Two of My Small Quilts are in the June Auction for AAQI

The June auction for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative includes two of my small quilts.  This incredible volunteer organization has raised more than $916,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006!  AAQI will stop its fundraising efforts at the end of this year, and has a goal of raising at least $1,000,000 before then, and this is one of the last auctions they’ll be having.

Both my parents died from Alzheimer’s, and I wrote a bit about why I make quilts for AAQI in this blog post and also this post. Continue reading

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Three Daffodils — Another Small Quilt for AAQI

I’m trying to finish up all the small quilts I was working on for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative since 2013 will be their last year of fundraising.  This one is in memory of my father who grew thousands of daffodils.

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Gockoo’s Apple Crisp — A Small Quilt for AAQI

Last year Spoonflower.com had a contest to design a fabric based on a recipe.  I chose to do a design based on one of my grandmother’s recipes, and I wrote about it in this earlier post. My grandmother, who we called “Gockoo”, did lots of cooking and baking, and kept a handwritten journal of all her favorite recipes.

The fabric was designed to be a repeating design, but I thought it would also be fun to make a version that I could turn into a small quilt. Continue reading

One Daffodil — A Small Quilt for AAQI

Daffodils mean the arrival of Spring, but they also always remind me of my father.  Every year he would divide and replant the daffodils forming the border of our yard and the adjacent woods.  Over time there were literally thousands of daffodils which would welcome us each Spring

We’ve had crazy weather in northern Illinois this winter–warm and no snow–and I’m almost surprised the daffodils aren’t already blooming.  I took this photo this weekend (mid-January).  These flowers (I don’t remember what they’re called) are usually one of the early bloomers in Spring.  I’ve noticed that they’ve been trying to bloom since mid-December (which can’t be a good thing).  After a particularly warm, wet few days, the weather turned back to normal for January and the poor flowers are coated in ice.

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Daylily #3 — A Small Quilt for AAQI

I just completed another donation quilt for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (which has raised over $883,000 for Alzheimer’s research and awareness).

Like many of my recent small quilts, this one started with a photograph.  I took this photo of a daylily in my yard after a rain, so the petals were still damp.

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Stargazer — A Small Quilt for AAQI

Each spring the Milwaukee Art Museum has a 4-day exhibit called Art in Bloom which pairs amazing floral arrangements with the museum’s artwork.  We went to the show last spring, and I took tons of photos of the flowers.

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Prairie Night and Chiaroscuro Water Lily — Two Small Quilts for AAQI

I finished quilting Prairie Night and Chiaroscuro Water Lily quite a while ago, but I didn’t get around to binding them or finishing the edges in some way.  I wrote about Prairie Night here and about making Chiaroscuro Water Lily here. I’ve been working on some other small quilts for Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, so I figured I’d better get these two finished so I can ship them all off. Continue reading

Kites — Another Notan Design

Spoonflower, my favorite place for printing custom fabrics, has a fabric design contest each week.  Sometimes I enter it since it’s a fun way to try out new designs and practice my design skills.  This week’s contest is to create a small repeating design with the theme of Kites.  I knew I’d love to experiment with some more Notan-style designs for this contest.

I started with four simple kite drawings that I did in Illustrator.  I wanted the shapes to be fairly simple with each main kite shape touching two edges of its square.

Here’s the first repeat, in blue and black.  It was obvious that the tails of the kites needed more work. Continue reading

Hawaiian Cheater Quilt Fabric Design

Each week Spoonflower sponsors a fabric design contest using different themes.  (Spoonflower is an on-demand fabric printing company where you can upload your own designs and have them printed on fabric.  You can also look at other people’s designs and buy those on fabric.  It’s quite fun and addicting to design fabrics.)

The most recent contest was to design a Hawaiian Cheater Quilt.  A Hawaiian Quilt traditionally is a radially symmetrical applique pattern, often in a botanical design using strong colors on a white background.  Here’s an example from the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Continue reading