fun with colour

My quilting group recently had a visit from Ann Mitchell of Genesis Creations. Ann held a small workshop on the use of these pure pigment colours called Liquid Radiance and we had great fun in playing around with various fabrics and techniques.

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These were some of the colours we tried out, rolling the fabric up to create lines in its surface. The colour pigments are diluted with water which are then sprayed or squirmed or brushed on. I tried the orange which wasn’t a strong mixture-below is my piece after it has dried and been pressed. Not quite as successful as others….
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This next one had yellow, orange and purple and although not much orange has shown up the result is still beautiful! You can see one half where I sprinkled some salt, which has the effect of drawing the moisture up and creating spots:
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This last one is my favourite:using yellow, magenta and blue and all scrunched up and left to dry:
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Quite a few of us are very excited at further trying these colours- a lot quicker than normal dyeing. Her website is genesiscreations.com.au
Some quilters also had some finished projects for display. Lyn had her quilt for our monthly colour challenge:

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likewise with Jan:
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Jan K – yellow


Dulcie has finished her Crazy Patch quilt which she said she had been working on for about 3 or 4 years but for which she had been collecting bits and pieces for many years. She has made such a beautiful quilt:
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There is so much to look at on this magnificent quilt…
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Such beautiful stitching and embellishing.
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Looks like everyone had a busy month :)

seasons

I made this little quilt recently, to the theme of “Seasons”. Seasons could have meant anything from portraying a particular season, or all 4 seasons, or anything at all related to seasons in some way. My quilt is called ‘Winter Winds’.
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I haven’t been able to get a good photo of it, so hope these will do. The white is a little hard to see too, so it would be better seeing it in person!
My idea was to do a whole-cloth quilt in white, with free-hand quilted writing to give it texture. I came up with the idea of writing a poem on it so went searching for one to fit my criteria of being an Australian poem, on the topic of a season, only a few lines long, and which I could add a little hand-sewn embellishment of some sort.
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This poem by the renowned Australian poet Les Murray fit the bill exactly. The poem was published in 2006 in the book ‘The Biplane Houses’. It talks of bougainvillea petals scattering in the wind:

Like applique on nothingness
like adjectives in hype
fallen bracts of the bougain-
magenta-and-faded- villea
eddy round the lee verandah
like flowers still partying
when their dress has gone home.

I drew the bougainvillea flowers myself after studying them for quite awhile to get the shape of their petals, and made little freezer paper templates to cut them and the leaves from silk, to applique. I then free-hand machine-sketched an outline with black thread, using my domestic sewing machine. I was looking for the effect of a water-colour drawing.
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The quilted writing was done on my long-arm machine. I bound the edges with silk sari ribbon- lengths joined together to make a continuous piece and sewn on like regular binding but without turning it over, intead leaving the raw edges on show.
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It has turned out how I planned it, but in hindsight I probably would have made it a little smaller, and therefore the writing a little closer. I only used a soft cotton batting, which is what I like to use in regular quilts. However, because of its size I think this would have benefitted from a thicker batting to give it a little more firmness for hanging.
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This one is finished just in time for our (Gatton Quilters) quilt exhibition we have coming up in July. Quilts from the group will be on display at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre Art Gallery from 19 July for one month. Lots of lovely work will be on displa, including other’s interpretation of Seasons!
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Scrappy trip around the world

I finished this quilt a little while ago but haven’t actually shown it here on the blog in its finished state. It’s a Trip-Around-The-World quilt done in a scrappy style.

Scrappy Trip Around The World- Karen Mundt

Scrappy Trip Around The World- Karen Mundt


I actually started it about 2 years ago, and worked on it in between other quilts and projects. These quilts were all the rage on the ‘net about then, and their scrappy style really caught my eye. The traditional version of the pattern, using maybe just 2 colours, has been around for a long time but this scrappy version uses as many different fabrics as you want.
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You are still able to see the pattern of the diamond shapes as the eye travels around the quilt picking up the darker fabrics and and imagining the patterns.
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It’s really easy to make too; just cutting 2.5″ strips, sewing them together into a big ‘loop’, then cross-cutting that into 2.5″ loops. You then open the stitching on each of the made loops at a different spot each time and re-assemble the strips into a square block. It’s really fun to see the patterns created by the strips, and once you get a few blocks made you can start placing them together how you like.
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Playing with the arrangements.
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Here is an excellent website that shows you how to cut the strips and sew them back together to get the effect: the instructions are by Bonnie K. Hunter on the Quiltville website.
I ended up adding another column to the original batch that I made to make it a bigger quilt, and also because I couldn’t decide on what to use as a border. Nothing seemed to suit it, so I went without a border and just bound the edges with binding made from the same strips.
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I quilted it with an all-over loopy pattern. As it is such a busy-looking quilt, there’s no need for anything more than a simple quilting pattern, because you won’t really notice it on the top anyway.
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I want to try and use up a lot of my stash fabric, so this was a good project for that, but also my favourite type of quilt is a scrappy quilt. I just love using as many fabrics as possible in a quilt. I’m now on the lookout for other quilt ideas to use up some more!

between the bush and the city

A lot of my favourite blogs that I read are from quilters overseas- in the UK or America, for example. It’s always interesting to see the references they make to the weather and the landscape in their part of the world, for their seasons are the exact opposite to ours.
The difference was brought home to me on this long weekend we had here in Aus, when I went on a picnic with my sister and brother-in-law to Crows Nest Falls, just north of Toowoomba. Under a sky of brilliant blue and lots of bright colours, our landscape can also be full of these beautiful muted grey-greens of the leaves, the greys and browns of the bush and the greys and taupes of the rocks.

