Monday, February 6, 2012

The Year of the Dragon! And Other Stuff!

We are just a few days past the Chinese New Year which is a big holiday here in the desert. Since the January new year is long gone, I decided to use the Year of the Dragon as a re-starting point for getting my blog mojo running again.

The last six or seven months have been spent waiting for this year, which is shaping up to be a great one! In 12 weeks I will retire and we are going to leave the desert to return to the middle of the country. Most all of our belongings have already moved. The Mister and the kitties will move first, in about 7 weeks, then he will come back for me and the Isetta a few weeks later. We. Can. Hardly. Wait!

The thing I will miss most when we leave, is the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild.

Since we formed the group just over one year ago, I have been building my quilting skills through inspiration, challenges and deadlines.

Although I usually stay away from table runners and wall hangings, I have finally seen the appeal of small projects. Generally I think of quilts in terms of bed linens, so doll quilts seemed like the perfect small project for learning new skills. A quick finish, new techniques learned and possible hand made gifts! Win, win, win!

During a late night of Internet Christmas shopping last fall, I ordered several books from Amazon (for me). This one has 24 small quilt projects.

Pretty in Patchwork - Doll quilts by Cathy Gaubert

After flipping through it a hundred or so times, I settled on making this one:
Probably not the best choice for a person of my rudimentary skills. I foolishly thought that improvisational curves might not be so hard. The last little curved seam was ripped and re-stitched until the pieces started to fray, so I finally decided finished was better than perfect and called it good.

And, I had something for show and tell at the January meeting!

The next project was more straightforward:

Dream Doll Quilt - Pattern by Aneela Hoey

Detail of Dream Doll Quilt doll and bunny
Tiny half square triangles are a bit more challenging that they looked, so don't look too closely! The pattern had a template for a little doll and teddy bear, but I used part of a panel called Appleville by Suzy Ultman. Also the original called for applique clouds, but I decided to do embroidered ones, instead. I used flannel instead of batting on this one.

Next weekend, about 10 from our group are headed to Utah for a quilting retreat! I have my machine all packed up with everything (and more, I am sure) that I need. I had a very hard time deciding what to work on so I packed several projects to take, including some embroidery.

I am starting to feel like a real quilter!


Allie said...

Oh aren't those darling! I love tiny quilts, you can hang them anywhere and brighten up a corner. I love yours. Those little dolls are darling! You've done techniques I'm afraid to try, lol! Love the embroidered clouds - I'm doing some embroidered clouds right now myself, isn't that funny!

I bet you're getting so excited to move, not long to go now, yippee!!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh wow, that is really amazing! I hope i can learn some of your skills one day!!! The circle quilting, please share your knowledge!!!

Zany Quilter said...

Nice to see you posting again!! We will miss you when you are gone...but keep posting so we know what you are up to.. ;-)

lunaticraft said...

The quilts are adorable! Glad to have you back in the blogosphere, and good luck with the move!

Martha said...

Welcome back, Jan! It's so nice to see you again. I love your doll quilt with the doll and bunny -- so cute! Yes, you are a real quilter!!

Martha said...

Oh, and congratulations on your upcoming retirement. I am loving mine.

Gaynell said...

The quilt with the little doll is wonderful! Is it FOR someone? I mean, we have so many small ones who would love that...

Becca said...

Awesome little quilts! Also love the one with the little guys in a quilt, super cute!