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.
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