Thursday, April 30, 2009


I LOVED doing this one and just may be off on a new tangent.
Shopping for the fabric was fun, putting it together was even more fun.
I hope I got the 'GRID' part of this challenge. I used Joen Wolfram's
Color tool and used the 7 colors. My main color was 'yellow' and I went from there.
I used threads in the same color and the beads pretty much fit as well.
I used a yellow poplin for the background, it only shows in small bits. I drew a 2" grid all through it. From there, I tore my Dupioni silk into approximate squares and laid them out on the grid. I added over top , etc... all along the grid line drawn underneath. I hand stitched using a 'ladder' stitch. I also tore organza into 'bite-size' pieces and laid them out in an overlapping diagonal toward the bottom.
I used stitches, a button, loose threads and beads to embellish. As you know, Dupioni silk frays like crazy, so in straightening my fabric, I pulled the fraying threads toward the selvage. I cut that off, rolled it into organza squares, letting the threads hang down. I wrapped the 'tubes' in embroidery floss, tied into the top knot a 4 stone Svaroski crystal pendant [green] and stitched them on with a bead at the top. It is bound with a sheer.. also torn and see through edges. Beads embellish the edges in the binding.
I called it 'Fragile', I think because of the fragile system we live in.. re: swine flu, faltering economies, age and the frailties associated there. Add to that the incredible 'show' of support for Virginia Spiegel's Cancer fund-raiser.... me remembering my own asleep in death.... just made me think FRAGILE. That is why I like the torn edges, the threads and see-through frays.
I look forward to your comments..... and your 'what-if's'...


This is a silly little quiltlet - no series, no theme, just a quick experiment. Therefore, I don't expect a lot of praise... The squares are woven and fused onto a foundation, then the stems and flowers were fused on, as well. The quilting uses one of my favorite variegated threads, and the wavy vertical lines that I've begun to use a lot. My main question - Does it meet the challenge?
The size is 8 1/2" x 7 1/2"


As so often seems to happen, this piece started with what I thought was a simple, quick idea. Ha! If I had known how many hours it would take to accomplish, I would have changed the plan from the beginning.
Almost every quilt I have ever made has been designed on my morning run. This is a rare exception as I woke up the morning after the challenge was posted with the design in my head. I made the monoprint of grasses several years ago and had no idea what I was going to do with it until now. The first problem was that it was on a small piece of white fabric so I overdyed it chartreuse and at the same time dyed another piece of fabric the same color so I could applique the print to the background and have it look like it was one. Then, my plan to use commercial fabrics for the squares just wasn't working so I dyed several more pieces of fabric to get my analogous blues and greens as well as a magenta complement.
Once I had my print appliqued to the background I created a grid using 1/8" pieces of tape that I cut from a 1" roll of blue tape. I fused the 1" squares to the background and then quilted the whole thing.
Of course I didn't even think about the binding when I started and now I have no fabric left so I am dying yet another piece chartreuse so I can match the binding to the border/background. The finished piece is 14" x 21".

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Green Mile Squared

I was in the process of making this quilt for something else and it pretty much fits this challenge so I'll post it. The analogous colors are lime green, yellow, and orange with the compliment of purple. You have to look to find the yellow which is yarn wrapped around the 3 middle pieces and the purple and green are the dominant colors. I call it Green Mile Squared since the green cuts through the middle of dark and light purple and it is definitely a grid pattern.

I pieced together the green and purple squares going from dark in the lower left to lighter in the upper right. Orange squares were scattered around to give it some 'oomph'. I splattered paint around after the quilting which is also in a grid pattern. It seemed to need something in the middle so I wrapped a yellow and purple yarn around wooden skewers found in the grocery store and stitched them in the middle of the quilt.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Yards and Masts

"On another day, she wandered with him, hand in, hand, along the deserted paths of a garden whose creepers had been cut out by a decorator's skillful hands. It was as though the real sky, the real flowers, the real earth were forbidden her for all time and she condemned to breathe no other air than that of the theater. An occasional fireman passed, watching over their melancholy idyll from afar. And she would drag him up above the clouds, in the magnificent disorder of the grid, where she loved to make him giddy by running in front of him along the frail bridges, among the thousands of ropes fastened to the pulleys, the windlasses, the rollers, in the midst of a regular forest of yards and masts."

from chapter XI Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

I constructed two wonky strata's , embellished with strips of wonky cut sheers. Then I cut them into strips inserting the alternating stratas. Finally, I further embellished and quilted, reinforcing the grid pattern.

My colors are blue-green, blue, and green with red-orange as the complimentary.

The piece measures 11"x15"

Joni, this was a terrific challenge! I had so much fun with it, I intend to continue with a series of grids. Thanks for the inspiration!

