Circles circles everywhere – 2015.11.20

Last Saturday I taught my Circles Circles Circles workshop for the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild.  It’s a technique workshop, where I teach participants how to design their own circle blocks, and to sew curves and circles with flat seams.  Here are some of the blocks made by the enthusiastic and creative participants in the workshop.

FVQG Circles workshop

I didn’t have time to take many photos during the workshop, but fortunately one of the participants took lots of them.  Sandi has already written a detailed blog post about the workshop and she sent me some of her photos.   And she’s already turned one of her sample blocks into a finished mini quilt!   Below is a photo of several of my circle quilts on the design wall at the workshop, taken by Sandi.



Speaking of circles, I’ve decided which quilts to enter into the QuiltCon 2016 juried quilt show – and they are all circle quilts.  I seems like that’s what I been producing this year.  And they were all made using the techniques I taught in the workshop.

I’ll be submitting Bling on the Bias, my Michael Miller Glitz challenge quilt – blog post here.

TerryAske_Bling on the Bias

Also Eclipse, which was my entry to the VMQG Modern Mini Showcase – blog post here.


And Off-Center, which was included in the Black to White (BTW) exhibit at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland OR – blogged here.



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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Off my design wall – 2015.11.09

My MQG Michael Miller challenge quilt is finished – except for the hand-sewing.  (I’m accumulating quite a pile of quilts that need facings sewn down and/or sleeves sewn on.)

Last week, I had the circle and the background pieced, and pinned to my design wall.  I top-stitched the circle to the background, using the freezer paper templates to position them.

I decided to go with straight-line quilting, random lines on the diagonal, somewhat following the seams in the circle.  I liked the subtle plaid effect on the background, and so in two of the corners I added a couple of lines of quilting in the opposite direction.  I also quilted just outside the circle.  I used a gold viscose thread which doesn’t show up very well in photos.  But I took a snap of the back before I faced it, which shows the quilting really well.

TerryAske_BlingontheBias_quilting from back


The edges are faced, and the finished size is 20 x 25 inches.  I’m calling it ‘Bling on the Bias’.

Here’s what it looks like from the front.   Black and white are notoriously difficult fabrics to photograph, and the silver and gold just add to the difficulty in getting a good photo.  After several very washed-out photos with my regular camera, I tried my iPhone and got a much better image.  I may try again later in different light.

TerryAske_Bling on the Bias


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Rainy Day People in Surrey BC – 2015.11.04

One of my Rainy Day People quilts has been travelling since 2013 with the Fibre Art Network exhibit Fibrescapes.  The final venue for this show is the Newton Cultural Centre Gallery in Surrey BC.  The exhibit includes work by approximately 30 fibre artists, and is on display during the month of November.  I’ll be attending the Artist Reception on Saturday, November 7.

Here’s a link to the poster – I’m thrilled my quilt has such a prominent position!

You can read more about my Rainy Day People series here.  All the quilts in the series have been sold (the one in the Fibrescapes exhibit has been purchased and will be sent to the buyer after the show closes).  I think I’ll be making more of these.



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On my design wall – a glitzy circle – 2015.11.02

Earlier this year, I signed up for the MQG annual Michael Miller challenge.   The fabrics this year are from the Glitz collection – gold or silver designs on black or white backgrounds.  Each participant received 6 of these fabrics.



The entry deadline is quickly approaching – November 30th – so it’s time to decide what I will do for this challenge.  I had several design ideas including (of course!) several that incorporated circles.   The fabric was sent in fat-eighth cuts (approximately 9 x 21 inches), and these skinny widths somewhat restricted some of my design ideas.  I decided on a simple circle design, with improv-strip piecing.   Here’s my initial design.

MM Glitz-001

I made freezer paper templates for the circle and background, then randomly cut strips and sewed them together to cover the freezer paper templates.  The seam allowance of the circle has been pressed over the edge of the template, and will be machine appliqued to the background.  Here it is on my design wall.

TerryAske_MM Glitz_inprogress


Now I’m debating with myself how to quilt it.  I considered some sort of straight-line stitching, but now I’m thinking a spiral pattern starting from the center of the circle.  I have some gold viscose thread that I think will blend well with all the fabrics.


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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Inspiring others – an oldie but goodie – 2015.10.27

I’m happy to link up to Kaja’s Sew Slowly blog.  She is coordinating a monthly link-up for people making improv quilts.  She asked if she could use one of my quilts in an inspiration blog post about improv quilts.

This is one of my favorite improv quilts, so I was happy to share it with her.  I made it in 2012.  It’s 34 x 34 inches.  It was accepted into the 2013 QuiltCon show, and I sold it in 2013 through my Etsy shop.  It was fun to think about it again.



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Inspiring others – 2015.10.19

In September, I was approached by a teen librarian at the Philadelphia Free Library, seeking permission to use the image of my graffiti quilt for a flyer.  During November, the library has a program for teens to make a graffiti quilt that will be auctioned off to charity.  I think that’s a really cool idea and I love to think my art can inspire others, so I said yes, they could use my image.

I originally created this quilt in 2013 for a SAQA challenge to create a quilt with the theme of text, containing at least one visible letter or word.

After considering many ideas and concepts about text, I decided to focus on the most colorful and creative form of text I could think of – Graffiti. My graffiti wall is made of fabric, but is intended to replicate the appearance of painted words and images on a concrete block wall. I fused the graffiti elements to the gray background, then machine stitched the block pattern over everything.

I see some similarities between graffiti and quilting. Graffiti reminds me of a scrappy, improve-style quilt – many disparate colors, patterns and styles – while competing with and overlapping each other – can create an eye-catching cohesive whole. Like quilting, graffiti is an emerging and sometimes controversial art form.

The size is 24 by 25 inches.  The quilt was not accepted into the SAQA show, but has since been accepted into two juried shows.

Here’s my quilt ‘The Writing is on the Wall’, and the flyer for the teen program.

TerryAske_TheWritingIsOnTheWall  TeenGraffitiPoster

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An inspiring weekend – 2015.10.18

Earlier this month I spent an inspiring few days with fellow members of the Fibre Art Network (FAN) at our annual retreat.  This year, it was held at the Edenvale Retreat Centre near Abbotsford BC.   We spent five days sharing our work and inspiration with each other, shopping, touring local galleries, walking in the woods, eating, drinking and talking.  It was an opportunity to re-connect with old friends, and to make new ones.  We shared information, talked about our progress as artists, and made plans for new group exhibitions.

One of the highlights is the art exchange.  We each made a small piece, which we displayed then exchanged.  The theme this year was Reap What You Sow.  Apparently, I didn’t take a photo of my finished piece!  But I can show you the quilt I came home with – this beautiful mixed media piece in my favorite colors –  made by Alison Cowitz.

by Alison Dean Cowitz


FAN’s Abstracted exhibit was showing at the ACT Gallery in Maple Ridge.  Here I am with my quilt Solitude, and the abstracted version made by my sister Anne.

FAN Abstracted exhibit at ACT Gallery in Maple Ridge  Terry Aske - FAN Abstracted exhibit at ACT Gallery in Maple Ridge


We also visited the Centennial Museum in Fort Langley, where our Canadiana exhibit is showing.  Here I am with my Air of Elegance quilt.

FAN Canadian exhibit at Centennial Museum  Terry Aske - FAN Canadian exhibit at Centennial Museum


It was a wonderful five days, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s retreat in Winnipeg.

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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