Friday, July 23, 2021

Quilt Reveal: Red and White Op Art Quilt

 

I present to you my mini quilt of the month. It is based on a class I took from the Dayton Art Institute about Op Art. I decided to translate it to cloth. I took red fabric and cut out the parts I wanted to be white.

I had tried to add blue underneath, and didn't really like the way it looked so I took out the red. But since I quilted it days after I posted it on the blog, Tanya said she did like the blue.  I thought about it, and remembered that I did like the blue when I first added it, but then I added too much. I didn't want to take too much time thinking about where to add the blue, but when I got to this section, I decided a touch of blue would be good.


Another thing that happened is that I dreamed that I cut a fringe from the unquilted red fabric. While I think about quilting all day long and have daydreams about quilts, I rarely dream at night about quilts. Cutting a fringe wasn't presented as an option - it was something I was actually doing. (That was really all there was to the dream - my dreams are as exciting as my days). So I cut the fringe during the day and then I cut some fringe out so it looks like I made the quilt by weaving.
 
It's a dream come true, y'all.
 
I turned the white border to the back and wanted some more red as an outline so I secured the "binding" using a running stitch with red crochet thread.

 
Here it is again in a different position. It finishes at 14 1/2" x 18".

Monday, July 19, 2021

My Turn for 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Today is my day to post for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop! Welcome to my blog!

After I told Sarah I would show you my Christmas quilts, I remembered that I have already posted my Christmas quilts in December so I will direct you to look at that post. In this post, I am showing you some quilts which were not shown on that post. 


 

In 2018, I made small gifts for every member of my family, so if you are looking for small gift ideas, you might want to browse them. 


 

All of these quilts were made a long time ago, before I had a digital camera, and were given away, so I can't take better photos. The blue ones were baby quilts and the star is a small wall quilt.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed this visit and will come back to visit again.

 


Special thanks goes to Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for hosting this blog hop.  For twelve days, it is all about Christmas. Please be sure to visit the other people on this hop.
 
Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th
Shasta of High Road Quilter (that's me)

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

2021: Week 28 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 

My work has slowed down substantially this week and ongoing so I have had more time for quilting. I worked on all three of my current projects. 

Here is the ABC block of the month quilt designed by Julie Porter. I am using fusible applique even though I enjoyed using needle turn applique on Life of Plenty. I have a lot of quilts on my list I want to finish.  I still need to add the embroidery and will secure the applique with the quilting. And make the other blocks that have already been released.


I added some blue strips to the red and white quilt to see how they would look. Uggh,

I also added more quilting to the Quote Quilt. I lied to you (and myself) when I told you I was half way done. With all the embellishments, I can't go in a predictable ways, like rows and my estimate was way off. I don't think I am yet at half way even though I added more.

2021:  Week 28 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 


I worked on three quilts - the Quote Quilt, the red and white Op Art quilt and the ABC quilt.


15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 177 out of 192 days
Success rate  = 92%
 



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The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along Continues!

 

 


I wanted to remind you that Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting a blog hop.  Twelve days of Christmas goodness. My post will be on Monday.
 
Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th
Shasta of High Road Quilter (that's me)

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along Begins!

 


Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting a blog hop.  For the next twelve days, it'll be all about Christmas. Today you can visit Sarah who is sharing a quilt pattern and Joy who has holiday items every day this month.
 
Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th
Shasta of High Road Quilter (that's me)

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Week 28 and Photo Challenge


 Kate at Life in Pieces is having a family photography challenge where they draw a card each week and each family member takes a photo that meets the theme of the week.  I have a tendency to adopt families, and I have decided to join them in the challenge, with Kate's permission.  I don't know how long I will be able to keep it up, but I know I can at least do the first few. As luck would have it, I've taken recent photos that meet the criteria.

 

The first week, they drew a card "self portrait".  This was the only recent picture of me, and since I don't feel comfortable having pictures of me on my blog, this is the best I could do.


 

The second week's challenge was death. Since I had recently been to a cemetery, I had lots of pictures I could use.  I chose this overview of the cemetery post-Memorial Day. Cloudy days are the best days to go to the cemetery since there isn't the glare of the sun when taking photos.


 

This week's challenge is "something with wings". I had three good ones for this too. I thought a colorful picture would be nicer than the moody ones to follow the cemetery photo.



2021:  Week 28 of 15 Minutes to Stitch



I spent the last two weeks resisting the urge to start another quilt as I worked on finishing the Quote Quilt. I was not able to resist the temptation this week. I started two quilts.

I started the red and white Op-Art quilt I showed you this week. I now have the white fabric and the batting and backing ready so I can quilt it, possibly after the Quote Quilt is quilted. 

I also started an Alphabet primitive quilt that is part of a sew-along. I am three or four months behind, but with the fusible, I am hoping to catch up without too much trouble.


15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 177 out of 192 days
Success rate  = 92%
 



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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Op Art Quilt

I recently told you about a recent class I took Dayton Art Institute where you made a drawing to replicate the style of Julian Stamczak.

I wanted to replicate this style in fabric. Just the simple one with straight vertical lines and curvy horizontal lines, or vice versa - and not the diagonal lines shown in the index card.

My original plan was to strip piece two sets of fabric, The strips of straight lines would need two sets of exact opposite colors. Then they could be cut and the wavy lines would be cut and sewn together the way I have made improv quilts.

It would require some precise piecing though to make sure that the seams matched properly, and diagonal lines would probably cause problems.

My sister recommended applique, which would require extra work for me to create straight lines in applique. A combination could work - piece the horizontal and vertical lines, and then the diagonal lines could be formed with applique. But that probably wouldn't work because the diagonal lines would change the checkerboard of the existing shapes.

