.  It was a fun challenge.  Now on to the next one.  Stay tuned.Feeling the Jazz

 

My Prodigy

I love teaching.  I get so excited to share my crafts, skills, talents; whatever you want to call it.  I have taught several classes to women and children about fabric postcards.  I’ve taught several other classes as well, but recently I had to privilege to teach a seven year young lady how to make a quilt for her American Girl doll.  The thing about this adorable little girl was she was so excited to learn how to sew, and how to make quilts.  She even said later to her Mom that she would like to someday make quilts for sick people to make them feel better.  Can you see my heart melting?

Emma with her first block

So I pack up all my sewing stuff and head over to Emma’s house.  She wanted a pink and white quilt for her doll.  I had an assortment of pinks and whites, all cut into 2-1/2″ lengths.  I took my tools and my feather weight singer sewing machine.  She was so excited to get to work.  I had her pick which fabrics she wanted.  Here she is with some of the blocks put together and she is arranging them on the design board.

One of the things she really enjoyed was just sewing the fabrics together on the sewing machine.  And for being her first time and being only seven years old she learned fast and did an amazing job.  She was so focused on that 1/4″ seam that, of course, I was very insistent about.

Sewing the blocks

I am so proud of her and her first quilt.  Way to go Emma.  Now she wants to make a blue one for her other doll.  I can hardly wait to continue the lessons.

Finished quilt

Memory Quilt

Jean Chapman (2)

 

I had the priviledge to know and be personal friends with Jean Chapman.  She was an artist, a really good artist.  She liked to paint, and draw, and collect, and share her talents.  She was also my greatest fan.  I loved showing her what I had made, or was working on.  She always liked it and lavished me with praise.  Who wouldn’t love that kind of encouragement.

Jean passed away last year.  She was 95 years old.  I really miss her so much.  I am also close friends with her son, Ed, and his wife Edie.  So Edie ask me a couple months ago if I would make a quilt out of Jean’s clothes.  She wanted a lap quilt for each of Jean’s daughters and wanted to give it to them for Christmas.  I, of course, said yes.  There’s not much I wouldn’t do for Ed and Edie.  When I received the bag of clothing I went through them and cried.  She had worn these clothes and they were so Jean.  The fabric were silks, polyesters, rayons, linens, none of which we use for quilts.  But I was determined to make it work.  So I bought fusible interfacing and got to work.  I cut all the clothing apart and took off all the buttons.  I cut everything I could into 6-1/2″ squares, fused the interfacing and starting arranging them on my design wall.  I did have one large 12-1/2″ square in each of the quilts.  And here is the finished quilt.  It is a labor of love and memories of a wonderful lady.

Jeans Quilt 2013

 

I’m Back

That's a lot of stars

That’s a lot of stars

I haven’t blogged for awhile, but I’m back.  So what, you are asking, have I been up to? Well, for one I finished the quilt for Aaron and Vanessa.  I named it, “Stars to Light Your Way.”  I finished it by the hair my chinny chin chin in time to submit it to the San Diego Quilt Show the first of September.  I was so excited to have finished it.  I gave it to them and they were enjoying it, not knowing that I entered into a judged show, “Road to California”.  Well, I got into the show, which is not an easy thing to do.  Yes, they had to return it to me because now I have to send it to the show.  The show is in Ontario, California, the last week of January.  One of these days they will finally get it to keep.  But they are excited for me and they are being really nice about it.