Monday, July 28, 2014

Fickle Quilter Challenge~~Save a UFO

Are you a fickle quilter?  You know, one of those quilters who has great ideas and then figures out that it wasn't so great? 

I am one fickle quilter, let me tell you!  My deal, however, is that I get tired of the working through part.  I start.  I get stuck.  I allow my brain to percolate.  My percolating brain begins percolating on another idea, and the original one gets put   

on the opposite side of the work table--the kiss of death!  After lingering in the defunct neighborhood for a while, it gets buried in the UFO cemetery--a basket in a hard-to-reach place in the closet. 

Wait! an epiphany...I could make something new.  Since I've been into Modern Quilts, I decided that using the blocks to make a impromptu modern quilt would work quite nicely.  

I decided to set some boundaries just to help me focus (who knows what could happen otherwise).

The Recipe 
  • 2 or more UFO projects
  • 2-3 yards of solid for background
  • fat quarters that coordinate with the UFO's

Then I thought that, should this actually work, I'd want to be able to share with you what I did.  So I added directions.  

The Directions
  • Rules are made to be broken.
  • Cut/slice/chop or rip apart the UFO's into smaller squares (need not be perfectly square) 
  • Add strips from the fat quarters to form an odd number of extempore blocks
  • Connect the blocks with background fabric.
  • Occasionally square up the blocks and add fabric as needed to fit them together into sections.  

An Example
These first photos are of a block I worked on for the quilt top I finished today.  As you can see I've added a cuts from different UFO's together to create one large block.  The black lines indicate the different sections.  Once I did, I noticed that the edges are not straight.

 I started trimming along the one long side, then rotated the block 1/4 turn and trimmed the next side.  The trick is to use the first cut to line up the next side so the block is square.  Continue until all four sides are square.  After squaring up this block, I added background fabric to connect several blocks together and continued working this way until I had a nice sized crib/lap quilt.

 And here it is.  There are five bow-tie blocks from one project, a windmill block left from my granddaughter's quilt, pieces of strips from another project and pieces of a couple of nine-patches from another.  In total I used leftovers or UFO's from four different projects.  Apparently having six granddaughters and several nieces means lots of pink quilts.  In fact, I have enough that I'm working on another fickle quilt in pink.  

Special thanks to my quilt top holder!  He's such a doll of a hubby!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Giveaway for Clothworks' AMB Farm to Fabric Challenge!


Clothworks Presents

Farm to Fabric Challenge

This post is a challenge and a giveaway! American Made Brand has a great challenge going on and some lucky designers will have their quilts in the Houston Quilt Show!  Now this is a challenge worth taking.  Plus, it's for everybody who creates quilts from their own designs!

AMB wants to get the word out about its challenge, so they've asked several bloggers to spread the word and are offering this great tote as a giveaway prize .

You can help spread the word and have a chance to win this useful tote (without the veggies, of course).  Because time is running short, I'm going to ask you to blitz the internet: use whatever social media you have--Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, your blog, Flickr, LinkedIn, Reddit, StumbleUpon, 3rdRevolution, etc. You have three days, so hurry!  Entries close on July 30 at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening  I'll choose a winner.

Get out there and blitz, buzz, and bark! Now I need to know what you do, so come back to this post and leave a note. Every, yes every, time you write about this challenge you can come back and enter!  So if you share on Twitter, FB, and Flickr, you have three opportunities!  It's that easy.

The Particulars [or the rules]
  • Any techniques may be used – piecing, applique’, embroidery, photo transfer, whole cloth or manipulated fabric, etc.
  • You may submit at most two quilts for our consideration.  Quilts must be a minimum of 25” x 25” and must have hanging sleeves attached.
  • Quilts must be made specifically for the challenge and must not have been published in books, calendars, magazines, newsletters, websites, blogs or any other form of publication prior to November 2014.
  • Completed submissions with visuals must be received no later than Friday, August 15, 2014. 
  • You will be notified no later than Friday, September 5, 2014, regarding quilts chosen to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. 
  • If selected, quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
  • Quilts will be returned by the end of December 2014 if quilt does not travel, or arrangements made to have a quilt picked up at the conclusion of the show.
  • If you agree to allow your quilt to travel, your quilt will be returned by the end of August 2015.
  • Open to US residents.
AMB_Quiltmaker_4_23Timeline Overview
Announcement and preview – March 2014
Registration open – June 15 to August 15, 2014
Notification by – September 5, 2014
Accepted quilts arrive in Houston by – October 1, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – December 2014, or August 2015 if traveling.

