Mississippi Delta — Evolution of a Quilt

I began working on this small quilt a few years ago, and it took me well over a year to get it to the point it’s at now.

I started with a bunch of small pieces of leftover fabric–some were from other quilts but most were from experiments playing with dye stenciling, monoprinting and discharging.  I cut the fabric into 4 inch squares and started arranging them on my design wall.

Here’s one arrangement of the squares.

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Kauai Turtles Quilt

I previously wrote about a Hawaiian Cheater Quilt design that I did for a contest at Spoonflower.  I ordered a yard of the fabric on which I included a large version of the design and three small versions (about 8 inches by 10 inches) in different colors.  Here are the smaller versions.

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Creating a Quilt, Part 3 — Constructing the Quilt

In two earlier posts I talked about my process for creating a quilt design starting from a photo.  In this post, I’ll go through the process of actually making the quilt based on the final design (shown here). 

With the strong circular element in the design, I knew it would be important for the grass shapes to line up exactly across the circle.  Normally I prefer to make my quilts by piecing rather than some form of applique.  I’ll often use Ruth McDowell’s piecing technique on a complex quilt.  However, for this design, I thought that piecing would take forever and I wanted to complete the quilt fairly quickly since it was part of a class (“Inspired to Design” with Elizabeth Barton at Quilt University). Continue reading

Prairie Night Quilt

I recently joined an on-line quilt challenge group, Fast Friday Fabric Challenge.

“This group of fiber artists and art quilters will be issued one challenge per month, with one week to complete a small work. Challenges will attempt to stretch members in their skills and creativity, encourage thinking outside the box, will teach new techniques and concepts. Challenges will be hosted by a different member each month and will incorporate color and design concepts, techniques, surface design, embellishments, work within themes, and any other art quilt concepts a member can imagine. “

The first challenge I participated in was to select a color palette from a painting and then create a small quilt using that color palette. Continue reading

Creating a Quilt, Part 2 — Finalizing the Design

In my previous post, I walked through the initial design process I used to create the quilt Prairie Grasses I started with this photo, drew sketches to simplify the design and started on looking at value studies.

My first two value studies, shown below, were of the original sketch.  I liked each of these, but I thought it would be more interesting to combine them in some way.

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Creating a Quilt, Part 1 — From Photo to Sketch

I recently completed the class “Inspired to Design” with Elizabeth Barton through Quilt University.  The class is about the process of creating art quilts, starting with an idea, working up sketches, using value studies, creating color schemes and finally constructing the quilt.

I really enjoyed the class and I completed a quilt based on one of the designs I worked on.  In this post and the next two I’ll walk through my steps in creating this quilt. Continue reading

Sam’s Baby Quilt

Some friends had a baby recently and I knew it was a great excuse to make a quilt.  I’d created a fabric design of interlocking blocks which could be personalized with the baby’s name, so I used that–Samuel Addison–as well as other words with significance to the parents, like Hoosier, baseball, Sox and clown, in creating the fabric design.

Here’s a portion of the printed fabric.

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Kauai Waves — The Finished Quilt

In a previous post I talked about the improvisational approach I took to create a quilt from two silk scarves I bought while on vacation in Kauai.

That previous post showed some of the different layouts I’d tried–both on the computer and on my design wall–for all the pieces I’d sewn together.  The picture on the right shows nearly the final design.  Just a few more pieces were added for the final quilt.

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Kauai Waves – Part 1

Last fall my husband and I spent a fabulous week on Kauai–seeing the sites, snorkeling, golfing, soaring in ultralights (that’s me in the back)…

One day we went to see all the art galleries in Hanapepe and stumbled into The Art of Marbling Gallery which features marbled sarongs and scarves by Becky Wold and amazing wood bowls by Rob Bader.  My husband, the woodworker, was captivated by the turned bowls while I loved the scarves.  When Becky heard I was a quilter, she brought out a couple of scarf “seconds” which didn’t meet her standards.  I bought them, knowing they’d make a great quilt with memories of Kauai.  Here are the scarves–they really remind me of the waves in Kauai. Continue reading

Lin-Z’s First Quilt

My young friend Lin-Z had never made a quilt.  She’d never used a sewing machine or an iron.  But she likes doing art projects, so a quilt seemed like a perfect project while she and her family were visiting us for a week.

Lin-Z likes butterflies and monkeys, and she chose a monkey as the subject of her quilt.  She started by drawing the monkey on a piece of freezer paper (here’s the first draft).  Then she labeled and cut out all the pieces. Continue reading