In the past when I've shared projects that customers have done with my fabric I've called it "customer work" but that sounds really dull and these projects are never dull. When I get one of these in my email it's like receiving a gift of fine jewelry. Actually I like these even better than jewelry. They are like sparkly gems sent to brighten my day so from now on I'll call the "Customer Gems" and I have some real gems to share today!
The next two quilts were both made for Easter celebrations.
Miriam Ahladas made this quilt based on a drawing and request from her 7 year old granddaughter, Ava. She used Barrier Island Gradient as the background and Red Sunset for some of the elements. She added in batiks, some fibers and beautiful quilting to finish it off.
Rachel Derstine made this giant Easter quilt as a commission for a local church. The background was custom dyed and she used Solar Flare, Key West and Under The Sea gradients for the streamers. Check out her blog post on the making of this quilt to get a true sense of just how big this quilt is. Rachel also has a shop where she sells beautiful art quilts, table runners and handbags.
Leslie McNeil is back with another of her beautiful collage art quilts. She started working with this collage technique a few years ago and has really mastered it. She now teaches it and has patterns available. There's even a pattern for Sun Blossom Pony. This one features the Barrier Island background fabric which has been quilted with a bobbin quilting technique, as well as beading by machine. There are over 100,000 stitches in this piece.
Leslie does all of her quilting on a domestic sewing machine and her stitching is exquisite. She create beautiful texture and is not afraid to use bold threads so that her quilting stands out.
She's a wonderful photographer too! You can see lots more of her work, peruse her patterns and things for sale and find out about her classes on her website.
I am fortunate to have Miriam Ahladas as a customer and a friend. I met her when she joined our little quilt group in Montpelier, VA. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the talent that we have in this group in this little village in the middle of nowhere.
Miriam is a painter and got into fiber art only a few years ago. She actually stared by cutting apart one of her canvases and sewing it back together with fabric added.
I’m very humbled that she finds my gradients so inspiring to her new fiber work. This is her latest piece that uses Jenny Lake as the background. She added several batiks and lots of fiber to add dimension and texture. I think you can really see her painting background as a major influence to her fiber work.
If you have made anything with fabric you have purchased from me please consider entering it in the Customer Gallery. We all get inspired and you get a 20% coupon that’s good for 2 months!
Oh how I love starting the weekend with some inspiration!
This is the latest beautiful piece by Patricia Caldwell. The dark background was a one-of-a-kind piece Stars fabric. Stars are one yard cuts of fabrics with lots of dyed texture. She added Maize and Mystic Jade Shades Packs to complete the color palette. Her beautiful quilting and embellishments brings it all together in one spectacular piece.
A few years ago Stephanie Wilds took a class called Fabricating Faces from Marilyn Wall at the John C Campbell Folk School. Lucky for me, her instructor, had been using my fabrics so Stephanie did her first faces block with my fabrics. She definitely found her niche with this technique. The quilt above is called Faces of Music and includes some of the most influential stringed instrumentalists of all times.
I happen to be partial to Bela Fleck, here pictured with Toumani Diabate. She did all of these with fabric. For this quilt she used Claret, Maize, Denim and Forest Shades Packs. You can see detail photos of every artist block on her website.
It should come as no surprise that Stephanie is now teaching From Photos to Fabric at John C Campbell since Marilyn retired. She has a weekend class coming up April 7 so there's still plenty of time to register.
Class starts with you sending her an image which she manipulates for you prior to coming to class.
I happen to have been given a sneak peek at the colors you will have to choose from for your project.
Here are some pieces from her design wall. You can see what she did with the dog photo above. I think they are all amazing. But you can see that you can do faces, pets, or anything else!
If this is something that you think you might like to do you can register for Stephanie's class here.
I'll leave you with another of her beautiful pieces. I know this looks like a painting but that's all fabric! This is Swannanoa String Band, 1895 and you can read all of the details about this quilt on her website.
Now that we are inspired, let's all go and make some things this weekend!
My email box delivered more than spam this week!
Teresa Myles used the Bay of Campeche Gradient as the background for her appliqued mermaid. This is exactly how I envisioned Bay of Campeche being used.
If you have made something with Colorways fabric and want to share it you can upload images and information in the Customer Gallery. As a thank you for sharing you will receive a 20% coupon good on anything in the shop.
Patricia Caldwell is one of the most prolific and successful fiber artists that I know and I am so grateful that she uses so much of my fabric for her art pieces. She sees things in the fabric that even I don't see. While I am away today at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival getting some inspiration for myself I'll leave you with Patricia's latest pieces for your own mini quilt show today. You can follow Patricia and see how she develops her pieces on her Facebook page. If you want some of her work you will want to speak up quickly, they sell fast!
Arizona Copper and Sunrise on Doe Mountain are made with Crystals mandalas.
Raven's Sun uses the Gray Skies Gradient.
Vibrational Symmetry uses the Nightfall Gradient.
The Feather Circle uses a custom dyed mandala in the colors of the Beach Walk Gradient.
It's another wonderful week here at the playhouse and it was made wonderful by seeing new customer pieces from TWO customers! If you have a piece that you have made with hand dyed fabric please consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. In exchange you will receive a 20% discount on a future order.
Carnival Bloom is one of Shirley Bruner's pieces. She is a very prolific quilter and was experimenting with a new design technique for this and it done on with a hand dyed background. Shirley likes this technique so much that she ordered a large custom dyed gradient for a bed size version. I can't wait to see it.
I don't think I know of any quilter as prolific as Patricia Caldwell, The Butterfly Quilter. She takes her job as full time artist very seriously and is always working on something new. Right now she's getting ready for a big exhibit this Spring. Here's her latest beautiful piece.
This one is called Trillium and is a spectacular use of the Navajo Gradient. You can see from the photo of the gradient how she used it to add just the right shading for the leaves. You can follow Patricia on her Facebook page. Today she's working on quilting another Crystal mandala.
David Armour has been a customer of mine for several years and I've been wanting you to meet him. His main interest is in color value so his purchases are generally Shades Packs and he works magic with them! He is masterful at mixing hand dyed and commercial fabrics and loves working with value and transparency in his art quilts.
David graciously invited us into his quilting spaces and I hope you will enjoy meeting him and touring his quilting home. It's a PDF article that you can download and read here.
Here's one of David's recent finishes. I just love his color palettes!
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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