How to Enter
Registration is now open. The last day to register is August 15, 2014 until midnight CDT.
To preview the registration forms, click here.
Please use a standard browser (i.e., Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox) for optimum performance. We recommend Firefox and Safari as the most reliable browsers. This site does not support IE 10.
To submit your entry on-line, click this button to start: 
When you have completed your registration, be sure to print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: F E L T

handspun yarn - moonroverI'm fascinated by artistic objects made in other mediums. Felted art is one of those fascinations. 

Felting seems very creative and interesting, and I sometimes wish I'd learned a bit about this medium when I was beginning to quilt seriously.  I can see how felting and quilting would work well together, enhancing both experiences.  If you are a new quilter or if you're willing to invest in another medium, I hope you consider felting wool.  If you do, please let us know how it goes.  

Felted Objets d'art
Barcelona-20111119-00201 by JustWeaving, via Flickr

Needle Felted Botanical Leaf Bowl Fiber Art by tortoiseshellstudio, $40.00

wall hanging

WoolWench Freeform Weaving


Вариант "пиццы"

My assemblages

Fiber Arts

Felt Sculptures
Illuminated Felt Sculpture  by Maegen

Felt sculptures. Sonya Yong James

Black Sheep Designs, sculptural felt

adorable felted pods

felted sculpture by Emma Price

Wet felting
Series of videos for basic wet felting, nuno felting, resist felting, plus tips and tricks. See video list to the left.

Wet Felting Basics: Fun Bookmarks! Have to register, maybe later

Boudicca  wet  felted bag by ThistleWoolworks on Etsy, $125.00

Needle Felted Animals
Needle Felted Baby Orangutan by Tamara111, via Flickr

Needle felted Finger Monkey

Wool Paintings
Permutations in Fiber: Needle Felted Wool Paintings

Needle felt landscape - beautiful use of color layering

love this beach - Deebs Fibre Arts

Needle felted tapestry - love the moon light!  I adore felted art.

Art yarn felt painting | Flickr - Photo Sharing!   Hmmm... I'm thinking of doing something similar with my own art yarn called the Dee....

Felted, Picture, Painting, Wallhanging, Textile Art, Felt, Embroidery, Seascape, Free Motion Embroidery.

needle felted painting

Needle felt chickadee painting...looks like it's mounted on a canvas

Today I leave you with just the felted art.  I am certain you can see a quilt or two in these beautiful pieces.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pin It Weekly #75

Kate Smith is a color expert with a fabulous Pinterest site.  If you have not checked out one of her boards, you should. Here are a few examples from some of my favorite boards.

Blue-Green | Color Meaning, Symbolism, & Psychology

Blue green containers

Turquoise - attracts love, protects from harm & gives the wearer the ability to see into the future

Robin's nest

Sensational Color | Purple

Color Study of Lavender and Purple Roses.

I wonder if there is color symbolism to the purple of this temple in Thailand. #purple

Luscious purple figs looks so ripe and yummy. #purple

Interior Color | Green

I love this green curtain combo from Veranda

Kitchen, designer Gideon Mendelson created a green gingham ceiling that was first painted on canvas by Silvère Boureau. Mendelson says, "It gives a classic white kitchen personality, and it brings extremely high ceilings down to a more comfortable place."

Love the ceramic plate art! The breakfast area’s Mike & Maaike table, Eero Saarinen chairs, Tim Fishlock chandelier, and ceramic-plate installation by Viñas.

A shocking bright green palate was used for the living room of this New York apartment by designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta.
As you can probably tell from the titles, she has more than one board for each color.  They are well sorted and finding inspiration is just so much fun.  I like looking through a particular board or going back and forth between two boards to compare and contrast how things work together. 

I found Kate Smith's boards through Country Living Magazine, which I followed on Facebook here.  They are also on Pinteres, but with 114 boards and over 9,000 pins, it would be difficult to tell you what you'll find.  Just trust me their Pinterest board is big and interesting.  And filled with inspiration.
Beautiful Brand New Low Cost Deck for Summer ? Easy- Build one out of Pallets !

No-Bake Muddy Buddy Cookies

The family stenciled numbers on plywood, which they nailed to their stair risers (painted Black Suede by Behr).

J.W. Hulme Co. by David Prince. All rights reserved.

Motawi Tileworks (Made in Ann Arbor, Michigan) #madeinusa #madeinamerica

Spray-painted yellow and topped with plywood, three Goodwill filing cabinets—bought for $25 total—morph into a bright storage space.

While putting together this post, it's occurred to me that my other favorite magazines may also be on Pinterest.  I'll get back to you on that, in the meantime these two sites should keep you well inspired for a while anyway.  Go follow or like or heart or whatever it is that you use to show your appreciation.  Leaving a comment here would be one way.  :-)