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Saturday, May 20, 2017

WAW, what a week (and a link party)

Sewing along and events that people join as a group are so fun and inspiring!  

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - future blocks are coming together
  2. Splendid Sampler - assembled all the rows
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - working on next block
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - paused until June
  6. En Provence QAL - no progress
  7. Journaling into my new Jounral/Planner - loving the new format (more at the end of the month)!
  8. 70273 Project - 4 blocks done
  9. Book binding - no progress
  10. Twilters! Bee - waiting for June
  11. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: my mini below!
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From Monday to Friday I featured 20 amazing art pieces for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop


Click on each link to go to the day post and read more about the fantastic journey and inspiration that these quilting artists took to create their masterpieces!







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And finally, let me share the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Heart of Jade

Greenery for me is not just a single color because it reminds me of all the greens in nature, thus the super scrappy look).

For this piece I tested a new pattern and technique for a friend (Yanicka) who developed this new technique to make these super cool and modern design: it is NOT paper piecing, it is much much simpler! For the pattern and more information, visit Yanicka's blog!

I had so much fun with the praire point border: I love having those 3d elements that give more depth to the piece!!

Heart of Jade, 18'' x 18''

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Spring 2017 - DAY 5


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

WOMEN!


DAY 5. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Beantown" by Chris
Inspired by the work of Charlotte Ziebarth and Wen Redmond
"The Squash" by Shannon
Inspired by the work of Paul Daschel
"Anita's Studio Window" by Anita
Inspired by the work of Grace Martin Taylor
"Minnie Kusama" by Alida
Inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama
(http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/)

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Yayoi Kusama


This is the third time I run this blog hop... and this season I decided to add a twist in my search for inspiration in fine art pieces.


I wanted to focus on WOMEN ARTISTS!

I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this edition I decided to pick not one but two female artists whose work spoke to me.
On Wednesday I shared about Kara Walker...

My project is actually much bigger than today's piece: the beauty of these challenges is that they open my eyes to work and ideas that have infinite ways for me to grow.

For todays artist I choose a powerful and talented woman: Yayoi Kusama.

She is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked on paintings, collages, soft sculptures, performance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition, and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced her contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and George Segal and exhibited works alongside the likes of them.
In 2017, a 50-year retrospective of her work opened at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured six Infinity Mirror rooms, and is scheduled to travel to five museums in the US and Canada. You can read morea about her story on her Wiki Page
You should listen to Yayoi Kusama herself telling her story in this short video and in this BBC interview. Her work is so fascinating and how she channels her struggles with mental issues in art pieces that express her inner state is totally amazing.

Her work seems to me to interact very easily with my absolute love for Disney and to create a quilt that will include several artists, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(

Minnie Kusama, 20'' x 20''

My plan is to build 12'' blocks (like Minnie Kusama and Kara De Spell) surrounded by a fun sashing border that somehow relates to the main block. The yellow in the sashing is constant throughout the quilt, and I will be practicing free motion quilted feathers in those spaces.
Each block will be constructed mostly with raw edge applique and quilted individually.
Each block is finished by envelope turning it before quilting... and then I add a border of blanket stitches and a row of crochet border that will allow me to join all the blocks in a big quilt!

Having each block finished individually has several advantages:
  1. I can practice my FMQ in a small scale, without the frustration of managing a big quilt
  2. the blocks are really fast to assemble, so I easily get the satisfaction of a "finished" project
  3. once a block is quilted I can use the piece as a place mat, mini quilt or table runner until I actually have enough blocks to make a quilt! No unfinished objects hiding in a drawer waiting for the next step!
  4. the quilt can keep growing until I am bored or I run out of artists! And I can even switch blocks whenever I want, since joining crochet blocks is super fast and can be undone very easily
I don't know how a quilt like this will hold up in the wash, but I am willing to test it for many years to come!! 

Have you ever mixed techniques like this (crochet and quilting)? What do you think about it? Any advice?

Check out today's other amazing artists participating in the blog hop!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Spring 2017 - DAY 4


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

WOMEN!

DAY 4. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Wings Alight" by Renee
Inspired by the work of Kesley Montague
by Carol
Inspired by the work of Laurel Burch
"To Be a Bird" by Jennifer
Inspired by the work of Laura Wasilowski
"Springing Into Street Art" by Kat
Inspired by the work of Olek
(http://www.katknapcrafts.blogspot.com)

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Spring 2017 - DAY 3


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

WOMEN!


DAY 3. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"A Study in Triangles" by Abigail
Inspired by the work of Kels O'Sullivan
by Bea
Inspired by the work of Krøyer
"Kizette" by Janeen
Inspired by the work of Tamara de Lempicka 
"Kara DeSpell" by Alida
Inspired by the work of Kara Walker
(http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com)


Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Kara Walker


This is the third time I run this blog hop... and this season I decided to add a twist in my search for inspiration in fine art pieces.


I wanted to focus on WOMEN ARTISTS!

I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this edition I decided to pick not one but two female artists whose work spoke to me.
My project is actually much bigger than today's piece: the beauty of these challenges is that they open my eyes to work and ideas that have infinite ways for me to grow.

For todays artist I choose a powerful and talented woman: Kara Walker.

