Tuesday, June 26, 2012

We are starting a new series of quilts - all based on the same pattern pieces, so they could be considered colorways... but the two we have so far that are tone on tone are based on disasters that happened in the early 1900's in the United States.  The first is the Boston Molasses Flood, and the second is Isaac's Storm, based on the hurricane that struck Galveston, TX. 

More info and pictures will be forthcoming... the Boston Molasses Flood quilt is on the rack right now for quilting. 

The part of quilting that I seem to struggle with most is the border... what do I quilt there?  For BMF, it's taken me until now to figure that part out.  Isaac's Storm was easier... more on that one soon!  I've got the fabrics pulled, even the border and backing.  Just have to get BMF finished and start on Isaac's Storm. 

There may be another disaster quilt in the future, maybe the Chicago Fire?  Blacks, oranges, reds and yellows?  Hmm... may have to think on that.... hmm....  I think I know what the border quilting would be, too.... I think I may have to run with this one, too!

Anyway, back to the anvil! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Setting Hammer to Anvil

Welcome to the Patchwork Anvil!  We are, as our header says, a place where quilts are designed and made.  We make quilts that appeal to us and to others, and peddle our patterns.  At least, that's the plan! 

We're located in sunny North Texas, in a lovely quilt studio (we prefer the term quilt forge, because sometimes it's hot, there's a lot of noise, and heavy things get dropped on our feet! - well, maybe not the last one.  yet.).  The forge is firing up, and we've decided to set things in motion.

This blog will be a place to keep track of what we're working on, the temperature of the quilt forge, the manners of the quiltsmiths, and so on... hopefully with lots of pictures and so on!

The first picture is this: a shot of one area of our quilt forge:   As you can see, it's bright and cheerful and colorful.  It will only get more so as time progresses, I suspect.  And there will be more quilt pieces lounging about, taunting us by their mere presence.  (Okay, maybe not TAUNTING us, but certainly lounging about!)  This shot is from this weekend - we've just moved in.  Once the sign is done, I'll get a pic of it up, too, and so on. 

We've a myriad of machines in here, including Frank, who is our midarm quilter.  He's a recent addition, and I am extraordinarily pleased to have him along for the ride!

So, that's about it for our introduction... oh.  I am Shay, one of the quiltsmiths....  the others will introduce themselves in time.  :) 

Welcome to the Patchwork Anvil!