Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Grand Canyon Sunrise 26"w x 39" h


The June 2013 issue of Sunset Magazine featured a photo by Thomas J. Story of sunrise over the Grand Canyon.  Using the stitch and flip method, I sewed one inch strips of fabric onto backing and batting, so it was really a quilt-as-you-go project.  I am quite pleased with the impressionistic results.
Now I'm keeping my eyes open for more scenes with colors that sing.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Solid Attempt 60" x 60" and Leaf Pods 44" x 59"




This is a tale of two seemingly unconnected quilts.  The 2013 challenge at my local quilt guild, Common Threads, was to create a quilt using only solid color fabrics.  So I pulled from my stash and purchased as many colors as I could, whacked at them freely, and sewed them into cheerfully wonky log cabin blocks.  Then my friend Grace needed a piece of equipment I no longer use, so I asked her to swap by quilting it on her new long arm machine.  Ha Ha!  "Solid Attempt" was ready for the challenge two weeks early.  Then I reread the rules....it was supposed to be finished entirely by me.  Crikey!

So back to the cutting table.  Along with thousands of other quilters, I am very attracted to the new "Modern Quilting" aesthetic.  I like the clean minimalist design approach.  "Leaf Pods" is my own composition, and I won Best Large Art Quilt in the challenge competition.  ("Solid Attempt" was demoted to the Show and Tell portion of the meeting, but it didn't seem to mind.)