Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hot! Hot! Hot! quilt for a dreary day

Yesterday was kind of chilly and gray and dreary. Did I mention "chilly?" Make that "chili!" After my father left to visit friends from Cary, my friend Carolyn came over with her Red Hot Chili Peppers quilt top. Perfect to brighten and heat up any kind of weather!I don't know where she found so many pepper-themed fabrics, but they look great together. Can you say "Hot! Hot! Hot!"

If the peppers don't have enough heat for you, how about adding some hot sauce?We selected a King Tut variegated cotton thread called "Autumn Colors." It blended well with the colors of the fabric. On the back, I used a medium brown Bottom Line thread on Super Bob bobbins. It blended well with the colors on the top, although shows slightly on the yellow. Of course, we decided that a "flame" quilting motif would be perfect!

This quilt is only about 51" x 63" and worked up quickly. Only about five minutes of "frogging" this time.
Dad got home just as I was finishing, and watched me operate my Gammill longarm.
After that, we started talking about art quilts. (If you are new to my blog, my father, Pete Turner, is a retired commercial artist and fine artist.) We talked about composition and I mentioned my "Think Like an Artist" online classes with Pamela Allen. We ended up watching the trunk show of her DVD, and he loved it! Then he got absorbed in my copy of The Masters Art Quilts, which also has a section devoted to Pamela. The other artist he most admired was another of my quilting goddesses, Caryl Bryer Fallert.
Love having my pops here with me! My DH is supportive of my quilting, but not interested in any of the process or design involved. Dad is happy that at least one of his seven children is dabbling in the arts.
Tonight we are supposed to go to a German restaurant for dinner with our son Dave and wife Emily. Charlie used to play trombone in The Little German Band of Cary, which was not little at all with about a hundred members. They dressed in Bavarian costumes and performed at Octoberfests, festivals, and even traveled to Germany and Austria for a memorable trip back in 1976. I doubt my dirndl would still fit me, but we are looking forward to an evening of brats and German potato salad.


Vicki W said...

What a great day with your Dad!

Michelle said...

oh that is glorious! What a fun and beautiful quilt. All the HOT colors work so well together. Glad you are enjoying some time w/ your dad.