Summer is my least favorite time in Houston. August especially can be brutally hot for weeks with temps high in the 90s and often surpassing 100 degrees. So when my local chapter of the Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) decided to issue a call for entries for quilts that represented “Life in Bayou City”, it was a no brainer that I would make a quilt that was a commentary on Houston summer weather. It would have to include symbols of the extreme heat, and also the flooding that Houston experienced 2 years ago in the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was a disaster of unbelievable proportions- $125 billion dollars in damage. The storm lasted from August 17 to September 2, 2017.
I started by constructing a temperature graph, using colors that went from yellow to red suggesting rising temperatures.
Next, I searched for fabrics to represent the floodwater. I needed to piece several different blue fabrics together trying to get the right variety of light and dark fabrics for flowing water.
I then used my printer to try different fonts and sizes to come up with the template for the title lettering.
Lastly, it was all pieced together with more lettering added to separate the different sections of the quilt. I had to include those dreaded words” A tropical storm is developing in the Gulf of Mexico” and “Heat advisory in effect for the next 10 days”.
The finished quilt:
So, here it is the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. I hope my friends here in Houston are prepared and ready for the hurricane season that is ramping up, and I hope Mother Nature is kind to us this year.
In this post I would like to feature the incredible work of my sister Tina. She is a very talented rock painter who only began painting rocks two years ago. Her training as a draftsperson and attention to detail have resulted in beautiful rocks that she gifts to our family and I am so happy to own and cherish a small collection of these beauties.
Here’s what Tina has to say about this:
“I paint rocks and I love it! I sometimes paint words, or people or even animals. The superhero and animal ones are a favorite of my grandson. My favorite designs to paint are mandalas. These are circular geometric designs, painted on the rocks using dots. I love to do different color combinations and different patterns. For me, it is relaxing and something I very much look forward to doing.”
Tina lives in Connecticut, and I live in Texas so we don’t get to see each other very often, but when we do, we always enjoy hunting for good rocks for her to paint, beach combing for pieces of colored glass and going out to get some lobster rolls!
Here’s an easy and quick to stitch lap quilt design that practically makes itself. Start by pairing up 2 different fabrics that complement each other and cut 6″ squares from each fabric.
Next, stack the fabric pieces and make a horizontal and a vertical cut as shown below:
Separate the pieces-
Then rearrange the piles into blocks for stitching:
After stitching the blocks are 5 1/2″ unfinished.
Here’s a closeup of my layout, finished size of the blocks are now 5″ by 5″.
And the finished quilt top looks like this:
This quilt was 8 blocks by 12 blocks, (40″ X 60″) a perfect size for a lap quilt. It’s fun to play with the fabric colors, or try it with batiks, holiday fabrics or kid fabrics. You can use up your scraps, change the size, rotate the setting, whatever suits your fancy!
The last time I posted about this quilt I had finished piecing 25 egg blocks and was trying to decide how to set them and finish the quilt. I stitched the eggs on point and placed them next to each other to see how that looked.
This was okay, but it didn’t have any definition of blocks, it needed some separation with a sashing to set the blocks off. So, I started looking at sashing designs and came up with this:
Yes! The blue and white sashing tied in well with the blue and white eggs.
The next issue to decide was how to quilt it. I went with heavy stippling around the eggs to make them pop. The eggs themselves were quilted along their design lines. Around the triangle border I quilted large feathers and in the navy blue border quilted an on point checkerboard.
Here is the finished quilt. I was thrilled to have it accepted in the International Quilt Festival’s Sapphire Quilts Special Exhibit. It will be traveling to other shows across the country for the next two years.
On a trip to Israel in October of 2017 with my church group, we visited the little town of Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast. A church has been constructed at this site and inside the church, on either side of the altar stood 3 stone jars of the type and form that were used during Jesus’ time. Here is a photo of what they looked like:
The jars really caught my attention and I knew that they would make a great subject for a quilt.
I began by making paper shapes of the stone jars and arranging them on my design wall. I imagined the jars to be painted different colors and started building them one by one using fabrics in a collage method.
Next post will show the remaining jars and the finished quilt.