Postcards received, WIP and QuiltCon entries – 2014.12.18

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my entries to Brandy Lynn‘s worldwide Snowflake postcard exchange.   On December 3rd, Brandy let us all know who we were exchanging postcards with, and I mailed mine off to Quebec and to the U.K.

Below you can see the gorgeous snowflake postcards I have received in the last week – all very different, and all beautiful!

Snowflake postcards received

The blue one is from Peggy in Quebec.  The multicolored one is from Annette in the U.K.  And the white one is a bonus postcard from my sister Anne in Victoria BC – who said once she started making postcards, she couldn’t stop!

 

I’m still working on pillow covers – two made and at least two more in progress.

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And the galaxy quilt is all fused.

Terry Aske - galaxy - fused together

 

I submitted 6 of my quilts to QuiltCon 2015, and last week I was happy to receive notification that one was accepted – ‘Shades of Gray’ (center of bottom row below) will be on display at QuiltCon in Austin in February.

Terry Aske QuiltCon entries

 

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Pillow improvements – 2014.12.10

I want to thank Nicole for her comment about my pillow cover problem.

I had said “I did make the mistake of making the cover a little too large for the pillow form, so I’ll buy a larger form for this cover.”

Nicole said “If your pillow form is a bit small, you can wrap a strip of batting around it as many times as you need. You can roughly hand stitch the sides together but you don’t have to.”  What a brilliant idea!

I had a length of puffy poly batting (I can’t remember why I bought it) that was perfect.  I just wrapped it around the pillow form and stuffed it back in the cover.  It looks like it could use a bit more stuffing in the corners, but I’ll do that later.  I was also able to get photos with more accurate colors.  On the left is the pillow with just the pillow form; on the right after I wrapped a couple lengths of poly batting around the form.  Thanks, Nicole!

DSCN4264  Pillow - batting added

 

Here’s a peak at my progress on the galaxy quilt.  All fabrics pressed to freezer paper templates, and pinned to the design wall.  I’m going to change the gray on gray star fabric for a dark navy with white dots.  I’ll do start-to-finish post when it’s completed, showing my construction process.

TerryAske-galaxy-pinned to design wall

 

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Finished modern quilt and pillow cover – 2014.12.05

I have a couple of finishes to share today.

I’ve finished my VMQG Round Robin quilt.   When I brought it home from the guild meeting, I pinned it to my design wall and contemplated it for a few days.   I decided that some of the final borders were too wide – they seemed to be overpowering the center.   After debating with myself for a while, I cut some of the outer borders in half lengthwise (flying geese became half-square triangles).  I used some of the off-cuts as additional borders, and changed the shape from a rectangle to a square.   I pieced some of the off-cuts into the back, along with some darker borders I made that didn’t work out for the front.

I quilted it with a wonky square spiral, starting from the center of the circle block (which was my original block).  You can see the quilting better from the back.

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I bound it with black prints a few solid colors.  I’m trying to think of a title for it – any suggestions?

I found the I really enjoyed the whole Round Robin process, and plan to participate again next year.

 

I also completed the pillow cover I started a couple of weeks ago.  I quilted it with black thread and bound it with black fabric.  I even put a zipper in the back.  I really like how it looks, and I’m going to make several more pillow covers with the same fabrics.  I did make the mistake of making the cover a little too large for the pillow form, so I’ll buy a larger form for this cover.

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A new project on my design wall – 2014.12.03

For some time now, I’ve been thinking about making an abstract art quilt of a spiral galaxy.   A few weeks ago I made a rough sketch.  Since I want the quilt to have an abstract look, I decided to just enlarge the sketch, rather than refining it making numerous more detailed drawings.

Here’s my original sketch.  I photocopied it at 400%, and traced it onto tracing paper with a more dramatic tilt to it.

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Then I enlarged the tracing paper image by 400% onto 8 pieces of 11 x 17 inch paper.  I taped those together to make my full-size pattern, which you can see below on my design wall.  I’ve pulled a lot of fabrics that have black or dark backgrounds, plus a couple of lighter ones for the center.  Which fabrics actually end up in the quilt will depend on how they look when I pin them to the design wall.

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I’m going to rough cut the fabrics and pin them on top of the pattern, starting in the middle and working out to the edges.  Once I’m happy with my fabric choices, I’ll apply fusible web on the edges and trim them to their final shapes.

 

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Snowflakes – 2014.11.29

Brandy Lynn of Brandy Lynn Designs has organized another fiber postcard exchange – theme: Snowflakes.  (I missed the summer Maple Leaf exchange, so when I saw the announcement for this one, I signed up right away.)

Terry Aske  Terry Aske Snowflake Postcards

I decided to go with a gold and black color scheme, and a modern look.  I cut narrow strips from several gold fabrics and sewed them together.  I drew the snowflake shape on fusible web which I fused to the back of the black fabric.  Then I cut out the snowflake shape and used the positive shape on one postcard, and the negative shape on the other.  I straight-line stitched around the snowflakes with a gold and black variegated rayon thread.

I haven’t made fabric postcards before, so I checked out a few online tutorials.  Monika at My Sweet Prairie Studio has a really good one, with lots of great tips – like using white thread in the bobbin so it won’t show through the backing – which I never would have thought of!  After making a couple of prototypes, I decided I would wrap the fabric from the front to the back, then I wouldn’t have to deal with the tedious job of finishing the edges.

For the back of the postcard, I designed it in Excel, then printed it on some ivory-colored linen-blend paper that I happened to have.  I fused the paper to the back, covering the raw edges of the fabric.  Then I stitched around the edges through all the layers.

DSCN4209  Terry Aske snowflake postcard 2

I had lots of fun making these, and will definitely enter more postcard exchanges in the future!

 

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Great news – 2014.11.25

This arrived in my virtual inbox at my Etsy shop – feedback left by the purchaser of my most recent custom pet portrait.  I’m touched and thrilled by her comments.

Toby - finishedThis is an extraordinary work of art, the perfect tribute to the life of our beloved canine companion, Toby. Terry is a gifted artist and quilter, and she is also compassionate and empathetic. She wanted the quilt to be perfect for us, and it is. Terry has an uncanny knack–a genius–for capturing the life and spirit of a creature and beautifully rendering this vibrant life force in fabric. Our dog, Toby, is so alive on the quilt, I almost expect him to leap from the center to plop on my lap with a giant lick. The quilt is truly magical.

 

And this arrived in my physical mailbox this afternoon.   A complimentary copy of the Winter 2015 issue of Art Quilting Studio magazine.  It will be on newsstands in a few days, and one of my self-portrait quilts is on pages 126 and 127.

ArtQuiltingStudioWinter2015  ArtQuiltingStudioWinter2015pp126-7

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On my design wall – 2014.11.19

I’m working on some pillow covers for our living room.  These are the colors I’m using.  I’m quilting them with black thread, and will bind them with black.  I plan to make several pillows in these colors, with a variety of geometric patterns.

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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 other creative projects to inspire you.

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P.S.  Don’t forget to pop over to Blogathon Canada, a week-long blog hop of Canadian quilting blogs, sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.  If you follow along, You’ll get to visit and meet some amazing Canadian quilting bloggers – and there are giveaways to enter every day!blogathon_badge_2014T

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