Friday, December 28, 2012
Progress on the new project is steady. The whole quilt has been quilted and is now ready to get the facing done. I could not take a proper picture of it while it is on the tables as the actual size of this baby is 27"x48". Bigger than the quilts I normally make. My intention for the next blogpost is to show you this quilt - from the front this time - when it is hanging.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
I started with a new project. When it is finished it will be around 25"x45" and here are the ingredients:
126 strips of commercial black fabric and 9 strips of hand dyed fabric:
Stay tuned :-).
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Another quilt which needed some final touches. This one was started in a class with Pamela Allen as well and the subject was scale. As you can see tiny fishes and a huge fishing hook. Size is 11"x21" and only hand dyed fabrics have been used for this one.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Okay, I know it is futile, but now and then I try to declutter my studio. While I was doing that this week I came across 2 almost finished quilts. Not much had to be done on them, so I told myself that I had to finish them first before I could start working on a new quilt.
This quiltlet I made for the last class I took with Pamela Allen. The challenge was to use the same fabric I had used for the previous quilt in her class but create a different scene. I used a mixture of commercial and hand dyed fabrics for it. In reality it is square, although the picture does not show this. Size is 12"x12". Not a serious theme, but just having fun :-)
Monday, December 10, 2012
Fabrications Nine opened on Saturday with an artists' reception. I was not able to attend, but my friend Kelly did and she emailed me the following pictures:
Saturday, December 08, 2012
The theme for Sky is the Limit this month is snow. I confess that when I picked the theme snow I had no idea that we would get snow that quickly. Don't blame this weather on me :-)).
For this theme I decided to focus on snow flakeand to keep it snow related I made the background from a piece of snow dyed fabric. After I made the sandwich I stitched the outlines of a snow flake. The snowflake I painted with pearl white Lumiere textile paint. Added some snow flake buttons and the quilt was complete. It is very early in the month - due date is December 31 -, but this quilt was a quick one.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
For the Free Spirit Artists group my theme for the coming year is lines. This may sound boring, but there are many ways in which you can use lines. Late 2010 I made a journal quilt using stitched lines and paint. The fabric was folded and stitched like that, next step was to paint the fabric, let it dry and remove the stitched lines. This is how the journal quilt looked when it was finished:
I really loved this technique and wanted to do it again on a bigger scale. So I picked a half yard of fabric which I had dyed. Don't ask me which color I used because this was somewhere in 2011. Stitching all those lines was so boring that regularly it was put away to do something more interesting :-). After many months the stitching was finally done (July 2012) and this is a detail picture of how the back looked like:
And this is how it looked from the front:
Finally it was time to play. I pinned the fabric on top of a foam board and opened several Lumiere paint bottles, shimmering pearl, blue, turquoise and a bit of pale green. This is how it looked after the painting:
And now the fun part, removing all the stitches and ironing it. At last you could see how it was going to look:
Time to start quilting. As the main focus of this top was lines (and this was months before I decided to work with this theme) the quilting lines just followed the painted lines. Interesting, but it needed a bit more. I decided on adding turquoise beads on it. But before I could add these, the quilt had to be blocked and sleeve added as well. I did not want a traditional border around it, but decided to do a facing. This made the quilt a bit narrower, but that was okay. When this was done I ordered several different types of turquoise beads - and of course did not use all the different ones - and this is how it looks now:
From beginning to end it almost took 2 years to complete it, but I am happy with it. The title Silent Water refers to the reflection you see on water, not knowing that the falling beads will disrupt the silence quite soon. Who said that lines were boring? :-)
This quilt is the first one in my series of Lines. Size is 17"x37".
This quilt is the first one in my series of Lines. Size is 17"x37".
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Finally is the only proper title for this quilt:-). Long time ago - early 2010 - I started working on this quilt. Together with a couple of friends we all made 10 different canal houses using our own hand dyed fabrics. When they were completed, we swapped them all out so that each had her own set of houses. I am now talking about early 2011. During that year I started quilting each house independently and then life happened. The canal houses ended up into a big bag in my studio. And here they stayed for another long period. Shame on me. Finally earlier this year I started stitching them together and last week I completed the last embellishments on them. And now at last it is hanging. This was another reason for delay because the whole quilt measures 92"x32" and I had to reorganise some stuff to find a hanging space that big. The size is also the reason that I could not get a proper picture from the front. The only way I could get the whole quilt on a picture was by standing in the door of the guest room and take the picture from that angle.
