Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2009 Quilts

I didn't finish many quilts this year. Instead, I spent a lot of time teaching a few friends to quilt. I also practiced batch quilting. I did a bunch of quilt tops all at one time, then a bunch of quilting, then a bunch of binding.

So, I finished six quilts completely (see photos), and quilted four quilts that don't have bindings yet, and made four additional quilt tops. I also went to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in San Jose in October, and learned several new techniques and practiced machine quilting.

Here are the quilts I've finished in the last year.

This is Jason and Phu's wedding quilt.

This is Rich and Patty's wedding quilt.

This is Sarah's baby's quilt.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

2008 Quilts

This quilt was given to Dorinda. The colors remind me of the east bay hills where she lives. This was my second attempt at freehand machine quilting. It was really difficult to get the tension right for the back of the quilt. The front looks alright though.

This quilt is Peter and Amy's wedding present. I'd been saving blue scraps for ages for this quilt. I didn't think I'd like it, but I actually adore it, especially the pieced back.

This is my cousin Chris's baby Alexia's baby quilt. I love the flowers in the circles.

This is Jolene's baby's quilt. I call it "Down to the River." It was my idea to do the rays out from the corner and Mark's to do the wavy lines.

I've had the fabric for this quilt for several years. It took me ages to figure out what it wanted to do. This is the second quilt I've experimented with free-hand machine quilting on.

By the end, my swirls got pretty good.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

2007 Quilts

This was an experiment in crazy stack-n-whack nine patch.

This was my second improvised scrap quilt. I did this at the very beginning of the year. I love this one.

This is Owan's quilt, my 7 month old cousin.

This quilt is made from the block called "drunkard's path." I took a workshop at Black Cat Quilts in the sunset to learn this block. It's wonderfully versatile and easy. I've used it in several quilts since.

This is Addy's quilt. It paisley flannel is one of my favorite fabrics ever.

I made this quilt top in January. I'd been collecting color-coded scraps for it for several years. I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I quilted it with my new sewing machine. I took the feed dogs down and tried free-motion quilting, which is much harder than I thought, but still fun. I look forward to practicing more of this. This quilt was for the Batya's.

This is Rowan's quilt. It's a compilation of extra squares from previous baby quilts with the little monsters fabric. This was a lot of fun to put together. It was the first quilt I quilted with my new machine, which is awesome! SOOOO much easier to quilt now.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

2006 Quilts

2006 was a busy year, so I didn't take much time to exercise my fiber creativity. I managed to finish three quilts. All three of which were started in January.

Balance. The scraps in this quilt came from fabric and thrift shops all across the US from my 2005 travels. I wanted to work with circles, which was harder than I expected.

Squares. The fabric in this quilt is mostly from SCRAP in Portland. I found two fabric sample books that I thought would go well together.

Red. With this quilt I wanted to do free form, sewing piece to the next piece without a bigger vision of the finished product in mind. I love this one.

Monday, January 01, 2007


I've been quilting for two years now. I had no idea how much I would love it when I took my first quilting class at Eddie's Quilting Bee in Mountain View, CA.

Sarah's Quilt. This quilt is made of silk samples from my favorite silk store in Los Altos, Thai Silks. The border, binding and back are all cotton. It's fits a twin size bed.

This is the backside of Sarah's Quilt. It makes a huge mess!

Island Paradise. Not that one needs a quilt on an island, but when it's cold or foggy, wouldn't it be nice to be wrapped up in jungle warmth? The tropical themed scraps are sewn on a fleece blanket. * $75 *

Nanette's Quilt. These are fabric samples turned into crazy log cabins and sewn onto a thrift store chenille blanket.

Lilac. More fabric samples.

Shannon's Quilt. The quilt pattern here was inspired by a fabric sample book.

Mom's Quilt. Most of the fabric in this quilt are vintage scraps.

Crazy Quilt. Andi, my quilting partner in crime, and I brought together the scraps from our first season of quilting. This crazy log cabin quilt is the result.

Dad's Quilt. There's a great silk fabric store in Los Altos. They always have bags of silk samples that they don't need any more for sale. It looked like quilt blocks to me! This was my first experimental quilt.

Little Monsters I. I love the little monsters fabric in this quilt! It is the perfect fabric for a baby quilt. No more monsters under the bed because they're on the bed!

Little Monsters II. Aren't the monsters cute?

Natalia's Quilt. Natalia has spent a of time in the jungle, so I thought she would enjoy these batiks. I think now, it might have been better to do something with a red instead. But, my bias towards orange choose the fabric instead.

Jesser's Quilt. Jess loves red and black, as you can see by her apartment!

Sunflower Sunset. This is a quilt I made for Jess last year. (She's one of my scarf models!) The flowers reminded me of her.

Grandma's Quilt. She likes purple and pink, and being a veteran hand-quilter, thought enough of my quilt to keep on the back of her recliner. All the quilts I make are meant to be used and can stand up to machine washing.

Starry Night. This is the second quilt I made. I didn't know how much of an endeavor it would be to go from a crip size quilt to a queen size quilt.

My First and Favorite Fairy Quilt. This is the one I made and finished in the weekend workshop at Eddie's.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Opera Scarf

Each Opera Scarf is a one-of-a-kind creation that weaves together simplicity and elegance, designed to showcase the art of the unique, hand-dyed yarn itself.

On the Missouri farm where Velma was raised, her father spins beautiful, multi-colored yarns -- each skein a work of art. The raw fleece is washed, dyed and spun by hand to minimize the processing, and retain the innate warmth, texture and character of the natural wool.

For the artist, it is a labor of love to select the materials that complement “dad’s yarns” -- while adding a sparkle that is all her own. The final product blends the comfortable warmth of the artist’s Missouri roots with the whimsical color and sophisticated style of her adopted home in San Francisco.

If you would like to special order an Opera Scarf, please email me at Velma(at)Velma(dot)org.