On my design wall – 2014.04.15

metallic fabricsWhen I first heard about the Modern Metallic quilt exhibit, I didn’t think I had very many metallic fabrics, so I was happy to hear there was some free metallic fabric available from Robert Kaufman for participating MQG members – I received 3 fat quarters of Quilters Linen Metallic (lower right in photo).  However, going through my stash, I discovered more metallic fabrics than I expected.  I have a charm pack of Fairy Frost, and scraps and small pieces of various metallic fabrics.  I even have some gold net and gold lame bias tape.  I decided to try to make a quilt completely from metallic fabrics.

I’m still fascinated with circle quilts, so this was an opportunity to make another one.   As usual, I drew my full size circle pattern on freezer paper.  I knew I’d have to piece some of the circles, as my fabric pieces were mostly less than a quarter yard.  I used this technique to sew the circles together.    I’ll cover the seams with the gold lame bias tape (you can see it around the center circle).  It looks a little over-the-top shiny, but hey! it’s a metallic challenge, right?  I started piecing from the center circle, and they’re all sewn except the outside circle and the corners.

TerryAske_ModernMetallicCircle

I’m not sure how I’m going to quilt it.  Maybe spiral quilting, or possibly a grid.

 

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Weekend finish – 2014.04.06

The Skybridge quilt is finished!  It’s 35 x 52 inches.  I started working on it just 2 weeks ago, so it went together very quickly – although that doesn’t include the time I spent thinking about and designing it.

TerryAske_SwoopIt’s based on a photo I took of the Skybridge (part of the Vancouver rapid transit system).  I’m so pleased that I could recreate in fabric what was in the photo and in my head.  The sense of distance and perspective from this point of view really appealed to me, as well as the contrast of the straight, diagonal and curved lines.  But most of all, I love the curve it makes as it swoops down and out over the river.  I’m going to title it “Swoop”.

I fused the various bridge units in place using 1/4″ or 1/2″ strips of fusible web around the edges of each unit.  Many quilters use glue to hold their applique in place – I find fusible strips on the edges is less messy to work with.  However, I realized this wasn’t really going to keep the units in place during the quilting process, as I rolled and tugged and manipulated the quilt.

So I decided to stitch the outlines of all the bridge components before layering the quilt with batting and backing.  This meant I didn’t have to bury all those thread ends.  It also made it easier to use my walking foot to stitch, thus avoiding problems with skipped TerryAske_Swoop_detailstitches in the areas with many layers of fabric.  I stitched the bridge components to the background with black thread, and the towers with dark gray.

Then I layered the quilt top with batting and backing, and quilted the sky, clouds and distant hills.  I added additional details to the bridge with black thread, and stitched around the edges again. The double lines of stitching give the look of a pen-and-ink drawing – a look I’ve become quite captivated with recently (see my cherry blossoms quilt and kids on swings for examples of this).   The last step was to stitch the cables.  Now it’s ready to be faced.  Then I’ll submit it to the IQF Tactile Architecture 2014 exhibit.

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Other news – my donation quilt for the SAQA Benefit Auction is online – it’s on page 1b on the 6th row.  While you’re there, check out all the other awesome quilts.  And there will be lots more coming.   The quilts will be auctioned online in September.

 

 

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On my design wall – 2014.04.02

Lots of progress on the Skybridge quilt.  After three days of fairly intense work, all the units are constructed and ready to be fused to the background.  And I’m soooo happy with how it looks!

Auditioning fabricsI pinned the sky background to the design wall, then auditioned the bridge fabrics. I cut my freezer paper pattern into pieces, and ironed each piece to the back of the selected fabric.

I used a combination of methods to construct the units – some of the smaller units (such as the smaller tower) will be fused with raw edges.  For the larger pieces, I cut the fabric with seam allowances, which I pressed to the back of the freezer paper piece.  I fused the turned edges down with 1/4″ or 1/2″ strips of fusible web.  The pieces in the very large curved section are sewn together, and just the outside edges are turned under with fusible strips.  As each unit was completed, I pinned it back on the design wall.

Small tower unit constructed   Fusible strips on back of unit  Most units pinned to design wall

almost ready for fusingThen I removed all the pieces from the design wall and laid the background on my work table on top of the master pattern.  Luckily, I could see the major lines of the pattern through the sky fabric.  I positioned all the units and pinned them in place and made sure they all fit together with no gaps.  As I pinned each unit, I removed the fusible backing paper.  Once all the pieces were pinned in place, I put it back on the design wall so I could see if everything was straight – the taller tower needs to be straightened, but other than that it looks ready to be fused.

 

my design wall on wheels(For those of you who are wondering how my design wall on wheels is doing, it’s fabulous! Here you can see where I rolled it into the hallway to get a better photo of the quilt.  I do still plan to post a tutorial about it, when I have more time.)

