Room For All-In My Garden and In My Heart

I have finally come up for air. This quilt has consumed all of my quilting time for a long time. No customer quilts, no other quilting projects though we moved my sewing and Longarm rooms to the other end of the house. But that mess is a post for another day!

I have debated whether or not to fully express what this quilt says to me. But decided to do it, no matter the response for I have become personally aware of the closed hearts of some.

This quilt was born out of an idea when I was sitting at my kitchen table last summer watching the birds fly in to the bird bath. There were so many of them and in the middle of it all, a bluebird decided to take a bath. It didn’t matter that he was bigger and “different” from the goldfinches. There was room for him too. Even the squirrels are welcomed. I realized this was a picture of the heart I have for people. My family and friends consist of members that are different in looks or background or views but no less loved. So there is room for all in my garden and in my heart. Sometimes this is a work in progress, but, with God’s love, I will continue to grow.

Quilt is fusible, raw edge applique, edges stitched on the Longarm, dense quilting. Without Steam-a-Seam 2, I couldn’t have made this. I had a drawing from several photos but didn’t have exact placement or flowers. Since the fusible has a sticky back, I was able to stick pieces on the background and then rearrange them until I was happy. The squirrel crossing sign is a photo of the sign in my garden printed on EQ printer fabric and then stitched.

Enough talk. Here’s the quilt.

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It is done for now. But I might get my box of beads out and see what happens!

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

Birdbath Art Quilt

I have been starring at these birds and birdbath for a year. Couldn’t seem to move onto the next step. Probably because I didn’t know what that would be. But Palustris entries are due in a week so I’m making myself move on. Hope I can get it done.

Taking a picture of a quilt in progress seems to help me see what’s right and what’s not. So below is what it looks like at this moment. Before you scroll down to look at it, I need you to know the hydrangea bush behind the bird bath is not finished. I have many more flowers in front of the hydrangea to make and the bluebird which usually sits in the birdbath has left to go on a diet! Perhaps you can see where I’m heading though.

It’s hard to look at it at this moment and think it will turn out okay. But I’m having faith that after I move things around 10 times, I will be happy with it.

So here goes-

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I have one more side to bind on this quilt and then will show a picture of the whole quilt. This block is not as wonky as it appears. The quilt is draped over the arm of a chair where I sew.

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Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

First Art Quilt?

What is an art quilt? Is it simply an abstract or pictorial quilt which is not made from a pattern? I really don’t know. I certainly wouldn’t call me an artist. I don’t know the first thing about “art.” I did take a couple of classes involving paint and fabric and learned a bit about light and shadows. But that doesn’t make me an “artist.” So if you know the answer, leave me a comment.

In the meantime, I am going to call this an art quilt. It is tempting to work on this and only post if I am happy with the results, but I’ve been sharing the “not so good” right along with the “good” in my quilting development.

While eating lunch last week, the goldfinches, cardinal, and a bluebird were enjoying the birdbath. I loved the color, the jostling for position, and the way the cardinal and bluebird just stood in the water and dunked their heads and wings. I grabbed my camera, taking 30 or so pics. Now I’m using those pics to make an art quilt.

I decided to start with the birdbath which was sitting slightly off kilter. I printed a pic of the birdbath, then copied it onto a transparency. Using an old portable overhead projector, I enlarged the image on my wall. Then I taped paper up and drew the outline of the birdbath.

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I had also used my photo processing program to change the photo using the “contours” artistic effect. That really showed the temperature of the colors and the placement. I used that transparency to help me draw in the areas where the light made changes in the color.

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Next I picked out fabrics. Using my drawing, I traced the pieces needed on fusible web. Fused them to the back of the fabrics, cut them out and assembled them on a Teflon sheet. Here’s the result on my design wall. There will be highlights and shadows added with either paint and/or thread later.

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Next post will hopefully be the birds.
Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

Creativity Awakened???? Angel Challenge

I’ve never considered myself to be creative.  I’m more the type that reads, studies, analyzes, learns from others and then reproduces.  Coming up with something totally on my own-well really don’t do that.  So when my guild had an Angel Challenge with virtually no instructions, I was lost.  It was really difficult to get started.  After brainstorming for months, I finally told myself to “just do it” and I started.  It changed somewhat as I went along, but it actually was alot of fun.  Alot of work, but worth it for the look on my Angel’s face and for what it taught me, i.e., even if you don’t know where you’re going or how to get there, start.

Here’s the Angel Challenge.  Each participant filled out a long form that asked questions such as:  What is your vacation? favorite pet? favorite block? favorite type of fabric? favorite movie?, etc., etc. etc.  Then the guild took your picture and the picture and form were put in an envelope.  Each participant picked an envelope, not knowing who was inside.  Each participant made a quilt top using any method they wanted that reflected the likes (and dislikes) of her Angel.  The only requirement was that it be 18 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches.  The quilt top were revealed at a guild meeting and each participant will quilt their top and bring it back to the guild for Sew and Tell.

Here’s what I made for my Angel, Linda (funny how she has the same name as mine).  I printed her face  on fabric.  No matter how many times I resized it, couldn’t get it right.  Finally decided that a “bobble head” was better than a shrunken head.

Her favorite food is pizza so she has a pizza halo.  Favorite time of day – evening = 8:20 (pm) on the wall clock.

Favorite time of year – fall=tree with fall leaves outside window.

She makes curtains and window treatments = window and curtains

Favorite movie – Dirty Dancing = dvd playing on tv

Favorite song – Far Away = radio playing song

Favorite flower – Tulips = tulips in vase on bookcase

favorite fabric – country = stash of fabrics (I tacked down little tubes of fabric)

Favorite time of year – Christmas = Christmas presents

Least Favorite time – clean house = dust bunnies

Favorite book – Heidi = Heidi book

Favorite hobbies – quilting and scrapbooking = books on both

Favorite drink – Kahlua and cream = Kahlua bottle and drink glass

Favorite pet – dog = dog (I imagine he is getting ready to grab the quilt for himself)

Favorite vacation – Williamsburg, VA = suitcase with Williamsburg on it.  Of course she is going to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival which is in nearby Hampton, VA

Favorite block – Schoolhouse = actual little quilt with schoolhouse block stamped on it, quilted and bound (pinned to quilt so it can be removed for quilting).

Favorite color – blue

I loosely used the pattern Quilt Diva by Amy Bradley for a jumping off point for my Angel (in a much smaller size).

Thanks for stopping by and sharing what I’ve been up to.

Linda