Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Good Weeks Work

This has been a week for wrapping up projects and some quality time in the studio. One of my assignments was to make some fabric postcards for the Wish Upon a Card Project, a fund raising event for Wendy's Wish and sponsored by the popular Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon.

This was my first experience with Timtex and it was a blast. No raw edges to worry about or layers to cut away and the threads were a cinch to bury in the spongy material. It was so much fun that I am planning some larger panels for framable wall pieces. To learn more about the sale and silent auction of the fabric postcards visit

The next project was to bind the two LeMoyne star quilts which I had sent out to be quilted. They both returned home from different quilters on the same day. Some days are just packed with nice surprises! And I loved the way they each turned out.

I had the Turquoise Star quilted by Jean Leeson of Park Ridge, Illinois in a neutral "flame" pattern to blend it all together. The back of the quilt is done with a mixture of Hothouse fabrics and fabrics from the archives. It is essentially a simple log cabin block arranged in a light and dark checkerboard pattern.

The Cosmic Star, which is the most dramatic of the two, needed more detail in the quilting to define areas instead of blending them. Jean Shute of Blackbird Quilting in Otis Orchard, Washington did a beautiful job, as always!

I really like the back, too. Clean and simple and not a flower in sight.

Then I needed to finish quilting the Folk Art Silhouette quilt because it is going to hang on our living room wall and because I plan to publish it as a commercial pattern and need a finished piece to photograph.

It is the sister quilt to Spring Divas and is made by combining four Simple Silhouettes into one quilt.

All together it was a very satisfying week. Next week I am going to the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Wilmington. Hope to see some of you there!


Katherine said...

HI Jane
I hope you will have a pattern or kit for Cosmic star!
It's fab!

Jeanne Rhea said...

Oh, my, your work is beautiful!

Jane's Designs said...

I just saw your segment on
Fons and Porter and all I can say is WOW! I had to look up your website and blog. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.