Monday, September 14, 2015

Show + Tell :: I Love Love Love

September 14 2015,

So this quilt was started approximately in May. The creation of this quilt was inspired from the book cover call "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty. The book focuses on pinks and reds, thus the choice of the fabrics below.

Here are quarter square triangles ready for the seams to be pressed opened.

Here are the 2 inch block pressed opened.

I kept track of them in a show box. I got the idea of making the cardboard separator to keep them in some kind of order.

The beginning of the process. I put the camera on a tripod on top of a chair and took pictures of the progression.

And there's me on my toe trying to fit myself in that area.

I realized I did not have enough pieces, so I had to take a row out. Somewhere, somehow I miscounted.

After the pieces are laid out - I put them on a cutting mat and labeled the column. I placed rules, trims and wood to keep the pieces from flying all over the place.

Below is the front of the quilt. Unfortunately, the camera could not capture the quilt, but it's there. The quilting thread blended in too well.

Below is the back of the quilt.

Below is the detail of the quilting. The quilting was done by Jean Konopacz of JK Threads.

For this quilt, I decided to use two batting, Dream Cotton and Dream Wool. I don't know if I like the effect. It's suppose to make the quilting pop out more. 

And how did I come up with the title? The title came from a text message from a friend whom I had just seen for lunch. She had texted me saying, "I love love love." It turns out that the text was meant for her husband and not me.

Here are the facts:
Title: I Love Love Love
Dimension: 62" x 59"
Materials: Cotton Batik, Dream Cotton, Dream Wool
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Machine quilted by: Jean Konopacz of JK Threads
Date completed: 09.2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Summer Vacation :: Part Finale

September 11 2015,

It's been more than a month since I wrote about my summer vacation. Here's a recap.

In the end of July, I went to the 2015 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival. The sand sculpting was amazing and jaw dropping. It is an amazing form of art.

I also went to the Mancuso World Quilt Show that took place in Manchester, NH. I also took a Mola class with Anna Hergert. She taught the technique in class - but I don't know what direction I'll take this art to.

Below are a bunch of quilts that were IMHO amazing.

"The COlor of Enlightenment - Saffron" by Rick Smith Selva

"Tanzanian Cardamom" by Peg Green

"Turmeric Caravan" by Ann Reardon

"The Spice Bazaar-Cumin" by Karin Tauber

"White Flowers in a Field of Gray" Members of the Applique Bee. Quilted by Dotty Levine

"Twizzle" by Dotty Levine

"Still Waters" by Jenny Hearn of South Africa

"The Never-Ending Fame of Gustav Klimt :: The 'Kiss' Revisited" by Lesley Jurgens of South Africa

Detail of "The Never-Ending Fame of Gustav Klimt :: The 'Kiss' Revisited"

Detail of "The Never-Ending Fame of Gustav Klimt :: The 'Kiss' Revisited"

"Off the Floor #1" by Gael O'Donnell of New Zealand

"Faceless Comrades" by Alison Laurence of New Zealand

Detail of "Faceless Comrades

"The Globe - Hayabusa Shot" by Kimiko Ikai of Japan

Detail of "The Globe - Hayabusa Shot"

"The Lily Pond" by Bernardine Hine of Australia

Detail of "The Lily Pond"
In addition to doing fun stuff - hubby and I worked on the long neglected bathroom. This is the guest bathroom which was renovated 5 years ago when we first moved in. The contractors that we hired cut too many corners and ran off with our money. So instead of trying to fix what they did - we gutted everything.

The pipe below is for our sink. We hired a plumber telling him our woes. And guess what? He F'd it up also. The sink that we have is the Kohler Escale sink with a pedestal. Because it is a pedestal, the rough-in has to be precise. Note that, this is the second time we're re-doing this. Guess what? the plumber did not center the sink and it looks horrible.

We decided to "throw" away the sink - and buy a new vanity that will hide the plumbing that was done incorrectly. So that sink and pedestal will be listed on Craig List really soon - because it's just cursed.

And while the plumber was taking off the shower fixture, he dropped a crucial pin into no where land (the sub floor was not installed - so it went through a crack and went somewhere. I've called Grohe who will ship another one, but it is back ordered till God knows when.  Ugh.

The bathroom should be done in a few weeks, so stay tuned, it's going to be beautiful.

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