Archive for the ‘Art Quilts’ Category

Teal Mini Swap, formerly known as Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap and Ovarian Cancer Research fundraiser, is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of this ridiculous disease annually during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The basic premise is formulated around the What We Know of All Quilters and Sewists Trifecta:

They love to sew They like fun gifts in the mail They are mostly women and/or have women in their lives and would like to prevent women from dying from ovarian cancer if at all possible

Participants can choose to make either a mug rug (up to 10″ square) or a mini quilt (up to 18″ square). Partners will be matched according to their preference, ie, if you request a mug rug, you’ll be matched with someone who also is requesting a mug rug. Same for minis.

This swap has raised $4,470.00 for Ovarian Cancer Research.  

My swap partner specified that she liked fish!  So I started researching doing something with fish applique in a mini quilt, along with taking into consideration the teal fabric swatch I received as part of this project.  The teal fabric is Scrollscapes II Aqua by Quilting Treasures.

Scrollscapes II Aqua – Focus Fabric for Teal Mini Swap 2017

I found a free stain glass pattern online for a fish, and I downloaded it and started thinking about colors and wrote them into the parts of the fish.  I also found some small cutouts of different fish to use in the background.  The background fish was where I was going to use the focus fabric.  I also got inspiration for the water from a Life’s a Beach Art Quilt I did two years ago.  

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I looked through all my batiks and wanted to do a teal theme colored ocean and found colors to represent the water.  I did the big fish in some batiks colors to help it stand out, and then I did some seaweed with batiks and thread painting.  I made the background fish from the small fish cutouts and used the 2017 mini teal swap focus fabric as shown above.  Following is the Teal Mini Quilt that I made for my Swap Partner.

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UPDATE (2/10/2015):  Our quilt was accepted to be in the AQS 2016 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, click this link to purchase this calendar from AQS.

Towards the end of 2013, a quilting group that my Mom and I are a part of a challenge to create a quilt that is 30″ x 30″ to submit to a the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show Guild Challenge.  A few months later the group decided to make the challenge a Mackinaw Island Bike Tour theme.  Mackinaw Island is located between the upper and lower peninsulas in Michigan, USA.  Mackinaw Island is open from Spring to Fall and the only way to access the island is by boat or plane.  There are no cars on the island and the modes of transportation around the island are bike or horse.

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Confett Art Quilt Lake Michigan 2013

In March, my Mom and I attended a class by Ann Loveless on Confetti Quilts through the Mid Michigan Quilters’ Guild in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  Ann Loveless has several types of art quilts that she creates, but this type of quilt is made up of 1″ squares of varying colors for the background of the quilt.  The artist then builds the scene on top of this background.  She helped us shape our picture, add the horizon line and taught us how she fuses the background.

Confetti Art Quilt Lake Michigan 2013

I love doing landscape quilts and don’t get to do them very often, so this little 8″ x 10″ quilt was really fun and a great distraction from making my purses.

Confetti Art Quilt Lake Michigan 2013

If you look closely the leaves are just small cuts from different shades of green fabric, and I used metallic thread in the water to help give it some movement.

Confetti Art Quilt Lake Michigan 2013

I hope to do more of these more often in the future because they are so fun to make!

Confetti Art Quilt Lake Michigan 2013

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Last year the quilt guild I belong too decided to make Alpha Quilts for the new local Children’s Museum in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  The quilt needed to be 18″ x 22″ and have the letter prominently displayed on the quilt, other than that we were free to do what we wanted with our letter.  I drew the letter “Z”. Read the rest here -→

Last year I participated in a Mug Rug Swap at Quilting Gallery.  This swap was sooo much fun, I was assigned a person who had given me their preferences (Americana) and I was to make two mug rugs and send them to her!  She didn’t know who she was getting mug rugs from, and I also received two mug rugs from an anonymous person.   Once I received my mug rugs, I was so excited and I still use them today! Quilting Gallery has a new Swap taking place now.  It’s called an ATC Swap, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card, and they are 2.5″ x 3.5″!  This will be such a fun challenge again on such a small format, and to look at the tutorials of people who have already made some, it looks like such a fun challenge. Read the rest here -→

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