Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spotted at a Brooklyn Museum Exhibit about Tepees of the Plains

The gorgeous contemporary quilt was made by Claire Anne Packard (Yankton Dakota--Sicangu Lakota) and won top honors at the 1994 Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show. The quilt is really striking---I'm afraid my snapshot doesn't do the colors justice.
I'm always happy when I find a great quilt in an unexpected place. Today I'd expected to see only tepees and other Native American artifacts and I was lucky enough to see this wonderful quilt!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Elephants on my design wall

I'm trying to figure out how to put my elephant quilt together. I started making the small ones intending to use them as a border around the 9 larger elephants, but I realized pretty quickly that all those extra small elephants were going to make the quilt larger than I wanted it to be. I guess that's the danger of working with elephants! I am making this quilt to hang on a wall at the top of a staircase, and I don't want it to get too large for that space.
This morning I was just struck by the idea of lining up the small elephants I'd already completed and using them within the main body of the quilt. I actually really like this plan, because it makes the quilt a bit more interesting. I always like to include something a little unexpected. It's funny to me that the small elephants are going in one direction, and the large elephants are going the other way. That's a bit how life works sometimes! To be honest, this happened because when I shrank the pattern down to the small size and in order to paper-piece the small elephants, the design, of course, was flipped. It was the happiest of "mistakes" and I decided it was actually coming out just the way I wanted.
Next I will need to experiment with sashing, borders and quilting. I am thinking of throwing in a couple of horizontal strips above and below the band of small elephants. I will give it a try and see how it looks before I make any decisions. I've found with sashing and borders especially that I really need to see what I'm thinking about before I make up my mind. It's amazing how many times I've planned to use one fabric, and then realized at the last minute that a different fabric would be much better.

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Modern" clover blocks for April Block Lotto

Just finished these 10 blocks for the monthly block lotto drawing. I have been getting lazy lately, and have only been making 3 or 4 blocks for the lotto each month, rather than the 9 usually permitted, but I decided to go for the maximum number this time around. These little blocks are so sweet I'm thinking about making a few more and creating a small quilt for my dear sister-in-law who is having some health problems. We'll see.