Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop and the George quilt

Quilt compo ala Mother Earth o/k/a George - my latest creation. This is not a traditional quilt, traditional materials but not traditional method.

(George quilt in the wild)
So glad I was able to join in with the Art with Fabric Blog Hop. When Alida (the blog hop hostess) asked if I had a name for my quilt, I admitted I hadn't given it one. "George" seemed good enough. Like how they name hurricanes, maybe I should give my quilts first names.

Alida describes the hop where "artists can pick can pick an inspiration piece that shows a landscape, plants and flowers, animals, the universe or humans" to interpret the theme of Mother Earth

I knew exactly which publication I wanted to pick for my artwork inspiration - Movements in Modern Art, Abstract Art, (date of publication unknown, best guess from the 1960s). 

I chose earth tone fabrics and freestyle patchwork pieced. I didn't want to pieces to match up exactly to better represent the image above. When I say freestyle patchwork, my process is to sew together pieces cut somewhat to length and then true them up square them off (whichever term you prefer) after assembly. 
On the backing, I had a vintage piece of what I believe to be Western men's shirt fabric and then it just took off from there. I think it just hollers "country western." I should learn my lesson on  working with fabric that is not a true stiff cotton. The majority of the backing fabric slipped around and skewed to one side. (I promised myself I wouldn't point out my mistakes ...)

I would have liked to have done a closer representation of the art piece with the fabric but time constraints meant I barely made the deadline binding the quilt.

This will be a gift to a co-worker. State buildings don't allow personal heaters so we use lap blankets to keep warm. It is a hassle to get medical approval for that kind of device. I kinda got carried away when I was translating this piece to fabric. When I made the decision to do 6-1/2" panels, the size just exploded.

Improvements I have made to my technique to produce more professional looking results:

I bury my thread. When I am quilting and either the bobbin thread runs out or I have to stop for some reason, I will pull those loose threads into the quilt sandwich. 

For this project, it was the first time I used a spray fabric stabilizer on the top and backing. I know others recommend starch but I thought it would be too stiff. The stabilizer did help working with the fabric. I might try the spray starch.

When I start a row of quilting, I quilt about a 1/2 inch into the backing/batting. When you are binding the quilt, it finishes off the stitching on the back. 

Someday I hope to be able to tap into the wisdom of guild members, but for now rouge quilter is on her own. 

Listed below is the Fall 2017 schedule for the blog hop:

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 
Friday, October 13th, 2017 
Betty: http://sewnoworries.blogspot.com/
Dione: https://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/blog

Updated post to link up with Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts.blogspot.com for Finish it up Friday.

Monday, October 2, 2017

So Good to be a Senior

I know that post title is not going to get a lot of hits but it is my lead-in to 1/2 off for seniors $15 haul. Look away if you are fabric phobic!

Inside of the Wounded Warrior Quilt project was the front and back of a completed quilt. It is beautifully done. Since my Mr. is one of those wounded warriors, I will finish this one up for a place of honor in our living room. Thank you Mystery Quilter! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have stumbled onto this find. 

In addition to that amazing quilt, there were calico precuts all color coordinated in their container. More than enough to make a patchwork quilt top. Really beautiful material. I am positive from the same quilter. All the work is precise cut.

Because of these beauties, I am going to cull my stash and donate the not-so-pretties.

I have submitted my initial images for the Art with Fabric blog hop and the project is nearly done! It was a study in freeform piecing and organic quilting. 

Let's end with a Pattern of the Day, a 1967 McCall's.

Post update, I have bumped a Christmas lap quilt to quilt the WWQ shown above. The Mr. has indicated that he wants uber loft on the batting (and I just scored a bag of the same thrifting) and very little quilting. More along the lines of this quilt shown here

Linking up with Kelly at myquiltinfatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

It's a Material World

One of the things I enjoy about buying secondhand fabric is learning how "old" they are. Most of the time the dated selvage is either missing or the fabric unlabeled. Not so with my last batch, which had not one but two labeled remnants one from 1999 and the other from 2002. In addition, there were three fabrics selvage labeled as 25th Anniversary Special Edition Country Florals. 

After I finish my last WIP, a Christmas lap quilt, next up is plaid! My plaid remnants have been ever growing and when I saw this quilt, on quiltinspiration.blogspot.com by Sally Socolich, I thought it perfect for my skill level. It is described as a deceptively easy block.

And another by Mabry Benson, (image below), I am itching to start one of these. It took some looking but finally found this pattern called Storm at Sea.

