Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mountain Mist - Project Quilting

"Mountain Mist," 20" x 10" (frame size), made for Project Quilting
Season 4, Challenge 2: My Favorite Color, Jan. 2013

Quick recap of the challenge: "My Favorite Color"
1. Your color scheme will be white and one other color. Use as many shades of that color as you wish, but do not add any other colors to the front of your project, including embellishments.

My favorite color is green. Specifically, sage green.

This project is a fabric mosaic. I arranged several layers of green fabric on a background layer. The top third of the piece has two alternating light green batik fabrics. The middle third has an olive green batik fabric that has a tree line cut across the top of it. And the lower third has a piece of green-blue batik fabric with spots on it.

I separated some off-white wool roving and spread it across the lower part of the middle third to represent fog behind the pine trees in the foreground. These pine trees were cut from two different dark green batik fabrics and have fusible web on the back, which stuck to the roving a little too well, which made them difficult to move afterwards. I couched a piece of yarn across the bottom of the line of pine trees to even them up and give some different texture to that area.

I also used some green wool roving across the lower third and both white and green roving in the upper third, again to give it a whispy effect.

I covered it all with some sparkly green netting then quilting it all together with two different green threads. I cut the mat a little larger so the edges of the piece and the pale green background fabric show, then I framed it in a wood frame.

More about Mountain Mist

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To see other entries for this challenge, visit the My Favorite Color page.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Quilt Along to Start

Kim, who hosts the Project Quilting, is also hosting a Quilt Along. My Favorite Block Quilt Along starts next Tuesday, Jan 15, and will run during the 'off' week of Project Quilting.

I am one of the block designers and the tutorial for my block will be posted on Thurs. Feb. 14.

There will be a total of 20 different blocks.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Lime Squares - Project Quilting

 "Lime Squares"  12" x 12", made for Project Quilting, 
Season 4, Challenge 1: A Square in a a square..., Jan. 2013

Quick recap of the challenge: "A Square in a a square..."
1. Your inspiration for this challenge is Square in a Square. Interpret it however you’d like. It is an inspiration, not a pattern, so be creative.

25 small 1/2" lime squares are placed slightly angled in (on top of) 25 1-1/4" colored batik squares that are arranged so the colors blended from an orange brown to red to purple to blue to green. Every other colored square is inside a square quilted with white thread.

The squares are quilted through the center in both directions with lime green thread, which attaches them to the background, allowing the corners of the colored squares to float up.

The quilt is 12" square and is wrapped around stretcher bars making it 3/4" deep. Tiny lime green seed beads are sewn where the quilting lines cross on the lime green squares.

More about Lime Squares

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To see other entries for this challenge, visit the A Square in a Square in a Square page.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Project Quilting Season 4 Begins

It is time for Season 4 of Project Quilting to begin! I've been a part of Project Quilting since the beginning. The first season I was a judge, the second season I was the Grand Prize Winner, last year I was a participant, and this year I'm a participant and a prize sponsor.

My favorite thing about Project Quilting? All the really great quilts that I've made for the challenges, including one that won "Best of Show" in an all-media regional landscape competition.

Like last year there won't be any judges, but there will still be prizes. Prizes will be chosen by random from all of the participants for that challenge.

At the end of the season there will be grand prizes and each time you enter a challenge your name will be put in the drawing for the grand prize. So the more challenges you enter, the better your chances for winning.

The schedule for this year is:
Challenge 1: January 6
Challenge 2: January 20
Challenge 3: February 3
Challenge 4: February 17
Challenge 5: March 3
Challenge 6: March 17

Each challenge is posted at noon CDT and due exactly one week later at noon CDT.