Comments gratefully accepted


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Challenge #32

Challenge #32 – Use Grid or Framed and Analogous + complement
Hostess – Joni Feddersen

Color Concept: Analogous colors with a complementary color
An analogous- complementary scheme utilizes related hues lying adjacent on the color wheel with a hue directly opposite to these. Why is this an effective color scheme? An analogous color scheme is calming and pleasing, but can be unexciting. Adding a complementary color can add excitement, tension and emphasis as well as move the eye around the piece. Analogous with complementary can be less jarring than using just a straight complementary color scheme. It’s the best of both color schemes: the beauty of analogous with the drama of complementary.

Composition Concept: Using grids/frames
This is a broad composition concept and can be taken various ways. As in traditional quilting, grids (blocks) and frames (borders) have been used for years to add structure and unity to the quilts, but that is just one way to interpret this challenge.

There is a diagram of framed and grid composition in Katie Pasquini Masapust’s book Design Exploration for the Creative Quilter. See it here:

The famous artist Piet Mondrian introduced grids to the art world as a simplification of the relationships between color, size and shape.
Works by Piet Mondrian can be seen:

Adding structure with the use of grids can have several benefits. It makes the eye move in a controlled manner and can draw the viewer to a particular focal point. Grids can be used in many ways as we will see in some of our quilt examples. This is another example of both our composition and our color concepts for this challenge.

Setting your masterpiece in a frame is another way to interpret this challenge. Just as an artist frames their painting, an art quilt can utilize this concept to enhance the design. Framed examples: Look at “Monolith 1” Look at “Anja’s Choice” Look at “Scarab IV” Look at “Gold Leaf”

Examples of subtle framing used as part of the design:

Don’t forget to have fun with this challenge!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


I began this piece in late March when the challenge was first issued. It was the end of winter and it seemed as if spring would never arrive. This quilt reflects my state of mind at the time, but became a bit hard to finish once the wisteria started to bloom. The March challenge was two-fold: to use bright colors in contrast to dull, grayed colors in order to achieve the effect of luminosity and secondly, to convey the idea of masses and planes.

I drew a small sketch of a scene that I remembered from seeing part of a remake of the movie, Dr. Zhivago. I decided to try some two-point perspective on this piece in order to best work with the masses and planes component of the challenge.

I finally finished this last night (05/06/09) with the addition of the quilting and the shadows, which are made with layers of tulle. I have had a hard time with a title for this one, so it remains untitled.

I welcome any comments on the piece.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Small One - The Magical Elephant (Dragon)

Here is the latest dragon. The ideas for this one also brought a very fun story which was a joy to discover. It is over on my blog.

At first I wondered how I could do this saturated/planes thing with a dragon. I might have gone with him being in an ancient ruin as I have all sorts of photos I have taken of that type of scene. But because I am also going with the 6x12 size of the Contemporary Quilt Group, I wasn't sure I could do it without being so small it would be hard to read. And somehow, thoughts led to other thoughts and he ended up being adopted by the elephants.

Yes, I know. My brain is a bit different than most people's.

I thought I better look up exactly what elephant legs look like, and there was a photo taken of an elephants legs through the bushes. So, I thought I would adapt that concept to create the planes and masses part, and then use the dragon and bright surrounding to do the saturated part. The bushes behind him aren't as anchored as I'd like, but they will do.

Let me know what you think.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I finally found a day I could work on this months challange. Sometimes life just gets in the way of having fun. I guess better late than never so here I am very very late. This 20x 13 inch piece is a picture from the Nature Conservancy calander. I felt it had everything for this challange. I had a great time threadpainting the trees and layering the sheers to create the sunset sky. There is a minimum of quilting in the sky because I felt it would break it up too much and it needed the unbroken expanse. This is only the second landscape I have ever attempted so it is an amazing challange to me. I love all comments and any suggestions you may have. Thank you so much for a great challange.

Pat Havey

Monday, April 06, 2009


My quilt isn't finished as this was a harried week. It has yet to go the sewing machine! It was WonderUndered to the background. I used (partially) the same method as I used last month--with some refinements. It is something I'd like to explore in larger size. However--it is very time consuming. But--my quilts usually are. I once had a photographer tell me that my quilts are very intricate.

I believe this quilt fits the challenge. There are some highly saturated colors combined with tones. There is also light and shadow--both in the two flowers and in the ground (bark, dirt, dead leaves, etc.). Size is approximately 9.5" x 14".

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Only a day late....

Last weekend, I was up at Wupatki National Monument ( with some friends. Its one of those wonderful attractions that we only see when we have out of towners around! The ruins date back over 800 years and have been carefully restored. With this challenge in mind, I took lots of pix!

My inspiration was the doors of the ruins:

And the quilt:

It's about 9 x 12" with lots of little pieces fused to the background, heavily stitched. What I like: the shadows worked great, the colors are pleasing. What I don't like: I should have done the floor with longer skinnier pieces or larger interlocking pieces (altho its really sandy there). But overall, I'm pleased. Comments of course, are welcome!


