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Still designing Modern Quilt Guild Banner Block …

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Decided to go with the repeated diamond shapes in the background fabric.

What do you think?

Not wanting to use up all the Kona Cottons I went with the palette I’ve chosen for the next workshop I’m taking, which is Mile-a-Minute, coming up soon, as the supply list says it’s okay to bring orphan blocks.  I’m curious to see how similar the method is to building slabs, which I’m still doing.

Posted in Art, creativity, embellishment, journaling, productivity, quilting, stash, surface design

Making art every day

I subscribed to Lesley Riley’s 52 pick-up, which is a year of weekly creativity prompts to encourage more regular art and creativity.  Feeling accountable to a supportive group of other people is helping me to form better habits.

And every day I succeed in spending time creating, I get a star!

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In real life the stars look better than they do in the photo, which often happens with glitter and metallics.  They’re foiled, a technique I’ve had a lot of fun with for years.  You can get the foils and special glue from Jones Tones.

But, breaking news!  and not good, although definitely a first world problem, Dharma Trading, the go-to source for all things fibre arty, posted that the foil is being discontinued and they (Dharma) are looking for a replacement.  In the month since they posted, the more conventional colours have been snapped up but they still have purple, green and blue.

I fused the square fabric onto the Disco Dots to have a little more body to stand up to the writing and foiling and free motion quilted along the lines.

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Banner Block for Victoria Modern Quilt Guild, work in progress!

Some people would have sat down and done their banner block for the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild in under an hour, using the beautiful Kona Cottons Robert Kaufman so generously provided for our fledgling guild.  Hmm, yeah, not me …

But at least I’m working on it and keeping all the other balls in the air in my life …

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Cardinal, cactus and celestial

Here’s one of the fish blocks for Pirate Girl’s quilt

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While making fish blocks, I didn’t actually sew one this way (although I well could have, LOL!)

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but it did get me thinking …

IMG_0055except why stop with a plain “background” in the large area?

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and for that matter, wouldn’t a little more cardinal be a Good Thing?

What do YOU think?  Does this say “modern”?

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Process on Banner Block for Modern Quilt Guild

To mark the inauguration of the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild, Robert Kaufman fabrics has generously donated Kona Cottons to Guild members. We’re getting a total of 3/4 of yard in the colours of our Guild logo designed by Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky.

We are working on our banner and the challenge is for each member to create a six-inch block using the fabrics we’ve been given.

Drool!

IMG_0044These are arranged from light to dark.  I thought had them organized correctly but decided to take a black and white photocopy to double-check.  I was close but had the cactus as the third lightest but in fact it’s really the second lightest.  At first I had the cardinal as darker than the glacier and then changed my mind.

As all we have to produce is one block each, there will be lots of left over fabric.  Hmmm, we may have to have another challenge to do something with those.

So the colours going left to right are:

aqua, cactus, blueberry, cedar, cardinal, glacier, celestial, nightfall

The block I’m thinking about making is a riff on the fish block I’m using for Pirate Girl’s quilt, which is itself a riff on an Ohio Star block.  But this block is twisted and will be made in three colours rather than just two.

Of course as I sit here writing this several other twists and possibilities spring to mind.  I have worked out to make the edges first and audition the centre once the edges are done.  Production would have started this morning but rotary cutters and small kids are not a good combination …

Posted in Art, creativity, Environment, quilting, surface design

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2013

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It’s that exciting time of the year again!

For those who can’t go to Houston we have the Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival, and here is my entry to the art quilt category …

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This piece evokes the Grand Canyon where you can gaze down at millions of years of rock layers carved by the Colorado River, then up at the big Western sky.

I  made this in late spring using a variety of techniques, creating strata which I pieced like bargello for the rocks at the bottom, which I then ice-dyed (soaked the piece in soda ash solution, then placed it flat on a rack in a large pan, covered it with ice cubes and sprinkled various procion dye powders over the top).

I used a similar ice-dyeing technique for the sky at the top, making several attempts before I was satisfied.

The river is a synthetic fibre.  I made several trial blocks to get the curving effect.

It’s 17 inches wide and 22 inches high, and was my entry into our Guild retreat’s challenge.  Our theme was the Wild, Wild West and really nothing is wilder than the Grand Canyon.

First featured here

with process posts here, and here, here, and here

.. and now I’m off to check out everyone else’s entries!  Yay!

P.S.  For the first time, I’ve entered a second quilt in the festival, in Baby Quilts

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Modern Challenge, hmmm!

I picked up the challenge package in its plain brown wrapper from Satin Moon.

Everyone gets a fat quarter of a different solid fabric.

Mine is the top custardy yellow here:

photo(78)How frustrating that this does not at all do justice to the colour.

The rules are simple but a bit fiendish in that we are only allowed to use solid colour fabrics on the top of the quilt, no tone on tone, no batik, no prints.

