This king sized quilt was made for Cheryl Kotecki's niece and her husband. They sent her a list of color preferences, and photos of two commercial bedspread as inspiration. She sent them links to some fabrics she thought might give the feeling of the photos and complement the zen feeling they were remodeling their bedroom with. She used a Refections fabric in gray and blue to create the trees and to make a watery border for the wintery trees. and to tie it to a silk kimono fabric they loved that I used in a wall quilt modeled on a Japanese scroll. The kimono fabric had a much warmer blue than is in the trees print. Vicki's fabric has both blues!
She also made a wall hanging using a silk kimono that the couple loved. She modeled the wall hanging on a Japanese scroll. The kimono fabric had a much warmer blue than is in the trees print but the Reflections fabric tied them together because it had both blues!
For sharing, Cheryl received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
Patricia Caldwell is back this week with another of her beautiful art quilts. The Cave is 42" wide by 24" high and is made with a custom gradient. Follow Patricia on her Facebook page to see more of her work.
For sharing, Patricia received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
It thrills me to see what my customers do with the fabric and I've seen some really creative projects. Today I'm sharing the projects that aren't your typical art or bed quilt.
Katelyn Morley used gradient to make great dog collars.
Becky Brown's Daylily isn't stitched, it's decoupaged!
First Draft Pub in Denver, CO used the Sundance Gradient to create art panels for their mezzanine.
One of my favorite projects of all time are the Up Helly Aa banners that Timothy Coote made. They carried these banners (with the Navajo gradient) in a parade in New York City in 2016.
I hope you have enjoyed Oldies But Goodies week on the blog. I had a great time revisiting some past customer projects.
Oldies But Goodies Tutorial
Today's tutorial is one that I go back to again and again. It's my potholder tutorial. I've made dozens of these for gifts and it's time for me to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Potholders are always needed and useful.
Don't forget to come back Monday through Saturday next week for daily giveaways!
Stash Packs are sets of 10 fabrics in Fat Eighths, usually in a theme color. usually people use small bits of fabric but in the case of Copper Flow, Patricia Caldwell used one fat eighth from a Pebbles and Rocks pack to make a stunning whole cloth quilt.
Margaret Griffiths is a prolific quilt artist and also a friend. Both of these quilts use Stash Packs to great effect. The one on the left used Pink, Purple and Green Stash Packs. That Purple Thang mixed a Purple Stash pack and batik scraps to great effect.
Lauren Furey makes custom minister's stoles and she made this stunning one with fabrics from a Dusk To Dawn Stash pack along with other fabrics.
Another friend, and fellow quilt club member, Marcy George, made this art quilt with fabrics from 2 Stash Packs.
I made 3 quilts in this pattern! I started with a king size version for my nephew and his wife, then I made a lap size with the leftover blocks and then a baby quilt with the last of the blocks! I used Color Wheel Stash Packs, several coordinating Stash Packs and scrap fabrics.
Oldies but Goodies Tutorial - Rainbow Quilt
The Rainbow quilt even has a tutorial so you can make one (or three) for yourself. The instructions include several sizes and you can get the tutorial here.
A lot of people tell me that they are afraid to cut into their fabric. This is doubly true for gradients. I always say "cut it, there's more where that came from". Donaleen Kohn has no fear at all! She doesn't cut into her fabric, she tears into it because she loves the raw edges. Here she made a fireplace screen and lap quilt using Abundance, Thrive, Meadow Sunrise and Paradise Gradients.
Donaleen and I have similar tastes in art too. When I received this photo I was delighted to see the glass vase on her mantle because I have one from the same artist!
Susan Turney made this quilt in a class with Melody Johnson. There are 3 different gradients (Sugar Maple, Navajo and Barrier Island used in this piece.
Instead of using just one gradient Linda pieced strips of 3 gradients for The Aster Quilt. I think it added a lot of extra interest to the quilt.
Rene Iannarelli used Summer Sunset and Red Dawn Gradients for her art quilt. She has several quilts in the customer gallery using this technique.
Patricia Caldwell incorporated the Gray Skies gradient into her Raven's Sun quilt.
Rachel Derstine used Key West, Solar Flare and Under the Sea gradients to piece the ribbons in her Easter Quilt.
Cheryl Kotecki and I made these last 2 quilts. They were made with Barbara Brackman's Grandmother's Choice quilt-along a few years ago. These quilts mark a big milestone for me. My version was the first quilt I made using my shibori fabrics for the blocks and I borrowed (with permission) Cheryl's gradient and setting background idea. The two quilts are different but it's clear to see that I got the idea for mine from her. Then as we were finishing our quilts hers bled like crazy. The green background is my hand dyed fabric so we initially thought that my fabrics were the problem. In the end we think it was the green backing fabric. But, working with Cheryl is what helped me figure out the whole Bleeding Quilt solution. Which brings me to today's:
Oldies by Goodies Tutorial - Bleeding Quilt
Through testing for Cheryl's quilt and a quilt of my own, I eventually developed the technique for dealing with bleeding quilts. This is the most visited tutorial on the website and I'm happy for it to be shared far and wide and all I ask is for a link and credit. However, I recently discovered that another quilter has stolen the content and posted as her own on her website. I'm in the process of trying to get that removed but if you want to share this information on your website, blog, Facebook page or with your quilt guild, please do, but please share it as a link.
