Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Quip - Sleep Jezebel and Warhol's Itch Return Home

Good Day,

Our Sleep Jezebel and Warhol's Itch have both arrive back home from England and the Festival of Quilts 2015.

The following are the judge's comments. Andy and I always take judge's comments and notes in stride. It is a part of our learning experience.

Sleep Jezebel - JSAB
Sleep Jezebel -

Judge - "A novel approach to patchwork with interesting results - the quilting creates a vivid secondary design, but the work would improve with a bit more quilting."

Judge - "Lots of 'jaggy' shapes here in the piecing and quilting. On one interpretation, colour choice might be described as bland. A worthy attempt."

Warhol's Itch - JSAB
Warhol's Itch -

Judge - "An interesting combination of cross stitch on bright colored backgrounds. An original idea and the pleated background fabric adds depth - however I feel the blocks are a bit lost on the light background."

Judge - "An unusual quilt and an ambitious project. It will create interest at the show."

I asked the following question on a couple of quilting forums –

“Does anyone know of any venue for display and/or competition where the quilt expectancies are not necessarily “pigeon-holed” (if that makes any sense)?”

Not sure if anyone understood my question. I could reword the question to read -

“Are there any open/free-form quilt displays and/or competitions?”

If you have any comment, thought, ideas feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Monday, July 27, 2015

My Quip - Our Betty Whites Head On Home

Good Day,

Our Betty Whites, BW 1950 and BW 2010 are on their way home.


The two of them have been on the road and as a part of the featured exhibition Notable Women Quilt Initiative since early 2014.

Thank you to Janis Stokes for effort and tremendous work. Please let us free that Andy and I would be honored to be a part of your future endeavors.

Our Betty Whites journey began in October 2013 when Andy and I answered a call for entry. BW 1950 and BW 2010 are two small quilts, each 24" square", created as abstract mosaics from two portraits of Betty White. BW 1950 from a black and white 1950 portrait photagraph; BW 2010 a color 2010 image.

Our complete detail and progress can be seen at the following links -







If you have any comment, thought, ideas feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My Quip – Sleep Jezebel and Warhol’s Itch Off to England

Good Day,

Our two quilts Sleep Jezebel and Warhol’s Itch have been accepted for display at The Festival of Quilts 2015 in Birmingham, England.


The show and competition will be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Thursday 06 August 2015 – Sunday 09 August 2015, Halls 7 – 9. (http://www.thenec.co.uk/whatson/the-festival-of-quilts)

Check out the links to our write-ups.

Sleep Jezebel - Andy Brunhammer and Jim Smith, 2014

Sleep Jezebel – http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2014/10/q124-sleep-jezebel-quilt-and-wall.html

Warhol's Itch - Andy Brunhammer and Jim Smith, 2014

Warhol’s Itchhttp://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2014/04/q117-warhols-itch-quilt-and-wall-hanging.html

If you have any comment, thought, idea, question, please feel free to contact Andy or me via email at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Q129 – Moon Over Bayshore – Quilt

Good Day,


Andy and I would like to introduce our newly completed queen size quilt and bedspread, Moon Over Bayshore.  This is our 129th quilt.


Here is the original draft of our design.


We began the thoughts and workings about a year ago when we were approached to make a custom bed spread/quilt. And of course it had to include the full moon.

The final draft design, the colors, and the choice of Sew Batik fabrics were made and finalized this past February. The construction of the Moon Over Bayshore is a pieced design on our drawing transposed on to strips of muslin. This quilt is composed of 4 layers: the top; muslin; batting; and the backing.

The dimensions of Moon Over Bayshore are: Width – 80” (203 cms) and Length – 90 ½” (230 cms).

The design of the quilting is a dense configuration to highlight the moon, the night sky, the girders, the buildings, and the water reflections. All quilting was done on our Longarm and our Domestic machines. The thread is YLI brand.

Follow the progress and updates of our work at the following posts –

April 25 - My Quip – A New Quilt on the Way – Moon Over Bayshore

April 26 - My Quip - Moon Over Bayshore - Question/Answer 

May 4 - My Quip – Moon Over Bayshore – Progress Update

May 17 - My Quip – Moon Over Bayshore – Update – Top Completed

More images –





And the back –



Moon Over Bayshore has been delivered. And its new home is in Tampa, Florida. Success…


Please feel free to email Andy and me at Quilts SB if you have any questions, comments, thoughts, ideas.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Monday, June 1, 2015

My Quip - Our New Quilt Project - Hope


Good Day,

Andy and I have decided to branch out on a new quilting project. Our new quilt project is named - Hope.

At this point in time all we can say is that we know that we have been inspired by a number of persons...and a thought...and a legend.

I stumbled upon the story of Sadako Sasaki "a Japanese girl who was 24 months old when she was exposed to radiation... and, at the age of 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a nursing home, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand, inspired by the senbazuru legend." (Thousand origami cranes, Wikipedia.)

Almost simultaneously I chanced upon Mike F. on the other side of our continent who has been presenting his beautiful Crane block creations online. At this time he is up to his number 678.


And what a perfect project for our leftover and scrap fabric.


Andy I have decided to create two different size blocks; not sewn 6 ½” and 5 ¼”.  And we're going to try and create the 1,000 cranes.


We are drawing our own paper patterns for each Crane thanks to Quilting Arts magazine; Free Quilting Patterns. Each paper-pieced Crane, from start to finish, takes about 45 minutes.  That's 45,000 minutes; 750 hours; 31 ¼ days.  And that's just the blocks.

The project design is a secret. You'll just have to keep checking back to see where we're going with our Hope.


And our 7th Crane.



If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments please feel free to email Andy or me at Quilts SB.

Also please note that our Quilts SB new URL address is http://www.quiltssb.com.

Enjoy,

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Friday, May 29, 2015

My Quip - Equality - 2015 St. Petersburg Gala

Good Day,

Our Equality Quilt will be auctioned off tonight at the Equality Florida 2015 Greater St. Petersburg Gala at the Mahaffey Theater.


Wonder who’s home will be it’s new home?

Enjoy,

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Quip – Moon Over Bayshore – Update – Top Completed

Good Day,

Guess what? All strips for our new quilt Moon Over Bayshore have been pieced and sewn together.

Here's my original drawing -


and our top - Moon Over Bayshore.


Some more images of our progress -


Max has to supervise.





Now comes the cutting, squaring off, and framing. Then the formation of the quilt-wich. Now I will be designing the quilting and then Andy will be loading it to our Longarm. We will be using both table top/domestic and Longarm sewing machines.

The top looks fantastic.


Follow our progress up to this point with the following links.

My Quip – A New Quilt on the Way – Moon Over Bayshore

My Quip - Moon Over Bayshore - Question/Answer

My Quip – Moon Over Bayshore – Progress Update

Feel free to contact us if you have questions, comments, praise, thoughts, ideas, or if you would like us to commission your special quilt or wall-hanging. Please email us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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