Off my design wall – 2018.02.19

Last Friday, I finished my cherry blossom modern/art quilt with a black binding, gave it a title and submitted it for consideration for the textile art exhibit Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation.

I was having a hard time coming up with a title and had asked for suggestions in previous blog posts and on Instagram.  There were lots of great suggestions (thank you!), but what inspired me the most was a wonderful Haiku poem written by Karen Cooper @karensc0sm0s:

Black sky before dawn – Rain drops falling glitter gold – Sakura blossoms

Karen’s Haiku poem inspired my title ‘Midnight Sakura‘.   Here is a full view of the front and the back of ‘Midnight Sakura’.  (Yes, I still need to add a sleeve and label.)

  

And a detail shot:

 

This weekend, I made a block for the VMQG Vancouver Improv Sampler project.   Every month, an image of a familiar sight or landmark from the Vancouver area is posted for inspiration.  The concept is that after 12 months, each participant will have enough blocks to create a quilt of Vancouver-themed blocks.

The subject for December was construction cranes decorated with holiday lights.  The subject for January was the East Van Cross.  Here are my blocks.   My December block is improv-pieced, but for the January block I drew a pattern on freezer paper.

   

 

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.

Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday
Busy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Friday
Em’s Scrap Bag Moving It Forward Monday
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts Design Wall Monday
Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday
Love Laugh Quilt Monday Making

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Off my design wall – 2018.02.14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

My cherry blossom modern/art quilt is quilted, and just needs a black binding before I can submit it to the textile art exhibit Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation.

I quilted the black and gold background hexagons with gold rayon thread, using my walking foot.  I free-motion quilted the cherry blossoms with black thread for a sketchy look.   I’m very happy with how it looks.  Here’s a partial view of the front and the back.

   

 

I’ll have to decide on a name for it by Friday, which is the deadline to enter.   I’m thinking of something with the word ‘Glitz’ or ‘Glitzy’.

 

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.

WIP Wednesday @ The Needle & Thread Network
WIPs on Wednesday at Esther’s Quilt Blog
Let’s Bee Social! @ SewFreshQuilts
Midweek Makers @ QuiltFabrication

 

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On my design wall – 2018.02.12

My cherry blossoms modern/art quilt is all pieced. It’s about 16 x 22 inches.  I don’t think I’ll add a border, just black binding.  I’m stumped for a name and would welcome suggestions.

I made a total of 3 blossoms.  I stopped at 3 because I wanted it to be a small piece, and also because I have a very limited amount of the black fabric with gold dots – only 2 fat-eighths of each.   They were left over from the MQG Michael Miller Glitz fabric challenge, and I won a package of fat-eighths as a door prize a couple of years ago.

Next, I had to decide how to piece the blossoms with the background pieces.  Here are a couple of sketches I made.  I used the layout on the left.

 

Each blossom is made from 6 triangle-shaped pieces to form a hexagon.  I pieced each blossom into 2 half-hexagon sections, each made of 3 triangles, as my plan was to join the pieces in columns.  However, I didn’t want a seam down the center of the large dot pieces, so I cut them as complete hexagons.  That made the piecing a bit tricky.  I sewed the pieces into columns as much as possible, then dealt with the Y-seams.  I won’t lie – there was some un-stitching and re-stitching involved in sewing some of those seams!

  

 

Here it is all sewn together, and ready to be layered and quilted.

 

Come back in a few days to see how I quilt it.  And, as I said at the beginning of this post, I’d love some suggestions for a title for this one.

 

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.

Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday
Busy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Friday
Em’s Scrap Bag Moving It Forward Monday
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts Design Wall Monday
Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday
Love Laugh Quilt Monday Making

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On my design wall – 2018.02.07

You know it’s almost Spring in Vancouver when thoughts turn to Cherry Blossoms.  I’m working on an entry for the textile art exhibit Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation which will be at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver.

I was in the mood for bright colors and a modern look.  I wanted to use a hexagon shape for my flowers.  Since cherry blossoms are typically 5-petaled, I made a pattern which subdivides 6 triangles into 5 petals and 2 leaves, which I’m using to paper-piece the flowers.

Here’s my pattern, and my version of a bright, modern Cherry Blossom.  I’ll make a few more blossoms, then piece them together with triangle and/or hexagon shaped pieces of the background fabric.

 

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.

