Tuesday, June 28, 2011
We did her Mock Mola class, a very slick way of doing raw edge reverse applique. So I grabbed a piece of my hand dyes and off I went. After much rumination about what design to use (I had 5 lined up), and after reading our challenge, I decided on the celtic knot. I learned a lot and I think I would use a zig zag stitch to do the initial design and make the lines more stable... but overall, it was a great class and we had a blast with all of the possibilities!
And it's reversible! The colors didnt show as well on this shot, but you get the idea! Comments of course are welcome, and thanks, Pam, for a fun challenge that refreshed my love of celtic knots!
Monday, June 27, 2011
I decided to make an Irish Quilting Fairy Godmother.
She is paper pieced. I got the pattern from www.paperpanache.com She has free mystery pattens frequently and this month it was create your own quilting godmother. She had six sets of words and we have to pick one from each set. There is no way of knowing what she looks like until it is sewn.
It was machine quilted and the celtic design in the border was part of the quilting.
15-1/4" x 18-1/2"
Friday, June 24, 2011
So, I decided to do a native prairie grass I grow in my yard which is called "Big Bluestem" (Andropogon gerardii) and make it really blue. I assure you, mine is a blue colored stem..but this is more blue than in nature!.
I think I hit the rhythm requirement pretty well, both in the seed heads and in the leaves. the other requirement was "to create an exciting background". For this, I painted the background cloth ins shades of green. I took some deli papers I bought and wanted to try and painted them with a thin coat of Quinacridone / Nickel Azo Gold mixed with Hansa yellow and transparent yellow oxide. I tore the pieces into strips once they were dry and attached them to the fabric using Matte medium. I felt that the back ground should probably have been lighter as once the yarns were added for the seed heads, I didn't think that they contrasted enough with the back ground. You can see an OK shot of it just on the background on Maria Elkin's blog here.
In order to brighten it and make it pop, I added the orangy-gold border. I then took some King Tut variagated thread and did a wiggly line first one direction and then another over the background to give it more interest and hopefully lighten it a bit.
I then quilted the border in triangles which were quilted in first one direction, then the opposite. Overall, the piece is equally quilted. I'm not really pleased with the wavy border...but then I didn't have time to block it either...The background is backed with Decor Bond which makes it lay nice and flat and is great for stabilizing the yarns I couched down as well as the thread painting I did on the stems and leaves of the plant. I don't like, however, how it doesn't seem possible to get any loft in the piece once you use the Decor bond. I would have liked to have had the plants stand out a bit more from the background. As I did the threadwork before I quilted and only outlined quilted those parts, it should have stood out a little...(I used warm and natural for a batting).
My blurry vision and lack of feeling in my hands made the execution of this piece much more lengthy as well as difficult. I had to rip out the quilting along the border a couple of times...the fact that my Bernina is having tension issues didn't help. Off it goes to the shop (AGAIN!) I can't figure out how even when the upper tension is set at "0" it is still tight enough to pop the bobbin thread up. My picutres aren't the sharpest in the world either because again of my vision. Profuse apologies!
I had intended to enter this in the Marianist Environmental Education Center's show in Dayton which is closing this weekend, but I finished one of my entries, just not this one in time. So, I took it down to the Dayton Visual Art Center member's show (Dayton, OH), today...at least it is going somewhere!
This was one of those times when I said to myself "Boy, life would sure be easier if you'd stick to painting....you'd be done by now and you'd have more of a choice to lighten the background!!!." Sigh. I do like the texture though!
Finished size: 20 1/4" h x 24" wide.
As always, comments/suggestions / thoughts are greatly appreciated.
Fast Friday Fabric Challenge #58 – Celtic Quilts Host Pam Clark
Top o’ the mornin’ to all of you. Put your Irish thinking caps on and choose any subject matter, but put an Irish spin on it. You can go with Celtic designs or Irish chains or create an Irish scene. You can finish your project off with a Celtic chain border, or use a Celtic design as the focal point, or you could include the Irish chain pattern as part of your quilt. Regretfully, I’m going to be late finishing my own challenge, since I will be out of town from June 18 – 27th and my sister from Portland will be spending the week of June 28-July 2 with me. I hope you all have fun with this topic. I know it’s not the month of March and St. Patrick’s day, but I’m an Irish descendent, and I know that there are lots of Irish symbols that can be integrated into your quilts somehow. Irish art and folklore offers a lot of springboards for ideas. If you Google Irish quilts or Irish art or Celtic Quilts, you will get lots of hits. Below are several links that might give you ideas. May the’ luck o’ the Irish’ be with you in this challenge.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7665648@N04/4270396918/ (This is a picture of Jaynette Huff’s “Mantle” using Celtic designs around the fire place and in the borders.
