Thursday, March 31, 2011
The size of "Color Movement" is 10 x 10. I have been doing a lot of computer manipulation of photos recently and decided to go with this for my March challenge. The design started from a photo of one of my quilts. I used the distort filter and worked with it until I came up with this design.
I had to print it on two sheets of fabric to get it the size I wanted. I then sewed them together. I really like the ways the colors moved across the area thus, the name
Would really appreciate comments.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This months Fast Friday Fabric Challenge is dance and movement. Since I have done several ballet pieces = LOVE BALLET. Ballet Trio is one of my favorites http://designerann.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-world-in-black-and-white-entries.html
[you have to scroll down], plus one of my very few abstracts, http://designerann.blogspot.com/2011/01/spinal-dance.html.
I thought I should do something different + I wanted to make something that could be a useful piece for a charity. I wanted it to be 'happy'. I had a lovely piece of red which is the back as well as the moving pieces. I used yellow and light blue for contrast. I used as many different fabrics as I have. I thought I had a pretty good stash until I tried to find some variety. Funny because I know I have very little green, but thought I had a lot of blue. This is a very good reason for stash building. [You have my permision to use me as a reference if the need for stash building is ever questioned.]
After I had completed all of the extra red stitching, I realized I had the pressure too high and thus there is some unintentional movement of the fabric.
It is done. It is warm. It is colorful. It is the best I could do. It was done with love.
In a million years I would have never thought I would make a quilt featuring ballerinas. When I was a very young kid, maybe 4 or 5, my well-meaning mother enrolled me in ballet classes. I used to yawn my way through the class and then perk up when we got to tumbling, summersaulting, cartwheeling. I kept up ballet for many years and gave it up when I did a pirouette and socked myself in the face resulting in a bloody nose! Shortly after that I switched to more athletic, and less graceful, pursuits.
The piece measures 20" x 27". I fused down the background and then the figures. After that I satin stitched between everything in black. I then FM quilted the background, but not the figures.
Overall, I think I met the challenge pretty well. I like 95% of the piece. The only section I do not like is the yellow curve in the mid-lower left side - going into the border. I think it looks to chunky compared to the other curves. If I had to do this again I think I might get some of that really thin, fusible, satiny piping and use that instead of the satin stitch. I saw it recently at a quilt show but I don't know what it is called.
Thanks for a great challenge. Let me know what you think. Veronica Von Zwehl
Monday, March 28, 2011
20" X 24"
My first thought of DANCE was an octopus. It's a fascinating creature to watch it's kaleidoscopic movements around the coral.
This piece is fused with a blanket stitch outline. I wish I hadn't done the blanket stitch or perhaps I should have used a more neutral thread color. Background fabric is snow dyed.
Comments greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Comments really needed.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
FAST FRIDAY FABRIC CHALLENGE, March 2011
Linda H. MacDonald, Powell, WY
DANCE and MOVEMENT
Dance is not limited to the human form. You could choose “Dance of the Sea Turtles” for example. Or an abstract showing movement and rhythm.
movement: the design principle that uses some of the elements of art to produce the look of action or to cause the viewer’s eye to sweep over the art work in a certain manner.
rhythm: refers to a way of utilizing art elements to produce the look and feel of rhythmic movement with a visual tempo or beat.
I searched with Google for “dance in art” and was rewarded with many images of human form, and many others as well, such as “Meadow Dance” which is flowers http://tiny.cc/k9o10
and Heron Dance http://www.herondance.org/
Mary Andrews “Toot Toot Tootsie” has a lot of movement http://tiny.cc/6im2l
Abstract: “Dancing Divas” http://tiny.cc/qtunq
Larkin Jean VanHorn’s Dance http://tiny.cc/2uk7j
Margo Fiddes: http://tiny.cc/k2xqy
Dance of the Dragonfly http://www.raggedystitches.com/images/dragonfly.JPG
is a bargello pattern that shows a lot of movement.
Caryl Bryer Fallert’s “Wings of a Dream” http://tiny.cc/oqyem
A couple of my own quilts depict forms of dance as well: http://macsplace.net/dance.htm
Have fun developing your own dance or movement in fabric!
