On my design wall – 2015.04.15

A few days ago, when I started working on my cityscape quilt for IQF Tactile Architecture special exhibit, I thought the deadline to submit entries was April 17th, so for the past few days I’ve been focusing all my attention on that quilt.  It’s finished, except for the binding.  And of course I’m having a problem picking a title – I’m considering: City Night; Night City; Bright City; Dark City.  I was preparing my entry information when I saw the deadline is actually May 17th!  So now I have more time to come up with a title and description, but at least I won’t miss the deadline.

TerryAske-untitled cityscape

 

Meanwhile, I’ve switched my attention to my entry for the annual SAQA Benefit Auction.  Members of SAQA donate 12 x 12 square quilts which are displayed online, and auctioned in September and October to raise funds to support SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach activities.

I decided to make a tree quilt in bright, cheerful, unrealistic colors.  Here’s my sketch and some fabrics I’m considering.

TerryAske_SAQA auction

 

When I’m finished this one, I’ll get back to all the other projects clamoring for my attention!

 

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On my design wall – 2015.04.13

Last week I spent a delightful and productive couple of days with my sister Anne working on our collaborative quilt.  We wanted to add some embellishments and hand-stitching.  It’s so much easier to make design decisions when there are two of us – not as much dithering as when I do it myself.

When I left, Anne was still working on the hand-stitching, so I don’t have a photo of the finished quilt.  But to give you an idea, below you can see the upper right corner before embellishment, and after.

DSCN4780  after embellishment

The theme for this quilt is Fire.  Our next will be Water (and we plan to do Earth and Air as well).  We’ve decided to make the next one the same size (about 22 by 52 inches).  The color palette will be blue with bits of bright contrasting colors.  We made a sketch of our design idea – horizontal strips with curvy piecing, with a large contrasting vertical curve the length of the quilt.  We’re each going to do some piecing for the horizontal sections, then when we get together again we’ll arrange them on the design wall and decide what to do with the vertical part.  While Anne was hand-stitching the Fire quilt, I started piecing a small section for the Water quilt.

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Just before I left to visit Anne, I decided I just ‘had to’ submit an entry to the IQF Tactile Architecture special exhibit.  Because the submission deadline is just a few days from now, my entry will have to be simpler and more abstract than my entries in the last two years – Swoop and Inside the Tipi.  I decided to make a city scene using some fabulous metallic prints I’ve been saving for that purpose.  Here’s what it’s going to look like.

TerryAske_in progress

 

In other news, my entry to the Quilting Arts ‘Birds of a Feather’ challenge was accepted, so it’s on its way to the magazine for photography.

TerryAske_IntotheWind

 

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On my design wall and in my bookcase – 2015.04.06

Work continues on the collaborative quilt.  I’ve quilted more straight lines in black and a copper-gold variegated thread.  Tomorrow I’m taking it to Anne’s so we can decide on the next steps.  Some options we’re considering are:

  • adding square or rectangular patches from the fabrics we printed, painted and dyed together
  • hand-stitching – possibly to outline the discharged and/or foiled circles
  • binding the quilt with a black fabric, or finishing it with a facing

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We’re also going to start planning our next collaborative project – something in blue this time.

 

I was notified last September that several of my quilts were included in a new book by Sandra Sider – 1000 Quilt Inspirations.  But until I received my copy this week, I didn’t know which of my quilts were included, only that one of my Rainy Day People pieces was on the cover.

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It turns out that 7 of my quilts are in the book.  This is my favorite page of the book – it includes 4 of my quilts.

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I’ve flipped though the book quickly, but need to go back and look again at all of the wonderful quilts in the book.  If you see this book in your local bookstore, take a look.  I think you’ll like it.

 

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On my design wall – 2015.04.01

I’ve made a lot of progress on two of my projects.