Today, I’m going to fuse everything in place, then layer the quilt and start sewing.  I’ll post about my progress later this week.

 

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Almost on my design wall – 2014.03.28

I had great plans for my Skybridge quilt this week, but I ran into a few problems that slowed my progress.

As I said last week, I was thinking of making it in surreal colors, rather than realistic – something like the manipulated photo below with a yellow sky and blue-violet bridge.  I even bought some fabric in these colors, but somehow it just didn’t work when I put them up on the design wall.

So then I decided to use closer to realistic colors – I have a blue-green fabric for the sky, and will make the bridge from black, gray and white fabrics with a few dark blues and purples for shadows, and the red panel on the towers.

Skytrain Bridge  DSCN3447  IMG_1951-011

So with the colors decided and fabrics purchased, I started tracing the full-size pattern DSCN3445onto freezer paper.   I realized I needed a french curve ruler to get the long curved lines as smooth as I wanted them, so that required another trip to the fabric store.  Then I decided to eliminate the bushes at the bottom of the photo, and I had to refer to several other photos to draw in the structure of the bridge supports.  After several hours, I finally had a drawing I was happy with and I finished my tracing on the freezer paper.

I’m going to use the sky fabric as a base, and assemble the bridge sections in units, then applique them onto the sky fabric.  Since there are some fairly large pieces, I’m hoping it will go together quickly, and I’ll have something more exciting to show you next week.

 

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Weekend finish – 2014.03.23

Quilting Arts magazine announces a reader challenge in every issue.  The current challenge is called ‘Art in the Park’ and is to make an 8″ x 8″ art quilt with the theme of ‘enjoying the park’.   My immediate thought was kids on swings in a playground.

DSCN3436I created my two kids on swings first (sorry, no photos of that part) then started thinking about the background.  I wanted a background that looked park-like and that contrasted well with the kids.  None of my fabrics seemed suitable – they were too dull, or too dark or too bright.  It occurred to me to use black and white prints – they would contrast well with the colorful kids.  Then I remembered I recently bought some wax crayons with the intention of using them to color fabrics.  (I’ve used colored pencils to add shadows or highlights, but hadn’t used wax crayons.)

DSCN3427I picked some fun black & white prints, and applied fusible web to the back.  I added some details with a black permanent marker (such as the tops of the picket fence), then colored with the crayons.  To set the color, I put a couple of layers of paper towel over the colored fabric, then applied heat with the iron.  Then I did it again, to make sure no further color came off on the paper towel.

 

Then I fused the background pieces to a piece of batting 8.5″ x 8.5″.  The kids were positioned on the background and fused.  I added a backing fabric, then quilted with black thread.  I’m thrilled with how well it turned out.  I think I’ll be using crayons again in the future.

DSCN3428  TerryAske-Kids in the Park

 

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On my design wall – 2014.03.19

Another circle quilt – this one is for the SAQA 2014 Auction.  Each SAQA member can submit one 12 x 12 inch art quilt.  The quilts are posted on the SAQA website, and auctioned off in September.  The funds are used to support SAQA’s very active exhibition program.

I started constructing this on Sunday and finished it on Monday.  The design process took a lot longer, but it seems I’m constantly thinking about circles these days, so I have lots of design ideas ready.  My original plan for the quilting was an all-over grid.  But when I was almost finished the quilting, I decided I liked the look of it with the partial grid.

TerryAske_ModernCircles3

 

I also spent some time creating these fun sample blocks for a new block lottery for the Vancouver MQG.  DSCN3407

 

Skytrain BridgeMy next project is an art quilt I’ll submit to the IQF Tactile Architecture 2014 exhibit.  It will be based on this photo I took of the Skybridge (part of the Vancouver rapid transit system).  I love the curve it makes as it swoops up and out over the river.  I’m going to leave out the street lamps, signs and traffic lights, and focus on the shapes of the bridge deck and the towers.  I haven’t decided yet what colors I will use, but I’m thinking it will something colorful, rather than realistic.

 

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Friday finish – 2014.03.14

I finished my second entry for the Canadian QuiltersTrend-Tex Challenge.  As I said on Wednesday, this one is an improv style.  For example, the pink corner is only there because I ran out of the blue fabric – because I didn’t plan ahead, so hadn’t determined how much blue fabric I would need!  But that’s the nature of improv!

I quilted it in an improv style as well – the quilting is not quite parallel, not quite equally spaced.  I did echo-quilting in the different color areas until I ran out of room, then I just improvised to fill in the remaining space.  As with the first quilt, I matched my top and bobbin thread, so you can easily see my quilting on the back.

TerryAske-TrendTex 2-front  TerryAske-TrendTex 2-back

Here are both my entries together – very different, except for the use of the challenge fabrics.  I’ll get the sleeves and labels on today and get them in the mail.

TerryAske-TrendTex  entries

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