On my design wall – Moonrise, part 3 – 2018.01.17

Let the quilting begin!  That’s the next step.

When I removed the freezer paper from the back of the fabrics, I realized that the shadow of the turned under seam allowance of the white moon was showing through a bit.  So I fused a piece of plain white fabric to the back of the moon.  Then I zigzag stitched around the clouds, using a very light purple rayon thread at the top of each cloud, and a darker purple thread at the bottom.  I also zigzag stitched around the moon reflection in the water.

  

 

Then I sewed the two sections together along the horizon seam.  Right now, the top is about 30 inches wide by 32 inches high, but I may cut it down a bit.  Here’s what it looks like from the front and the back.  I’m really happy with how it looks so far.

 

At this point, the strips are fused loosely to the Pellon interfacing (which you can see in the photo of the back).   I’ll have to be careful of the raw edges when I’m quilting it.  The next step will be to layer the quilt, then I will begin quilting the lower half with wavy horizontal lines.

 

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On my design wall – Moonrise, part 2 – 2018.01.14

The Moonrise quilt is progressing well.

The fabric selection for the water and reflection fabrics was simplified by my decision to use only batiks from my stash.  That narrowed down my options, which accelerated the decision making.

In the photo below, all the fabrics have been sewn together, except the horizontal center seam.  The freezer paper (FP) is still ironed to the back, but the next step will be to peel it off, and sew the horizontal seam.

 

For the moon, I pressed the seam allowance over the edge of the freezer paper template, then top-stitched it to the sky background.  For the clouds and the moon reflection I used the freezer paper (FP) piecing technique which leaves raw edges on the front.  I’ve trimmed the raw edges close to the stitching, and after I remove the FP from the back, I will zigzag stitch over the stitched lines and the raw edges.

 

 

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On my design wall – Moonrise, part 1 – 2018.01.10

There’s a new art quilt taking shape on my design wall.  I’ve been thinking about this one for a few months, but I had other projects that took priority.

It’s for a new SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn.  I know I have a very slim chance of being selected – hundreds of SAQA members will be submitting entries, and Dusk to Dawn will consist of approximately 25 artworks.  However, I have been planning this art quilt for a few months and it fits the theme, so I’m going to enter it.

Inspired by my entries to the Fibre Art Network’s Botanical Reflections exhibit and my love of circle shapes, I drew the sketch below.  I’m thinking of doing a series of sunrise, sunset and moon scenes.

  

 

My working title is ‘Moonrise’.  It will be about 28 x 28 inches.

I drew the pattern on freezer paper (FP), then cut the sections apart.  For each section, I cut a piece of Pellon grid fusible interfacing the size of the FP template plus 1/2″ seam allowance.  Then I pressed the FP to the back (non-fusible) of the interfacing (covering the fusible side with parchment paper, to prevent it sticking to the iron or ironing board).  Then I placed the section on the ironing board with the FP down and the fusible interfacing up.  I cut strips of fabric (about 1.5″ wide) and positioned them on the interfacing, using the grid lines to ensure the strips were straight and parallel.  I overlapped the strips by about 1/4″.  Once I was satisfied with the arrangement of the strips, I fused them in place.

I selected mostly batiks to minimize future fraying of the raw edges of the strips.  I am going to quilt with fairly close horizontal lines, but there will be some raw edges.

I used strips for the clouds and the sky.  My initial plan was to use strips for the moon as well.  As it turns out, I didn’t have any white batiks for the moon, but I did have a piece of white cotton fabric with silver sparkles that was slightly bigger than the moon section – so I made the moon a solid piece instead of strips.

 

Below is a photo is the top half with the fabrics fused in place, and some water and reflection fabrics being auditioned.  The submission deadline is the end of this month, so I will be cutting and fusing the rest of the fabrics in the next couple of days.  Then I will sew the pieces together using my favorite freezer paper (FP) piecing technique, described in this post.

I haven’t decided yet how I will cover the raw edges of the seam allowances – with bias tape or with zigzag stitching.

 

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Blue Stairs minimal mini quilt – 2018.01.08

Here’s my second entry to the Minimal Mini Challenge by Curated Quilts.  You can see my first entry ‘Twist of Lime’ here.

For this one, I used 3 of the colors in the palette – light gray, blue gray and black.  I call it ‘Blue Stairs’.  It’s 14 inches square.

I used my favorite freezer paper (FP) piecing technique that I teach in my Circles workshop.