This quilt uses Celtic designs as space filler in the corners.
This quilt uses an Irish chain motif across the bottom as a space filler.
This quilt also uses Celtic designs as space fillers around the flower arrangement.
Irish chain quilt
http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/991113/art72.htm (look at the different samples)
http://seeinside.doverpublications.com/dover/0486991091 (vector motifs)
The link above is excellent. It lets you go page by page through several pages of Celtic designs.
(Be sure to page all the way down. There are numerous examples of Celtic designs.
Monday, June 13, 2011
I began by drawing my own Art Deco pattern after looking at some of the shapes used in that style of art. I then ironed fusible web to the back of the butterfly batik panel and cut out a circle shape. Then I drew the cutting lines on the piece and cut it into sections. I kept some of the sections and discarded the others. I cut out a black circle a couple of inches larger than the batik circle, layed the batik sections on the circle and fused them. I added a few of the discarded sections in order to create more interest in the piece. After this, I stitched the sections down, added some quilting around the flowers and leaves, and then quilted the black background. I used a varigated King Tut thread by Superior to stitch a decorative motif around each section to lift them of the background more. I finished the outside of the circle with the same thread, but a different motif. I then added piping around the edge to finish it off. I am disappointed because the circle is not perfect, but am not willing to pull the piping off at this point.
This is the first quilted piece which I have sewn on my Janome 7700, and must say that I am very impressed by this machine and the free motion quilting capability which it has. I loved my Viking Designer 1, but this machine is light years ahead of it in this area. A lot of improvements have been made in the last nine years (I bought the Designer 1 in 2002) and I am just beginning to experience some of the strides which have been made. What a blessing this machine is going to be!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I laid my buttons out on my design; then I fiddled for hours. I held them in place with the yellow headed pins. I liked the accent, so decided to use white embroidery floss on all of the buttons. I actually only had to take off one button that didn't work out. That amazed me. This is my first time using buttons as a design element. Attaching them took 2 days because I had to pull the large needle through with pliers. The tiny gray ones required a small needle, so I just went through several times.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
19" x 19"
I have been looking lately how to use some bits and pieces of fancy cords and lace, and they seemed to fit in well for this purpose. This piece used up all of that loopy white edging inside the triangle and most of the red, blue and gold cord. The rosettes are the same red fabric inside the triangle along with some lace. At the corners, I unraveled the last four inches of the cord and trimmed them.
The outer pieces of cord I added because my husband thought that the triangle looked just a bit suggestive!
This was fun to put together, but I'm just not sure how much I like it!
Comments are welcome, along with suggestions for a title.
It still needs quilting, but I'd love to hear from you what do you think about colors and composition.
I'm trying to improve my color use and composition skills so every hint and comment will be really appreciate :)
With this piece I wanted to give a sort of "flowing" feeling, from up to bottom.
It is small, just 23"x7"
18” X 31”
The Copper River Red Salmon are considered the world’s best eating salmon. They spawn on the glacier fed Copper River which is one of the swiftest and most rugged rivers in Alaska. Because it is so swift, the returning salmon must store extra fat and oils in order to survive the trip to their spawning grounds.
Quilt is all machine stitched hand dyed and commercial fabrics. Most comments/suggestions I have received the past few years have been I don't quilt enough. This time I listened as the there is very little that is not quilted.
I spent quite a bit of time exploring the web for Art Deco ideas before deciding to celebrate the return of the Alaska Red Salmon. Thank you Carol for hosting yet another inspiring challenge producing a nice variety of great quilts.
Comments and Suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Friday, June 03, 2011
I look forward to any and all comments and suggestions.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
My project is not finished, but if I wait, I will have missed another deadline! The leaves and stems are simply fused to a background but the stems are "Mucha-like." I think I want to add some glitz embellishment to it, even if that may not fit the deco mode.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
For this challenge I wanted to do a take on one of the iconic pieces of architecture from the Art Deco era. The Chrysler building is one of my favorites; I love its style and lines. When I googled it, I found a wonderful photo with a forced perspective and used that as my inspiration. In my stash I found an older chunk of fabric depicting the nighttime New York skyline. Perfect! And while I do realize that this is far from perfect, I think it is OK for this challenge. All comments are welcome.
It is all fused applique using silks, velvets, brocade and metallic lame's on black velvet. They are all satin stitched down using metallic threads. I couched the antique gold metallic around the outside of the whole design.