8/01/2015

Today is the day!
My Four-in-Art Challenge Reveal
I have belonged to this an online quilting group of 8 quilters for nearly 2 years. 
I am very happy to have been chosen to join the group when they expanded in 2014. 
It has pushed me to try new concepts and techniques, some successfully and others never made it into a blog post. I have communicated with some wonderful and creative people.

Each "new year" (which begins in February) we are given a theme. We are to create a small quilt (12" x 12" is what I have made) every 3 months to interpret that theme. 
This year's theme has been literature. 
I have chosen Children's literature and will be donating my mini quilts to the local library to display in the Children's Area. 

My third quarter reveal is based on the1963 Newberry winning book by Madeleine L'Engle:

A Wrinkle In Time 



This is a science fantasy book for young adult readers. It was written between 1959 and 1960. After a long struggle to get it published, a happy turn of events at a tea party led to Farrar, Straus and Giroux publishing it in 1963.

In my quilt piece, I wanted to reference three of the elements in the story. 
The first is the tesseract, which was able to transport the characters on their quest to save Mr. Murphy. 

In my search of the term, I found this from dictionary.com:
  • "A line has one dimension, a square has two, a cube has three, and a tesseract has four."
    (Wait for Weight Jack McKenty)
  • There is a very good animation of this quotation HERE (at Wikipedia) under the section on Geometry.
  • I designed my tesseract with tulle in order that the viewer could see something of this 4-dimensional object on a 2-dimensional plane. The black background suggests space as well as reference to the first line in the book, "It was a dark and stormy night,"
  • In my investigations, a tesseract has 8 sides and 16 corners, so to me it is like two open boxes, with each of its corners connected. After designing this, I found reference that all of the edges of the tesseract are the same length; thus, mine is not true to definition. 

Below is a close up of the zig-zag stitching on the tulle. In some sections, there are overlapping pieces of tulle. It was actually quite easy to sew and trim.  
But I must say at times I was seeing an optical illusion!


The next thing I wanted to represent was the three Mrs. (Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which) who happen to be supernatural beings who transport the three children through time and space in the tesseract, the action of which is similar to folding time and space like fabric. I used metallic gold thread to stitch their names as it was revealed that Mrs. Whatsit was a former star that exploded in order to fight the darkness. Their names are around the image of a clock face with a wrinkle in it to reference the title of the book. 


And, lastly, the heroine of the story, Meg, discovers in their attempt to save her father (who is trapped on the dark planet) and later her need to save her brother, that it is LOVE that conquers and wins the day. 
I wanted to represent love a little differently than simply placing four letters on my quilt. 
I drew a heart on paper and drew each letter into a section to be made in a different color fabric. The letters were drawn in reverse on fusible. 
I used a zig-zag stitch to hold them all down.



The backing I found while participating in the Row by Row and could not pass it up. 
I knew it would be the right backing for this little quilt. 
I quilted the layers with straight lines radiating from the corner to suggest movement in space.




Thank you for visiting. Comments are always welcome.

Visit the others in the Four-in-Art group to see what they have done for the third reveal of their Literature themes. 

Betty at a Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com
Catherine  at Knotted Cotton
Elizabeth at OPQuilt.com 
Jennifer at Secondhand Dinosaur 
Nancy at  Patchwork Breeze
Rachel at The Life of Riley
Simone at Quiltalicious
Susan at PatchworknPlay


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And to let you know a bit of what is in store in September, I have designed a row for the 




There are 20 talented EQ7 designers
and a boatload of sponsors.
To name a few
 EQ7 - giving the software away to a lucky winner,
Fat Quarter Shop - a $25 gift certificate from each blog.
Aurifil - some beautiful thread packs
There will be batting, patterns, classes....
To see the whole list of sponsors and EQ7 designers,
you can stop by here

I hope you plan on joining us.

7/27/2015

3 for the Quilter

Michelle emailed me to say she finished with the longarm quilting of the items I dropped off last week! Yipee! I am going to pick them up tomorrow and I can't wait to see them. 

Here is what I gave her: 

First was a large (94" x 92") T-shirt quilt for a friend. It is a family quilt since t-shirts from the parents and the children were used in it. There were 5 sweatshirts, too thick to include, so I am making throw pillows with them. (This top was so big, I couldn't focus well enough for a good picture.)



Then this lap size Hunter Star quilt that I made quite a few years ago.