Christine Cetrulo made 2 quilts using gradients. Mother Earth is a wholecloth and Forever Cancelled uses the gradient as a fiery sky background.
You already know that Patricia Caldwell is a very prolific artist. This particular piece is one of my favorites. I know it had a name but I don't remember what it was. But this was one of the first quilts that she shared with me and I still regret not purchasing it. She used the Blue Sky gradient for the background.
Another artist that uses a lot of Blue Sky is Melody Money. She doesn't share her artwork in my customer gallery but you can see her amazing work here.
Leslie McNeil is another prolific artist. She often quilts wholecloth table runners with her beautiful feathers. This one is on the Woodlands Gradient. She also teaches classes and designs patterns using floral fabrics to great imagery. Izaak the Bighorn is made on a background of the Thrive Gradient.
Teresa Myles used the Bay of Campeche gradient as the background for her mermaid.
Miriam Ahladas made The Old Rugged Cross with the Red Sunset gradient. This piece is our transition into tomorrow's post. She used the gradient as the background and as the design elements.
Oldies But Goodies Tutorial
In the Northern Hemisphere August is the perfect time for some sun printing. Last year I dyed about 10 yards of fabric that ultimately became my Maine Quilt. If you want to give sun printing a try, I have a tutorial to get you started.
I'm sleeping under my Maine quilt this week.
Today's post is highlighting projects made with the Color Wheel Fabrics. Holly Gangelhoff made her art quilt with fabrics from the Color Wheel Medium Stash Pack.
You met Pat Ferguson, aka Pattilou Quilts, yesterday. Today we are sharing her Color Wheel New Your Beauty quilt.
Then she took the leftovers and made this cool scrap quilt!
My project with the Color Wheel palette is this quilt. Tell It To The Stars was started in 2013 as a quilt-along with Judy Laquidara. She still has the pattern offered free here.
Oldies But Goodies Tutorial - Color Theory
When I started dyeing fabric I was most fascinated with color mixing and that led me to a long self-study of color theory. I wrote a series of articles on Color Theory and it includes an explanation of how I settled in the Munsell system for my color wheel palette. You can read my articles on color theory here.
While I'm away I have very little internet access so I can't post daily but I'm determined to do some sewing every day while I'm on vacation. This is a 100% relaxing vacation, not a destination vacation. I plan on a little hiking, a little kayaking and a lot of reading and sewing....and eating. But I won't be able to post our (mine and Laura's) sewing progress while I'm away so I thought I'd take this opportunity to have an "oldies, but goodies" theme week to share some of my customer's great projects that we haven't seen in a long time. I"ll also highlight some of my favorite tutorials and maybe even a project or two of my own.
Oldies But Goodies - Shades Packs Edition
I thought I'd develop some sort of theme to the show-and-tell and settled on product categories. Today we are looking at projects made by customers using Shades Packs. Please don't be upset of you made a project that isn't included...I had too many to choose from and just picked a few!
Katie Lewis used Red Purple and Purple Shades Packs for her log cabin quilt.
Pattilou made this table runner with Rosewood and Black Shades Packs.
David Armour uses lots of Shades Packs to get transparency effects in his complex quilts.
Stephanie Wilds uses Shades Packs for her monochromatic portraits. She is teaching this class at John C Campbell Folk School in October.
I made my Coming Home quilt using the same fabric sets that Stephanie used in Faces of Music. This quilt now resides in England with the friends that are with us on vacation.
Oldies but Goodies - Keepsakes Quilt Tutorial
While I love making complex quilts for the challenge of making them, my first love is making "blankets". I developed the Keepsakes "pattern" originally as a system for making tshirt quilts. I found it also works great for focus fabrics. I have such a huge shibori collection now that I think it's time to make a Keepsakes quilt with them.
Clearly, writing the posts for this week is going to be dangerous. I'll probably end up with 5 new projects planned.
Oh boy, I love this project! Donaleen Kohn used a couple of yards of the Thrive Gradient to make a bunting that provides some shade for her West-facing porch.
It's a really simple project too. The fabric is attached to a taught wire with clothespins and it tied with jute.
For sharing, Donaleen received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
David Armour is back this week with one of his intricately pieced fractured quilts. David uses a mix of hand dyed fabrics from several dyers. This quilt includes several Shades Packs and he uses them to great effect. You can follow David on his Facebook Page.
He has generously given us a few close up photos too.
For sharing, David received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
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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