Thursday, February 23, 2012

One mini finish...

I can only show you one of my mini finishes since the other 2 are still a surprise. Here is the books that I started last Friday night. 

This is the first time that I sewed using selvages.  It was fun picking out 'titles' for my books. 
Some of my favorites...

See Hometown/Chicago? Just so happens that Chicago (or at least the suburbs of) is my hometown.  But my real favorite is Fowl Play made From Scratch. Sounds like a mystery novel to me.  

After finishing the upper portion of this quilt, I decided I should challenge myself a little more and create letters for the word 'READ'. I used inspiration from Tonya Ricucci of Lazy Girl Quilting.  This is my first attempt at word play.

Not perfect but I'll take it! It was fun to do.

I found a striped piece of fabric in my stash that works with the linear design of the books. 

This quilt now resides in the 4th grade classroom of my niece-in-law, Meg (my nephew's wife).  Pretty perfect place!

Last Saturday my DH and DD1 went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. There were several interesting installations. 
[I apologize for not remembering the names of the artist.]


This very large piece was made with spaghetti noodles. It was quite dynamic...not only in size but in the colors and depth of the painting. 

My favorite piece was this sculpture. 

I could walk around it a million times and each time it would change. What you saw depended on where you stood. Moving one little step forwards, backwards, to the right, or left changed the sculpture. This was so mind boggling. 

The art was also in the staircase. Beautiful architecture!

Well, I hope to be able to share more of my minis soon. Thanks to all of you that have inquired. Stay tuned!

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  1. Love the mini!!! So cute!! Thanks for linking up :)

  2. Your mini is adorable!!! TFS

  3. aaaaaah! The books are done and ready to read! They are SO awesome. What better place to hang than a classroom - cool! I haven't tried free pieced letters yet, but I will! You done good.

  4. This is a fabulous little quilt and I just love it! I would love to try to make one and will give you total credit for the inspiration :)

  5. I love the book quilt. Where did you find the words "Chicago"? How neat especially since I am from one of the burbs of Chicago. I love the quilt.

  6. I'm sure Meg and her students are enjoying your art. Adding the word READ was inspired, and I am sure will inspire the kids.
    I think I need to start saving selvages....


Sweet sentiments