I used a technique from the 2007 Quick Quilts #83 magazine pattern called London Garden. It was easy enough to do. I had not added the outer border. I did that and called it done. 

The colors in the photo aren't true because the light from behind making them darker. (And I didn't want to ask my husband to hold the quilt up for one more photo.)


I was looking for some fabric for the backing for the Hunter Star quilt and saw this Halloween panel. I thought of my oldest daughter who really likes Halloween. I added the orange border. The green witch fabric wasn't long enough, so I cut it into fourths and added the swirly fabric strips between the sections. And it was ready to quilt. Having Michelle quilt it would  let me get on with some other projects. 

I look forward to binding, photographing and posting the final projects in the next week. 

I hope you enjoy a creative week.


7/26/2015

1 More Quilt Completed

. . . and mailed off to my cousin! 

This had been a long overdue project on my part. I apologized to my cousin for taking so long to get this little project finished. 

Debbie had an antique wool embroidery that she wanted made into a quilt for a doll's bed. This is the completed quilt 18-1/2" x 20-1/2"):


I found reproduction scraps in my collection that had the feel of the era. 
I made the quilt base before adding the embroidery.

The embroidery was sewn to the center block of muslin 
(which was backed with a woven stabilizer).



I hand stitched around the edges of the embroidery to hold all the embroidery threads in place. 
Then I took stitches all over the back of the embroidery to hold it all against the muslin.


The top, backing and batting were layered. 
I quilted around the bird with my domestic sewing machine. 
Flowers and leaves were included to give some interest and secure all the layers. 
I quilted in a continuous line in all the boxes, which was really quite easy. 


I called her to tell her it was in the mail and said she was happy that it is on its way. 
(She said she didn't hold the delay against me.)

Thank you for stopping. 
Be sure to visit next week as I post a peek at my row for the upcoming: 




7/20/2015

4 Quilt Projects - Finished

My weekend was quite productive in finishing these 4 quilting projects. They were quilted my Michele Fialek and I got them back about 2 weeks ago to add the bindings. It feels very good to have completed some projects. I took the photos in the evening, in the house, so the colors are a bit off. 

This twin size Christmas quilt top I made about 8 years. I used a pattern 
for a blue and yellow quilt and changed the colors. I cannot find
the pattern in my files, but I must say this one is prettier in my opinion. 
It was offered as a class at the store I worked at during that time. There 
are two other people who have a quilt like this one. 


This quilt was made with a pattern I designed and sold through local quilt shops. 
I used a collection of fabrics I bought about 6 years ago. This is a double bed size quilt.

This past January I participated in the Merry Mayhem Mystery Quilt.
 It was called Regatta and I named my quilt Scrappy Regatta. 
I changed the colors on mine. Here is the link to my post about the quilt top.

The triangles in the center form sailboat masts and the background 
was to have been light blues for the water and sky. The triangles were 
suppose to be darks. I am happy with this and it will fit a twin bed. 

This is a quilt I made just recently to send to my college friend for her
3 year old grandson. The picture blocks are trucks from bygone days. 
It is a large toddler size quilt. I think he will like it. 

I have a number of projects going at one time. My friend Marilyn is sometimes my conscience when she reminds me to finish 3 or 4 projects before beginning any new projects. It is a good policy, but I can't wait to start on some of those ideas I have spinning around in my brain! 

How do you approach new projects? Do you have one at a time on your worktable? Or are there a number of projects you are working on "at the same time"?

Thank you for stopping by. 

7/19/2015

5 New Sponsors Added to EQ Seasons Row-A-Long

My computer is home from its tune-up and I am pleased to let you know that some new sponsors have jumped on to the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long coming September 1 - October 6.

We thank these new sponsors for supplying generous giveaways for those who are following along:

   Craftsy Hobbs Batting
   DreamWorthy Qults
Craftsy will be giving 3 winners a class of their choice.
 Sulky will be giving two 6-packs of their newest cotton threads.
Hobbs Batting will be giving us some batting to give away.
DreamWorthy Quilts be giving away a pattern of your choice.

And Electric Quilt has announced they will be supplying one copy of Electric Quilt 7!
                             EQ7       
                          

The other sponsors are listed on my previous post, HERE.


While one might think that September is far away, for those of use designing and making up quilt projects it is very close. I
It’s going to be an AMAZING 6 weeks and I hope you will join all of us on our reveal days.