   Esther’s Blog    Sew Fresh Quilts  grab button for Quiltfabrication

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Aurora – the quilting – 2018.01.31

I started designing and cutting fabric for ‘Aurora’ last Tuesday.

 

On Wednesday, I got it completely pieced.  It took all day, but I was determined to get it done.  I came perilously close to running out of one of the background fabrics, and had to resew some of the angled seams more than once.

 

On the weekend, I quilted it.  I used variegated poly-sheen thread. I have 2 spools – one is neon colors, the other is shades of pink. I’m matchstick quilting as I thought that would add to the impression of vertical streaks of light and color.

 

This is after 30 minutes of quilting – so, yes, it did take most of the weekend.  But I’m so happy with the result.

 

 

Here is “Aurora’ finished, and ready to be submitted to the SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn – the deadline to enter is today, so I just squeaked in under the wire.  The finished size is 27″ x 29″.

 

 

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.

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On my design wall – Moonrise and Aurora – 2018.01.24

My ‘Moonrise’ art quilt is all quilted, and I’m loving the texture the quilting has added.  I quilted the sky with straight horizontal lines about 1/4″ apart.  The moon and clouds have horizontal quilting 3/4″ apart.

I realized that when I fused the strips for the sky and water, I started from the top and overlapped each strip over the one above it.  When I smooth the quilt by running my hand over it in a downward direction, I disturb the raw edges where the strips overlap.  If I use this technique again, I will try to remember to overlap each strip over the one below it.  With this quilt, I will try to remember to smooth it with an upward motion.

So it’s all complete, except for the finishing – the facings, sleeve and label.  But that will get done later, because I’ve started working on a new art quilt.  (It’s a good thing I have a two-sided design wall!)

 

While working on ‘Moonrise’ I found myself getting bored with the color palette, and started wondering whether I could have come up with a more colorful combination for the SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn theme.  Somehow, that made me think of Northern Lights, also known as Aurora.

I remembered that I have a collection of gradated fabrics in a variety of colors – some of which would be perfect for Northern Lights.  I was so excited about this idea that I got out of bed to find the fabrics!  The next thing you know, there’s a new project on my design wall!

Yesterday morning, I cut strips of several of the gradated fabrics and arranged them on some dark blue background fabrics.  I drew a very rough sketch, but I’m not going to make a full-size pattern.  I’m just going to piece it together in an improv way, and see what happens.  Here’s my initial fabric selection and placement.

 

I initially cut the strips 3 inches wide, then I cut some of those in half to add more interest to the design.  And I added in a few different fabrics to increase the streaky vertical look.  Here’s what it looks like this morning.  I’m loving these colors – it’s looking even better than I imagined it would!

 

I’m hoping to get the piecing all finished today.   I have to work quickly, because both of these art quilts need to be ready for submission by January 31.

 

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.

   Esther’s Blog    Sew Fresh Quilts  grab button for Quiltfabrication

 

 

 

 

 

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On my design wall – Moonrise, part 4 – 2018.01.21

Progress on Moonrise – since my last post, I layered the quilt, and completed a lot of the quilting.

Layering.
In preparation for layering the quilt, I squared and trimmed the edges, then I machine basted 1/4″ from the edges.  This secured the ends of the loosely fused strips.

I used white felt as the middle layer.  I will be facing this art quilt, rather than binding it, so I cut the felt and the backing fabric smaller than the top – about 3/4″ on each edge.  Because these two layers don’t extend all the way to the edges, there will be a lot less bulk when I fold the edges and the facings to the back.

I spray-basted the three layers, then machine basted the felt/backing 1/8″ from the edge.  This basting will be removed after all the quilting is done.  You can see both lines of machine-quilting in the photos below.

 

 

Quilting. 
The fabric strips are pressed to a base of Pellon grid fusible interfacing, a low tack interfacing, which means the fabric can be easily re-positioned.  However, that also means the fabric strips are not securely affixed to the interfacing, so I wasn’t sure how well they would stay in place during the quilting.  I was pleasantly surprised – I had to re-press them a few times, but none of them fell off.

I quilted the lower half with horizontal wavy lines, spaced about 1/4″ apart.  Then I quilted the raw edges of the sky and cloud strips.  Now all the strips are secured in place, and I don’t have to be concerned about them coming loose.

I’m going to quilt the sky and clouds with straight horizontal lines about 1/4″ apart.  I will probably quilt the moon in the same way, or perhaps with wider spaced lines.

Here’s how it looks at this point.

 

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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