P.S. I chose “Dance and Movement” way back in September 2010. It is coincidence that PAQA South chose Movement for their exhibit with a deadline of this month. Small world.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Still working small in order to finish; this one is about the size of a potholder (grin). I printed two pieces of non-woven polyester interfacing with transfer dyes - one black and one chartreuse. Then I cut them and wove them into the earth shape. The blanket stitch came next - without it the earth looked more like a green chicken ready to roast. I did some machine stitching in black trying to keep them parallel but I must have felt the beginnings of the movement of the plates in my sewing room ...
Anyway, I am pretty proud of my edge stitching. I cut the backing a smidge larger than the front and as I stitched the extra green rolled around and covered the batting. Just what I planned.
Looking forward to any comments you care to leave. Thanks for the challenge.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I posted Liquefied Scotland as my challenge work for number 54. I used Photoshop to make the circles, using the liquefy filter. I tried to quilt on the lines -- not so good at machine quilting. Need practice! Rosemary in St. Louis
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
My inspiration for this piece came from some words from the book, "Under the Tuscan Sun" which were "bright, colorful and swirly". I can't remember what they pertained to but the image stuck in my mind. I drew a quick sketch and tried several more versions but the first one still seemed the best. With more time, I might have explored a better design. I used my own and some purchased hand dyed fabrics plus a very dark blue (which looks black in the photo) for fabrics. The streamers were quilted using my Acufeed foot on my new Horizon. I found it easy to wiggle the fabric to make the curvy lines even with the feeddog up. The background was free motion quilted in circles with metallic thread-which of course doesn't show up at all on the photo except for a light spot here or there. I have not finished the edges yet-will probably face it. I'm not 100% pleased with the piece but it was fun to do and to use bright colors which I don't usually use.
I posted a horizontal and a vertical version. Any comments on which you like better? The piece is 17" x 21".
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Basically I stuck at cool colors turquoise, purple and lime green. Curvy sky and curvy grass. Actually size about 21 x 22 inches.
In Sunny cold Seattle
The piece measures 22" x 40". I used a cream fabric for the base. I fused wonder-under to three pieces of fabric (green, orange and mixed) which were also 22x40. I then traced large circles on each fabric and cut the circles out. I layerd the three fabrics down and then sliced some of the areas between the circles and tucked them under the overlapping fabrics. (Not sure this makes sense!) Then I fused the whole thing together and quilted it with spirals.
This little piece is 12” x 9 ½”. I’m not sure that it meets the challenge—but MY challenge was to do something and get it done on time! It has been a long time since I’ve done a challenge. I quilted the background in curves and then did the applique work. I sit here surrounded by snow very much feeling the draw of Spring!!
Friday, March 04, 2011
|Breezy by Laura West Kong|
This may be the record for slowest ever FFFC quilt. Here's my quilt, Breezy, from challenge #1.
The batik petals are machine appliqued and the wool felt leaves are hand beaded and appliqued with rayon embroidery floss. Breezy is sashiko hand quilted with topstitching thread. At 15-½" x 33-½" there wasn't much chance of my finishing all that in a week, but I'm glad I waited to do it the way I imagined it should be. ... Now I'm a wiser Fast Friday quilter.
Curvilinear Perspective threw me for a loop; that is until I took a deep breath and really thought about it. In my mind I kept seeing this girl's face in profile, with a sixties-style hair-do. After a quick sketch, I pawed through my stash to find fabrics to create just the right mood. The hair is overlaid on black to give it depth. Yes, I know the wavy-cut binding edges are crooked, but I had to hurry to finish. While I was doing the binding, we sold our house!!
Quilting In Kentucky
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
The background and seaweed are hand dyed fabrics. The seahorse is from batiks colored with markers. A sheer nylon film is over the top, to give an underwater look. The fins are made with Angelina fibers and catch the light.
Thank you Jancie for this fun challenge. My first attempt at curvilinear perspective.
22 1/2" x 16 1/4"
I did after all add a bit of seaweed and shells to the beach, and a bit of shading to the far side of the point. I think it has helped; the beach seemed too empty before!
Perspective can be shown by lines that converge in the distance, so making it curvilinear suggested the waves of water coming in to a beach. The near part of the piece came quickly to me, then I decided this part of the beach was a spit of land, going back to sand and water on the other side. The palm trees provide some contrast and somewhat obscure the strictly linear horizon, which certainly could not be other than horizontal! I used eyelash yarn for the palm fronds, sewn on with a cross-hatch kind of stitch that gives some texture to them.
I may add or draw some small shells and seaweed on the beach.
As always, I appreciate any comments and suggestions. Thanks, Janice, for a fun challenge.