Friday, October 23, 2009

Rats and Cats

Maybe it's my Halloween mood... but I've started knitting a "rat race" scarf! Here are the first three rats:This came in a kit from Morehouse Farm (the same folks who sell the alligator scarf kit that I made for my niece last year). There will be 8 rats with beady red eyes when it's done. n This one might go to my brother... Morehouse has some seriously cute patterns but I wish the yarn was a little bit softer for wearing around the neck.

And, look! There are cats to go with the rats. This is the quilt I finished up for the East Bay Humane Society's annual cat art auction or sale. I don't know whether this will go in the auction yet, or whether I need to set a price for it. I always have trouble with that. I call it "Patient Cats Waiting for Dinner" -- sort of a lesson for Bucky, who is anything but patient when it comes to mealtime!

I tried a variety of quilting patterns in this, spurred on by Leah's 365 days of filler patterns. This one was really fun to do -- it's roughly based on her "radio static" but a little sloppier than hers!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

PIQF Report

My plan to go to PIQF on Friday to avoid the Saturday crowds sort of backfired! It was jammed yesterday, and often hard to see (and photograph) the quilts. Overall I thought the show was a good one -- although I did have some "what were they thinking when they juried this in?" moments. Quilts still tend to be more heavily quilted than I like, and there's the increasing trend of "paint the fabric and then stitch it" rather than doing any piecing. I still like pieced quilts better!

Here are just a few of my favorites:
Habitat in the Sun, by Morag Orr-Stevens of Canada (65" x 67")
Parasol, by Liz Jones of the UK (39" square)
Not Even Solomon... by Ruth de Vos of Australia (71" x 58")
Storm Warning, by Shirley Prakke of South Africa (50"x55")
here's a close-up of one of the rows of tiny houses and a mola-style applique; there are words embroidered in the darker red strips
Marshland, by Lynda Christiansen of Eugene, OR (32" square)

I managed to spend practically nothing at the fabric vendors, but I did do some damage to my wallet on the scrumptious box of yarn:
It came with a pattern for a short-sleeved cardigan knitted in random vertical stripes of the various yarns. I can't wait to get started on this!

And, I did have a chance to meet up with Libby briefly -- we live pretty close together and have been blog-friends for a while but never managed to connect in person before.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Virtual Quilt Show

Today is the first day of the virtual quilt show, hosted by Park City Girl -- visit her blog to see the complete list of participants.

This was the first "big" quilt I made -- it was a block of the month on Planet Patchwork, and I remember waiting impatiently for each new section to be posted! I've always liked the brights-on-black look, even when I was a little girl, and I love the way these various blocks fit together like a puzzle. The pattern was called "Chaos Harmony" but I call mine Celestial Chaos.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

PIQF anyone?

The Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara is only two weeks away. In the past few years I've been lucky enough to meet several bloggers there and it's always a treat to see people in person after you've been "virtual" friends for a while.

So -- who's going, and which days? I'm planning to be there on Friday the 16th and probably on Sunday the 18th as well. Leave me a message if you'll be there.