Here’s a brief explanation of the technique, referring to the photos below:

  1. I draw my design on FP and cut the pieces apart on the lines.  I press the FP pieces to the back of each fabric, and cut the fabric with a seam allowance.
  2. Then I reassemble the pattern by overlapping the seam allowances. Working from the back, I stitch in the gap between the paper templates.
  3. Then from the front, I trim each seam allowance very close to stitching. This leaves raw edges, which I covered with thin black bias tape.

              

 

I’m really enjoying this mini challenge, and I have a few more ideas, but I really need to tear myself away and work on another project that is due by the end of January.

Take a look at all the entries that have been submitted to the Minimal Mini Challenge.   I’m sure there will be a lot more added in the next couple of days.

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Twist of Lime minimal mini quilt – 2018.01.06

I missed the deadlines for the first two calls for entry by Curated Quilts, but I’m entering the third one – the Minimal Mini Challenge.  The deadline for submissions is January 10th.

 The color palette is light grey, leaf green, grey, orchid pink, blue grey, and black.

The instructions are to create a square mini quilt, from 10″ x 10″ up to 16″ x 16″, using any or all of the colors, in solids or prints, with a design that explores the concept of minimalism.

I had a bit of a struggle staying with the minimalism idea.  I found I wanted to add more design details, and had to keep reminding myself to keep it simple.

For my first entry, I used only 2 of the colors: leaf green and grey.  The green looked more like lime green to me, which led me to the concept of ‘Twist of Lime’.  For the background I used a solid gray and a printed gray fabric.

I zigzag stitched the edges of the leaf/lime green.  I quilted irregularly-spaced vertical straight lines.  First I quilted lines approximately 1/2” apart with light gray thread.

Then I filled in with additional vertical lines of light gray, dark gray and lime green.  I stitched around the binding twice.  It’s 14 x 14 inches square.

I have an idea for another entry (or maybe two), which I will post in a couple of days.

 

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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Annual goal setting – 2018.01.04

Happy New Year!

At the beginning of each year, I like to review my goals for the previous year, as well as my accomplishments.  Then I think about what I want to accomplish in the coming year.

I’m satisfied with the way things are going, so I’m not making any dramatic changes.

Here are my goals for 2017, and how I am going to carry them over (or not) to 2018:

  1. explore new exhibit opportunities to enter and show my work – I will definitely continue with this in 2018.  I’m off to a good start.  In January, I plan to submit entries to:
  2. explore new workshop ideas – I didn’t develop any new workshops, but I already have several trunk shows/lectures and workshops booked for 2018 and even 2019.  See my schedule here.
  3. create a series of tree quilts, each with different techniques. – No tree quilts were made in 2017, so I’m going to scrap this goal for 2018, and just focus on whatever subject matter captures my interest – which may or may not include trees!
  4. continue to collaborate with my fiber artist sister Anne on one or more fiber art projects  – Anne and I worked on a joint project throughout 2017 (blog post coming soon).
  5. de-clutter and re-organize my studio – I started off strong in 2017, with a new scrap organization system (see photo below), a closet re-organization, and paper re-organization   But there’s a lot more to be organized, so this will stay on my list for 2018 – and probably forever!
  6. start a bullet journal to replace all the lists I keep making on random pieces of paper – I realized that keeping a bullet journal would turn into a big project that would take time away from quilting design and creation, so I scrapped this idea.

 

I love my scrap system!

 

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Year in review – 2017.12.30

It’s that time of year again!   I’ve been looking back at 2017, reviewing my quilting-related activities and accomplishments.

Making art – I created more than 13 art quilts and other fiber art with a variety of themes and techniques.  Many of them are shown below.

 

Exhibiting my art – I submitted my work to 9 juried shows and challenges, and had at least one artwork accepted into each one.  I won 2 awards – both for the same quilt ‘Eclipse’, but at 2 different shows – see this page for details.  I also submitted art to 2 SAQA auctions.

I was thrilled to have my work exhibited at several local venues during 2017, so I was able to see my work on display.  A few of my favorites were:

Trunk shows and workshops – I continued to show my work at local guilds, and teach workshops.

Travel – this was a great year for travel for me – some quilting-related, some not.

  • January – I traveled to Inuvik NWT to teach a 2-day workshop (read about it here)
  • May – the SAQA Western Canada first ever retreat in Kelowna BC (it was fun, educational and inspiring – but apparently I totally forgot to blog about it!)
  • June – a week in NYC with my husband, following by a week in Toronto at Quilt Canada (blog post here)
  • September – the annual Fibre Art Network retreat, this year in Lac Le Jeune BC (read about here)

 

Overall, 2017 was a busy and fulfilling year for me.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to in the past 12 months.  I’ll be back in a couple of days with information about my goals plans for 2018.

 

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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