WIP Wednesday – 2015.06.24

This week I made a border for the June assignment of the Vancouver MQG Round Robin project. There are 11 of us participating.  We each brought our own starting block to the February meeting, and we each left with someone else’s project.  Each month, we receive instructions for the next step – adding one to four borders, with a specific theme.  We take the project back to the next meeting, and pick up another person’s project for that month.  At the January 2016 meeting, our quilt tops will have been added to by each participant, and we will get our own quilt top back.  Until then, the projects are stored in plain paper bags, so that the progress on each quilt top will be a big surprise at the end.

In order to maintain the secrecy, I generally can’t show photos of the border I am working on, because I often include some of the original fabrics, or the color palette is very specific, and a photo would spoil the secret.

The theme this month is Stars, and our assignment is to add one border.  As it happens, this month I’m using all fabrics from my stash and the colors are not specific to the project, so I don’t think anyone will be able to guess whose project this belongs to.  I used a paper-pieced pattern for a wonky star that I designed several years ago.

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Finishes – 2015.06.21

This week I have two completed quilts to show you.

I finished my entry for the Black to White (BTW) challenge and submitted it for jurying.  I used the freezer paper pattern technique I taught my Circles Circles Circles workshop and finished it with my facing technique.  I’m really happy with how this looks.  It’s 37 x 37 inches, and is titled ‘Off-Center’.

Aske.Terry-Off-Center-FULL

 

The second is the fiber art piece made by my sister Anne and me.  Together, we experimented with a variety of surface design techniques and constructed blocks of fabrics.  We used some interesting materials for embellishment, including old coins, nylon net and a piece of gridded non-slip rug pad.  FireanElement_detail_TA

It’s been almost finished for some time, but this weekend I finally got the binding sewn on.  We’re going to enter it in the La Conner 2015 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival in the Fiber Art – Created Textiles category.   The size is 22 x 57 inches, and it’s titled ‘Fire: an Element’.   Anne and I will be making more pieces together for an Elements series.

FireanElement_front_TA

I’m also going to submit several of my own quilts to the La Conner show, but haven’t decided yet which ones.

 

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Adventures on the way home from Quilt Canada – 2015.06.10

On June 2, I hopped into Janet‘s car, and we set out for Lethbridge Alberta to attend the annual Canadian Quilt show and conference – Quilt Canada.  We had a somewhat cloudy and rainy, but uneventful 2-day drive.  As we drove through the Crowsnest Pass into Alberta, the sun came out, and we arrived at the University of Lethbridge to hot and sunny weather.

We spent a wonderful few days there – meeting friends, viewing quilts, attending workshops and events.  I didn’t take many photos, but if you check Instagram for hashtags #quiltcanada and #quiltcanada2015 you’ll get a sense of the fun and activities we enjoyed.

On June 7, we started driving back to New Westminster BC with the intention of stopping in Grand Forks for the night.  However, just out of Cranbrook near Moyie Lake, the battery in Janet’s car just died.  Fortunately, we were on a downhill slope and Janet was able to pull the car over to the side of the road.  Also fortunately, we were in an area with cell coverage.  We called BCAA, and in less than an hour, Van Horne Towing came to our rescue.  They towed us back to Cranbrook, installed a new battery for us and we were back on the road again.

adventures on the road

The delay meant we couldn’t make it as far as we had hoped, so we spent the night in Castlegar.  The next morning, we were told about the Castlegar Sculpture Walk.  So we spent an hour or so viewing some amazing sculptures before resuming our journey.

Our favorite was V Formation an interactive, moving metal sculpture – see a video here.  Our second favorite was Bad Hair Day a bronze statue of a burro.  If you are ever in Castelgar, I highly recommend a tour of the sculptures.

V Formation  Bad Hair Day

 

Meanwhile, back at home, I’ve been working on my entry for the Black to White (BTW) challenge.   It’s almost finished, which is good because the deadline to submit my entry is this Friday.

almost done

 

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Workshop and other news – 2015.05.31

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted.

On Sunday, I taught my Circles Circles Circles workshop for Vancouver MQG.   It was a technique workshop to design circle blocks, and to sew curves and circles with flat seams.  I provided lots of samples of circles designs, but did not provide full-size patterns to the participants.  Instead, I taught them how to design their own circle blocks.  And look what they came up with!  Some of these blocks were still under construction when this photo was taken, and some of the participants created even more blocks after this photo was taken.  I was so impressed with their creativity and productivity!

VMQG Circles workshop

 

I’ve also been designing my entry for the Black to White (BTW) challenge.   It’s probably no surprise to anyone that my design includes circles.  Here are a few ideas I ‘sketched’ in MS Paint.  You can see how my design evolved.

BTW 1BTW 2 BTW 3

As I always say in my workshops (and to anyone who will listen), it’s important to view all the fabrics on the design wall before sewing any of them together.  Here’s my design wall, with all the fabrics selected except the corners.  I’m using the freezer paper pattern technique I taught in my workshop.

BTW on design wall

 

In other news, my entry to the SAQA Benefit Auction has been posted – it’s on page 5, but while you’re there, take a look at all the wonderful entries.   And if you’re interested in how some of these quilts were made, check out the SAQA channel on YouTube, where short videos have been posted.

http://www.saqa.com/media/image/Benefit%20Auction/2015/Terry-Aske-BA15.jpg

 

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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.

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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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