Grad school has been great! But it’s also been time consuming. I definitely made the right call in putting Quest Quilts on hold while doing online classes. However, I miss you all and the creativity of quilting.
So in honor of Mother’s Day coming up, I’m having an Etsy shop sale! Use the code mothersday2023 to get 20% off any item listed in the shop.
I’ve had these two stencils ready to go for a long time, and I was happy to finally be able to put them to use. I’ve done a wall hanging with Baby Yoda and with BB8, so it was time to take it back to the original droid duo – C-3PO and R2-D2!
I had imagined this silhouette to be around the time they were wandering on Tatooine. At times, I had considered making hills and adding jawa eyes, but in the end I rather liked the simple silhouette. The one where they’re facing one another is my favorite of the two because I can hear C-3PO fussing at R2-D2 very clearly in my mind.
I’ve been working on t-shirt quilt commissions lately, but I did manage to squeeze in a couple of the popular flower wall quilts. I made a pink one and a purple one.
The pink one is up for sale in my Etsy shop, and at some point I’ll list the purple one. These are apx 42″ x 42″. If you’re interested in either, feel free to message me here as well. They are $200 each on Etsy- this includes shipping. If you order them through me, then they’re $185.
A while back, I made a wall quilt for my classroom featuring the monarchs of Britain. It helped for when I taught British literature.
Recently, I revisited that idea in the name of Shakespeare. I adore The Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta, and I call it my “happy place.” I wanted to do something special for them, so I bought a book of Boydell engravings from all the Shakespeare plays from his first folio. I also found images of the bard himself, Elizabeth I, the folio catalog page, and the list of principal actors. Using these images printed on fabric, I made a wall quilt. I color-coordinated them by genre.
I used fabric with gold accents, and I used a dull gold thread to quilt a meandering vine pattern.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled with how this came out. I gifted it to the tavern the other day. I told them they could keep it or auction it to raise funds. From my understanding, I believe they are keeping it. Such a high compliment. In the end, it’s a small token in comparison to the joy I’ve gotten from all their shows.
This upcoming weekend is my last show of the fall. To be honest – I’m exhausted. Being a full time teacher and doing multi-day shows over the weekend, in addition to navigating this freaking pandemic and trying to be a decent mom/wife, has really taught me a lot about my own limits. I found them. Actually, I ran into them face first. Color me surprised.
The shows I’ve done have been great, and I’m proud I tried some new venues for sure. I’m going to have to mull over what next year looks like, though. I had hoped to go back to grad school starting this summer, but I think I’ll wait another year. Covid has made for a lot of stress, and adding grad school on top of it feels more like a fool’s errand than a strategic career move. So it’s just delayed for a little while – not canceled.
So what’s the plan for after this last show? Well, I’ll put up the rest of the items not already listed here and on Etsy. I’ll focus on the commissions I have and get them finished by Christmas, and then I’ll slow down and try to make some smaller items.
For those interested, here are the items I have going into the last show.
Stadium Quilt 4′ x 4′- red/white/gray Unicorn Quilt Shabby chic – brown Care Bears Quilt Violin Quilt 1 Violin Quilt 2 Doll Quilts 9x Dinosaur Quilt Dinosaur Doll Quilt Firetruck Quilt 4′ x 4′ Train Twin Quilt Rainbow Mariner’s Compass Quilt Llama Quilt Llama Doll Quilt Rainbow Guitar Rey and BB8 Wall Quilt Mermaid Mermaid Doll Quilt NASA Twin Quilt Yoga Sloth Quilt Yoga Sloth doll quilt Star Trek Quilt Mandalorian Wall Quilt 2X Last Unicorn Wall Quilt Lantern Corps Quilt African Print Lap Quilt African Print Doll Quilt 2x Bookshelf Wall Quilt 2x Wine Quilt 2x
This is meant to be hung on a wall as art. While it would normally also be a lap quilt, the quilted oaths are very delicate. Washing this and using this as a lap quilt will make the oaths fade. To preserve the oaths script on the wall quilt, this will need to be spot cleaned only. Again, this is meant to be wall art.
This is the ideal gift for the Lantern Corps fan in your life and would be great as a birthday, Christmas, or house-warming gift. It would also make a great hanging in a nursery or comic book store! Also, for guilt-free shopping – the funds from this quilt are going to help pay for my grad school costs.
A while back, I posted about my goals for this year. I figured I’d do another check in since the one from May. Three weeks from now I’ll be at the first of three craft fairs, so this is it. What I’ve accomplished is set, and everything else will have to wait until another time.
I want to use some second-hand folding shelves I bought online to make a checkout booth. I was thinking about myself as a customer and realized that I really liked it more when the sales person was at a checkout stand. I felt freer to walk around and look. So I’m taking a cue from myself and working on making one of those. Done!
2. I’d also like to get some padded roof pads, so I can place my grid walls there instead of scraping up the inside of my husband’s Explorer again. It would be nice to drive to shows without having grid walls blocking one side of my car. Done!