Kara Walker is an African American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work.
If you want to read more about her, check out her Wiki page or these two videos where she talks about her work Video1Video2.

While her work is very strong and socially deep, I wanted to include her visual aesthetic in a much lighter tone. So I decided to turn to my absolute love for Disney and to create a quilt that will include several artists, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(

Kara De Spell, 20'' x 20''

My plan is to build 12'' blocks (like Kara De Spell) surrounded by a fun sashing border that somehow relates to the main block. The yellow in the sashing is constant throughout the quilt, and I will be practicing free motion quilted feathers in those spaces.
Each block will be constructed mostly with raw edge applique and quilted individually.
Each block is finished by envelope turning it before quilting... and then I add a border of blanket stitches and a row of crochet border that will allow me to join all the blocks in a big quilt!

Having each block finished individually has several advantages:
  1. I can practice my FMQ in a small scale, without the frustration of managing a big quilt
  2. the blocks are really fast to assemble, so I easily get the satisfaction of a "finished" project
  3. once a block is quilted I can use the piece as a place mat, mini quilt or table runner until I actually have enough blocks to make a quilt! No unfinished objects hiding in a drawer waiting for the next step!
  4. the quilt can keep growing until I am bored or I run out of artists! And I can even switch blocks whenever I want, since joining crochet blocks is super fast and can be undone very easily
I don't know how a quilt like this will hold up in the wash, but I am willing to test it for many years to come!! 

Have you ever mixed techniques like this (crochet and quilting)? What do you think about it? Any advice?

Check out today's other amazing artists participating in the blog hop!

Bea: http://www.beaquilter.com/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Spring 2017 - DAY 2


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

WOMEN!


DAY 2. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Enna Holding Flower" by Marian
Inspired by the work of AMB Illustrations
"It's Time for Tea" by Judy
Inspired by the work of Pepsy Kettavong
"Opus 20" by Adele
Inspired by the work of Cecile Chaminade 
"Jubilant" by Sharon
Inspired by the work of Robin Meade
http://www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Spring 2017 - DAY 1


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

WOMEN!


DAY 1. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Portrait of a Poodle a la Modigliani" by Lee Anna
Inspired by the work of Modigliani
"Reason & Passion" by Andree
Inspired by the work of Joyce Wieland
"Hanging by a Thread" by Joan
Inspired by the work of Janet Stever
 "[The American Context #16] American Gothic" by Luke
Inspired by the work of Grant Wood
http://www.lukehaynes.com/blog/

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Community sewing (and a link party)

Sewing along and events that people join as a group are so fun and inspiring!  


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - Working on future blocks (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - few rows
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - one block completed (see below)
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - completed (wrong but ok, see below)
  6. En Provence QAL - no progress
  7. Journaling into my new Jounral/Planner - loving the new format (more at the end of the month)!
  8. 70273 Project - 4 blocks done (see below)
  9. Book binding - no progress
  10. Twilters! Bee - waiting for June
  11. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: entries will be open from May 19 to May 29. My piece is ready since January :)
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!
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More progress on my Stephen King project... I will run an event on Fandom In Stitches this summer with many of these blocks! I hope people will enjoy making them too!!

Black House - Opening line

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I completed my second piece for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop that will start ON MAY 15TH!!!
The block involved piecing, applique, quilting, embroidery and crochet!!  
Curious? Come back THIS COMING MONDAY!!!!

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I made three bags for the #BusyBagSewAlong. I saw this sewalong on Yvonne's blog and it is run as a collaboration with The Quilter’s Planner to benefit Sadie’s Dream For a Cure



The first bag was made with a kit that I ask them to send me. They sent me the kit (all cut and ready to sew) and an extra label that I attached on a second bag... and then I decided to make a third bag, because, why not! The pattern is very easy to follow and the bag doesn't take much fabric.
I used fabric that was donated to me a while ago for charity quilts. Unfortunately I am stuck with those projects because putting together a quilt seems to be a "big project" so I always postpone it... but these bags are easy and fast, so I am happy to be able to help children in need with these practical objects!

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And last, but not least... two (wrong) blocks for the The Honey Pot Bee sew along: they were supposed to be leaves... I cut them wrong, so I turned them into modern striped block and moved on! I loved the fabric I used and I didn't have enough to make more blocks so these are the blocks that I will use in my quilt! :)



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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fun with embroidery (and a link party)

A lot of embroidery (some shared, some secret) this week!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - May blocks shared! (see blow)
  2. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - two blocks completed (see below)
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - will work on this today
  6. En Provence QAL - no progress
  7. Journaling into my new Jounral/Planner - loving the new format (more at the end of the month) !
  8. 70273 Project - 4 blocks done (see below)
  9. Book binding - no progress
  10. Twilters! Bee - completed May's blocks!! (see below)
  11. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: entries will be open from May 19 to May 29. My piece is ready since January :)
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!
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Good progress on my Stephen King project... I have almost all 50 opening lines completed! Soon I will need to put together a little recap post because I haven't seen some of those blocks in years ;)

The Cell, The Dreamcatcher - Opening lines

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I also completed one of my piece for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop that will start ON MAY 15TH!!!
The block involved piecing, applique, quilting, embroidery and crochet!!  
Curious? Come back next week!!!

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Twilters! Bee block swap... I couldn't resist, and I had to make two :) block from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


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