Catchy creative titles for quilts – 2015.08.21

Sometimes I really struggle to come up with a good title, especially for my abstract art quilts.  I’m often tempted to call them Circle 1, Circle 2, etc. but I love catchy, creative titles, so I spend a lot of time trying to come up with good ones.  I asked an online group of SAQA members how they come up with titles for their art, or if they think a title is even necessary.  

Most people thought titles were important, and there were a lot of great suggestions about how to generate ideas for titles including: asking friends, searching online, referring to a dictionary or thesaurus, using usual words or interesting phrases.  Most of these ideas are things I already do, but they spurred me to do more online research.

I found some great blog posts about titling art, including these ones:

I also found these websites which I’ve bookmarked for future reference:

This is the quilt that I currently need a title for.   There’s no deep meaning or emotion involved with this quilt.  My inspiration was the relationship of straight and curved lines, and some fabrics in colors I thought would work well together.

TerryAske_unnamed circle quilt

 

I think part of my frustration with naming this quilt is that I was quite pleased the name of my previous circle quilt ‘Circular Thinking‘, and I felt the need to come up with an equally good title for this one.  I considered ‘Circular Thinking 2′, but also ‘Circle of Lines and Color’, or ‘Circle of Magenta and Mustard’ (alliteration!).

I also asked readers of my blog and my Instagram followers for suggestions for this quilt, and was very impressed with all the ideas, including:  Missing Moon, Poolside, Reversal of Fortune, Through the Looking Glass, Porthole, Glimpse, Topsy Curvy, Eclipse and Eclipsed.  Many of these have given me ideas for future circle quilts!

I’m still mulling over what title I will give this quilt.   I have to decide soon, because I’m going to submit it to an art quilt show.

So how do you come up with titles for your quilts or other artwork?  Do you think a catchy title is important?  Do you have any tips or suggestions you’d like to share?

 

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Off my design wall – another circle quilt – 2015.08.19

Another week, another circle quilt!

Although it looks finished, this quilt can still be considered a WiP because it doesn’t yet have a label, a hanging sleeve – or a title.  (If you’re interested in titles for quilts – or other artwork, for that matter – come back on Friday for a blog post on that subject.  And if you have an idea for a title for this quilt, please let me know.)

TerryAske-circle quilt

 

This quilt started with a design I made with MS Paint, and some fabrics I thought would work well together.    I decided to offset the vertical seams in the circle, rather than have them line up with the seams in the negative space around the circle.   Because I tend to have smaller pieces of fabric in my collection, I was forced to rearrange the colors from my original design.  For example, I had wanted to use a lot more of the yellow fabric, but I just didn’t have enough of it.   But that’s part of the challenge – working with the fabric I have.  Sometimes I find that frustrating, but in this case, I’m happy with the final result.

Stripes    TerryAske_CirclewithMagenta

 

I quilted straight vertical lines mostly 1/2″ apart, using a variety of thread colors, matching them to the fabrics in the circle section.   I particularly like the effect of the pink thread on the chartreuse fabric.

TerryAske-circle quilt-detail

 

I finished it with a facing, using my usual technique to reduce bulk in the corners.  This time, I planned ahead and before quilting the last couple of inches on each side, I squared and trimmed the quilt, and cut out the corners of the batting.  Then I quilted the last few vertical lines.  This way the quilting went right to the edges and I didn’t have to worry about it when I applied the facings.

TerryAske-reducing bulk in corners

 

Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced     Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts

 

 

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A finished art quilt and updated tutorial – 2015.08.16

When I showed the progress on ‘Circular Thinking’ a couple of weeks ago, it was quilted and just waiting to be faced.  I had quilted the right side with horizontal straight lines, and the left side with vertical lines.  I decided to add vertical quilting in the chartreuse portion of the circle, so that section now has a grid of quilting.  I’m really happy with the effect!

I’ve submitted to a show that I’ve never entered before, Quilts=Art=Quilts (QAQ), an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center.

TerryAske_CircularThinking

 

When I was applying the facing to this quilt, I decided to change my technique for reducing bulk in the corners.  I cut a 1″ square out of the batting in each corner.  I’ve updated my facing technique tutorial with this information.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many creative and inspirational projects.

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View my Quilts at Shows – 2015.08.14

Several of my quilts are currently on display, or will be in the next couple of months.

 

My circle quilt ‘Off-Center’ is on display at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland OR, in the Black to White exhibit.  The show will close tomorrow, August 15, 2015.

