Weekend finish – 2015.05.17

‘Autumn Leaves’ is the theme of the current Quilting Arts Magazine reader challenge.  I love the colors of fall foliage, and I often take photos of leaves and trees with the idea I will someday use them as inspiration for a quilt.

I reviewed my collection of leaf images and found this one taken several years ago.  The colors are fabulous – the Sumac leaves are a glowing fiery red-orange color, which contrasts really well with the blue-green foliage in the background.  Using Picasa, I boosted the color and contrast, and cropped the photo.  Then I printed the image on fabric.

TerryAske-original photo  TerryAske-photo enhanced

I used a dark pink thread to outline the edges and thread-sketch the veins of the foreground leaves.

Thread-sketching foreground leaves  Thread-sketching back

Then I layered the quilt, and free-motion quilted the background with a teal thread.  The foreground leaves, stitched before layering, are slightly raised from the background, giving the quilt some dimension.  The quilt is only 8 x 10 inches and I thought a 1/4 inch binding would overwhelm it.  So I decided to see how narrow a binding I could make.  I used a single fold binding and stitched it so that only 3/16 inch shows on the front.  I’m very pleased with the effect.

TerryAske-FierySumacTerryAske-FierySumac-back

 

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2015.05.13 – Rainbow notebook cover and new baby!

Vancouver MQG is having a notebook cover swap with MQG Victoria.   Amy Dame wrote a fabulous, very detailed tutorial.  It was very easy to follow, and even though I haven’t made a notebook cover before, mine turned out very well.  I even added the bookmark and elastic closure.

It’s a secret swap, but I’m sure more than one person said they liked rainbow colors (which is right up my alley)!

Here’s the front and the inside cover.

DSCN4936  DSCN4933

 

And here’s the back and the other inside cover.

DSCN4935  DSCN4934

 

And I just have to boast about my brand new great-nephew, Henry, who I met last weekend.   He’s such a cutie!  Here is Henry on the quilt I made for him, and with his doting Auntie Terry.

Henry  Henry on quilt

Auntie Terry with Henry

 

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Weekend finish – 2015.05.10

The photo on the left is how the abstract modern portrait quilt looked when I posted about it last week.  I still wasn’t satisfied with the fabric selections for the groom’s neck and ear, so I changed them again.  I also decided the first background was too dark, so I changed it to a print with more white and less black.  Then I nudged all the pieces into place and fused them to the black background.

Wedding portrait - in progress-3  Wedding portrait - in progress-4

 

I quilted only in the black lines between the colors.  This added some dimension to the faces.  On the black & white leaf fabric, I quilted more densely to flatten it a bit.   You can see the quilting lines on the back of the quilt.  I added a thin black binding to finish it off – and of course, a hanging sleeve and a label.

TerryAske_WeddingAnniversaryPortrait   TerryAske_WeddingAnniversaryPortrait-back

 

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On my design wall – 2015.05.01

Now that my SAQA auction entry is finished, I’m back working on the wedding anniversary portrait.

On the left below is how it looked last week.  I found a medium gray fabric that works well for the groom’s shirt. And a black & white floral fabric for the background. I decided the groom’s face was too yellow and green, and needed some other colors.  I changed the neck fabric to a blue fabric.  I like the color but it’s too light as you can see in the black & white version. Even though I’m using surrealist colors, value is still important.

Wedding portrait - in progress  Wedding portrait - in progress-2  Wedding portrait - in progress-2-bw

 

Next, I tried a slightly darker blue, which I’m happy with.  I also changed the fabric for the ear.  I think both ear fabrics I’ve tried are too dark, so I’m going to find a lighter one.  Then I will be ready to fuse and stitch.

Wedding portrait - in progress-3  Wedding portrait - in progress-3-bw

 

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SAQA Auction quilt – 2015.04.29

Here’s my entry for the annual SAQA Benefit Auction.  Every year, many of SAQA’s members donate 12 x 12 inch square quilts which are displayed online, and auctioned in September and October.  The auction has a dual purpose – to increase the recognition of quilts as art and quilters as artists, and to raise funds to support SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach activities.

You can see the quilts here.  Currently there are 4 pages of quilts.  Keep checking back because many more will be added during the month of May.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed my sketch and some possible fabrics.  I knew which fabrics I was going to use for the tree trunk and foliage, but I spent a lot of time auditioning fabrics for the background.   Once I finally made my fabric decisions, I assembled the background, and quilted it before adding the tree.

TerryAske_SAQA auction  TerryAske-quilting background

 

Then I fused the tree trunk and foliage into the background, and did more quilting.  I then spent a lot more time auditioning binding fabric.  I’m thrilled with the end result.  It’s called ‘Happy Purple Tree’.

TerryAske_HappyPurpleTree

 

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On my design wall – 2015.04.26

Here’s a fun project!

I’ve made a lot of custom portrait quilts, but my clients usually request a fairly realistic looking portrait.  I made a self-portrait a few years ago in an abstract/pop art/Picasso/cubist style (as you can tell, I’m not really sure what style it is, but when I search with those words, I see portraits that look similar).  When my Dad admired my self-portrait, I made one for him too.  But this is the first time I’ve had a request from a client to make a portrait in this style.

4.TerryAske_CubistMe_full  TerryAske-modern portrait

My client says that every year for their anniversary she asks an artist to create an interpretation of their wedding photo.  Their collection includes a zombie version and one done entirely in Lego!  And now she’d like to add one of my abstract portraits.

This is the process I’m using.  I edited the photo with the Picasa pencil sketch effect, then printed it to the full size of the portrait – 11 x 15 inches.  I placed a sheet of tracing paper over the pencil sketch and drew the outlines and added design lines.

pencil sketch

Then I traced the individual pattern pieces onto fusible web.  I cut a piece of black fabric and started auditioning fabrics – the fun part, but also the most time consuming.  It’s important to have a good range of values and colors, but it’s hard to tell until they are all together on the design wall which fabrics will work and which won’t.

I started with the bride.  I decided it would be fun to use white fabrics for the bride’s veil and dress, and realistic dark colors for the groom’s hat and clothes.   I probably auditioned twice as many fabrics as I used, and I changed my mind a few times about some of the fabrics, but I’m happy with the colors below.  I made sure I had good value differences by converting the photo to black & white.

Bride  Bride-checking values

Then I started working on the groom.   My first selection of colors looked too cool, so I switched a couple of fabrics for warmer colors.  I love the star fabric I used for the hat.  I think the gray shirt might be a bit too dark, but I love the effect of the stripes.  I may have to go shopping for a slightly lighter gray stripe fabric.

all except groom's shirt  Wedding portrait - in progress

At this point, none of the fabrics are fused to the background (which is why some of the black lines have inconsistent widths).  The background area, which currently is black, will be a lighter color – but there’s no point in trying to select a background fabric until I’m sure of all the others.  I’m going to leave it for now, and see what I think tomorrow when I look at it with fresh eyes – and also see what my client thinks.

 

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On my design wall – 2015.04.22

I’m working on lots of projects right now, but none of them are at the point where I have any good photos to share, so instead I’ll show you some sample blocks I’ve been working on for an upcoming workshop I’ll be doing for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild in May.

I’m a little obsessed with circles – you can see some of my circle quilts here, and I’ve developed a few techniques that make it easy and quick to construct perfectly round circles.  I’m happy to be sharing my techniques with my very own guild.

Here are a couple of samples I made – they are about 12 inches square.

DSCN4680   DSCN4681

And here are some more designs I’ve created on the computer, but not yet created with fabric.Circle examples 3

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