Last year was the first year that the Cherrywood Fabrics challenge quilts came to the Sisters Quilt Show. That was the Lion King exhibit. I thought that was pretty awesome, but this Van Gogh exhibit is just amazing! The only quibble I have is that the exhibit room is a bit too small for so many visitors. I could have taken photos of every single quilt, it was that good. But it was crowded and hot and it seemed pointless to try, so when I discovered they sell an exhibit catalog and could ship it for free I was all in! If you haven't yet heard of these challenges (hard to believe, but there's always a possibility) check out the website here. You can still buy catalogs from all the previous challenges (Wicked, The Lion King and Van Gogh) and you can pre-order this year's challenge Prince (lots of purple!). These really are beautiful little gems. Enjoy!
One of the nice things about the Sisters Quilt Show is that there's something for everyone. This post is all about animals in quilts. There were some really fun ones and many were made from patterns or kits, but the pink horse above was done freehand. Isn't it wonderful!
This is my sister Cheryl (of Silly Dog Art Glass) who had a special birthday in June. I made this cat quilt for her with a technique new to me, but lots of fun. This design is from the book Crazy Favorite Things by Janet Nesbitt of One Sister Designs. I won the book at a guild meeting and within a week had this piece done, including hand quilting. This piecing method seems to be somewhere between a pattern and liberated piecing. If you have only used patterns before you might find it a nice way to dip your toe in the liberated water, so to speak.
I have finished several slow cloth pieces to add to the shop. A couple have sold already, so if you're interested, please check it out soon. Speaking of the shop, I've also added a bunch of new items including original paintings, hand painted greeting cards, stickers, printed greeting cards, and some hand stitched wearable art cuffs. As a reminder, handmade blank art journals, project bags, and pillow covers can be found in my KMS Handmade shop. I have changed all shipping options to free for domestic shipping and a small upcharge for Canada and Everywhere Else. I hope that makes it easier for those outside the US to purchase from my shops. If you feel so moved, I'd love it if you'd share my shop info with friends. Thank you!
These handmade cuffs were fun to make with vintage linens and some hand embroidery. Check them out in the shop to see all sides.
Frog Lady is the last of this series of faces in fabric. She came about because my friend Erin wanted to come over and make a face with me. I went through each step with her until we got to the hair and she had to go. It was a fun afternoon!
Erin is doing a self portrait for our Undercover Quilters group. She loves bright colors and especially purple, so it was really cool that she found the perfect Australian print for her hair.
I wanted to have some fun with the hair, so I pulled this African print from the stash and fussy cut the curls to do a wild hairdo. I had also just finished with Maria's frog shirt and had some scraps lying around. It seemed natural to add the little frogs to her cheeks, though I did just pin them on for a while to make sure I liked them.
Below you'll find a bunch of hair photos that all look a lot alike. I spent quite a while tweaking the curls until I got them just so and could fuse them on.
Finally it was time to quilt it. I really have come to like the adventure of the quilting. I no longer worry about whether I'm doing the "right thing" when it comes to the quilting lines. I just do it and each one is a little different. I have to say, though, I love the pink eyelashes on this one!