I got my Michael Miller fabrics today

Michael Miller Fabrics is once again sponsoring the Modern Quilt Guild  members fabric challenge...and I got my 6 fabrics this morning at the NELA MQG meeting.  I've already added a few solids to the new Petal Pinwheels collection  but do not yet have a project idea.  But, that will come. 

Love being a part of the modern quilt movement and  having new eye candy in the house.  I'll be designing a quilt in my sleep tonight.   

Michael Miller fabric - petal pinwheels - modern guild member fabric challenge


For The Love Of - Springtime and flowers and paint and fabric

I awoke just in time to see the first ray of sunshine dancing across my fabric....painted flower on muslin.  Edited in Photoshop to include in Kim  Klassen's Texture Tuesday blog edition.....for the love of ~

Marty Mason painted fabric edited in photoshop with kim klassen's waterfront texture

Okay...Okay...so it's Wednesday - I'll get over being a day late if you will.   I still woke this morning with sunshine in my face and on my flowers. 

Painted fabric - a flower garden of one....by Marty Mason


.....and what a fun challenge it was ~

As if I didn't have enough projects to complete! 

When Victoria (as in 15 Minutes of Play, Bumble Beans) issued the Spring challenge, I just couldn't resist.  It's been a long and cold and wet winter and I was so desperately needing a Spring day when I saw her newly posted challenge. 

And I new just where my starting point was going to be.   After ordering the fat quarter bundle of Anna Maria Horner's new fabric collection, True Colors, I cut most of it into 7" hexagons for my next quilt.....but I saved all the little scraps.  Some fabrics are just too precious to trash....don't you agree?

Back to my story - here's the challenge block diagram.  Not much going on here!  But with high hopes of Spring nearby,  I intend to make it my own. 

Victoria says we can do anything to the block that we want....make it any size....sub-divide it even more....whatever.  Her only "rule" is that somewhere within the block, there must be some "made fabric."  Okay, I can follow that rule!  Using my left-overs from my True Colors collection, I set about making fabric which I then turned into a 4-patch square - flying geese.   Component #1 now complete x 4.  To SOLIDify my block, I found some Kona snow and cut into my attaching triangles to complete component #2 of the challenge block.  Now what?  Lucky for me I went to our local Hancock's the other day and found a home dec fabric remnant on sale which I thought read Spring.  Component #3 complete.  

BumbleBeans Spring block challenge by Marty Mason

I got four blocks completed just in time to STOP and smell the Spring flowers.  It's a skinny little wall-hanging - 8" x 32" with flower petals and leaf free-motion quilted.  Yes, Spring is bursting out all over the sewing room wall. 

BumbleBeans Spring block challenge by Marty Mason

BumbleBeans Spring block challenge by Marty Mason
BumbleBeans Spring block challenge by Marty Mason

We got rain last night....lots of rain

A friend of mine posted a Facebook picture of how high the rain water came up on her patio last night during all the rain....reminded me of this Johnny Cash song....."How High's The Water, Momma?"


For all the Johnny Cash fans.

True Colors - An April Calendar

Anna Maria Horner's "True Colors" fabric collection was just the right color for my April calendar.

April, 2014 Quilters' Calendar - Marty Mason


It's all about A Song Title - An Art Quilt

Have I told you lately that I belong to "Art Quilts Around the World", where 20 or more of us make  art quilts based on a chosen theme.  The theme this month was A Song Title.  After much deliberation, I decided on "Frog Went A Courtin'."  Here's my finished art quilt

"Froggy Went A Courtin' " an art quilt by Marty Mason

Notice that Miss Mouse isn't wearing white...rather, she has very blue hair today.  She did venture out of her hollow tree and is sitting on the roof top oogling at her fancy frog.   Also, the big black snake isn't big and isn't black, but is a joyful snake of many colors eyeing the frog for reasons other than Miss Mouse's. 

"Froggy Went A Courtin' " an art quilt by Marty Mason


In doing a little research about this folk song, I learned that there is quite the story behind the lyrics which have been altered and added onto and updated through the ages.   It dates back 400 years and was all about Queen Elizabeth I who very often gave members of her ministry animal names.   Although she never married and was known as the virgin queen, she did play love games with several suitors before rejecting them as unsuitable to be her king.  Her frog in the song refers to Francis, Duke of Alencon, France.

Froggy Went A Courtin' has been recorded by many, including Tex Ritter, Burl Ives, Bob Dylan,
Elvis Presley, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springstein....just to name a few.  I found this delightful version sung by Elizabeth Mitchell and thought it would be fun to share. 


Warning: This is Graphic!

I'm a privileged child.  And it feels good.  To be a part of the modern quilt movement.  A movement that is moving quickly.  And it feels good. 

I had the privilege and pleasure to view Heather Grant's "Design Fundamentals of Modern Quilting" webinar last night.  A rather intensive conversation on her view of the philosophy and aesthetics of modern quilting.  In her view, one of the design fundamentals is a bright and graphic color palette:

I think this makes my Christmas table runner pretty and bright and graphic.....therefore,  modern ~

example of a bright color pallette in graphic design - a modern quilted table runner by modern quilter, marty mason

graphic quilted table runner in black and white....by Marty Mason, modern quilter


Is Anybody Out There?

I've been so not  here lately
There's no excuse

It's just that "Ain't Nobody Home"  

a lyric to live by


BB King


It's A March, 2014 Calendar - Finally!

I wanted a PDF maker for Christmas, 2013.  It's now March 2014, and the learning curve is very low!

I wanted a PDF maker for Christmas.....2013.  It's now March, 2014, and I'm just learning how to use it.  It's a very slow work-in-progress.   Go figure:  Figure 1 - a delayed March calendar to help me keep up with what's remaining of the month. 

I close friend had a birthday March 3, but I did remember to send her Facebook Happy Birthday wishes.   Just yesterday I missed great-nephew Kale's 16th birthday.  So here is a shout out to him -  Sweet 16 and never kissed a girl!!!!  And in my own defense, I'm getting older too.  Tomorrow I'll be deeper in debt - but, who is counting money or years?  Not I, for sure.


Seriously having fun!

I've been having some serious fun with ugly fabric. It was a guild challenge that couldn't be resisted. Fifteen of us took the challenge to see who could come up with the best of the best with this pile of ugly fabric. It's all traditional and it's all ugly. My apology to each fabric designer.  Certainly, no offense is intended!

Thirteen ugly fabrics

Since I want to make a modern quilt out of this pile of ugly, I started out by making small quilt blocks then surrounding them with solids.  Hmmmm, well on my way to  making something pretty out of ugly.  Ugly is looking good!

 Block No. 3 - using 
 just a small dose of ugly. I'm almost home!

Not sure yet how many blocks I'll make.....probably nine. 
More later ~