I have an idea of what I’m going to do and in fact was back at the store a couple of hours later because although I believe in busting stash and using what I have, I’m not going to sacrifice my art because I refuse to go shopping.

photo(79)In this photo the yellow challenge fabric is on the lower right with the fat quarter I bought this afternoon folded up on top of it.  The yellow is closer to real life and the neutral fabric has somehow picked up a blue gray slate tinge (perhaps from the iPhone flash?)  that doesn’t do it justice.  Really it’s a deep beige.  I had quickly auditioned promising solids by bringing them to the store and trying several neutrals that I thought might do.

Now, I have no clue whether this will work or not, but click here to see these colours thanks to the wonders of Kuler.  

The yellow and light brown on the left of this colour scheme look close to these two solid fabrics.

Now, off you go to play on Kuler!  You know you want to ….

I love that staff at Satin Moon are so caring and supportive and will cut fat quarters of fabric upon request!  This is only the first or second time I’ve ever requested them to do this for me.

The quilt has to be ready by mid-October and the winner will be by viewers’ choice, awarded in mid-November.  After which I will reveal my process posts, which will stay as drafts until that time.

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Improvised piece

Inspired by Rayna Gillman’s book Create your own free-form quilts: a stress-free journey to original design

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What’s great about this book is that the author is into surface design as well as quilting and so has suggestions for the questions that plague me:

  • What to do with the ugly commercial fabrics?
  • What to do with the muddy/unfortunate/bizarre results of dyeing and surface design experiments?
  • What to do with the amazing fabric that is just too lovely to cut?  Sometimes this comes from a store and sometimes it’s the result of good things happening in the dye tub

Our guild is blessed with an extensive library and resource centre, where I found this book.  After reading it several times I really REALLY  wanted to experiment with the method, but given the other projects I have on the go, I had an argument with myself.  I won and the left-brained disciplinarian lost (as usual).

This piece measures 10-1/2 by 26 inches and contains

  • ugly commercial fabric (the brown and green print)
  • less successful surface design (the navy horizontal strips)
  • amazing pink and green deconstructed screen printing (in the vertical strips that are woven through from top to bottom, towards the middle)

Lessons learned:

  • It’s good to just play from time to time without having a precise vision in mind
  • Letting go of all the design rules about coordinating colours and how to choose fabrics can be a big challenge
  • This method is very conducive to Working In A Series because there is just so much to explore.  There will be more of these!

In honour of having taken the process pledge, here are some process pix:

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This is the navy (see why it was a problem child?) with yellow print attached to two of the strips.

 

photo(67)Here’s the strata that ended up being sliced between the horizontal areas.  This shows much more clearly the beautiful pink and green deconstructed screen print.  The pale green fan print is one I’ve used in many different pieces, although I’m not really a fan of 30’s reproductions, which is what this looks like.  But I love being able to mix up such disparate fabrics as these, the green and black batik and the green and pink/purple/burgundy stripe at the top.

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Baby Quilt 2014 Challenge

This is going to be fun!

Please scroll down below Paddington.  It’s a scan and I should’ve cropped it.  Lesson learned!

river011Our Guild’s Baby Quilts Committee have come up with a brilliant challenge for the quilt show next year.

Everyone who accepts the challenge receives – free – a packet.  All the packets are different but they all contain nine 6-inch squares (Paddington is one of them) plus a fat quarter in solid or tone-on-tone green or yellow.

Fabric from the nine squares and the fat quarter have to be included in the quilt top.

Additionally each packet contains some extra scraps that could be used along with whatever we have in our stash.

What I appreciate about this challenge:

  • Not too many sadistic rules so hopefully lots of members will feel moved to participate
  • Free is always good — they are even providing the batting once the top is completed.  Free is good because no one has to think about the money before joining in AND once people have signed up almost everyone will actually finish and turn in a baby quilt for the local neonatal intensive care unit.
  • The fabrics in the packet are pretty eclectic so even more scraps from the stash can come in
  • Having all different fat quarters is great
  • The use of yellow or green for the fat quarter is gender neutral

Of course it’s a challenge so the design has to be kept secret until next March.

But I’ll write process notes as I go along and then publish them after the deadline.

Put a marmalade sandwich in your hat (like Paddington) and Stay Tuned!

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Process Pledge

This has been going for a while but trust me to stumble onto things long after they happen!

Anyway I figure since I’m already doing this I can safely take the pledge.  So what if I’m the 892nd person to leap on the bandwagon?

And I’m posting ROssie’s prompts as a reminder to myself and others:

  • Do you have any new sketches to show?
  • Is this design inspired by a past quilt or someone else’s quilt you saw (link, please)?
  • Does the color palette come from somewhere specific?
  • Are you trying to evoke a specific feeling?
  • Is this quilt intended for a specific person?  How did that inform your choices?
  • Are you following a pattern, emulating a block you saw somewhere, using a liberated process, or totally winging it?
  • What are you hating about this quilt at this stage?  What do you love?
  • Did you push yourself to try something new?
  • In working on the quilt, are you getting ideas about what you might want to try next?  What?  Did you sketch it?

Stay tuned for more about the other two workshops I took at the retreat and other fun things!