Crows Nest Falls 2015

Crows Nest Falls 2015


I also had the chance to start a new quilt. This is the quilt called ‘My Small World’, designed by Jen Kingwell and printed in the Spring issue of QuiltMania.
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I have a thing for using the cityscape and buildings theme in quilts so this appealed to me straight away. There is also a Quilt-Along for this little quilt, hosted by a few other blog sites like this. It will be interesting to see how others interpret the pattern and put their own spin on the design. I’ve just started the first part, cutting up lots of squares for the sky and putting together a few of the buildings.
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I’m mainly using fabrics I already have with just a few extra neutrals to use in the sky. Lots of little squares!
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Here’s another of the blocks for this long-term project of mine: Block K7 called “Rose of Sharing”. I used reverse applique to construct it with two contrasting batik fabrics.

K7 Rose of Sharing

K7 Rose of Sharing

how to… add a mitred border

When I made my little quilt ‘Blue Birds’ last month, I decided to add a mitred border on it.

Blue Birds- Karen Mundt

Blue Birds- Karen Mundt


Here’s how I went about it- I’m sure there are lots of different ways to do it and this is probably a mix of all of them! First, cut four strips the width of the required border plus 1/2″ for seam allowances, and in the length of each side plus at least 4″. So if the quilt is 10″ wide and 14″ long, I would cut two lengths 14″ long and two lengths at 18″long.
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Sew each length to each side and top and bottom, stopping the stitching 1/4″ from the end each time. Mark the stopping point with a pencil before you stitch- it needs to be accurate. There will be about 2″ of the strip hanging off each end. Press it open.
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With the top facing up, arrange it so one strip is laying straight with its end extending out to the side, and then fold the other strip so that it makes a 45* angle. I used a pin in the corner to just keep it still on my padded surface while folding it. side
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Use a ruler with a 45*angle marked on it to line it up with the folded corner and make sure you have the fold exact. Press.
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Put a piece of tape over the fold- this is to keep it in place while you turn the quilt over.
When it’s turned over to the other side and the two strips are lined up parallel together, you will easily see the crease that was pressed into it.
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Sew from the corner point (where the previous lines of stitching ended) straight out along that crease to the edge. Lining up the two strips like this also means that there will be a tiny gap along the crease in the tape on the other side, so when sewing along this diagonal line your needle won’t sew through the tape. If it does, you can easily remove it.
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Turn the quilt over and press again- voila! a perfectly-sewn mitred corner! You can then trim the seam.

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challenges and competitions

I showed my little purple challenge quilt here last week.

Purple Circles- Karen Mundt

Purple Circles- Karen Mundt


At our monthly meeting of Gatton Quilters, some other members also brought along their quilts. There were some great ideas and inspired thinking to create a quilt using only the one colour.
Jan M has been using this challenge to try out some pieced mini quilt blocks. This is her purple block, in which I think she has used the varying fabrics to great effect:
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These little quilts were by: Tricia K,
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Rene,
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and Jan K:
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Lyn’s is a work in progress:
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Aren’t they all beautiful in their purple lusciousness!!

We also had Jan K showing us how to use various products like lutrador, heat distressable tissue, angelina fibres and a heat gun to make some beads:
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And another thing- voting has started over on the Bloggers Quilt festival. I mentioned last week about entering two quilts into it. The Lollipop Trees quilt is in the Applique section- you can click on here to vote. Once you decide on the quilt you like, click on the little heart in the corner to vote. Easy!

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Karen Mundt-Lollipop Trees


and this one in the Modern category. Go here to vote. ;)
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Have a good week!

blogger’s quilt festival

It’s the time of the year when the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is on over at Amy’s Creative Side blog. It’s a quilt festival for those who can’t get to the festivals in person, instead you can tour around the blogs of all the entrants looking at their amazing quilts. There are also opportunities for prizes so don’t forget to take a look.
I have entered two quilts. The first is this Lollipop Trees quilt, made to the pattern of Kim McLean and using mainly Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Karen Mundt-Lollipop Trees

Karen Mundt-Lollipop Trees


I first showed the quilt here.
I’m entering it in the applique section. It was a big quilt for me to make and the most applique I had ever done on a quilt.
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My second entry is going in to the Modern category. It’s this quilt I made using one of the score’s from Sherri Lyn Wood’s Improvisational Quilts Handbook, shown on the blog here.
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I started with a flying geese block and experimented and improvised, using hand-dyed fabrics and stripes and raw-edged piecing.
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I’m not sure what exactly is modern- is anyone?! But it fits the commonly-accepted criteria, so that’s what I’m going with!
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purple challenge

