Archive for the ‘Art Quilts’ Category

On September 28th I took a class through our local guild that was presented by Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts.  The pattern she was teaching that day was “On Eagle’s Wings” which is one of the first quilts she made.   It is a foundation piece pattern based on the pineapple quilt pattern.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Edyta had the fabric kits all ready for us, and all the pieces were cut for us.  Her feeling was that we already knew how to cut fabric, she wanted to show us the technique of foundation piecing.  She then had the whole class do their first block together and she was very attentive to everyone in the class.  She went to everyone’s station and made sure they were on the right track or got them on the right track.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Once everyone finished their first block, she then let us work at our own pace.  Edyta was a very down to earth, funny person and she stayed very focused on all her students throughout the whole class.  She provided us with the tools to make and entire quilt for this pattern, but gave us the materials to finish a table runner in this day class.  She wanted to make sure everyone had something they could use at the end of the day as well as the tools to take this pattern farther.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Not only was she very attentive but she gave the class some very good pointers, some new techniques for building quilts, and showed us some of the new patterns that she was working on.   If you get a chance to take a class with Edyta, you will not be very disappointed.

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During the summer I went to a quilt show in Gladwin, Michigan and a vendor had a Ghastlies quilt hanging there for show, and I instantly fell in love with this fabric and knew I had to find it and do something with it! She did not have any of the fabric for sale at the show, so I came home and went right online and found several vendors who had it and ordered every color and some of the coordinating fabrics. I am so happy to be a part of this blog hop and to be among other Ghastlie lovers! I can’t wait to show off what I have worked on, and I plan on having my own giveaway on my site also! I look forward to meeting all of the bloggers and seeing all the GREAT GHASTLIE projects that will be created! Thanks Madame Samm for hosting this wonderful blog hop! Please keep updated with me by liking me on facebook and I will let you know which day my blog will be featured! love it, share it! pinterest google

Three of Hearts Zentangle

Mid Michigan Quilters’ Guild has their bi-annual quilt show coming up on October 8, 2011 at the Commission of Aging in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  As a part of the show is going to be a trunk show of a Deck of Cards all built by members of the quilt guild.  We were given the task of drawing a card from the deck and then given the instructions to make it 18″ wide x 24″ tall, put the card and suit in each corner as on the card and to round the corners.   We were free to do whatever we wanted to do on the card with just those few instructions.  I drew the Three of Hearts, and after a lot of thought, decided to give my Zentangling a shot with some thread. Zentangling is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. I intertwined three hearts and then proceeded to zentangle inside them, but still maintaining the shape of the three hearts.  The Number and the Suit were drawn by me and appliqued on.  The blanket stitch around the numbers and the hearts were done with free-motion stitching.  I wanted to keep the free motion stitching element because of the thread sketching in the Zentangle which is why the blanket stitch is uneven. I used Sulky Red to do the Zentangle and the Blanket Stitch.  Sulky White for the feather quilting around the Zentangle, Sulky invisible thread to stitch down the Zentagle.  I used Aurifil 50wt to attach the binding because it is strong and lays very flat. I will post pictures from the quilt show to show what the whole deck of cards looks like when hanging on the wall. If you have any questions about Zentangling, please leave a comment below.

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Eight of Diamonds Quilt

This was a challenge for the quilt guild I belong to, Mid Michigan Quilt Guild.  For their quilt show in October (click for quilt show details) they asked members to draw a playing card, gave us the dimensions of the quilts (18″ x 24″) and asked that we put the card number and suit in the corners, and the rest was up to us.  I drew the eight of diamonds from the deck and this is the little quilt I came up with.  I like flowers and decided to use some new material I had and made a flower with 8 diamonds as petals. The guild is going to display the whole “deck” of quilted cards at their October Quilt Show.

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Mt. Pleasant Children’s Discovery Museum Quilt (I Spy, Infant Pond Theme)

UPDATE: June 28, 2011.. I have added to this quilt since my last post, I added some 3d figures (turtle, crab, seal, lizard and bird), I also added some glitter butterflies, and some paper fish and signs on the barn.  These items I found in the scrapbooking section of a store and thought they would add to the texture and feel of the quilt and draw your eye outward from the quilt. This is an Educational/Community Project quilt that I signed up for on behalf of the Mid Michigan Quilt Guild that I am a member of.   The Mt. Pleasant Children’s Discovery Museum is building a brand new building in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and they asked if the quilt guild could make some I Spy or Picture Play quilts for the museum.  Their intent is to give the kids, when they come to the museum, items to find within these quilts. This quilt’s theme is “Infant Pond” and I received a 1 yd. piece of batting, two 5″ squares of materials with frogs (the yellow frog and the red frog), and two 5″ squares of material with small barn animals and objects within the material.  Other than those items the instructions were to make the quilt no larger than the piece of batting I received and to utilize the pieces of materials that I received.  It is my understanding that the pieces of material I was supplied would be the items that the museum would ask the children to look for. My inspiration for the quilt was the I Spy books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo and I used this inspiration to create this original piece.  (Click here to see an example of an I Spy book page). I first drew out a simple picture of a pond with a cutout showing under the water also, some grass, a barn and a tree, and used this as a template to build the theme or background of this quilt.  From that point, I used some material I had, some material I received from friends and relatives and the material received from the quilt guild to start filling in the picture at that point.  I tried to place items so that they may be a little more difficult to locate, and I tried to place items within the pictures where they would normally fit.  I also bought some patches and added these to the page to give it a little different texture and add to the complexity of the picture. It was fun to take a look at all these materials I had in a very different light.. right down to the smallest bug that was in the material instead of looking at it as a whole 36″ x 42″ piece.  I encourage you to enlarge this picture and take a look at all the items there are to find in this picture.  I have also added into the gallery close up pictures to view of the quilt.

Update August 2011:

Since I finished my I-Spy quilt for the Mt. Pleasant Children’s Discovery Museum, I have learned that the focus fabric which the kids are going to look for in each quilt is the same material and that I needed to incorporate it into my quilt.

Focus Fabric for children to find in all the quilts in the museum

Finished I-Spy quilt with the focus fabric.

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This is the focus fabric that the children will be shown when they come to the museum, and all the quilts in the museum have incorporated this fabric into their quilt.  Above is the finished quilt with the above fabric incorporated into the quilt.  See if you can find the fabric.. and leave a comment below if you find the fabric!

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