On my design wall – 2014.07.30

I’m working on and/or thinking about several projects right now.  Most of them, though, I can’t show you any photos.

I’ve started a new dog portrait, but it’s not yet at the point where I can take photos – hopefully, I’ll have something to show in a couple of days.

I have 2 commitments for the next VMQG meeting on Aug 18.  I signed up for the mini quilt swap.  I haven’t even decided what I’m going to make yet, but when I do there will be no photos until after the swap at the meeting.  And, I’m participating in the Round Robin, and that’s also a surprise.

I also have several sleeves to sew onto finished quilts – boring!

I can show you this quilt.  I started it at a workshop in 2013 and finished piecing at a retreat in May.  I just need to quilt and bind it.  I knew I wanted to quilt the flower shapes, but couldn’t decide how to quilt between the flowers – probably something with a geometric pattern and/or straight(ish) lines.  Finally, I decided to go ahead and start quilting the flower shapes, and assume that an idea for the rest of the quilt will come to me.  Suggestions are welcome.

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Off my design wall – 2014.07.30

The portrait quilt of Thomas and Kalina is finished, and has been presented to the happy newly-wedded couple.  Now it can be revealed in full glorious surrealistic color.

Thomas and Kalina, by Terry Aske

This is the first time I tried the faux piped binding technique – but certainly not the last time – I love the way it looks!

There are lots of on-line tutorials about this technique – I used Trisha’s tutorial as my starting point.   I made a couple of changes – when I sewed the accent strip and binding strip together, I pressed the seam open.  I decided I wanted narrower binding so after folding and pressing I trimmed it to just over 1 inch folded.

 

I’ll be back later with a post about a new project on my design wall.

 

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Published in Quilting Arts magazine – 2014.07.27

A little boasting here.  My copy of Quilting Arts Magazine arrived this week, and it was a treat to see my ‘Kids in the Park’ quilt in the Readers Challenge section.

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And how cool is this?  When I went to the Quilting Daily site to see the Online Extras, I found my little quilt featured on the table of contents page!

You can read about how I made ‘Kids in the Park’ here.

If you get a chance to read the magazine, it’s also full of many colorful and inspiring art quilts and exciting techniques.

 

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Off my design wall – 2014.07.23

This is my second entry to the MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fabric challenge.  You can see my first entry here.

Inspired by these two quilts -  Paul’s entry to the Common Threads Indigo Project and Lisa’s Fractured Pi quilt – I decided to try improv wedges.

I had an idea in mind but didn’t draw it out ahead of time.  I figured I’d just go for it, and see what happened.  I added coordinating solids to each side of each of the 3 challenge prints.  Then I cut wedges in random widths.  This way, I got 2 sets of wedges from each print fabric.  See photos below.

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Then I arranged the 6 sets of wedges on my design wall and filled in the gaps with more solids.   I used two shades of gray for the binding.  It only took a couple of days from start to finish (which is good because the MQG deadline is Friday) and I’m very happy with it.  It’s 34 x 32 inches.

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Now, back to the portrait quilt (it’s all fused, and I’ve started thread-sketching the details).

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On my design wall – 2014.07.16

DSCN3724Last week, I showed my progress on the Kalina part of the fabric portrait of Thomas and Kalina.  I mentioned that I thought the lightest fabric might be too light – and many of you agreed.   So while I worked on the Thomas part of the portrait, I auditioned a lot of alternative fabrics – many were too dark, some were too light.

Eventually I settled on a fabric that is almost ‘just right’ – it could be considered a tiny bit too dark (depending on the light) but I decided I would rather have a fabric that was a tad too dark, rather than too light.  I was concerned about whether I would be able to remove the original fabric, and had considered fusing the new fabric on top of it, if necessary.  Luckily, I had pressed the fused fabrics, but only lightly, so I was able to slip a pin under the too light fabric and lift it right off.

Interestingly, I had the same problem with the lightest fabric for Thomas’ face – the first one I selected was also too light.   I think I’ve finalized all the fabric selections – but right now, they are just pressed to parchment paper, and the Thomas section is not actually fused to the Kalina section yet.  I want to let it sit for a day before I do the final fusing, and start sewing.  I’d love to know what you think of it.

Thomas & Kalina - in progress

(As I said last week, I’m just showing it in black & white until after the wedding – then I’ll post it in all its glorious surrealistic color – want to guess what colors I’ve used?)

 

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On my design wall – 2014.07.10

I’m working on a new portrait quilt. Tom and Kalina are getting married later in July, and I’m making a quilt portrait for them.  The quilt will be based on one of their engagement photos.  Kalina said she liked the idea of surrealistic colors, so we talked about what their favorite (and least favorite) colors are. Here are some of the colors I’m considering for the quilt.  With surrealistic colors, it’s very important to ensure the values are correct, and it’s difficult (at least I find it is) to judge values when looking at colors.  So after arranging the fabric swatches by value as best I can, I take a photo and convert it to black & white, to confirm the fabrics are correctly sorted by value.

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Then, I selected fabrics for Kalina.  (I’m just going to show the portrait in black & white for now.  Kalina knows which photo I’m using, but the actually colors I’ve selected will be a surprise.  I’ll post a color version of the finished quilt after the wedding.)  Here is what it looks like right now, with Kalina composed in fabric, and the photo of Tom.  I’m thinking the lightest fabric I used on Kalina’s face might be too light – any thoughts?  I’ll contemplate that while I select fabrics for Tom.

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Weekend finish – 2014.07.06

I finished my first quilt for the MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fabric challenge.

As I said in my previous post, I layered the quilt, then sewed the bias tape through all the layers.  I quilted each section with straight lines starting from the outside edge of the section and working inward to the center.   I decided to sew the binding on before quilting – to make it easier to quilt the sections on the outside edges.  I made the binding wider than my normal binding – 1/2 inch wide, the same width as the bias tape (wider than my normal binding).

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