The collaboration quilt with my sister Anne, most recently blogged about here, is layered and partially quilted.  I quilted a grid of lines 2 to 3 inches apart with a medium red thread.  Now I’m adding more lines with a copper-gold variegated thread, and a black thread.   I’m not sure how many more lines I’ll add; I’ve asked Anne what she thinks before I do more.  (That’s black batting and red backing, not borders.  We’re probably going to face it, with no border or binding.)

additional gold-copper and black vertical and horizontal

 

The low volume baby quilt, last blogged about here, is looking great – exactly how I envisioned it.  I’ve sewn all the rows together except for one seam to join the top 4 rows to the bottom 5 rows.  Before I do that, I’m going to fuse some ‘words of wisdom’ to the bottom section and zigzag stitch around each letter.  Then I’ll layer the quilt and do some straight-line quilting – I’m thinking a triangle shape starting near the center and spiraling out.

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Organization ideas and Cherry Blossoms exhibition – 2015.03.28

I’ve been reading a wonderful series of articles by Dena Crain, called Time-Saving for Quilters.  I like a lot of her suggestions and plan to implement them as time permits.  In this article, she shows her two plastic drawer storage units under her cutting table, which hold materials and any work in progress. 

That idea really resonated with me – I’m usually planning and/or working on several projects at once, and I end up with several piles of fabrics and sketches on my working surfaces.  I bought these two units at Walmart and immediately filled them up with projects I’m working on.  The drawers slide right out, so I can pull out the one I’m working on, then put all the bits and pieces back in the drawer when I want to work on a different project.

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I highly recommend Dena’s series of articles.  There are 8 parts to the series.  Here’s a link to the first part if you’d like to read them all in order.

 

You may recall my quilt ‘Flower Boxes’.  It was accepted into the annual juried exhibition “Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation”.  The show will open on March 31 at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver and will run until April 19.  http://silkpurse.ca/exhibitions/   I’m looking forward to seeing all of this year’s textile art at the opening reception on March 31.

DSCN4086  Cherry Blossoms 2015_Poster

 

Now I have to get back to some of those works in progress in the drawers under my table, so I’ll have something to show next week.

 

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Off my design wall – 2015.03.26

Thanks to everyone who commented on the possible background fabrics for my Royal terns – that was very helpful.  I found myself agreeing with those who preferred the fabric in the bottom right photo, so that’s what I used.

I fused the birds the background, then free-motion stitched some feathers on their wings.  Then I layered the quilt, and quilted the beach and the ocean.  I also quilted around each bird, and as a result they appear a bit dimensional compared to the background.

TerryAske_IntotheWind

I’m calling it ‘Into the Wind’.  I’ll submit this little piece (9 x 9 inches) to the Quilting Arts Magazine reader challenge ‘Birds of a Feather’.  I’ll know on April 8th if it’s accepted as a finalist for the challenge.

 

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Trunk show and work in progress – 2015.03.20

On Wednesday morning I packed up about 40 of my quilts in my rolling cart, and headed to North Vancouver to do a presentation and trunk show for the Seymour Quilters’ Guild.

Quilts for trunk show2  https://seymourqg.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/img_1181_edited-1.jpg

The members of the guild seemed to enjoy my presentation and had lots of questions about my techniques and compliments about my work.  And they have already posted a write-up about my trunk show with some great pictures (including the photo above).

Back in the quilt studio, I’ve been working on an entry for the latest Quilting Arts Magazine reader challenge ‘Birds of a Feather’.   The theme reminded me of some photos from our vacation in the British Virgin Islands a few years ago.  We were fascinated by the small terns hanging out on the beach.  They have distinctive black caps, and they tend to all stand facing in the same direction – into the wind (except when we tried to take a picture of them, when some of them would invariably turn toward the camera).

BVI terns  BVI terns 2

I drew a stylized version of a tern and made 3 of them, each a slightly different size and with some variation in fabrics, and positioned them all facing the same direction.  I’m just trying to decide on what fabric to use for the sea in the background.  Any opinions?  (Please excuse the creases in the fabrics.)

 

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