The June auction for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative includes two of my small quilts. This incredible volunteer organization has raised more than $916,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006! AAQI will stop its fundraising efforts at the end of this year, and has a goal of raising at least $1,000,000 before then, and this is one of the last auctions they’ll be having.
This week’s Spoonflower design contest is to create a Mod wallpaper design, using only 3 colors (plus black or white optional). When I was a teen, I had one wall of my bedroom papered with an op art design (much like this one by Alberto Biasi), and though I’m not sure it fits in the Modernist Subculture, I decided to go with an op art inspiration for my design.
Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics are sponsoring a fabric design contest with the theme being “Geek Chic”. As a chemical engineer in a previous life, I have a lot of practical experience with geeky things, so I had tons of design ideas to start with.
I thought I’d do something with chemical symbols, but I couldn’t come up with anything that seemed like an interesting design. I drew a number of geeky accoutrements, including the ties, test tube, sneaker and glasses below.
Another week, another Spoonflower fabric design contest. The theme for this contest is Painted Eggs.
I thought I’d create a bunch of 3-dimensional eggs and ‘paint’ them with some of my other fabric designs.
First, here’s how I created a 3d egg in Adobe Illustrator (version CS5).
- Draw an ellipse with the Ellipse Tool (see photo below)
- Using the Direct Selection Tool, edit the points of the ellipse to make it egg-shaped
- Delete the points on the left side of the ellipse
- Use the command Effect ==> 3D ==> Revolve to create the 3-dimentional egg
Last week I wrote about creating what is probably my last quilt for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I included a picture of my favorite AAQI quilt Fading Memories. Several people asked how I made this quilt, so I thought I’d write about it, since I made it before I started blogging.
I started making small art quilts for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative in 2007 when I was a new quilter. Both of my parents suffered from Alzheimer’s, and I wrote a bit about why I make these quilts in this post.
This quilt, Fading Memories, is my favorite. Both my parents served in the Navy in World War II, so I started with photos of them in their uniforms. I overlaid these with photos from throughout their lives, including their children and grandchildren. Fortunately my brother won the auction for this quilt, so I still get to see it.
Last year Spoonflower.com had a contest to design a fabric based on a recipe. I chose to do a design based on one of my grandmother’s recipes, and I wrote about it in this earlier post. My grandmother, who we called “Gockoo”, did lots of cooking and baking, and kept a handwritten journal of all her favorite recipes.
The fabric was designed to be a repeating design, but I thought it would also be fun to make a version that I could turn into a small quilt. Continue reading