Purple Circles- Karen Mundt

Purple Circles- Karen Mundt


One of the common questions that people are often asked is ‘what is your favourite colour?’ Since I was little, my favourite colour has always been blue, and the colour I least liked was green. But I’ve noticed a funny thing happening over the years that I’ve been quilting.
You know how we work with so much colour when making our quilts and how we often need to use a variety of darks and lights to create the look we’re aiming for. Sometimes you need that contrast to really make one colour ‘pop’ from the quilt- each bright has a paler colour next to it for greater impact. So, I often reach for a green as the foil I’m using, and more often than not it will be a bright green, like an acid green or lime green. I’ve come to like green a lot more now! and I guess I follow the mantra of there never being a colour I won’t use or that I dislike.
I still like blue but the shade of blue has been morphing into shades of purple, so while I always went for a dark navy as my favourite I would say now that blue and purple are my equal favourites, or even that shade of blue that you can’t tell if it is blue or purple. Sort of like these colours:
Resene Paints-Bluebell, Decadence

Resene Paints-Bluebell, Decadence

Our monthly colour challenge for my art quilt group was purple, and I thought that would be great, no problems. But- not so! For some reason it proved more difficult than I thought it would. Only using the one colour means that you have to use all different shades and tones to create the work, and not rely on different colours. I went through my stash grabbing as many purples as I could, but just putting them all together wasn’t appealing to me. It just seemed too much purple!
I created Purple Circles by following an article by Jane la Fazio called Recycled Circles, found in a ‘Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ magazine from March/April 2009.It is a method of layering paper and scraps of fabric on four squares before sewing them together to make a slightly disjointed circle. I started with a base fabric of some hand-dyed fabric and added a layer of painted tissue paper, like this I painted with some inks a few weeks ago.
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Fabric scraps went on next. By making the four quadrants separately, you ensure that you get a good mis-match of fabrics so they purposefully won’t join up! All the fabrics I used were shades of purple, from blue-purples to grey-purples to plums and violets and all shades in between, even though some of them look a little washed-out in these photos.
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Once the fabrics are laid down I went crazy with free-motion quilting all over using different threads, but still all purple! The four pieces are butted up against each other, taped together on the back then more circles of sewing all around the piece. I then embellished it further with hand-stitching, beads and bits and bobs.
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I finished it up by cutting a curved edge and sewing the backing on, RST, and turning it through.
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So that is my purple challenge- took a little work but got there in the end!

Purple Circles- Karen Mundt

Purple Circles- Karen Mundt


Linking up to “Off the Wall Friday” – have a look at some lovely art quilts!

a modern DWR on the long-arm

I recently quilted this quilt-top for a friend.
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She had made it as a wedding gift, using the pattern Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
It’s a modern take on the double wedding ring quilt pattern. Barb made it in blue, red and purple Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a white background, and she requested I quilt it as was modelled on the pattern.
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She made a lovely quilt and it was a little daunting for me to quilt it!- a fairly concentrated quilting design necessitating lots of measuring and straight line work as well as curved lines, using various rulers.
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This is the back- Barb used a pale batik fabric for the backing fabric.
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When it was finished, I was very happy and a little relieved it turned out so well.
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Thank you Barb for allowing me to do your quilting!

blue birds- a tessellating pattern

This little quilt was made as my response to this month’s art quilt challenge with my local group, Gatton Quilters. Each month we are creating a quilt using only one colour, and as you can see this month it was blue!

Blue Birds- Karen Mundt

Blue Birds- Karen Mundt


Using only one colour can be quite a challenge. You need to create something that is appealing, still shows pattern and texture, variety, shade – all while not having a variety of colours at your disposal. I took the opportunity to try out something that had been stirring around in my mind for awhile.
I’m interested in tessellating patterns- where a repetitive shape can cover a surface without any gaps or overlapping. I had a play with some graph paper and drew up a bird shape. To see the bird shapes would require different fabrics or colours or darks/lights to distinguish between each bird.
I want to eventually make a large quilt using this pattern but saw this challenge as a way of practising it, or a trial run if you like.
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Because this quilt only had to be 14″ square, the size of the individual squares had to be small enough to create a number of birds across the surface. I decided on each square measuring 3/4″ (finished) and was able to create the pattern using whole squares and half-square triangles.
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I had some beautiful Reece Scannell shot cottons in a variety of blues which were ideal for this. These cottons are lovely and soft and their colours so lovely to look at in different lights or angles.
Blue Birds- Karen Mundt

Blue Birds- Karen Mundt


This is only the top finished at this stage. I’m thinking of adding a mitred border to finish it off.
Blue Birds- Karen Mundt

Blue Birds- Karen Mundt


Dear Jane quilt block: this is F12 Starburst (although it looks different to the one in the book!- I think I made the original design on point. Oh well, you wouldn’t have known if I didn’t tell you, right?!
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Linking up to ‘WIP Wednesday’ on the Freshly Pieced blog.