My Island Batik Ambassadorship

I was so excited to get an email at the end of January telling me that I had been selected as an ISLAND BATIK ambassador. I can barely wait to get started. 

The email came while on a short vacation to Florida. So I turned my thoughts to taking cool photos that might give me inspiration for quilts and blocks using Island Batiks fabrics. 

As I think of what lies ahead this year, I'm will share some photos of my trip. EQ7 will help me explore quilting possibilities. Take a look, let me know which photo inspires you. 

This post has a few photos from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. 

The colors are neutral and I really like the pop of orange on the one fish.

This is the 3-D mural on the wall of the entry. 
I like the colors and the movement in it.

Blue has always been my favorite color. 
The little splashes of color will add interest to a quilt.

Maybe some curves.

Soft colors, lines, strips?

Not sure here.

I'll think about this one. But the fragile-looking seahorses are so cute.

Lace and circles.

Blues, yellows and a bit of orange with a darker background?

Bright colors? Triangles?

Leafiness, lines, reflection.


I'll post some other photos in my next blog. I really see potential in the palm trees. Thank you for visiting. 


Four-in-Art 2016 February Project

The first 2016 "project reveal" for the Four-in-Art Group was yesterday. 
I hope you got to see all of the members' projects. 
What did you think of them? How did you like their use of color? 

Today I am going to tell you about how I designed my quilted sunflower wall hanging, which I titled, "A Closer Look into the Stem."

We were charged with using a sub-category of MICROSCOPIC in this color-themed project.

We were to find something we were interested in and look at it on a microscopic level. (It didn't mean our quilt needed to be microscopic). Some examples of topics to Google with the word "microscopic" were: sea water, viruses, mountains, chocolate, sugar, and ice. When exploring many of these elements on a microscopic level there could be repeating geometric shapes or interesting organic shapes that can be applied to quilting inspiration. 

This was a tough project for me. 
I understand "some" uses of the color wheel and the choices one can make;
but, I have difficulty making the choices in fabrics.

So, I put that on hold and worked my way through the microscopic aspect of this project. 
I looked at butterfly wings, chemicals, minerals, gems, plant cells, bird feathers and bug parts! 
The choices were over-whelming. My Pinterest Board is bulging.
(The United Kingdom has the Micropolitan Museum 
with curated exhibition halls. Really!) 

I found macrophotographic is the term used for microscopic photos. 
Some of those were cross-sections of flower stems.
There was a really cool one of an orchid and some of sunflowers, too.

Image courtesy of foto76 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I like sunflowers. The cross-sections could be drawn.
(I am glad we have 3 months to work on a project,
because I was down to the final 3 weeks.)

I would use the cross-section of a stem as the center of the flower. 
I printed it onto fabric in the computer printer. 
I used black thread to stitch around all the parts of the stem cross-section.

I found a sunflower coloring page that was free to use but not redistribute.
I enlarged it to fit the petals around the 8" center I had printed on fabric.

I used a glue stick to keep all the petals in place while I sewed the center (above).

I worked with yellows to yellow-orange colors and chose a green background. 
I know this was not exactly the analogous color scheme I had looked at on the color wheel, but I liked the range of yellows with the green background. 

I had a number of thread colors to work with and found that the rayon threads gave more pizzaz to the petals than the cotton threads. 

The petals were pretty flat (below) and needed more color so I added other fabrics to the petals. I wanted the microscopic stem to show as such, so I didn't put any color there.

The petals were quilted to the batting (see the mess on the back). 

When quilting all three layers, 
I wanted the quilting to be simple and not distract from the flower. 
I was pleased with the box overlapped by the on-point box and set behind the flower. 

I put triangle corners on the back for hanging the quilt.
I do this before sewing the binding on.
I am able to place a dowel in the triangle pockets and hang the quilt
on one nail put into the wall.

What colors would you use to create a project?
Is there something microscopic that interests you?
Leave a message and let me know.

I think I might try something with a butterfly wing just for fun. 


Four-in-Art Reveal

The start of the new year for the Four-in-Art Quilt group begins with today's reveal.

The theme for this series of quilted projects is Color. 
Our sub-theme for this quarter was "microscopic." 

Tomorrow's post is about my journey with this project. 

Now, I want to show the small wall hanging I made for this project.

"A Closer Look into the Stem" wall hanging measures 20" x 20". 
The petals are raw edge pieces. 
The center (a microscopic illustration of a stem) on fabric, 
which you see below, was quilted to a layer of batting.

as were the petal pieces (seen below).

This was put onto the backing fabric and I quilted around the main areas of the piece. 

The triangle corners hold a dowel to hang the quilt with one nail in the wall. 

I hope you will look at the other members' projects 
and visit me tomorrow to for a bit more detail on the design details of my project. 

Elizabeth http://www.opquilt.com
Janine http://www.rainbowhare.com
Nancy http://www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com
Rachel http://www.rachel-thelifeofriley.blogspot.com
Simone http://quiltalicious.blogspot.com
Susan http://patchworknplay.blogspot.com


A Tease for February 1 Reveal

I finished my project for the Four-in-Art Quilt group reveal coming on February 1, 2016. 
I will say that it is time to clean up after a good amount of work on this project. That means I won't be sewing for a bit.
As a tease, I want to give you just a few cropped images of the project and invite you back on February 1 for the full post and to visit the other members of the group to see their projects. 

Any ideas?


Wonky Houses and Trees from Scraps

It's no secret in my quilting circle that I keep scraps. (I figured I paid for the fabric and I can surely make things with the leftovers.) I have made a number of mug rugs. I have stacks of HST sewn, waiting to be put into some quilted project. My new Accuquilt Go! has helped reduce the size of the storage drawers needed as I cut various shapes. And presently, those shapes are stored in one divided box. 

But, on a visit to Persimon Dreams' website (HERE), the Scrap Quilt Challenge 2016 caught my eye. On the 15th of the month for 10 months a different designer will be featured.  They'll be sharing a fun block and/or tip or trick for using up scraps! So, I began the other night. When I had a few minutes to spare doing something that didn't need precision or concentration, I made some blocks that I will show you now. 

I don't know where it will take me, but I'm having fun sewing these wonky blocks. 
If you have scraps, perhaps you would like to follow this scrap challenge.