Michael James could be described as the first extreme quilter. This book, which was published in 1998, is in many quilters’ libraries.
It just so happened that when I bought it at a Guild retreat, I also bought a basket of goodies which I discovered included a magnifier. Anxious to see how well it worked I held it over the book cover (not something I would usually do) and was gobsmacked to see that Michael James did not use only solids in his work. In the older pieces especially there are some pretty tame calicoes that today would likely be relegated to baby quilts or quilt backs, as they’re just not that dynamic. For example follow the fourth orange stripe from the bottom left and see what it’s joined to when the colour change happens!
CHALLENGE – what do you think? Is it harder to use colours you don’t like or prints you don’t like?
For the holiday meeting in December the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild had a mug rug swap.
This is the rug I received fro “Dragon Lady” Laura (it’s the subject of her art not a reference to personality!). Laura doesn’t blog but had enclosed a handwritten note which I thought I’d memorialize here, as a way of easing myself back into blogging without going crazy right off the bat.
Dear fellow Modern Quilt Guild Member
I’ve noticed that the blogs of modern quilters include information about fabric choice and construction considerations. So here goes (in my low tech way 🙂 )
Spool fabric was found on a field trip to the Sunshine Coast. I’m thinking this one was from Carola’s. Right away I knew I wanted to piece improvisationally and add some white to complement the mug. So that I did. Top is quilted with Wonderfil cotton Tutti TU 03, bottom is Aurifil 50 wt 3320.
Hope you enjoy the mug rug with its spools and the heart fabric showing quilting love.
Have an amazing, creative 2015.
Ironically it was Laura who saved my bacon as we were putting our efforts out, because I had completely missed the point that the mugs and rugs were supposed to be wrapped, and Laura came to my rescue with a spare plastic bag.
What was my mug rug like, you ask? Well, erm, I had the best of intentions of taking pix, but with one thing and the other that didn’t happen. However, I took two somewhat stripey fabrics and a triangle ruler which I’ve had for years but never actually used, and put together a hexagon. The mug I chose was white with a real knitted cable knit sweater to keep the contents warm for longer so hopefully the recipient enjoys it!
Finally figured out how to save my masterpieces made in Threadbias and be able to post them!
Here goes nothing!
This has been a huge learning experience and for that I’m grateful. One thing is that on the Quilt Design A Day Facebook page all the images post as squares in the albums so it’s preferable to design them that shape for the best impression. In the stream they show in their full glory though.
Quite pleased with this one, I was aiming for using one shape with variations and to have a sense of weight at the bottom and airiness at the top.
my latest creation on Threadbias
Someday I’ll figure out how to get those “masterpieces” into here in resizable format!
This was inspired by the colours here at Design Seeds. Today I used my box of 64 Crayola crayons although the only way I could approximate the dark blue brown colour was to mix brown and indigo.
I’ve been busy making half square triangles for the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild’s first charity project, for which about 1,000 hst’s are needed so have been thinking about different ways of putting them together.
there’s also a set of smaller ones in Michael Miller fabrics on the design wall that I’m playing around with. I thought Young Sprout and Pirate Girl might get into exploring design but for whatever reason that hasn’t happened quite yet. More of an indoor thing and they’re happier outside in summer.
Check out the inspiration photo and palette at design seeds.
I watched Anne Sullivan’s webinar through the Modern Quilt Guild explaining the concept of Quilt Design a Day and took to heart her reassurance that one can participate without necessarily using a computer program to do it. Although that is something I also do plan to look into!
This was done in two stages
- outline the pieces on quad ruled paper
- trace over onto sketchbook paper and colour
Starting a list of ‘missing colours’ to pick up either markers or perhaps watercolour pencils whenever I’m in an art supply store. This palette also has a light cream that I don’t have anything close to, a very low volume colour.
The colouring was done with oil pastels. The blues and gray reproduced well in the scan but the lilac around the gray in the centre portal is disappointing.
Believe it or not I had my test block from yesterday out and very carefully (as I thought) followed it. But something got lost in translation. Can you spot the non deliberate error?
Yep, I had the red triangle and square sewn together wrong.
There might be all kinds of secondary patterns with these blocks, although not something I’m about to start exploring at this juncture. However knowing me I can bet even if I set out to make a gazillion of either block it would probably spawn a number of deviant blocks despite my best efforts. Could be interesting though if done in three fabrics consistently. You would end up with a scrap effect without actually using scraps (which is usually what I’m doing!)
anyway this block needs to be above all DONE because tonight’s Modern Quilt Guild Victoria meeting at Satin Moon is the deadline.
If the top block doesn’t already have a name I’m thinking Perverted Pinwheel. But maybe it already has a name, does anyone know?