Friday, May 29, 2015

A few more finishes...

I try to make at least 10 or twelve Charitable quilts a year.  I'm a little behind this year so I finished a few lap quilts to take to City of Hope Cancer Center last month.  There nothing fancy but I try to make them all different (to entertain myself mostly).
This was a trial sample of a much bigger quilt that I posted about here.  
Some times when I need to figure out how to quilt a large quilt I will make a lap size version and experiment on it; thus all the different squiggles! 
I've been trying to use up large flannel chunks so all these quilts have pieced flannel backs. Alot of those chunks are donated by my friend Randy.  Thanks Randy!!
This quilt started with some leftover my friend Esther gave me.  I love leftover (both the food and patchwork kind, tee hee)
That center flannel was soooo soft and cuddly!
This was a piece of already pieced yardage,  a real ready to go kind of quilt ! 
I feel very free to experiment on my charitable projects.  I figure the recipients are most likely non-quilters they will appreciate whatever cuddly textile they get?!
What's your favorite go-to pattern for a charitable quilt?
Happy Weekend!
cheers, Claire W.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Visiting Gualala, CA. and Seeing Whales!

I was invited to teach a class for the Pacific Peacemaker's in Gualala CA.  It's a beautiful part of the Northern California Coast and the class was great fun!  Everyone really stretched themselves with the new techniques and came up with some great designs!!!
And as an added bounce while walking on the Bluff above the Beach in the morning I saw the most incredible show!
Sorry for the graininess of the pictures.  I did not have my good camera with me, these were taken with my iPhone.
I watched a number of whales cavorting around near the shore for over a half an hour!
 They were very close to shore because the bank of the beach is very steep and so it gets deep quicky.
 Here you can see a mom with her calf!  My Hostess at the hotel told me the mom's and calfs come in close to shore to rest on their long journey to Alaska and the other whales travel along to keep them safe from Orcas!
I really had to kick myself for not bringing my good camera.  Alas a real photo op missed ^%#%^$!!!
Here are some other great things I saw along the way!
Just North of Jenner looking South towards Bodega Head.  Sunny and clear a rarity on the Sonoma and Mendocino coast this time of year!!
Looking at the South end of Gualala Beach. 
Eceum on parade! 
Redwood forest. 
The Gualala Hotel, 1903. 
California State Flower in many shades.

And some of my wonderful students at Show and Tell.
This was a great group of quilters, really fearless and willing to try new things it was great fun working with them and visiting their guild!
One of the things I love about teaching my Scrap Strategies class is by teaching strategies rather than a pattern every quilt comes out different reflecting the makers creativity!  And it's so gratifying when students say 'It was so much fun' or ' I was kinda stuck in a rut and this has really helped me move on!'  I feel so fortunate to be a part of that process for some quilters!
And I feel so fortunate to be able to have such fun adventures like visiting Gualala!
I hope you are all having a great Spring with lots of fun adventures too!!!
Cheers, Claire W.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Some Finishes for the Fair!

I finished a couple of quilts for my local Fair that I have not shared yet...
The idea for this quilt came from the fact that I have always admired vintage harlequin quilts and I wondered what it might look like in Modern colors?!
The quilting had to be something simple so I could replicate it freehand several times ('cause I was running out of time) So I picked a few motifs that I could easily repeat and looked kind of 'modern'.  I got the idea for the layout of the motifs from studying this fabric:
The other quilt I put in the show was this one.  You can read more about the inspiration for this quilt here 
This quilt was a lot of fun to make.  I think I will try making it again but more scrappy and not in flannel as the flannel was a bit too stretchy.
Tha Fair is always a good motivator for me otherwise some of these ideas would never get finished!! LOL!
cheers, Claire W.