 I then thought about cutwork. What if I layered the fabric and then cut away parts of it to form the checkerboard? I thought about layering and just cutting away a part, but I was worried that I would cut too much, since the boxes could be small.


 I drew out a pattern on muslin using a washable marker. I didn't really try to make any special design, just random lines.

Did you notice that I even marked the shapes that needed to be cut out? I changed my mind and decided not to make the diagonal lines because I wanted the shapes to be big enough to easily cut. The marking wasn't easy since I had to look carefully at which lines were left. I made a mistake in the second box. You can see it on the bottom left. I decided not to make that diagonal line, but I put an x there when it should have been white. It was an easy fix to just cut out the boxes that didn't have an x.

I sewed down the lines I wanted to use on top of a red fabric. I used up the red thread so I am using a whitish thread. The tension was off so it caused some tight stitches. I loosened them and it looked like it was better, but not better enough, so I had to keep playing with the tension. I think it will be all right though since I am cutting through and that will help loosen things up.

The plan is to use the muslin as a pattern, cut out the shapes, and then layer it on white fabric to create the checkerboard. I have to make sure I save enough of the "sashing" that I don't wind up with a bunch of shapes that aren't attached to each other.

My plan was to use a craft knife, but I don't know where it is right now, so I decided to see if the applique scissors would work. It does.

There is a pucker in the border, but the rest of it looks good to me. I will now layer it on the white fabric and decide how to secure it.

I did notice that each of the photos shows a different position of the piece, but it is all one piece.  In the end, the viewer can decide which side is up.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Quote Quilt Quilting Motifs

 

 I'm still quilting the Quote Quilt, and wanted to show you some of the quilting motifs I have added. I am trying to keep the quilting simple, but still try to add some texture and interest. I am doing this by echoing the existing shape, but sometimes I add simple shapes or a little bit extra.


This picture is upside down, but I think you will be able to get enough of an idea without standing on your head.



The watering can is is one of the stencil shapes. I managed to resist the urge to fill in or add anything extra to these shapes.



I stitched in the ditch, or somewhat nearby the ditch to surround the quotes. I wanted to make sure you could still read them so I tried to avoid stitching in the blocks.

I'm close to halfway on the quilt.


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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Second Half of the Year Begins

 

 

It's the second half of the year already! I recently took a class with Dayton Art Institute where you made a drawing to replicate the style of Julian Stamczak. You draw straight lines, then you overlay them with curvy lines, and you color them in a checkerboard style. My curtains with the curves formed by the mini blinds shadows remind me of that style. 

This is an index card reproduction. I think it would be great to try to replicate that in a small quilt. In this card, I made the diagonal lines after coloring so the checkerboard isn't right. I should have left it alone when it looked like the curtains. I messed up the checkerboard in the original drawing I did also.  The instructor did say that it would be best to mark the spaces before shading in pencil to make sure you have them right. You are also supposed to color inside the lines and not have stray marks outside.



The week started out really hot, but the weather has cooled off to be more seasonable.  I have air conditioning so I am not complaining. I feel for other parts of the world are having such trouble with their towns burning down and buildings collapsing.

2021:  Week 27 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


I spent another week of quilting the Quote Quilt, refilling the bobbin, and resisting the urge to start other quilts. I used up the stencil shapes on the top part of the quilt, so I am looking through my old books for other templates I can use for the quilt.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 170 out of 185 days
Success rate  = 92%
 



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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Quilt Exhibit: Animal Quilts

 

Hello! Welcome back to the Musee de la Grande Route. You are in for a special treat today. I am showcasing a specially curated selection of quilts of my animal (and insects) quilts.Some of these quilts have already been featured in the museum, but today you get to see them with new friends. 

 

A lot of these quilts were made for my rotating quilt collection, so they are seasonal. Wedding Wishes has lots of butterflies.


I enjoyed this technique for making the llama.

This one was one of my very first art quilts. I used dishwasher detergent to fade fabric to make the clouds.

 
This one is great for patriotic picnics.

This one was a free pattern.

This one unleashed my inner child.

 
Dog Gone Cute is a pattern by Lorna McMahon by Sew Fresh Quilts. I recently saw this pattern made with lots of dogs in bright colors.

A recent quilt about traveling.

This one is made with the same technique as the llama.

 
I still love the puffiness of the elephant on this quilt.



Not all pieced or appliqued. Some of them are a part of the fabric.  It has a bear and reindeer.

 

 


You can see all of our Musee de la Grande Route exhibits or click on the links to see a specific exhibit:

Animal Quilts (you are here)

People Quilts Exhibit

Holiday Quilts 

Elephant Quilts 

Scrap Quilts

Tree Quilts 

Red Quilts 
 
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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Quilting the Quote Quilt

 

After the backing has been added to a crazy quilt, the next step is to simply tack it to secure the layers.


This sounds great in theory. After all the work of adding so many embellishments, you may be done with it and just want to finish it off so you can show it off and/or move on to your next quilt.

 

However, for me, it is a big pivot to move from maximalist, everything goes, to minimalist tacking stitches. I am not anywhere near tired of the quilt.


2021:  Week 26 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 

Besides, you can make the argument that it isn't really a crazy quilt. I think the fact that it doesn't fit the rules of crazy quilting makes it even more crazy. 

I put the free motion quilting foot on, and did some doodle stitching. Then I got out some stencils I got from a magazine subscription, and I quilted some motifs.  It is a light color thread so the effect is very subtle.

 

I spent the week quilting the Quote Quilt and resisting the urge to start other quilts.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 163 out of 178 days
Success rate  = 92%
 



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