Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you'll enjoy reading about my quilts and travels. I make lots of quilts, many as gifts, some for charity, and a few on commission. I love to travel and I own a car, but I am afraid to drive in heavy traffic. So I often use public transportation to visit big cities. I don't just go on trips--I have adventures!
Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm delighted to participate in the In My Words Blog Hop. Be sure to check the end of the post for giveaways.
Me, In Words
For In Your Words Blog Hop and The Modern Quilt Guild Winter 2012 Fabric Challenge
10" x 11"
Back of quilt
Madrona Road by Violet Craft for Michael Miller
Provided by The Modern Quilt Guild
At last month's Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting we were provided fabrics to create a project, due at January's meeting. We had to use the fabrics provided, and could add any solids or more Madrona Road. With two small quilts due in January, I decided to combine them, using Madrona Road for In Your Words.
Recently I brainstormed dozens of words that describe me, then narrowed them down to twelve:
Solitude - I enjoy being alone
Clutterbug - I am a clutterer
Faithful - I can be counted on to show up, to do what I say I will, etc.
Memory - I have an excellent memory, which is a blessing and a curse
Combine - I like to bring things, ideas and people together
I knew I wanted to put my words onto fabric, but I wanted to do it artfully. On the way home the other day, I remembered how a co-worker found an online crossword puzzle maker. Ooh. Then I thought of Scrabble. I love Scrabble! When I got home I went online to figure out how to make my words into a Scrabble arrangement.
I tried to type the words into a Word document, but the letters and spaces didn't line up correctly. Then I tried an Excel spreadsheet, narrowing the cells till they looked square. That worked.
Here are the Scrabble words after I removed the gridlines:
Layout for the quilt top. Buttons represent flowers that would be cut out and appliqued.
I've used these printable fabrics for several projects. I saved a few sticky backings to print on my own fabric.
Scrabble words printed on fabric - untreated, but the piece won't be washed
I trimmed around the words, added chevron fabric to the sides, then gray print to top and bottom. Did some machine quilting on the borders, without backing, created the back, then did an escape hatch sort of finish to avoid binding. With the piece turned right side out, I attached flower circles with zigzag applique, then machine quilted around the words.
The finished quilt once again:
Now for the giveaways. You could win one of the two fat quarters below.
For a chance to win one of the fat quarters, simply leave a comment by the last day of the Blog Hop (end of Wednesday, January 16). Be sure to mention whether you prefer Pink or Green. For an extra chance to win one of the fabrics, leave another comment mentioning that you are a new or existing follower OR that you have Liked my Facebook Page. Two winners will be drawn on Thursday, January 17.
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