Saturday, October 3, 2009

Work in Progress and Quilt Pix

Dave, Guide Dog for the Color Blind, and I are hard at work on a new Super Shopper. He graciously weighed in on my preliminary color choices, made a few changes, and the two of us came up with this mix:

I think he might have chosen that blue on top because it matches his eyes... but since the recipient is also a Sibe owner, I don't think it will be an issue.

I quilted the exterior pockets yesterday and got the outside panels pieced. Here is a look at the pockets:

I love the icy blue and hot green mix! More on the Super Shopper in the days to come!

I thought I'd take today to start my virtual quilt show. I'm going to start with what's in my dining room and make my way around the house. Here are two to start!

This is an original design - a Korean Hanbok mini!

Korean Hanbok Mini Quilt, approximately 7.75" x 10.5"

While living in Korea ('94-96), I attended a special function where I got to wear a traditional hanbok. If you're thinking they look like loose, comfortable gowns - think again. At the time, I was about a size 8 (sigh....) and it was all I could do to breathe. Honestly. The undergarments are lung-crushers. It was a great experience, though; all the silks were so beautiful and soft and oh, the COLORS! And a great way to learn about the Korean culture.

Anyway, I made a few different minis from my pattern and gave them to some special friends while there. At the time, I was also starting to experiment with bias press bars, seeing how small I could go, and some of my quilting buddies and I were also playing around with yo-yos - so I thought I should see how small I could make a yo-yo. When I made myself a Korean Hanbok Mini... I incorporated both:

The bias strip (black with gold stars) is about an eighth of an inch, finished, and the yo-yos are just shy of a half of an inch across. I think I won the unofficial "how small can you go" contest. :)

The Korean Hanbok Mini is hand appliqu├ęd (using a blanket stitch on the Korean woman) and hand quilted.

Hanging right below that quilt is another I made while in Korea. I call it Pansy Star:

Pansy Star

I didn't use a pattern, just played around with how I chose the fabrics while making some paper pieced "square in a square" blocks, put them together, then set that on point. The whole (mini) quilt is about 14 square inches. I love pansies and just fell in love with the pansy fabric in the quilt! The dark purple fabric of the center star and the first border is a favorite fabric I bought in Korea - you've seen it in a few of my bags! :)

Here's the back:

I wish I'd used a plainer fabric on the back, so my stitches show more. Oh well. Live and learn. It's hand quilted. I designed the label and hand inked it.

That's all for now. Off to the Studio to sew and watch college football!
Thanks for reading!


  1. So those hnaboks are like japanese kimonos - stunning to look at but incredibly uncomfortable to wear? I like the mini quilt, very cute.

  2. Dave did a good job on picking out fabrics for the Super Shopper! I enjoyed seeing your quilts too. The Hanbok mini is so pretty and the pansy quilt is so vibrant and lovely! It's always so warm and comforting having your home filled with things that bring back such wonderful memories!

  3. Wow. The quilt is beautiful!!! I would love to see a pic of you in the hanbok :)

  4. Wow Dave, woo sure have good taste! The quilts are beautiful, brilliant!!

    Maxx & Mommy


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