Saturday, May 31, 2008
I have posted my finished quilt Cityscape - I took two little building quilts I had done - but wasn't really happy with and cut them up for Cityscape - finished size is 26 x12 1/2. It's not quite done - still needs binding. I put on some borders to square it up.
Actually I've been doing this for a few other quilts as well - taking something that wasn't working and making it more fun.
In Sunny Seattle
I pulled it from the bone file for this challenge. Took my rotary cutter and had great pleasure cutting it up! Then I decided to try weaving the pieces together. Wasn't happy with the result. Grabbed a piece of batik that had similar colors and weaved again. Better. Still not happy. Decided to play with some threads to secure some of the edges. Decided I like it better. Had a scrap of fabric that looked like a border. Yuk. Needed somthing more. I'd just taught a class on "Getting Comfy with Color" where I'd mentioned some colors, like yellow, make great accents. Added the yellow eyelash border.
Finished machine quilting the center and wentto even the borders when I realized I had done an incredibly horrible "oops". So bad there was no way to correct it. Remembered I had told a student to follow Tim Gunn's advice: Make It Work.
So I did.
Unless someone spends a lot of time fondling the quilt the oops may never be discovered. I may confess one of these days. It will definitely make a great teaching sample for my classes!
What do you think about this deconstruction and reconstruction? Finished size is 18 1/2" x 19".
-- Joanna Strohn
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wheww, just under the wire. I've finished my challenge piece and must say this was so much fun! I used a small wallhanging that i wasn't at all pleased with and started slashing it. I then added some funky flowers in the right hand corner and a bit of writing 'Be still and feel the moment'. And isn't that what we all need to do these days, especially up north where our summer is so short.
Anyway, I must say I will bge deconstructing a few other pieces that are hanging around. I didn't put a lot of thought into this piece, just started cutting it up.
When it was done I thought of the business that interfers with my quiet time enjoying the flowers. Thank you Linda for the great challenge.
I look forward to critique from my peers.
I started with a sweet little one-patch quilt top, slashed it and inserted green, red, and orange strips, then cut it in fourths, swapped out the northwest and southeast quarters, and then sewed it back together. Then I fused on some red spirals left over from the spiral rose quilt I'm working on (Ann Fahl's pattern) and called them apple peels, because of that one light square in the whole quilt. Machine quilted the background, and used red rayon thread in a zig-zag stitch on the spirals - oops, apple peels.
It sure looks different!
I first cut it into strips, and rearranged them, but really started to hate the light fabric that was on the ends of each strip. I whacked that off and started to play with the strips as borders, added a center panel, and then some fused appliqué and the piece started to take shape. It is all quilted now and ready for some embellishment, and I would like some suggestions as to how to bring this piece to an increased level of interest. One can’t yet say it has pizzazz, however I do like it more than the original. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I’ll post again when it is complete.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I started with a top I had made about 5/6 yrs ago in a class. I just never knew what to do with it, knew it needed something and I always thought in terms of applique. Just never got to it.
So I cut it up... I am afraid I did use a ruler. Then I just got started with 'things' that I have been fiddling with, like stencilled leaves [shiva sticks] and it went from there. I tried painting ... again with Shiva Sticks, but I didn't like the results, so cut it out and used that african animal fabric to cover the holes..from the back.
It is quilted, painted, appliqued and bound... held together by tabs.
Cynthia, if you see this, you may recognize my inspiration source...
the Dreaming in Color quilt by Linda Kemshall and just 10 pages before your Focus on Fungi.
I always look at your piece but somehow... nothing happens.......
I just love it and someday.....maybe the pieces will fall together.
BTW the book I am referring to is Quilting Masterclass....Inspirations and techniques from the experts........ by Katharine Guerrier.
So, I found it a challenge. fun and while I am surprised by the 'sameness as I put the pieces back together [it was not my intent], I do like the end result.
My Townhouse with a Country View.
Thank you Linda.....
Original piece, top photo. Reconstructed piece, bottom photo.
Well, I finally had a chance to get a challenge done this spring! I sliced, I diced, I twisted and turned. I'm still not totally enamored with the thing, but I think it's better than the original version. I like that there is more movement in the piece, and although I'm still not crazy about the couched yarns, I think they look better integrated in the after piece.
The original was already finished about a year ago; I think it was a companion to another challenge piece, so when I sliced and diced, I simply overlayed the quilted pieces and topstitched them together. I put a new layer of stabilizer and a new backing on the back; added a bit more quilting to hold it together, and covered the exposed edges with more couched yarn. The fabrics are overdyed vintage kimono silks which were originally fused. Construction-wise, I don't think this one will hold up real well, as the silks are already starting to fray, and I probably signed their death warrant with all the additional stitching.
This was a good exercise. I have done a little slicing before, but not to an already completed project. Thanks Linda.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This is the ugly crazy block that I had lying around.
This is what I ended up with, after adding some horrible-to-work with satin-like stuff and one piece of delightful-to-work with pink silk.
I don't know...what do you think?
This was interesting. It is the first time I've tried deconstructing. The original is a sample I made from a pattern by Ruth McDowell in "The Experts' Guide to Foundation Piecing". I wanted to see if I liked her method. This was just a little piece (10" x 7.5"). I knew I'd never do anything with it---not my own design. However, I AM working on a quilt using her method.
