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FO: “Laura’s Scraps”

So…..I was in Boise for the class with Carol Ann Waugh in November 2013……and I didn’t have any other projects with me and finished up the piece from the class.

So, I rooted through LauraR’s scraps and did a improvised quilt. Here’s the result!

"Laura's Scraps". 24"x23.5" finished. Commercial fabrics, batiks, hand dyed fabrics, all scraps. Machine quilted. Rattail bound. Completed December 30, 2013 in Jackson, WI.

“Laura’s Scraps”. 24″x23.5″ finished. Commercial fabrics, batiks, hand dyed fabrics, all scraps. Machine quilted. Rattail bound. Completed December 30, 2013 in Jackson, WI.

FO: “Rhythm I”

I took a class from Carol Ann Waugh at the Quilt Crossing in Boise, ID November 2013. Carol was a very fun and fabulous teacher and I’m really happy with this result. In particular I enjoyed the hand embroidery more than I thought I would!

Base fabric is one of my dye clean up rags. Machine stitched. Hand embroidered. Machine quilted. Bound using rattail. Completed 11-25-13. Started in a class taught by Carol Ann Waugh at The Quilt Crossing on 11-23-13.

Base fabric is one of my dye clean up rags. Machine stitched. Hand embroidered. Machine quilted. Bound using rattail. Completed 11-25-13. Started in a class taught by Carol Ann Waugh at The Quilt Crossing on 11-23-13.

 

Here’s a close up of the hand work:

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FO: “Frentic I”

This is the completed quilt from a class that I took with Rayna Gilman at Art Quilt Tahoe in November 2012. Rayna was a fabulous teacher and I love this technique as it is both fun and frugal!

Frenetic #1. Completed Oct. 10, 2013, Jackson, WI. Started in Rayna Gilman's class, Art Quilt Tahoe, November 2012. Commercial fabrics plus scraps of hand dyed fabrics. Machine quilted.

Frenetic #1. Completed Oct. 10, 2013, Jackson, WI. Started in Rayna Gilman’s class, Art Quilt Tahoe, November 2012. Commercial fabrics plus scraps of hand dyed fabrics. Machine quilted.

Another fabric dyeing class

Work has been incredibly busy for months now, so I’m really behind on blogging. I’m catching up this weekend.

I took a shibori dyeing class at the Fine Line Arts Center with Jan Myers-Newbury in June 2013. Here are some pictures…..

 

FO: Barn #1

I finished the first quilt from my AQT 2013 class with Rayna Gillman. This was the barn based upon one of Rayna’s pictures.  And yes, the edges are supposed to be wonky like that!

"Barn #1". Commercial cotton fabrics. Improvisationally pieced; one piece fused. Machine quilted and faced. Completed April 2013, Jackson, WI

“Barn #1”. Commercial cotton fabrics. Improvisationally pieced; one piece fused. Machine quilted and faced. Completed April 2013, Jackson, WI

I faced this quilt with strips and the inside edges were difficult to work out. I ended up hand stitching the appropriate seams which was a pain. However, I really like the look of it without a traditional binding.

I am going to do more with the original picture. I’m planning on two more quilts done in my more usual applique’ style.

A special thanks goes to Rayna for her inspiration for the quilt. Not only did her picture inspire the original quilt, but she graciously re-sent it to me when I mislaid it on my way out of AQT.

A tale of three Wingspans….

This blog title has been stuck in my head for a long time, so it’s time to write this post.

I have been knitting the pattern Wingspan for a while now…..to the point where I knitted three of them!

The first one was for me. I followed the instructions as written.

wingspan for me

The second one was for LauraR. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of this one before I shipped it off. I changed the pattern and did wrap and turns for the short rows and liked the results better.

The third one was for Sandy. This one was lovely as I used a Berroco Sox yarn with a metallic thread running through it.

Wingspan for Sandy

 

All three Wingspans were lovely. I would say that as a scarf for me they are a little short with only one skein of sock yarn (400 yards, usually).

But, this pattern is a great go-to for some easy knitting. I have a fourth one on the needles already!

Art Quilt Tahoe November 2013

Yes, I am behind. The new job is kicking my butt and so I am woefully behind on posting. Time to catch up!

