sweet home, Chicago…

I am back home in Chicago for a week and am trying to keep myself busy until the quilt show!!!
Today, I spent 3 hours driving and visiting quilt shops on the south side, where I am from.

First stop, Threadneedle Street in Orland Park. Cute shop, lots of Thimbleberries fabrics, some batiks. Seemed to me like everything in this shop was one color? Anyway, I bought some orange hand dyeds and batiks. Char, the owner, was super nice!

Next stop, Quilfabric.com near Naperville. I drove a bit to the north west side of the city for this one, but it was worth it. The shop is amazing and the selection grand. “known for the batiks” is right. Holy cow. Lots of staff, and lots of selection. They were getting ready for the show, as they are a vendor, which is why it took them a few minutes to notice I was ready to check out.

Next, Susan Marie’s in Palos Heights. It’s a beautiful shop, but the staff pretty much ignored me until I was ready to pay. Light on selection, but this shop is definitely slanted toward the brights. Few thimbleberries here (thank goodness). They made up for the ignoring me by the big sale they had going and my free tote for signing up for the newsletter.

Last, Sew Creative in Tinley Park. Oh, too bad the hometown (or closest to me) is the worst of them all. Mish-mash selection. I found some Lonni Rossi typosheres and asked for a yard cut. She would not cut through the repeat and would only either give me a 2/3 yd or 1 1/3 yd cut! Um, customer is always… Geez, forget it. Seemed like I was troubling her just by being in the store, she was watching tv.

So there. My average purchase per store was $20.

The picture here is by Richard L. Baron. Called “The El Chicago” (C) 1999.

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Here it is, after the big reveal dinner!

It’s great, and I love how it turned out.

I intend to add more quilting in the pink areas at the top and in the black sections, there is actually only a little quilting there.

Thanks to Joan, Jean, Jane, Barb, Amy and Denise!

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OK Quilter’s meeting

The meeting showed the self-portrait idea was a big hit! Lots of tops were brought in. Now we just have to quilt them.

We are supposed to continue work on this project and revisit the circles project idea. I want to start my thread play on the self-portrait, but not sure what I want to do with those circles just yet. I may start a second set of circles.

Now, my round robin group is about to do the big unveiling. Our group, the Friday Lunch Bunch, as I call us, is doing a UFO round robin. Basically, you hand over an UnFinished Object from your stash, one you may never want to work on again. While I don’t have so many of these, I do have a few. I gave over a lime green and hot purple top that had these weird stack-n-whack hearts. I don’t know why I did the hearts, I don’t even like hearts.

We meet every two months or so to exchange boxes and we don’t see what the final result is until everyone has taken a turn with your box. It’s been over a year since I have seen this quilt, so I have NO IDEA what it will look like when done. This horrible picture is all I have of the “before”. I’ll get it back the 26th, during a dinner for the final exchange. I’ll definitely post the results.

The other side of this is the box I have to work on before the exchange. Like the last box, I’m quilting this one. I’m not confident of my machine quilting, despite the new machine I have. Again, I am traveling for work the weekend before the exchange, so I have to work on it now.

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Self Portrait in progress

It’s not that I was really excited to do this project, it’s that my meeting of the OKQ study group is Tues the 28th, and I will just have returned from NYC. With no time to do this on the weekend upcoming, I had to finish it now.

I took the photo in the previous post and printed it 8 x 8 inches square. I drew the lines of the shadows and lips on the front with a permanent marker and then flipped it over and retraced the lines for a clean copy on the back. That was yesterday. Today I took that copy to Kinko’s and blew it up 150%. Traced over that copy with fusible web, picked my fabrics, and cut away. I will be quilting in wrinkles and doing some thread painting on the lips.
The mole scar on the upper lip is hard to see in this picture, and the colors are a bit orangey in the photo than they are in real life.

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Extreme close-up

The OKQ (Off Kilter Quilters) study group’s next challenge is “self portraits”. Inspired by Quilting Arts magazine’s challenge results (Winter 2005), ours are to be 12 inches square and include a machine applique technique. It’s also supposed to include something others might not see. I toyed with all kinds of head shot ideas, sketched a whole lot of samples. But, I was most inspired by a quilt in the challenge results that were not of the face of the person, but her body instead. Now, I’m not that brave…. But, it got me to think outside of the headshot and to focus on something else. Here it is. It’s not just the dimple though. It’s the two scars from moles I had removed a couple of years ago. And the smile, which has been missing from my face lately. Once it make the piece, I’ll photograph it and post it. I can’t wait to get started. Oh, and photographs this close up show me how bad my skin really is and that wrinkles are catching up with me.

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