I made a quilt for my daughter who is having a rather big birthday this month. And, I flew to Chicago to deliver it. Some things you just have to present in person. Here are some pics from the process, most off my phone so they aren’t all that great.
Starting out, mid-January-
The center of the quilt is a Japanese gift wrapping cloth. I made a similar quilt in 2010. Using the Japanese fabrics and piecing, quilting and then assembling. There were 5 main pieces- 2 sides, the center, top center panel, bottom center panel.
I machine quilted each section, then put them together with a combination of machine and hand stitching.
Then sewed the sections together until,
It was all together! I will confess that I am most certainly not an expert quilter and some of my machine quilting was wonky enough that I had to remove it and quilt some parts by hand. So, it’s a mixed hand/machine piece.
It’s fun to do something completely different, every once in a while!
But not so quiet in my actual life. Since my last post, I finished my prototypes for West Elm and sent them off. Fingers crossed that all proceeds smoothly from here! Then I started prepping for a class that I taught at Gather Here over the weekend. I was having a hard time staying focused on that task and did a lot of cleaning, sorting, picking through, inventory-ing before I’d have to give myself a stern talking to and get back on track. It’s a January kind of activity. Anyway, the class was terrific!
Everyone worked hard and made some wonderful worlds.
And on Saturday night, I started a quilt. Because, you know, it’s January!
I booked a trip to Chicago in February- Hurray! Now to look into all the fun stuff since it will not be a working trip…. hmm- how does one do that?
Here are some ideas that don’t have to be wrapped!
How about the Sweet Paul/ Makerie Retreat in NYC this coming March. I’ll be making owls and I can not wait!
Or maybe you are more of a country person. How about the 2nd Art Retreat Camp in New Hampshire next August? I will be doing Tiny World pin cushions and a few other little fun projects. Here is a video for a little taste of summer.
And maybe it isn’t a retreat you are thinking of. How about a little bit of Art? I am showing one piece in a show at Art Stream- Off The Grid. All the Art is 6″ x 6″ and all available through their online shop.
I am going to try to get my act together and write up a list of recommendations for products that I love and maybe you might too. Let’s see if I manage to find the time!
So, all these Tiny Worlds? I’ve been making them all for the Holiday window of Gather Here, my favorite local fabric/yarn store. We set it up this morning.
I will go back when it isn’t raining and there is no glare on the glass so I can post better shots of the finished window. Here are the last of the tiny worlds that I made for it.
And then I tried out some new ideas! A castle in a gold tea cup-
This one has the garden I’ve always wanted. It was a challenge to photograph all the topiary.
And lastly, I stayed up late last night to finish this one. That meant that with the rain this morning, there was no way to take a good picture. But, here it is in the window, a tiny town on a hill!
and a few more Tiny Worlds!
I’m working on getting some fish and some owls into the shop. We’ll see how far I get today. Enjoy your day if you are celebrating Thanksgiving!
Another one of those red cups.
2 of the projects I mentioned in the last post involve me making Tiny World pin cushions. I am working on them a little at a time, so I’ll post them in a trickle between other finished items.
This tea cup has a book/writing/reading theme. Interesting!
This strawberry cup is say Spring to me.
I’m not sure why but I find this tea cup pattern in the thrift store fairly often.
That’s all for today!
Setting up on Saturday morning.
View from the front.
And view from inside.
It was a fantastic weekend- Thank You so Much to all the people that came out and said hello! Unfortunately I am usually completely distracted and afterwards wish I’d asked for a business card or something. Just know I appreciate everyone who visits!
I got home on Tuesday evening and went straight to the studio to get back to work. I am in flat-out work mode, getting ready for Crafty Bastards in less than 2 weeks- Yikes!
My life is very busy and exciting lately! This coming weekend, I will be in Chicago for the Renegade Craft Market. I hope some of you will come out and say hello!
And, today my appearance on Liz Smith’s (MadeinLowell) cable TV show went live. Believe it or not, I wasn’t totally cringing when I watched it. It just didn’t feel like I was watching me. Weird, eh? Liz is amazing and all her shows are super interesting.
Makers in Business with Liz Smith Ep 205 Mimi Kirchner from Liz Smith on Vimeo.
There is even more news- Check this out! I am going to be part of a weekend Art retreat in NYC in March- a collaboration of the Makerie and Sweet Paul Magazine. How fantastic is that! Check it out here and sign up to get more information. I am SO excited to be part of this event!
And what else? I am teaching the Tiny World Pin Cushion at the New England Quilt Museum on September 21.
I’ll be going down to Washington, DC for Crafty Bastards at the end of the month. All the info is here and a link for discounted admission is here.
Yes, things are crazy busy around here and that is fantastic!