Friday finish and other news – 2014.09.12

Here’s my finished entry for the Canadian Quilters’ Association invitational traveling quilt show ‘It’s Time for Colour!’ – more information here.  It’s another piece in my Rainy Day people series, and I titled it ‘Rainy Day Girls’.

TerryAske_RainyDayGirls

 

Aske SAQA’s 2014 online auction will begin on Monday, September 15, 2014.  My entry will be included in the first week’s auction.  The price starts at $750 and goes down each day – so I’ll be watching with interest to see when my piece gets purchased.  Check out all the fabulous entries here.

 

Aske_Terry_Catching_the_Wind-001

 

And if you want even more ‘eye candy’, the Fibre Art Network’s newest exhibit ‘On the Wind’ has been posted on the website.  As always, the diversity of  techniques and interpretations of the theme make for an wonderful collection of art.  My piece is ‘Catching the Wind’.

 

 

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

   Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

 

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On my design wall – 2014.09.10 – CQA ‘It’s Time for Colour!’

The Canadian Quilters’ Association (CQA/ACC) has invited award winners of their annual National Juried Show to donate a 12 x 16 inch quilt for a traveling quilt show.   As an award winner in the Modern category in 2014 with my quilt Shades of Gray, I received an invitation to participate.  I love a challenge, so I accepted immediately!

TerryAske_RainyDayPeopleThe theme is ‘It’s Time for Colour!’   I had several ideas for colorful subject matter (tulips, fall foliage and sunsets all came to mind) but I decided to create yet another version of one of my favorite themes – Rainy Day People.

This time, I’m showing two small girls with huge adult-sized umbrellas (based on photos I took of a little girl last year).   I dressed them in bright, cheerful colors to contrast with the rainy gray background.

I fused the girls and umbrellas first to parchment paper, then to thin black cotton.  Then I free motion stitched with black thread.   After that, I applied Misty Fuse to the back of the black fabric (thus securing all the thread ends!) then trimmed the black fabric leaving a thin outline.

DSCN3969With previous quilts in this series I quilted the ‘rain’ through all the layers including the people and their umbrellas.  With this one I quilted the rain on the background first (using that same great black and gray variegated thread).

 

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I still need to cut more ‘reflections’, then I’ll fuse the girls and the reflections and quilt the bottom portion of the quilt.  If you come back on Friday, I should have it all finished.

 

And here’s my finished journal quilt that I started last week.

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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.

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

 

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On my design wall – 2014.09.03 – playing with a new technique

Later this month I’ll be attending the annual retreat of the Fibre Art Network (FAN).  As usual we will have an art exchange, size 8.5 by 11 inches.  The theme this year is ‘stepping out of your comfort zone’.

I’ve always admired fibre art where the edges of the fabrics are not sewn or fused – generally referred to as raw-edge collage. But I’ve always found it difficult to go with this free-and-easy approach on my own work – I seem to need to control my edges with fusible web and stitching.

So I decided to try a technique I haven’t used before.  I drew my subject matter (a bowl of fruit because I could include some bright colors) on a sheet of leave-in stabilizer. I numbered the elements in the order I wanted to sew them. After piecing the background I basted the stabilizer to the back of the fabric. I positioned the first piece of fabric by holding the whole thing up to the light then sewed from the back with black thread.   No glue. No fusible. No pins for most of the pieces.   Then I flipped it over and trimmed fairly close to the stitching.  Here’s where I reverted to my compulsive preciseness.  I should try this again where I roughly cut the pieces ahead, then sew them from the back and just leave them as is, even if the stitching goes off the fabric – for a looser, more abstract look.

Drawing on stabilizer and rough cut fabric pieces

Drawing on stabilizer and rough cut fabric pieces

Fruit and bowl sewn from the back

Fruit and bowl sewn from the back

After all the pieces were sewn from the back and trimmed from the front. I added a few smaller pieces (leaves and lighter grapes) with fusible web and stitched them from the front.

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Then I layered and quilted with more black thread around each element.

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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.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced        Esther’s Blog

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Off my design wall – 2014.08.27

The Kodiak portrait is finished – and on its way to its new home.  I’m very happy with the finished quilt.  (To see the progress of this quilt, click here.)

Kodiak by Terry Aske

 

Now, I have to get myself organized to work on several projects that are due in September.   I hope to have some exciting new work to show in the next few days.

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PNW MQG Meetup and work on Kodiak portrait – 2014.08.24

This weekend was the long-awaited PNW MQG meetup hosted by VMQG.   The Friday evening picnic meetup was well attended and a lot of fun!

PNW MQG meetup in Vancouver

One of our events on Saturday was a short workshop by VMQG member Jessica – an introduction to indigo shibori dyeing.  Here I am unwrapping my first ever indigo dyed piece – how cool is that!  (photo by Karen C.)

my first indigo dying

And here are all the indigo projects from the morning session (mine is in the middle).

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And now I’m back to working on Kodiak’s portrait.    I completed the thread-sketching last Thursday, and now I’ve started the quilting – the sky, house and tree branches have been quilted so far.

Kodiak - quilting started

 

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     Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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On and off my design wall – 2014.08.19

I really like this little quilt I made for the Vancouver MQG Mini Quilt Swap.   I didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy it after I finished it, because that happened yesterday afternoon – just in time for the guild meeting last night!  I enjoyed making this, and may make another similar one for myself.  I made this quilt for my friend Janet of What Comes Next?  Her favorite colors are blues, aquas and teals, and I decided to go with various shades of teal in solids and patterns, with a few shots of contrasting colors.  I called it ‘Mostly Teal’.

Mostly Teal - front  Mostly Teal - back

 

And, unbeknownst to me (because it was a secret swap), Janet was the one making a mini quilt for me!  I can’t remember exactly what I said my favorites were – but Janet got it perfectly with black & white and lime green and flying geese.  And look at that fabulous machine stitching!  Janet titled this “Every Which Way But South”.  I love it!

Every Wich Way but South, by Janet Archibald  Every Which Way but South - back

 

The reason I was working on my mini quilt at the last minute was because I spent three days last week in the beautiful city of Victoria BC.  I was invited by the Victoria Quilters’ Guild to do a presentation on modern quilting.  I talked about the history of modern quilting, and showed them many of my modern quilts.

Victoria Quilt Guild Terry Aske trunk show Victoria Quilt Guild Terry Aske trunk show 2

 

Now it’s time for me to get back to the portrait of Kodiak.  I’m just about to fuse it all together and start thread-sketching.  I’ll post about my progress in a couple of days.

different sky

 

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Pets on Quilts Show – a Dog named “Neo”

Welcome to everyone visiting from Lily Pad Quilting’s Pets on Quilts Show.   This is my second entry to the Pets on Quilts Show – you can read about my first entry here.  Make sure that you pop over and check out all of the wonderful quilts in the Quilt Show and vote for your favorites.  I’d love it if you voted for mine, if you’re so inclined.

Category entered: Dog-Themed Quilts
Techniques:  fused applique, thread sketching, surrealistic colors
Finished size: approx. 13 x 16 inches

This is one of the first pet quilts I made (in 2011).  I started with this photo of Neo, and used Picasa to posterize the photo.  I really enjoyed the challenge of using surrealistic colors – where value is more important than color.  You can read more about my portrait process here.

Terry Aske - surreal colors pet portrait

Neo

Neo

 

Thanks for stopping by.  In addition to Lily Pad Quilting’s Pets on Quilts Show, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you will see many other creative projects.

   Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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