More Quilts for the Modern Quilt Guild

More Quilts for the Modern Quilt Guild

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 | 0 comments

When I went to my second meeting of the Bay Area Quilt Guild, the moment I saw Amanda’s quilts she was donating to charity program I knew I had the right designs to quilt them so I went home with them. Here they are on my frame:     And then they hung out on my patio table all done:   One more look at the front and back of each one: Thanks Amanda for give me the privilege of quilting your quilts and testing my...

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Every quilt has a story

Every quilt has a story

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 | 0 comments

I truly believe that every  quilt has a story and here is the story of one wonky log cabin called Night Gallery. So in March 2011 I  decided to go with a wonky log cabin for my 2011 Roland McDonald House Quilt Challenge quilt, I read this Wonky log cabin tutorial  and decided that I would give it a whirl. Here are the black and white fabrics I picked to use: This was the lavender cascade I used  as inspiration and picked out lavender fabric to match from my stash. Here was the first block  and  while making it I really enjoyed the process. I had no plan just a number of 2 1/2 inch and 1 1/2 inch strips and off I went. I really like how it turned out.     One block down and 24  more to go. A few months went by and in June I had completed 4 more blocks and has 2 nearly finished and sometime during the making of these blocks I decided to make the block bigger and each one was 15 inches.   A few more months went by but in  September the top was completed:   At the time my design wall was actually the middle of the living room floor and the blocks lived there for a  long time. As each block went down Lar kept commenting on how he liked them. He even commented when he was not asked to admire them! As the time went by Lar  christened it Night Gallery as it reminds him of the the intro from the seventies TV show. I never saw it but never fear YouTube has the following: Night Gallery So now I have a problem, Larry really like this quilt and as he has never named a quilt before and raved so much about one, I really don’t think this could be my Ronald McDonald Raffle quilt, so it joined the to be quilted pile and I move on to other projects. When I joined the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild early this year, I looked for something to bring to show and tell for my first meeting and decided to bring Night Gallery. I got rave reviews and a number of people suggested I finish it and put it into the San Mateo County Fair Quilt Show. I smiles to myself and wondered if my quilts would ever be good enough to enter into a show, I thought about it some more and decided to go for it. The next task was to decide how to quilt it, I searched high and low for the right digital pattern and once I found Star Spiral by  Marjorie Busby I know that was the one. I loaded the quilt on my longarm and just loved how the design enhanced the quilt:   The Sunday before the quilts had to be dropped...

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Welcome to Tír na nÓg Studio

Welcome to Tír na nÓg Studio

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 | 1 comment

Today I launch my new website – Tír na nÓg Studio, where magic happens with fabric and thread and very happy to do it on 17 June 2012, my birthday. The goal of my blog is to document my quilting journey and also to sell  long arm designs that I am designing using Art and Stitch. I chose the name Tír na nÓg Studio as it is one of my favorite stories from Irish mythology. Tír na nÓg  is a place of eternal youth and beauty where time stand still, no one grows old or gets sick,  flowers bloom perpetually, there is no sorrow or pain and  where love is eternal.  I loved this story growing up and imagined Tír na nÓg  to be like heaven.  When in the creative process of making a quilt, I  can get so engrossed that it does seem like time stands still and all the cares and troubles of the world are no longer present – my little slice of heaven on earth! You can read the legend here. I hope you come back often and follow my journey, my heart is full of  quilt designs many with Irish\Celtic themes and I will use this space to share them.   Tir Na nOg “….I said with my eyes that I recognized your chin It was my long lost friend To help me from another lifetime We took each others hands and cried Like a river when we said hello And we walked to Tir na nog We made a big connection On a golden autumn day We were standing in the garden wet with rain And our souls were young again In tir na nog And outside the storm was raging Outside jerusalem We drove in our chariots of fire Following the big sun in the west Going up, going up, to Tir na nog….” from “Tir Na Nog” by Van Morrison, inspired by a poem by W.B....

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