3. I also need to get a new phone – if I’m being completely honest with myself here. Mine is old, but I’m stubborn when it comes to replacements. Done!
4. Participate in some new shows for the fall 2021. Registered and Ready!
From an artist standpoint, I have a LOT of quilts I want to make and have on hand for shows. Here’s a short list of some of my more creative ambitions.
Star Wars quilts – lightsaber duels, they just sell too well to not have one on hand. Not yet
2. Mandalorian wall quilt – I had the one I made get claimed before it was even finished! Yes – I made four and have 1 left. I want to make 1 more before the shows begin.
3. Sloth quilt – that fabric is too cute to have gone this long without being made in to something. Done!
4. Hocus Pocus quilt – the last one sold fairly quickly, and it was fun to make something in the “crazy quilt” style. I made 2 – one was claimed before they were finished. I’d like to have 2 on hand before hitting the Yellow Daisy Festival.
5. More doll quilts – they are really fun, and I like the satisfaction of experimenting within a smaller size. Done! I’ll have about 15 on hand, yay!
6. Christmas snow globe quilt – I saw some designs online and am wanting to try my own spin. Not yet
7. Potty Mouth Quilts – I wanted to make a small line of quilts with grown-up words on them. I like the contrast of a wholesome, traditional craft and a vulgar phrase. Maybe something is wrong with me here, but I won’t be happy until I’ve tried it at least once. Not yet
8. Bargello quilts – I made the rainbow and northern lights ones a while back, and I’m geared up to make more. Not yet
9. Mariner’s Compass – I just really like making these. They’re so satisfying. I have one on hand that I made at the beginning of quarantine.
10. I Spy quilt – I have been sorting little 2″ squares for a planned pattern for an I spy quilt with a geometric twist. It’s all bagged and sorted and ready to make.
11. Zombie girl Pin Up quilt – the first one I made was so much fun! Done! In fact, I made 2.
12. Baseball girl Pin Up quilt – the other pin up girl quilt was so fun, I wanted to keep a good thing going. I have the fabric, but that’s it.
13. Crayon quilt – this was such a cute quilt, and I really want to make another one. They are also good scrap-busters. I have scraps pre-cut to the sizes I need, so it won’t take too long.
14. I’m also wanting to possibly make some adult bibs since there seems to be a need for them. I’d make some pretty, but I’d probably focus on making them silly. A little humor goes a long way. Can’t stop making quilts long enough to try, ha!
Other stuff I HAVE managed to do since the May update – Flower Panel Wall Quilts, wine quilts, ASL wall quilts, Lantern Corps wall quilt, African fabric quilt, and The Last Unicorn wall quilt.
I found some batik strips one evening as I was going through a tote of fabric and decided to see what I could make. I thought about what I could do and then settled on the idea of sign language. I sketched an “I love you” sign and heart. From there, I was able to make a matching set of wall quilts.
I believe these have been claimed, but I’ll update this post if I’m wrong. I’m very happy with how these have come out, and I’m loving the sign language idea and will probably make another set at some point.
A while back, I made a couple of Star Wars themed wall quilts. Two of them were Luke right before he became one with the Force and another two were of Rey and BB8. They were well received, and I’d always planned on making another set. When I finally got around to making them, I did another Rey and BB8 but decided to do a Mandalorian inspired one instead of Luke.
It was claimed before it was finished! I love when that happens.
While at the fabric store, I saw a jelly roll that would make for a nice sunset background, so I grabbed it and inserted other colors from fabric at home. I ended up making about eight backgrounds. Four of them were dedicated to more Mandalorian quilts.
I loved the image where he and the Child are looking at one another, so I went with that one. I tried to give the background quilting pattern a “heat wave” effect. I’ve finished one, and it’ll be delivered today. I have the tops of the other three ready to be quilted.
This quilt is particularly personal for me. I’ve loved the movie The Last Unicorn since I was a child. And when I was expecting my daughter, I got the chance to have a chat with the author of the original novel, Peter S. Beagle, at a convention. (We spoke about censorship and The Canterbury Tales, if you must know.) To say this story impacted my love of fantasy is putting it lightly. I owe so much to this film and to Mr. Beagle.
I made this wall quilt as a testament to my own childhood and all those who felt likewise. I used satin on the figures to ensure they stood out from the cotton fabric in the background. The unicorn was tough to cut out and harder to applique down because she had so many small, wavy details that are typical of the Rankin/Bass drawing style. The red bull looked fine, but when quilting I added red thread flames all over him and then went back and added a small layer of yellow thread flames along his back to be similar to the animated version. Overall, I was so happy with how it looked that I made a second one to possibly keep.
The film is much beloved in my house to this day as well. As an adult, I’ve shifted from thinking I’d be the magical Lady Amalthea in the story to identifying more with Molly Gru. In fact, when I heard Molly’s rant about the unicorn appearing to her when she was older and no longer innocent as an adult, I cried. So this story really does keep on giving.
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