Monday, March 1, 2010

I Couldn't Think of A Title

I couldn't think of a catchy title for this post. I simply have a few things I want to share. This is my 'urban garden' quilt.
It started as a personal scrap challenge, a handful each of orange, green and brown scraps and a commitment to make something from them. I started with the idea of fields viewed from a plane and it evolved into more of a community garden, you know those communal gardens where a bunch of folks share a plot of land to plant gardens. There are those well-tended plots and those more hap-hazard ones and plenty of land left to plant. The quilting reminds me of furrowed land. I'm pretty happy with it.
I've also made a few quilting bee blocks..this is underwater sister's portrait gallery for Valerie of the Pieced Together bee.
A close up of the portraits.
A block for Nadia of Common Threads. This is 'the fractured forest' for her brand new baby Gus!
Lastly, this is a picture from the second meeting of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. 69...count 'em...69 folks showed up and we had a ball squishing into the room, enduring the heat and getting to know each other. If you'd like to be a part of the group, head to our ning site, or join or start a group in your neck of the woods.

35 comments:

Meghan said...

I'd like to try the wavy quilting. Did you have any trouble avoiding puckers or keeping the lines parallel?

jovaliquilts said...

Love your community gardens. The aerial view of farmlands still takes my breath away when I fly. The first time I saw it was in high school after learning about Thomas Jefferson's plan to lay out the land in squares, which was implemented in the Northwest Ordinance. History came alive for me then!

MichelleB said...

Love your Urban Garden quilt. You are always such an inspiration. It really does look like an urban garden!

That fractured block is very fun, too.

That Girl said...

Love, LOVE your new quilt! What is the background fabric?

Jennifer :)

Crystal Hendrix said...

Love the new quilt! Very unique!

Artfulife said...

Where to start, um, I LOVE every single block you showed! Your Urban Garden quilt is wonderful. It makes me feel very nostalgic for my youth. I think it's one of my favorite you have made so far, & I really like everything you make. Hope you have a wonderful week Jacquie :)

live a colorful life said...

Your Urban Garden quilt is wonderful. I'm always amazed when I fly over fields as well. The curvy pieced block is very cool. (I especially liked looking at your stash behind it....)

Laura said...

I love the look of the orange, brown and green fabrics together. Beautiful, as always!

Patty said...

Hmmm, your title could be "A Little of This and A Little of That".

69 people attending your group is exciting! I love how people are getting back to basics and bringing the art of sewing to life once again!

Stephanie said...

Super use of scraps. Urban Garden is earthy and organic.

Alissa said...

Amazing. The whole thing - the quilt - the meeting - all amazing!! I seriously can't get over 69 people there. A-MAZ-ING.

Suzanne said...

I am so moved by your creativity. Wow!

Cheryl Arkison said...

The Urban Garden quilt looks great! I'm glad you finally share it.
(And I'm secretly happy to see the Pieced Together block. It is on my to do list this week, so I'm happy to see another.)

Kerri said...

i love the quilt and your bee blocks!!

i can't wait to start going to a quilt guild in my area! that is amazing you had so many people there. how fun!!

Tina said...

I especially love the colors and the squiggly lines. Which foot did you use to free motion?

bekah said...

yum. i love the urban garden. it makes my brain go all sorts of squirrely when i look at it- that's the way quilts should be :]

Vicki said...

love it all. Your wavy/squiggly quilting looks great! I wish I could have come last week; I'm planning on being at the March meeting though!

CitricSugar said...

Love those Bee blocks!! Fractured Forest - I have never seen that design before but now I want to try it out!

Marit said...

Jacquie, your Urban Garden is WONDERFUL - so unique in design. Love the colors and quilting. Congratulations on designing and making a great quilt!
The bee blocks are pretty too, LOVE the mermaid portrait. And the modern quilt guild sounds like a lot of fun. Meeting people face to face, how cool...
; )

Esch House Quilts said...

Love the urban garden quilt! I love the way the grey sets off the great colors and prints in the scraps.

Congrats on 69 at MQG - wow!

amberlee said...

Beautifully done. I lobe the design and the quilting is so perfect with it!

Vickie E said...

I have been admiring your designs for quite some time...
Love your sense of color and placement.

Lisa said...

The urban (community) garden is stunning. Those are my favorite colors right now.

patty a. said...

The Urban garden quilt is great!

Tacey said...

Urban Garden is a delight! I also loved what you did with the mermaid block. It gave me some inspiration as to how to approach a piece of fabric I just received and didn't quite know what to do with. I posted a photo on my blog and would love your input if you get a chance.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

As always you inspire and educate. Love it.

Rebekah said...

stunning quilt! I love your wavy quilting on this one

Julie said...

I took your previously posted suggestion about exploring the stitches my machine can do and used the wavy one. Same as what you did previously and on this quilt (Urban Garden). I like the waves. I am stitching a baby quilt and used this stitch. It looks nice. I mistakenly thought I should change stitches to a free form concentric circle thing but I don't like it and I think I will do overall waves. You inspire me and have such good ideas. Thank you.

Brenis said...

LOVE how the quilting personifies the tilled land! One gorgeous quilt fer sure!!!! What a wonderful result from a streching exercise!!!

Emily said...

I love your garden quilt. I haven't seen anything like it! It makes me think of an aerial view of gardens in a neighborhood. Very cool. "The Underwater Sisters" block is beautiful, too.

Janet said...

Those pesky scraps, always calling out for attention. Nice finish!

Tina said...

Okay. I can only laugh. I tried to do squiggly lines on my first free motion adventure, just like I saw on your quilt...somehow I just couldn't get them as 'orderly' as yours. Mine look more like waves, and not very consistant waves at that. I supposed I just didn't have an even hand, then I read that you used your machine's special stitch. Doh! :) I seriously laughed outloud at myself. It's ok, though. I'm fine with my waves. It's a boat quilt, anyways.

Lisa ONeill said...

Love the quilting.

audreypawdrey said...

The urban garden quilt is so beautiful. I love the colors together and it reminds me of fall when the harvest is ready to come in from the fields. Sounds like you had a good time at the guild meeting, too!

Manda said...

Your quilts are so modern and inspiring. Thank you for sharing them with us. Manda