Published in Quilting Arts magazine – 2014.07.27

A little boasting here.  My copy of Quilting Arts Magazine arrived this week, and it was a treat to see my ‘Kids in the Park’ quilt in the Readers Challenge section.

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And how cool is this?  When I went to the Quilting Daily site to see the Online Extras, I found my little quilt featured on the table of contents page!

You can read about how I made ‘Kids in the Park’ here.

If you get a chance to read the magazine, it’s also full of many colorful and inspiring art quilts and exciting techniques.

 

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Off my design wall – 2014.07.23

This is my second entry to the MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fabric challenge.  You can see my first entry here.

Inspired by these two quilts -  Paul’s entry to the Common Threads Indigo Project and Lisa’s Fractured Pi quilt – I decided to try improv wedges.

I had an idea in mind but didn’t draw it out ahead of time.  I figured I’d just go for it, and see what happened.  I added coordinating solids to each side of each of the 3 challenge prints.  Then I cut wedges in random widths.  This way, I got 2 sets of wedges from each print fabric.  See photos below.

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Then I arranged the 6 sets of wedges on my design wall and filled in the gaps with more solids.   I used two shades of gray for the binding.  It only took a couple of days from start to finish (which is good because the MQG deadline is Friday) and I’m very happy with it.  It’s 34 x 32 inches.

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Now, back to the portrait quilt (it’s all fused, and I’ve started thread-sketching the details).

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On my design wall – 2014.07.16

DSCN3724Last week, I showed my progress on the Kalina part of the fabric portrait of Thomas and Kalina.  I mentioned that I thought the lightest fabric might be too light – and many of you agreed.   So while I worked on the Thomas part of the portrait, I auditioned a lot of alternative fabrics – many were too dark, some were too light.

Eventually I settled on a fabric that is almost ‘just right’ – it could be considered a tiny bit too dark (depending on the light) but I decided I would rather have a fabric that was a tad too dark, rather than too light.  I was concerned about whether I would be able to remove the original fabric, and had considered fusing the new fabric on top of it, if necessary.  Luckily, I had pressed the fused fabrics, but only lightly, so I was able to slip a pin under the too light fabric and lift it right off.

Interestingly, I had the same problem with the lightest fabric for Thomas’ face – the first one I selected was also too light.   I think I’ve finalized all the fabric selections – but right now, they are just pressed to parchment paper, and the Thomas section is not actually fused to the Kalina section yet.  I want to let it sit for a day before I do the final fusing, and start sewing.  I’d love to know what you think of it.

Thomas & Kalina - in progress

(As I said last week, I’m just showing it in black & white until after the wedding – then I’ll post it in all its glorious surrealistic color – want to guess what colors I’ve used?)

 

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On my design wall – 2014.07.10

I’m working on a new portrait quilt. Tom and Kalina are getting married later in July, and I’m making a quilt portrait for them.  The quilt will be based on one of their engagement photos.  Kalina said she liked the idea of surrealistic colors, so we talked about what their favorite (and least favorite) colors are. Here are some of the colors I’m considering for the quilt.  With surrealistic colors, it’s very important to ensure the values are correct, and it’s difficult (at least I find it is) to judge values when looking at colors.  So after arranging the fabric swatches by value as best I can, I take a photo and convert it to black & white, to confirm the fabrics are correctly sorted by value.

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Then, I selected fabrics for Kalina.  (I’m just going to show the portrait in black & white for now.  Kalina knows which photo I’m using, but the actually colors I’ve selected will be a surprise.  I’ll post a color version of the finished quilt after the wedding.)  Here is what it looks like right now, with Kalina composed in fabric, and the photo of Tom.  I’m thinking the lightest fabric I used on Kalina’s face might be too light – any thoughts?  I’ll contemplate that while I select fabrics for Tom.

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Weekend finish – 2014.07.06

I finished my first quilt for the MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fabric challenge.

As I said in my previous post, I layered the quilt, then sewed the bias tape through all the layers.  I quilted each section with straight lines starting from the outside edge of the section and working inward to the center.   I decided to sew the binding on before quilting – to make it easier to quilt the sections on the outside edges.  I made the binding wider than my normal binding – 1/2 inch wide, the same width as the bias tape (wider than my normal binding).

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Work in progress – 2014.07.02

Plus sign squaresFor the MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fabric challenge I initially made ‘plus’ blocks in a variety of sizes.  I ran out of fabric, so decided to wait until I got another bundle at the next VMQG meeting.

By the time I received more fabric, I realized that I wasn’t happy with the blocks I had.  I considered several designs with these fabrics, and finally realized that (for me) the 6 fabrics just didn’t work well together.  I decided to use my second bundle of fabrics to make 2 separate quilts, each using 3 of the fabrics.

MQG - Petal PinwheelsFor the first set of 3 fabrics, I added solids in dark gray, very light gray and yellow, plus a bit of peacock blue for added zip.  The inspiration for this quilt design is this DIY painting.  I used bias tape for the straight lines.  In this photo, all the bias tape has been sewn on, except the peacock blue.  Next I’m going to bind it (probably with several colors), then I will quilt each section.

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DSCN3681I have an idea in mind for the 2nd set of 3 fabrics, but I haven’t started working on it yet.  Hopefully I can get it finished before the deadline.

 

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Weekend finish – 2014.06.21

I finished my Converging Corners quilt.

It started back in March, when I submitted this block lottery idea to my guild – the Vancouver MQG.  I loved the bright colors with the solid white background.  I made sample blocks to show my guild – I just had to make 4 of them so I could see the effect of the converging corners.  At the April meeting, several members brought blocks – there were a total of 22 blocks.  We held the block lottery, and I won!

I only used 16 of the blocks because I wanted a square quilt.  (I gave the extra 6 blocks to one of my fellow guild members, because she had made 8 blocks for the lottery!)  When I pieced the blocks together, I decided to insert skinny black strips at each corner, and I really think it ties all the blocks together.  As I explained in this post, I had originally planned to bind it with black, but decided instead on a 1/4 inch black border with scrappy colorful 3/8 inch binding.  I’m very happy with how it looks.

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