This is not what I originally intended to make for this challenge. In fact I pulled the fabric today for an entirely different piece, but this has been calling to me and calling to me and wouldn't shut up or let me work on anything else until it was done!
Not sure if I met the challenge with it and I am almost embarrassed to put it on here with all the wonderful pieces that are posted already, but I actually like it more than I thought I I still plan on doing the other piece now that this one has gotten what it wanted, though it isn't quilted yet. I can do both at the same time when I finish the next one.
It is as you can see, done in reds, with pale pink as the *shine*, the shadow was done using a black fabric crayon. Size is 12x20.
Comments, as always, are welcome :-)

Walking The Dog on A Parisian Windy Day

Here it is, late and still not finished. I need to do a bit more stitching and bind it. It is measures 24x30.

Continuing with my women theme I have a lovely gal taking her dog for a walk. The inspiration for the background buildings came from a painting by Edouard Toudoze. I love the buildings and thought I could portray the planes, the strollers in the distance have shadows and I've used many muted colors and saturated colors in the flowers and foliage. I should mention that I used oil pastels for shadows, bricks etc. and it worked very well. I let them cure overnight and than heat set them.
I didn't start with a sketch for as I usually do, but used Pamela Allan's scissor cutting for it, which was fun and challenging too. I worked hard to incorporate the woman into the scene, and tried many things before she found her spot.
I'm trying to think of a name for my style and guess you could call it embroidery applique, there are a lot of embroidery stitches in it.
Susan I hope I've met this challenge, and it was a great challenge. I enjoyed every aspect of it albeit my fingers are sore.
I look forward to critique from my peers.

Rice Fields by Cynthia Ann Morgan

My piece for Challenge 31 is based on a photograph of terraced rice fields in Asia. Lots of muted, shaded and toned colors with bits of pure hue. I didn't get quite the effect I was going for...oh well!

Comments welcome


Saturday, April 04, 2009

Mother Earth 11.5"x19"

I guess this one is pretty self explanatory. I've been hoarding some Cherrywood fabrics for a while now, and it seems about time to use a tiny bit! I've actually been meaning to make a quilt along these lines for some time now. This piece is all fused, and machine quilted with "invisible" thread. I apologize that the photo doesn't really show the quilting well, as I just took this shot in less than ideal conditions, but I actually really like the way the quilting came out. The little spirals are some little wire thingies I picked up somewhere. I'm not sure I was successful with the "planes/masses" part of the challenge, but I really enjoyed making this little piece.

Brenda Jennings, fairly close to the deadline, and aching to get back out West

"Cistern I" (16" x 18")

I feel I succeeded on the composition part of the challenge calling for planes and masses. The cylinder takes form with soft shadows. The cast shadow of the roof called for a hard-edged shadow. However, I have fallen short on the color concept - achieving luminosity with saturated and toned colors. Thank you Susan for a great challenge and the helpful references. The image is drawn from a water tower located in Old Town, Temecula, CA - I did this in drawing class on Tuesday. This is a whole cloth quilt. The base silk fabric was stitched then dyed with Procion dyes. Inks were used to define the tower. Comments welcome.

"Wall Ruins, Visby, Gotland Sweden" 20"x30"
This is a composite photoshopped to merge two photos that I took 15 years ago in Visby, Gotland, which is an island off the coast of Sweden. One photo had the house framed in the arch, and the other had the double arches. I have been meaning to paint this view for a long I have...with fabric :-)
I haven't finished the edges yet, but I think it will be faced.
Comments and suggestions are welcome as always...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Approaching Storm

I finished Challenge #31 tonight and decided to post it since it won't get quilted for awhile yet. It's not quite as I'd hoped but acceptable. I even managed to stick with my theme of birds albeit a very small one. I decided to depict an approaching storm with the dark clouds forming but with the sun somewhere above making some of the clouds very bright and other parts not receiving the sun's direct light dark. It seems that when this happens the Swallows are always soaring high above catching the last remaining insects before the storm's fury strikes and drives them to cover.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Sign of Spring

As soon as I heard this challenge announced, I knew just what I wanted to do. Even though it meant going in a whole new direction for me and even though I had to wait until I could drive the hour to town to buy some daffodils at the local grocery. Then, in this part of the world that receives an average of 350 days of sunshine a year, we had three days in a row of overcast skies. So I eventually broke down and created my own shadow with a table lamp. This 12" x 17" piece is a painted wholecloth. It is finished other than the binding which I am anticipating being a blue like the "cloth" on the table.
My saturated colors are the vase and the daffodil. The tones are in the table cloth and the shadows. The planes are in the folds of the cloth and the shape of the flower.
I really enjoyed this process and expect to do more along the same lines.