Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Music is Life

I received this picture on my phone last Thursday with the message "Headlining!" My son's band, The Letter Division, played their first headline gig at a club in Lawrence last week. My son was thrilled and we were tickled pink for him! So proud to have a rock star in the family!















A while ago I stumbled onto this retro radio fabric in the bargain bin and played with it one night and came up with the idea for a series of "Music is Life" mini quilts. And thanks to Peg's Challenge they are finally a finished set. These are going to hang on the wall by the door in my studio. They remind me of my boys and how much music is a part of our lives. I love the quilting on these and it wasn't too hard to do either. That's a good thing!












































































Yesterday I had a cutting marathon. This is not my usual mode of working. I like to cut a bit, sew a bit, cut a bit etc. I hardly ever cut all the fabric for a quilt before I start. Mostly that's because I'm usually designing as I go. I cut most of the rest of the triangles that I'll need for the hour glass quilt and I cut a bunch of 4" squares of Katie Jump Rope fabric (I don't have a clue what these are for...well maybe a clue, but not a concrete idea.) I thought since I was in cutting mode, why not? Goals for today: catch up with the quilt-a-long (2 blocks to do) and baste my Little Blue quilt. Maybe get started quilting on that one. Pretty ambitious goals for a busy day! It's good to have a goal!

25 comments:

Lunden said...

Love these!!

Katy said...

they are so cool. I love how you describe yourself in your profile as a novice quilter. Your work amazes me, your points are so perfect, your fabric choices are fantastic. I wish I was as novice as you ;)

oh, and congratulations on your son's headline gig!!!

QuiltedSimple said...

Congrats to your son's band - how cool is that?? And you have certainly been busy - can't wait to see these finished projects!!

Kris

Nikki Schreiner said...

Aw, these turned out sooooo great! I love the way you quilted them. I've been seeing lots of mini quilts around, but yours are the first to inspire me to make some!

Thriftin and Craftin said...

LOVE the retro squares. Good for you to be on such a cutting binge. I hate cutting. I want to get to quiltin'! Congrats to your son, and thanks for the ebay info! Talk to ya soon!

C

Tina said...

Congrats to your son and to you! Your mini quilts are so fun and a happy reminder of your sons. I love the pictures of the piles of cut fabric! Good luck on all your goals today.

Dawn said...

Your 'music' blocks are so, so, gReAt!!! How funky & fun--I love them. Your son headlines in music and you headline in quilting ideas & picture taking!

Tine said...

The KatieJumpRope fabrics looks so yummi!!! I love them, and I am very excited to see what you'll do with them :-)

Cutting is not the best part of quilting for me either....LOL.

Michelle said...

Congrats to your son! That is so cool. Love those little radio blocks. That fabric is great and you set it off so well. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the Katie Jump Rope squares. And I'm with you - a little cutting, a little sewing - works much better for me. I think that's why I like the quilt along so much!

Sara said...

Congratulations to your son!! That is really cool! I love all your works and your mini quilts - so awesome!

Stephanie said...

Just love the radio series. Can't wait to see what you do with the Katie Jump Rose fabric. I made a quilt with it and am not sure how to finish it.

Amy said...

Love your mini-quilts! Do they count as 4 of your 5? Did you quilt those with a darning or walking foot? Cutting fabric always feels so good - knowing that putting it back together will make a beautiful something!

ellen said...

Oh, rock on with the band and super radio waves. Congratulations to your son. These little quilts are fantastic. You do such a beautiful job.
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Exuberant Color said...

I love your little quilts. That radio fabric is so neat, and now that I see all of the dotted fabrics, it makes me want to use mine. I already have 1.5" and 2" strips cut from over 150 different dotted fabrics. Cutting is one of my favorite parts of quilting.

ivyarts said...

The mini-quilts are awesome. Your son must be tickled. I'd love to have some fabric pieces on the wall. Maybe for my next project.
And man, oh man, are those some impressive stacks of cut fabrics. Can't wait to see what these turn into.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a proud moment - hpe it is the first gig of many! Love the quilting on your mini quilts - reminiscent of sound waves. Your piles of cut fabric looks great - hope you have a most productive day.

Leanne said...

Congrats to your son. Your little quilts are very cute and I hope your accomplished all your goals.

Beth said...

I love it when you can find a fabric the speaks to your life and you can use it to inspire you/remind you daily. We just moved into our home (9 mos. + 1 baby ago) and I am excited for the years to come as I watch my kids grow into their own beings.

Also, do you plan to, err, frame the mini-quilts? If not, I'm curious to know how you will hang them. You know me, a practical gal always looking for practical advice :)

Jacquie said...

Beth,
I tried to hang them as is, but they hung a little limp...I probably should have added some interfacing to make them a bit stiffer. So I decided to use some frames that are simply pieces of glass. I put some acid free paper as the background and then sandwiched in the quilts. I'll post a picture so you can see how they look. I like them better in the frames.

Stephanie D. said...

Yeah, sometimes I get on a roll and cut and cut until I've satisfied the urge. Other days when I want to be productive, but can't get involved in too much because of time constraints, I'll go cut my scraps into strips or smaller pieces for another time.

Love the brights. 8^)

Colleen Benson said...

How fun for your son! Music is huge in our house as well. It's been such a great influence in our boys' lives.

I love the little quilts!

Hey, if you go to the Quilt Center in Lincoln, you should stop at the Cosmic Cow in the Havelock area. It's a fun little fabric store!

Oiyi said...

Such cool blocks!

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jillytacy said...

The fabrics are beautiful! It looks like you've been busy! You can't be a novice quilter!

Rebekah C said...

those blocks are so cool!

and, wow, you sure did a lot of cutting!

jovaliquilts said...

I love your Music Is Life quilts! Such personality. :)