Camping with the Stars

Camping with the Stars

The North Carolina Quilt Symposium sponsored by Capital Quilters in Raleigh is coming up June 2 – 5, 2016. One of the opportunities attendees have is to make an 18″ star themed quilt for a silent auction to benefit Military Missions in Action. Since I’m an attendee, I made this quilt This is really not what I set out to make. Some projects really surprise me when they come around to their finish. I wanted to do something with the big dipper. I started tinkering with layouts and designs and thought they were generally boring and in some cases a little trite. I thought – well, what if I added a mountain range to create more of a landscape. Then I thought about those fantastic photos of the glowing tents with a starry sky stretching for miles and miles and miles. I was pretty sure I couldn’t duplicate that feeling in fiber, but I thought I could nod towards it. I’m not positive that this is a 100% successful piece, but I’m still proud of it and hope someone will buy it! Putting it together If you’re curious, here is how it came together. I started with a 1:1 size drawing on tracing paper. I just fudged in the mountains and the sky lines and used a source image of a glowing tent to draw the basic shapes. I then broke into my precious box of Densye Schmidt modern solids fat quarter collection. I didn’t just want a dark sky so I used lots of variation of colors in the same-ish values. I don’t think any of the colors...
Watercolor to Quilt Class with Katie Pasquini Masopust

Watercolor to Quilt Class with Katie Pasquini Masopust

About a week ago, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop led by Katie Pasquini Masopust. I had seen Katie’s work around the quilt world, but was largely unfamiliar with her techniques or teaching styles. I went out of my way to avoid picking up too many ideas or details until after the workshop. I find I get so much more out of them if I take a go with the flow approach rather than studying for the test. I’m so glad I did, if I had known exactly what I was in for, I may not have attended and would have missed a beautiful opportunity. The first day was a little intense and moved very quickly. We started by selecting a color palette. I choose blue and orange because it is way out of my wheel house. Katie would demonstrate a watercolor painting technique with varied supplies and methods and send us off to make a few paintings. After making a few basic decisions the rest of the process was very visceral with a bit of a just let it happen style approach.  It was quite a bit of fun to let it go. There were a few I didn’t care for, but most of them ended up appealing to me in one way or another. Check them all out together – Next we went though and picked out some favorite compositions. These were my top three choices: While those were my favorites, they looked pretty difficult with lots of details. I still wasn’t sold on the concept and not completely sure it was something I wanted...
Okami Amaterasu Quilted Fan Art Fan Art

Okami Amaterasu Quilted Fan Art Fan Art

I so love swaps! I can’t really join the big community swaps on Instagram for a variety of reasons. Since I don’t want to be left out, I will occasionally offer to do a one on one swap. I always hold my breath expecting no one to want to play my game, but I’m always pleasantly surprised when someone awesome steps up and agrees.  For this one, I stalked Alyx of Hoppipollaquilts. I wanted to do something Japanese, something fandom, and something fun. Yuumei’s Okami fan art piece really seemed to really fit the bill so I went for it having no idea if Alyx would know the fandom or not. (risky right??) (By the way – there’s a very good chance I’ll ask for a swap buddy sometime towards the end of December. If you think you may be interested in something small with a quick turn around time, be sure to follow me on IG and be on the look out for the Do You Want to Swap post!) Here’s how I did it with lots of pictures and in less than 150 words with a LOT of image scrolling. Hey – if I can’t be crazy with my word vomit, I’ll just kill you with images instead! Study Artwork, plan how to convert to quilted piece. Resize, Print, and Convert to line art using a lightbox and tracing paper Transfer the lines for the background onto PFD fabric with a water soluble pencil Prepare painting station Paint Background Transfer smoke to green fabric using graphite tracing paper Paint Smoke Fuse to paper backed fusible, cut and...
George A Romero Embroidered Fan Art

George A Romero Embroidered Fan Art

    Sometime in the mid-90s, I was up way past my bed time and USA UP-All night with Rhonda Shear was on. If you don’t remember the show – behold the power of youtube! This particular evening they were screening Night of the Living Dead. I had already seen my fair share of 80’s slasher films and considered myself a bit of a horror know it all, but clearly I was just a dumb kid that had never seen something genuinely scary. This movie really changed my perspective. I can’t remember any movie ever scaring me as much as this one did. Such a simple film without massive blood and guts that had me holding my breath and afraid to put my feet on the floor. I’ve followed George A Romeo’s work ever since. I can’t say that all of his films have had the same impression, but I look forward to them none the less. I absolutely credit Night of the Living Dead (and a little Rhonda Shear) with my deep love of low budget character driven thriller/supernatural style films.  After seeing some of @knowack’s (instagram) hoop art I knew I needed a George. Since I didn’t win an auction for her to make me one – I had to make my own! I was completely experimenting with ideas and processes, so I don’t have a complete tutorial or pattern for you. What I do have is photos along the way and a short description of each step. If you make it to the end, I’ll tell you what I really love about this project and what...
Nightmare Before Christmas Wall Quilt with Embroidered Oogie Boogie label.

Nightmare Before Christmas Wall Quilt with Embroidered Oogie Boogie label.

I recently attended Sew South Retreat in Charlotte. One of the fun things we get to do is a secret sister swap. I stalked my secret sister and happened across a mosaic she had made for another swap. You never really know if people are swapping for themselves or not, but since I love fan art and she seemed to be a fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, I decide to take a chance and made this Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Wall hanging. It is heavily quilted, here’s an overexposed photo of that really shows all of the lines in there. Inspiration I knew I wanted to do something with silhouettes. I had seen a batik fabric with a nice gradient in it and thought it would make a pretty great background for the silhouettes. I went digging around the interwebs to find some source material and ran across this image from vivsters@deviantart. Does that scream quilt or what? That background is a McTavish-esque pattern all the way! I kept tinkering around for other plans, but just kept coming back to this one again and again and decided to make my version of it in fiber. Painting Before I started working on it, I decided to keep it super simple. I wanted the fabric to create the light effects and thought the shadows should be super dark in solid black. Soon after the black pieces were cut, it was obvious to me that the black thread quilting was not going to be enough to really create the textures and shapes I wanted. I had some opaque textile paints from...