This quilt is for some friends’ little girl, due in April. As I mentioned before, I like minimal patchwork, with more of an emphasis on the stitching.

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The fabrics are all cottons (ie. durable and washable). After washing, it measures 35×42″, which will be big enough for a toddler to drag around (assuming she likes it). The tan and ivory polka dots are from Nani Iro. I really like how sweet and minimal it is. The foxes on the front are a little mischievous, and there are crickets hiding in the clover fabric on the back. Do you see them? (Look for the eyeballs.)

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The binding is the same orange as my last quilt. I had some left over and liked it with these fabrics, as well. I think it brings a nice pop of color to the neutral side.

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I’m very pleased with it. (I forgot to mention that about the last one. I was pleased with it, too!)

I spent some time this fall making a quilt for a friend’s little boy. I haven’t made very many other quilts, but I like a minimal approach to patchwork. The bottom 2/3 of the front side is navy and gold (below). The upper 1/3 is two lighter blues. The navy/ sea portion contains a gradation of stitched waves (most visible in third photo), close together near the horizon and fading toward the bottom.

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The light blue/ sky portion is stitched with unevenly-placed stars/ twinkles. (below)

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On the back is a herringbone printed fabric from Nani Iro. I’m always so pleased to get to use one of Naomi Ito’s lovely fabrics.

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The warm orange binding really makes the blues pop.

The fabrics and batting are all cotton. The whole things is machine wash- and dry-able. At about 3ft x 4ft, the quilt is little enough for a crib, but big enough for a toddler, when he gets that big.

 

 

October was mostly about drawing chickens and pigs. (There are MANY more I didn’t post.) After a summer full of vegetables and wild animals, I’ve begun drawing the domesticated animals that are raised for food. I have focused on heritage breeds in part because they’re more interesting to draw, being a little quirkier to look at than the major commercial breeds. I’m also interested in them because it’s one way that I can support sustainable agriculture. Learning about some of these breeds along the way has been fascinating. (Did you know there are wooly pigs? Or that pigs were traditionally classed as “bacon,” “lard,” or “pork” breeds?)

Figure drawing, on the other hand, is something that I’m usually practicing, to varying degrees. It’s always worth improving, and it takes a lot of practice to be truly good at it.

 

Graphite on drawing paper and bristol

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Berkshire, Saddleback, Tamworth and Guinea Hog

Graphite on newsprint or sketch paper

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Like with the chicken sketches, I was practicing body language, light and the particular differences in shapes and markings between breeds. The breeds, in order, are Ossabaw, Basque, Large White and Red Wattle.

Graphite on drawing paper

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Graphite or colored pencil on newsprint

The gesture drawings were an exercise to learn their body language. The slightly more finished ones were about light and feather texture.

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