This is Boo. She was the much loved little dog to Shirlee Betty, a co-worker of Rich in Los Angeles. Shirlee ask me to do this art quilt of Boo as a birthday present to her husband. I sure hope he likes it. She really loved it.
It was fun doing this. I felt like I almost knew her after spending almost three months making her coat, ears, eyes, month and nose. She had to have been loved so much.
On the label I put this verse. “If our love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” I think every pet owner feels this way about their furry family member.
Who is Charlie? Well, Charlie is Aaron and Vanessa’s chocolate lab.
That’s him on the left of the two dogs. Oh, and that’s Aaron and Vanessa during an engagement photo shoot. Charlie is a very sweet dog, but a bit goofy and clumsy.
He was pretty much King Pin for the first three or four years of his life, but about a year after Aaron and Vanessa got married, along came Ezekiel. And then he was not.
Ezekiel was the center of attention and Charlie knew his reign was over. So in this picture he is pretty much resigned to the fact that it’s all about the boy now. Can’t you see it in his expression? But he does love the boy anyway.
So when I saw this picture I knew I wanted to do an art quilt of Charlie. He has such a soulful expression of “Whoa is Me”. Why not the baby too you ask? Well, it wouldn’t have worked as well. Also, I’m saving that baby for his own art quilt. I can hardly wait to find just the perfect picture.
So here is Charlie, all by himself, with his sad, but soulful expression. I made him for an auction at Visions Art Museum back last year. The theme was something to do with chocolate, so instead of the usually connotation of yummy chocolate, I decided that a chocolate lab would be fun. What’s so cool about this whole thing is that a well known and much beloved art quilt collector, Del Thomas, bought it and Charlie is now a part of her collection. She wrote about it her blog and you can read about it if you go to her link and click on my name.
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.
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. 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 quilting 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.
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
So, Aaron and Vanessa will get the quilt next week and I promise not to take it back again.
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.
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.
This 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.
I’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.
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.
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?
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.
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.