I've bookmarked a YouTube tutorial. I love that there is no talking, just the procedure is shown.

Inspired by Vix at Vintage Vixen who shared the-joy-of-small-things. I'd like to share a few of the things that I brought home from my mother's estate cleansing (for lack of a better term).

First is this Shirley Temple doll, I believe an Ideal brand in a place of honor on my bookshelf.

The Eskimo boy doll has been in my possession for some time, the Eskimo girl doll has now joined him.

Our family's souvenir spoons from around the world. They hadn't been displayed in over 30 years. 

Thrifting update: Retro Girl Scout uniform, size 6, probably paid more for it than I should have. I am going to sew on the labels that are stapled the sash and perhaps list on Etsy.

Just for fun stuff - a Jimi Hendrix reproduction t-shirt, lidded jar and pair of plaid shorts. I am going to wear the shorts with the shirt!

I found 4 more Christmas CDs which brings my total of 18 for a goal of 25. I highlight these rescued CDs on my annual Countdown to Christmas.  

Finally, event update - the Art with Fabric Blog hop will begin next month. I am featured on October 10. My fabric interpretation is nearly finished!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Back with Mrs. Brimble!

With just a few days remaining in September, I am finishing up my month-long Instagram challenge as tamaschen with #septtextilelove (share your love of textiles) and beginning an October challenge - back with Mrs. Brimble! She has posted two challenge prompt groups to further entice participants.


You can mix and match, do one or both. I have settled on the Boo Daily prompts. My favorite month of the year is nearly here!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Basting without Borders

This weekend's finds were fabric remnants nothing of note but good quantities and basic colors that will quickly find their way into one of my projects. 

Preparing for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, I have adjusted my basting technique. Banned from the man cave and relegated to outside, I located a workbench even though dusty and dirty. I utilize long boards and wrap the fabric around them - the picture better illustrates it. With each quilt I try to improve my technique, from using spray basting to pin basting or the real thing. This time I opted for pin basting and used a fabric stabilizer spray. No puckers or smuckers, as I like to call them.  

Important business going on in the man cave.

I have nominated myself CEO of Basting without Borders. Basting on buses, basting in the wild, basting should occur spontaneously.

Do you baste and do you seek out new and exciting places to do it? 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Repost for entry into Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017

Reposting this quilt for a second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017 hosted by Amy at amyscreativeside.com.  
Because we are so close to Halloween, I thought other bloggers might like to see what I put together last year. I called it a lap quilt before but with all of the pebbling, it is far from comfy cozy, def a wall quilt. If you would like to read more about my process, go here.

Working away to finish my Art with Fabric Blog Hop creation. Quilt reveal will be on October 10.

Recent thrifting scores included more material and some Singer sewing machine parts ($1). In the past week, I have spent around $20 for secondhand fabric and have enough to make a bed quilt front and back.

Are you working on any fabric art projects that are Halloween-related?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blessings and the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017

After quilting for 3+ years, I have finally finished a bed quilt for myself, partially revealed on these posts here, here, and here.  I am absolutely delighted with it. At first I questioned my use of certain fabrics but when it all came together it was perfect. My bedroom is something of a challenge as it is painted splotchy green with pink and green wallpaper borders where the walls meet the ceiling. 1980s revisited. 

I am participating in the Blogger Quilt Festival 2017 hosted by Amy at amyscreativeside.com. 

My original intent was to piece a quilt entirely with vintage fabric but I didn't have nearly enough just for the four patch in the center of the blocks. The purple and turquoise print fabric running down the sides of the quilt are from my Hawaiian shirt hoarder stash - the best of the best of that material. The quilting was done by me, what I like to call squiggly line or "organic." Vintage four patch is a queen sized bed quilt.
I feel blessed with finding such wonderful fabric at thrift shops. I have been able to make quilts for friends, co-workers, family and me!!!  My latest find was a bag of remnants, a pair of Paul Frank pajama pants and a sewing machine ceramic ($15 shown above).

The quilty-orphan-adoption was a rousing success, 3 of the 4 offered orphans were adopted. I love sharing remnants that I have lost interest in and will be utilized by someone else. Some are bound for charity quilts and that is all good. 

I am participating in the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, with my day to post being October 10th. Our further prompt is "Mother Earth" and I've chosen a modern art piece showcasing earth tones.

Ending with this link is to a wonderful post by a quilter's husband and his sweet take on her hobby. 

I am still participating in the #septtextilelove month-long challenge on Instagram as tamaschen

Have you had your doubts about a quilt in progress or have fallen in quilt love?