Aske.Terry-Off-Center-FULL

 

The Fibre Art Network’s exhibit Canadiana will be showing at the Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley from Aug. 17 to Nov. 10, 2015.  My art quilt ‘Air of Elegance‘ is part of this exhibit.

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Another Fibre Art Network exhibit, ‘Abstracted‘ will be on display at the Maple Ridge ACT Gallery in Maple Ridge BC from September 12 until sometime in October 2015.  This is a fabulous show – it explores the concepts of realistic and abstract art. Pairs of artists each selected a subject, and then one artist created a representative fibre art piece and the other created an abstract / non-representative fibre art piece.

I teamed up with my sister Anne for our entries titled ‘Solitude‘.  More information about our design process can be seen here.

Solitude_TerryAskeandAnnedeVerteuil

 

I was recently notified the following quilts have been juried into the 2015 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival in La Conner WA.  The festival takes place October 2 to 4, 2015.

The collaborative art quilt I made with my sister Anne, titled ‘Fire: an Element’ will be in the Fiber Art – Created Textiles category.

AnnedeVerteuilandTerryAske_FireanElement

 

My art quilt ‘Songhees Arbutus’ will be in the Original Pictorial Wall Quilt category.

TerryAske_SongheesArbutus

 

And two of my quilts ‘Shades of Gray’ and ‘Exploding Wedges’ were accepted for the Modern Bed or Wall Quilt category.

TerryAske_ShadesofGray  TerryAske_ExplodingWedges

 

If you have an opportunity to attend any of these shows and see some of my quilts in person, I’d love to hear what you think.

 

 

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On my design wall – Circles! – 2015.07.31

The circle quilt I started working on earlier this month is almost finished.  I quilted the right side with horizontal straight lines, and the left side with vertical lines.  I debated for a while if I wanted to finish it with a narrow black binding, or with a facing.  I decided the facing would make it look more ‘arty’ and less ‘quilty’, so that’s what I’m going to do.  I think I will call it ‘Circular Thinking’.

TerryAske_CircularThinking-beforefacing

 

I already have an idea for my next circle quilt.  Here’s a design I made with MS Paint, and the fabrics I will most likely use.  I want this to be an art piece as well, so I pulled out some of my most ‘arty’ fabrics.

Stripes  fabric selection

 

And, if that’s not enough about circle quilts, I’ve made a couple of new sample blocks for my Circles Circles Circles workshop, where I teach the freezer paper pattern technique that I used/will use for the 2 quilts above.  I will be teaching a workshop in November, and another one in January – dates and locations are listed on my Workshops page.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many creative and inspirational projects.

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On my design wall – 2015.07.15

I started designing a new circle quilt a couple of days ago.  I created a basic design in MS Paint.  I picked some contrasting colors without really thinking about the fabric I had on hand.

 

I wanted to use a combination of woven or woven-looking fabrics and fabrics with circle designs.  Of course, the colors I picked in MS Paint were not in my stash, so I changed my color choices based on fabric that I have on hand.  To no one’s surprise, the only piece of woven fabric big enough for the circle was – chartreuse!  I had to subdivide some of the sections because I didn’t have enough fabric, but I like the changes I’ve made.  This was my first design pinned to the wall.

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I liked the general concept, but thought it needed some more accents of color.  I’m going to add a narrow strip of violet, a wider strip of the black batik with multi-colored circles, and black binding to outline the circle.  The fabrics are just pinned in place right now, and more changes may occur to me before I sew it all together.

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Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced     Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts

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Water diamonds & workshops – 2015.07.10

A couple of days ago, I started cutting diamond shapes to use in the ‘Water’ quilt.   Today, I sewed three rows together – to figure out if the size I had cut would look good when sewn together.  I also experimented with pressing the seams – press all seams to the same side, press to the side alternating the direction for each row, or press open.  I decided pressing all the seams open worked the best for me.  And, I liked the finished size after sewing.

Now I’ve cut a lot more diamonds in a variety of fabrics.  At this point, they’re arranged on the design wall in no particular order.   I’m happy with the mix of dark and light fabrics – giving the impression of sunlight reflecting off the waves.  I plan to add more fabrics before sewing the diamonds together.  (The lower rows are the ones that have been sewn together.)  I’m keeping the curves next to the diamonds on my design wall, to make sure they work together, even if I don’t use exactly all the same fabrics.

TerryAske_water diamonds  TerryAske_water curves & diamonds

 

In other news, I’ve finally created a page on my blog with the descriptions of all the workshops I offer.  This should make it easier and simpler for guilds inquiring about my workshops, and for me when describing what I offer.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many creative and inspirational projects.

   Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

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