This challenge started with a UFO fabric collage. It has been deconstructed to smithereens and is kind of difficult to see in this month's challenge piece. The finished piece has ribbon, cording, and silk leaves in it. Also, it features strips from a fabric weave in contrasting colors. There was no plan in the design. One step just seemed to lead to another and voila! Comments are welcome!
Monday, May 26, 2008
In 2005, I started a series of "embedded quilts." The starting point was 18" sq's of hand dyed fabric, on which were appliqued a variety of shapes in different sizes. After the first 6 were completed, I realized I just wanted to cut them up! Which, of course, I did.
The first one used 5 blocks of circles and 1 block of triangles and is, by far, my favorite. The second was 5 blocks of squares and 1 block of circles. The third (not pictured) was all circles and far less successful. All are heavily machine quilted.
This experiment became a class I teach locally, and in 2 sessions, most students have their tops constructed. The best one was all oranges and fushias (of course, from the accerlated student)! I'm hoping to have time to do a new piece for this challenge, but right now am on 2 deadlines and sewing my little heart out!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I had to do this in three steps instead of two.
For step #1 I pulled out some two year old orphans, added blocksbetween them and made the top. It was predictible and boring but not too bad.
For step #2 I cut it up and added another fabric. I hated it. Myhusband, who is very supportive and likes most things that I do came into the room and said "That is the ugliest thing you've ever made". I had to agree. I was pretty discouraged for awhile. I auditioned some things that didn't work at all and then I remembered I had some iron-on bias tape.
So, for step #3 I added the tape, cut it into a circle and came up withsomething completely new. .Betty
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I had to create a new top as I had no UFO's to work from. When I finished assembling it I really liked it and had a very hard time making myself cut it apart, but I love the way it turned out. I think it really made the design. The "planets" are all sheers, raw edge fused. I just went for it with the rotary and cut whatever felt right and then stitched the pieces to the black background and around the circles to quilt it.
This was really fun. I just may try deconstructing again (and not be such a wimp about it...LOL).
Thanks for a great challenge Linda!
Comments welcomed :-) Cherie
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Guest Hostess – Linda Cline
Theme or Technique – Deconstruction
Design Concept – Your Choice
--- Design and complete a small work by following the steps outlined below:
· Complete a quilt top using piecing, appliqué, painting, or any other technique of your preference. Keep it simple and don’t agonize over it (you will be cutting it up and making it more abstract in a later step). Your quilt top may be representational, abstract, or traditional. Do not quilt your top yet. You may skip this step if you have a UFO you would like to resurrect and sacrifice for the challenge.
· Take a photo of your quilt top before you begin the next step. Do not post your photo until you have completed your quilt.
· Consider the Principles of Design: Balance, Rhythm, Contrast, . . . Decided if there are weaknesses in your design that you would like to address as you proceed with step two.
· Now the fun part. You must be bold and fearless. Attack your quilt top with a rotary cutter or a pair of scissors. Cut it into slices, squares, or other shapes. Make your cuts straight or curved. Make as many pieces as you would like. You may carefully consider where you want each cut to be, but trust your intuition.
· Re-assemble the quilt using any technique you like.
o You could put it back in the same order but staggered a bit so that the lines of the original composition are broken.
o Or try re-arranging the order of the pieces to create a new composition.
o Try adding other pieces of fabric as you re-assemble the original pieces.
· Layer, quilt, and finish the quilt as you normally do.
· Take a photo of your finished quilt.
· Compare your finished quilt with your “before” photo. Which did you like better? Why? Post your “before” photo with your completed quilt.
Due - Saturday, Noon EST May 31, 2008
One final requirement - HAVE FUN WITH THIS!
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Colored pencils, paints, and more quilting all add up to a good time.
I was pleased wth the first piece but wasn't sure where to go from there. Various comments on the first picture had me thinking, and it was sosososoooo pale.
Color me... color me...... it seemed to say. The neat part was that I had thread-painted the whole piece, and then to go and color was childs play, really. And silk... well, you've heard me say this before..yummy when it comes to quilting. Try it!
Let me know what you think.
I meant to add some sort of fabric to the bottom in a somewhat similar way as this one. The problem was, though, that length is the wrong proportion for me to start adding to. Only the other day I thought of a plan to resolve that issue with the top of the jeans, so perhaps I will eventually get that done.
17½ x 20"
It took a while to find denim to use, finally found that I had not, after all, thrown out those tattered blue jean shorts that I used to use for yoga, and then found a little pair of blue jeans, maybe toddler size 2! the different shades simply come from different parts, the deepest blue from the pocket.
Originally, I planned to sew the pieces together with the frayed edges showing, and pulled a lot of thread to create more fringes, but finally decided the other side looked better. I even used some of the threads I had pulled. I added a ribbon and lace, some of it emerging from rips in the denim, some thread painting with fancy stitches, and finally a handful of buttons. When I started mounting it on a foam core backing, it was calling for just a bit more, so I stuffed some batting and polyfil in and sewed it along the join lines to create a puffy look.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
detail of her recent quilt
her tote bag filled with quilts
the thread she is using now, along with another of her projects, a Home Sweet Home needlepoint in a hoop
I snagged a pair of my daughters worn out jeans. I loved the texture and the worn spots. I made a crazy quilt background and top stitched with jeans thread to tie it together. I then rubber stamped it and added perle cotton stitches. The yo yo's are made from Talbots tie fabric and held down with miscellanous buttons. I finished it off with some star beads. Size is about 17x22 and is bound in tie silk.