Archive for the ‘Art Quilts’ Category

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 -→

I wanted to bring to your attention a contest that is going on over at “The Printed Bolt” website. They put out a call to anyone who was interested in designing fabric to enter their Repeat: A Design Competition.  I found out about this competition after they had already chosen their top ten competitors, but I think it will be a lot of fun to see what the challenges are, and see how all these aspiring fabric designers interpret the challenge. I find this fun because I think about designing my own fabric and with a graphic designer in my house we are really interested to see what designs come out of this AND how the judges look at each design.  All the designers come from different walks of life, some are artists, some are graphic designers, and one is a regular person like me, so I am very interested in watching how this whole challenge and competition plays out. Read the rest here -→