In November 2013 I went back to Art Quilt Tahoe and took Rayna Gillman’s class.  This trip started in Boise where I stayed with friends and caught up in general, then drove to Lake Tahoe.

I started off with a mess of unfinished blocks and random scraps from other quilts:

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And finally ended up with a design wall that was getting there. The gray on the left is the barn image #1 quilt, which I just need to face to finish off. The rest of the quilt is on the right and is part of Rayna’s improvisational quilting technique, which is just loads of fun.

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Unfortunately, by Thursday afternoon I was getting very ill. I left AQT early on Thursday afternoon to drive back to Boise. My apologies to the gas stations on the way where I had to stop…..but I made it back to Boise intact (obviously).

Rayna is a very generous instructor and I would definitely take another class from her again. The class was loads of fun which is exactly what I needed as a break from the real world.

Class at MISA!

I recently returned from a class at Madeline Island School of the Arts. I took my second class with Sue Benner, entitled “FLORAL ARRANGEMENT: Creating Fused Flower Quilts”.

The school is beautiful. There are huge classrooms with a nice farm view and then there are little cottages to stay in. There are four double rooms per cottage but I chose to have a single room to myself.

Here’s a picture of the instructor house on the left and the barn where meals are served on the far right.

The first day we practiced Sue’s technique on smaller blocks (8.5″x8.5″). I ended up with five blocks:

And they ended up like this:

Then I moved onto bigger blocks. My blocks were 12.5″x12.5″. I managed to complete 10 of the 11 blocks with Sue’s help at the end as some of the blocks were particularly tangled. I finished the last block on July 4th at home.

The next step is to figure out how I want to chop these up and reassemble into a quilt. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

FO: Provence House

My first art quilt class was with Sue Benner at Art Quilt Tahoe in November 2007. I finally finished the final quilt from that class! The class was called “Driven to Abstraction: Developing Abstract Imagery I.”

My inspiration was the following photo:

Through the magic of Sue’s class, I abstracted the photo and made a small, fused quilt. Here are the results:

 

"Provence House." 16 1/4" x 20". Fused. Hand dyed cotton, silk, and silk velvet. Commercial fabrics. Machine quilted and zig zag bound. Completed July 4, 2012 in Middleton, WI.

Here’s a close up of the quilt. The tan part of the quilt is comprised of quarter inch square fused pieces.

Close up of "Provence House" quilt.

Unfortunately the zig zag edge is wavy. I must have at least 7 rounds of zig zag on it and it curled a lot.

 

FO: Icy Woods

Back in late 2009 or early 2010, my sister Jilly wanted a quilt like the one I did for my mom in 2005, which was based upon one of my mom’s watercolor paintings.  She picked a new painting:

(c) Betty Anderson 2005. All rights reserved.

Since I am a dutiful sister, and because it is such a nice painting, I agreed to make it for her.  I did the usual tracing on the acetate. Below shows the acetate overlaid on the painting.

I then had a large version of the template made (without the colors underneath) and spray mounted it to posterboard.

Only then did I realize that there were at least 1000 pieces in this version. That stopped progress on the quilt for quite a while. I was at the point of not working on it at all as it seemed too big of an undertaking. So the quilt sat for around a year, with only a little bit of it done.

During Art Quilt Tahoe this year, Sue Benner gave me a little pep talk. She suggested that I set it aside for a while and just play in the studio, which I did. But then I came back to this after the holidays. I really wanted to have it done and out of my mind. In addition, Jilly’s birthday was coming up in late February. So, I decided to simplify the painting and go for the intent instead of the detail.

"Icy Woods". Machine applique. Hand dyed cotton and silk velvet. Commercial fabrics including batiks and bridal sateen. Machine quilted. Completed Feb 17, 2012, in Waupaca, WI .

Mom and I came up with the title of the quilt; turns out she doesn’t name her paintings, whereas I almost always have a working title in my mind for a quilt.

I started this quilt before I started to use Stable Stuff as the background template instead of fusible web. I really prefer the Stable Stuff method as there is no tracing of the pattern onto the web involved, and the spray baste I was using seems to stick better than the old fusible web I have.

I finished this literally one hour before Jilly’s birthday party!

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