Here are some details of the houses:
Kate, Sheila, Dawn, Karen, Kelly, Ellen and Gena.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Anyway, I was not happy with how this looked, so I had to take a different route. While I was at Kelly I had used her Egyption hieroglyph stamp to stamp on some fabric. I decided to use that, but had to find other text as well. In my studio I found a background which I made a couple of years ago which still needed some applique on it. On google I found inspiration in the mean of a dancing couple and with some word bubbles I came to this quilt. Text - or in general communication - is so important that it can be very akward if you do not understand the other party. Speaking the same language is essential. This is the idea behind my quilt for this month.
All the fabrics used are my own hand dyed ones. And as always the size is 12"x12". Now I only have to find a title for this quilt.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I participated in the ALQS7 quiltswap organised by Kate. The quilt I made for this swap:
is on it's way to Australia to Andrea. And this is the beauty I received from Sabine in Germany:
Kate, I want to thank you for organising this swap and no doubt there will be a next one in the future. If you want to participate, check out Kate's blog on a regular base.
Monday, November 19, 2012
More trees will follow in the future, although I have to admit at the moment I am not working on one. Some other commitments and ideas for shows will have to be done first :-).
Friday, November 09, 2012
It has been some time since I last wrote on this blog, but that does not mean that I have been idle :-). I completed several of the tree quilts I started last month, as you can see on the following pictures:
Besides the 3 finished ones, I am still working on 2 other ones as well. After those 5 I am certain that more will follow as I have more ideas for these funky trees.
Usually I do a 4-part binding on my quilts, but recently I have been playing with different types of 'edge finishing' . After all, a strip around the quilt can reduce the impact of the quilt. Here is a close up of the spiral tree quilt:
As you see there is nothing at the front which shows of the binding. When the top was complete, I measured the back of the quilt and marked the 12"x12" size with a black marker. Next step was to cut away the backing and the batting. This is a tricky step as it is very easy to cut into the top fabric as well. Now there are 2 ways of continuing. If there is enough fabric from the top, it is a matter of measuring this and folding it back. In my case there was only a few millimeters of fabric so I had to add 4 strips, one to each side. These strips I stitched to the top, folded them to the back so that the stitch line was exactly at the edge of the quilt. I pinned this down and hand stitched it to the back, as you can see on this detail picture:
This new technique made me realize that in future I have to cut the top fabric a bit bigger. It is much easier to just fold back the 4 sides than adding strips to it :-).
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Making Compositions is becoming a serious addiction LOL. Here are my latest ones:
With the blue one I am not happy. This one was supposed to focus on texture as well. I zapped a piece of blue lutrador, cut out the shapes and quilted this onto the light blue background. Because of the zapping the shapes of the circles and lines is not well defined so I added stitchlines to put more emphasis on the shapes. Still not looking good. The zapped effect gives a bit of a textured effect, but the quilt is as flat as a pancake. But I have an idea which can change it. Stay tuned for the next blog post. Hopefully I can create the textured effect I am thinking of :-)/
Thursday, October 11, 2012
And here is the finished result of Cubism. I called it Cubism Wine. As you can see because of the squaring up, I lost part of the wine glass stems at the top and the left of the quilt. That is a point of attention I have to keep in mind for whenever in the future I use narrow objects close to the edges.http://www.ehow.com/video_8040264_draw-cubism-art.html
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Cubism was the subject of the latest lesson of Pamela Allen's class. And although the Cubism paintings look so simple, making a Cubism composition is very hard to do. At least it is for me :-).
The first picture shows my starting position. Well starting position is the proper word, because a lot had to be done to it to make it Cubism style.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Making these compositions is addictive :-). Here are my two latest additions:
Monday, October 01, 2012
Working in series can get very addictive :-). Not only did I start a series with trees, but as you can see from the pictures here, also one on abstracts:
Galleriba, they are for sale. Maybe an - early - idea for the coming December month?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I am taking several on line classes at the moment - yeah overlapping in time - about working in series and when something like this happens, the subject pops up everywhere. Even in Pam's class - which is actually not on working in series, a series developed :-) Here are some starting points for tree quilts.
At the moment they are only pinned or glued, so maybe I will make some changes to them. And no doubt more will follow :-). All tops are 12"x12".