This piece started as a sampler for a planned king-size bed. I made several samples, with different colors and layouts. Since this didn’t make the cut for the final large project, it and two other samples become art pieces. I’m still practicing my mid-arm quilting, and still un-sewing on almost every piece! The movement of the machine is sensitive to any interference such as extra pieces of fabric hanging off the back as you stitch, and upon encountering such interference it has a tendency to zoom in some direction that was not in my plan. ! So I have to learn how to watch more carefully for these potential hazards. I think it will be a long journey.
28″ X 38″
I am making some pieces for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild’s show this summer. I posted this one before it was quilted, a few weeks ago.
We always have a silent auction of quilts and fabric items for sale to the show visitors. Proceeds from the auction go to quilt show expenses and to Safehouse, the local domestic violence service. (If you want to pay full suggested price for any item, it is yours, you don’t have to bid and wait around!)
This piece is 17″ X 37″. I love stripes and use them often. And the quilting was done on my new mid-arm machine. I had to do a little “un-sewing” once or twice, I’m still learning on this machine. I have vowed to try to practice at least a half hour a day, although the gardening is now taking up a lot of time! Spring at last.
And a detail:
And a detail of the back:
My sister painted a wonderful landscape many years ago. I always loved the mood and color of this piece. I took a photo of it so that some day I might copy it in fabric. Just finished! I used my ice-dyed fabric. I don’t think the quilt does justice to the original, but it came out OK.
My photo of the original painting:
I used all ice-dyed fabrics on this one. I started out doing some stripes. Didn’t know what to do with them, so I cut across the stripes to make a checkered effect. Decided these pieces would be good as “fillers” around some log cabin style blocks. (blue/yellow, green/navy, etc.) The border is a wonderful teal blue that I wanted to showcase. Quilted on my new mid-arm! (My skills are definitely improving with this machine, but much room for improvement.) The piece is 36 X 36″.
Detail, with signature:
I saw a similar one recently and decided it would be fun to cut, sew, and arrange these “free form” wonky diamonds. My quilting on this was started on my sewing machine, then when I got a new mid-arm quilting machine I finished the work there. My quilting on that part was definitely “rough”! Need to keep practicing. It’s about 63″ X 63″.
This piece is in the traditional Wedding Ring pattern. (I actually made a queen-sized Wedding Ring quilt on commission in 1983, hand quilted!) It has always been a favorite of mine. Recently, Victoria Findlay Wolfe has resurrected the Wedding Ring pattern and adapted it to modern and highly original, award-winning art quilts. (check out her website)
My quilt is made of commercial fabric, as well as 13 patterns made of feedsacks.
Feedsacks were initially made in the 1800’s of heavy canvas, and were used to obtain flour, sugar, meal, grain, salt and feed from the mills. The thrifty farm wife quickly discovered that this cotton bag was a great source of utilitarian fabric to be used for dish cloths, diapers, nightgowns and other household uses. Manufacturers decided to take advantage of this and started offering sacks in various prints and solid colors as a marketing ploy to create loyalty. It would take three identical sacks to make a dress, for example, and the farmer just might be induced to buy more that way. In later years, manufacturers began to compete with each other to provide attractive, useful bags. A 1942 estimate showed that three million women and children of all income levels were wearing print feedbag garments. Some bags came ready for sewing with pre-printed patterns for dolls or aprons. Others were specifically printed for pillow cases or curtains.*
I have a collection of feedsack fabrics, I believe they date to 1930’s and 1940’s. I purchased them in the 1980’s at flea markets and antiques shops. I love them!
Details, with feedsack fabrics:
I found some triangles that I had pieced some time ago, using stripes. Love stripes! So, instead of finishing some of my UFOs (unfinished objects), I started putting the triangles up on the design wall to get inspiration. I decided to make three small pieces. Two are squares, meant to be table toppers or wall art. The third is a rectangle, more likely to be used as a table topper or dresser scarf (a really old term I think, but useful!).
Here they are in the order I made them. They are not quilted yet (another procrastination probably). You can choose which one(s) you like best.