Pick’s Picks

This picture features the center of a twin size quilt I made for my dearest friend, Pickrel. When I think of her, I picture her stacks of books on her nightstand and shelves (which I lovingly call “Pick’s Picks”), and I wanted my quilt to reflect that.

As a student, I started collecting fabric scraps from dollar bins and other quilters in my guild, and this is a perfect example of what you can create on a shoestring budget!

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Memorial

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This is the primary block for a new piece I’m working on.

The photograph is a paparazzi picture of Ethel Kennedy leaving Robert’s gravesite that I photocopied onto plain white paper. I painted the white portions gold (minus the cross) to give it an antiqued look.

The block is comprised of vintage (1930’s) fabric remnants that I pinned onto a square of batting, then I just free-style stitched and embellished as I saw fit. The two military buttons were my grandfather’s during WWII, and I collected the shells on Catalina Island.

Paula

Here’s a small picture (taken by my quilt guild) of one of my machine quilts, “Paula”. It’s twin-size with a mixture of modern florals and vintage fabric scraps.

I’ve always been a creative and crafty person, and in late 1999 a large part of my mother’s recovery from breast cancer was a woman’s sewing group, which is where I learned to machine sew. I always loved the process, however it felt too removed for me. I needed to be closer to my work. I continued collage and crochet work, which I still engage in frequently, but sewing sort of fell to the wayside.

Skip to not too long ago, my mother has returned to quilting, and I decided to join her. The freedom and control one has over her quilt at every step was very appealing to me, and I find myself especially drawn to piecing… But much of my work can’t even be seen, because I’m working so small! I’m obsessed with the intricacy I can employ, and the immediate contact I have with the fabric. I like free motioning, but again, it feels a little too removed. I’ll keep quilting, though, because I need the outlet. I think the quilt is an immensely intimate product, and I love that.

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