I have another great project to share with you today! This one is from Eden Thurston from Ontario Canada. She used free-form curved piecing; machine quilting with several sizes of twin needles; hand quilting with size 5 and 8 Perle Cotton; stapled onto a stretched canvas. It's about 10" x 20".
Eden used Forest, Denim and Conifer Stash Packs and Gray Skies and Woodlands Gradients.
What a lovely peaceful piece to have hanging in an office environment. You can tell that Eden puts a lot of meticulous thought into her composition and stitch placement.
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I finally put the scraps away and started making the quilt. First I cut squares for the corners and stitched across then diagonally to make the big snowball blocks. I'm very happy with the light blue mottled fabric for the background.
I couldn't help myself. I had to use the leftover corners. I see placemats in my future. Next I start making all the other crumb pieces into snowball blocks. Fortunately the cut offs from those will be too small for me to save.
Sometimes I really annoy myself. I just could not let them go. I had to do one more thing with the tiny scraps. I've made confetti fabric before and usually use it in postcards in some way.
the process starts with a base fabric. This time it was a fat quarter of white fabric but the fabric doesn't matter because I'm going to cover all of it. On the base fabric I fused a layer of Mistyfuse and then spread out my biggest scraps. I covered the fabric with a pressing sheet and fused that layer.
The next layers are:
I think I might use this "new fabric" for Christmas postcards so I added a layer of Angelina fibers, then another layer of Mistyfuse and, finally, I covered the whole thing in tulle.
Here's what it looks like now. Once I decide what to do with it I'll probably do some stitching to hold the layers together.
I've made several postcards with scrap-made fabric. This is one of the most recent ones. I just need to come up with a shape and I'll be ready to make a set of Christmas cards.
I promise you will not see another post about the rainbow scrap bits. The rest will end their days in a dog bed.
You have to admit, it's going to be really pretty in that dog bed.
I finished the rainbow scrappy blocks and, of course, there were scraps left so I got some postcard interfacing and started piecing some of the scraps onto the postcards. I didn't do much cutting. I used the scraps as I found them.
The top two here started with the centers that were already pieced. The bottom was was just a bit of insanity.
I think that these are my favorites. Isn't it cool what you can make with trash?
Pine Forest Gradient is the fabric of the week this week. For 2 days (or until supplies last) this fabric is on sale 25% off! If you like it catch it before it sells out.
This week I'm also excited to reveal a brand new gradient. When Mom and I visited New Mexico last month we loved the traditional adobe homes of the Taos Pueblo and that inspired this new gradient.
My big event for the weekend was teaching my ruler class at The Longarm Network. I had a full class and it was a lot of fun. I think everyone was more comfortable using rulers after the class. But teaching is a lot of people interaction for me so after class I need some concentrated quite time and I decided to spent the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday with my rainbow scraps.
Judy Laquidara's Snowball quilt calls for 4 sizes of blocks and I'm just piecing all of the bits together randomly. I got the bigger blocks done and at this point I needed 40 4.5-inch square blocks and this wasn't enough fabric to get that done. I went to my shop inventory and cut a half yard each of the 2 Color Wheel Gradients (since that's the palette I used for these fabrics) but I needed a little more.
I'm almost embarrassed to tell you that I found another box of rainbow colored leftover tiny bits from this quilt that I finished THREE YEARS AGO! Normally that would be a sign of some sort of serious mental illness. In this case it happens to be a genius foreshadowing of a future need.
By the time I went to bed last night I had all of the blocks made. I hope to get the background cut and substantial progress on putting this together this week because I'm kind of tired of working on it.
I also killed an iron in the process. I think this $25 Target iron has lasted for 4 or 5 years and I'm happy with that performance so I'll just go buy the same one again.
I am so grateful to my customers who are willing to share their projects. I make the fabric but I'm not he one with the vision of what to actually do with it! Christine Cetrulo has used the Coleus Gradient as the background for Forever Cancelled, a piece about extinction.
"As co-chair of the Quilt Arts of Kentucky, I stepped outside the box in issuing our annual challenge. I asked our members of make a quilt that is a postage stamp, 32" x 32". In my own creative process I free-associated two words inherent to a United States postage stamp. "Forever" and "cancelled." As postage stamps commemorate something, I choose the dinosaur, which truly is forever cancelled. I also wanted the dinosaur to "relate" to me, so I pictured an Iguanodon, the first vegetarian dinosaur. I am a vegetarian.
My task was to translate the contemporary stamp into something ancient. For example, the cost is one bag of stones; the location simply is "Earth: the year is XXOO.
My vegetarian dinosaur spits out a a stamp of Humphrey Bogart (the Man of all men) and selects a tasty herbal leaf and flower to munch instead.
The dinosaur is constructed of 120 folded squares for textured scales. An assortment of antique postage stamps runs in a banner across the top. I used beads, hand-dyed cotton by Vicki Welsh ("Coleus"), ribbon, wood, real minerals and metal."
Christine doesn't have a blog but she does commission work and will have a quilt in the Sacred Threads exhibit next month. If you are in the Northern Virginia area you need to go check out this exhibit.
You might remember this quilt that Christine made a couple of years ago. The detail stitching in it is amazing. She made this one using Thrive gradient.
Inspired? What are you creating this weekend?
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I had a lot of birthdays in May and our Airbnb traffic has picked up. Since both audiences get fabric postcards I wen't through my last stockpile pretty quickly. I only had 2 left and lots of Airbnb guests coming up. I had to get buys and make some new cards.
I've been thinking about a fireworks theme for a long time but couldn't figure out how I wanted to execute it. Working on my little mandala quilt last month gave me the idea to get these done.
I've written up a tutorial if you want to make some for yourself. You can find it under the Tutorials tab above or just click here.
I worked through a few prototypes testing threads and technique. I decided that even the rejects looked good enough to keep.
We have been Airbnb hosts since September 2011 and we have one family that has visited us every year in June. They were pregnant with their 5th child in the first year and now have 6. These kids are the best behaved kids I've ever been around. They are also outside kids. They don't play video games. They run around barefoot on the gravel driveway, play Frisbee, chase frogs and catch fireflies. I look forward to seeing them every year. It's a joy to watch kids really play.
This year I offered to tie dye with them.
When they visit they are here for 3 nights and are gone all day until about 7 pm. To accommodate their schedule we tied Thursday night and dyed Friday night. They told me the colors they wanted Thursday so that I had everything ready to go when they got back Friday. I washed the shirts out Saturday morning so that I could soak them all day. A final wash about 6pm and I had the shirts ready when they came home Saturday evening.
Dad declined a shirt but Mom participated. She and her only daughter went pink/purple with their shirts.
After they got home they donned their shirts to send me a family photo.
They are a very happy family! I'm already looking forward to their visit next year.
Now that I have a plan and can visualize and end to this project I've give it a name: Rainbow's End. I've been working on it in bits of time and am making good progress on getting the blocks together.
I even found a good fabric in my stash to use as the background. I intended to use white but I think that this mottled pale blue will make it a little more acceptable if I decided to give it to an adult.
I have about half of the blocks made and have plenty of scraps left for the rest of them. There are probably even a few placemats in there too. Once I get the blocks made this should go together pretty quickly......until I get sidetracked by something else.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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