making a little art quilt

I had a ‘play day’ today and decided to leave aside other projects to instead make a little art quilt. The large improvisational medallion quilt I’ve been making has been taking awhile and has been on my design wall for what seems like a very long time, plus I’ve also been busy quilting quilts for other people on my long-arm machine. It was time to just do something different.
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Last year, I did a workshop with Gwen Marston when she was over here in Australia. Part of that workshop was about experimenting and improvising, and playing with colour. I made lots of little parts, like those pictured above, but didn’t get back to do anything further with them. Today, I got all those parts out and played with them; rearranging here and there, cutting some bits up and joining others together to see if I could make a little art quilt.
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It started to come together a bit like this:
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I liked the idea of keeping the colour palette to taupe, teal, red and purple, so I picked out those pieces to start with. But one piece had some yellow in it, and that just seemed to give it a little spark, so I added another sliver.
The final arrangement is this:
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This is the pieced top only- next step is to quilt it with close echoing lines, mainly in those areas of solid colour, and then bind it. It will measure about 9×10″ : a mini art quilt that I’m naming Artscape 1 ( I plan to make lots more!)
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Hope you can find somewhere out of the heat to keep on sewing!

what’s happening…

Just a few photos today to show what the members of my local quilt group, Gatton Quilters, have been up to. Quite a mixed bag, with gifts for friends and quilts getting ready for Christmas.
Jan M made this cushion cover for a gift swap:
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Jean made this quilt, which was very effective using a different colour palette to most quilts around at the moment, with cat and dog shapes appliqued on top:
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Jan K made this Christmas Hearts quilt (with her pattern appearing in AP&Q):
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and continuing the Christmas theme, Marilyn made this little hand-stitched ornament (sorry for the blurry photos!):
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As for me, I don’t have any finished projects to show, but I can give this sneak peek at a client’s quilt I’m currently machine-quilting: I just love the fabrics used in this quilt so had to show it!
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Hope you are having a good week!

blessings

It was a beautiful weekend, especially so because my beautiful niece had her baby shower – a.k.a. belly blessing. We all went to the park with lovely offerings of yummy treats and full of well wishes for the expectant mum.
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We played some games, added our wishes to the wishing tree…
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and decorated candles for use at the impending birth. The mum-to-be had asked her guests, instead of gifts, to bring along a positive little story about a birthing or childhood memory. It was a lovely experience, shared amongst all of us- young ladies just starting out with motherhood and some of us perhaps a little more seasoned in those fantastic times of being a mother, which none of us would give up for anything.
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some stitching and sketching

I’ve been doing a little more work on a hand-stitched piece. This is in response to classes I have taken online with Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth.
I love her work and have followed many classes over the years. This week I made this little woven patch:

wovenpatch1I’ll add it to a larger piece which is going to have a few assorted pieces and lots of stitching. You might remember this little piece I showed last week which is for the same project:
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This week’s woven patch is added to resemble a city building. I created it first as a small piece by weaving strips into a a larger piece of printed fabric.
I then inserted the woven piece into the larger project and did some extra stitching on top:
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As I work through it I’ll show some more on here, but as I am basically making it up as I go along there’s not a lot to show just yet!
I’ve also been doing some more drawing and sketching, so I drew this little page so illustrate the steps I took to create the woven patch:
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Hope you are having a good week!