Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The View From My Hammock

"The View From My Hammock," 20" x 27.5", made by Pam Geisel, 2015

This art quilt is based on a photo that I took of the sky and the trees from my back yard a few years ago.

My original idea was to make the sky with square pieces of fabric, similar to the way I did it in "High Line in New York City," but it just wasn't working for me. I was happy with the way the trees and roof were going, so I focused on them and saved the sky for last.

I tried a few ideas then cut some organic oval shapes and that seemed to work. I fused the pieces and quilted them down with long, curvy stitches, and added some pieces of lace cut in a similar way that was attached with the quilting stitches. You can see one of the pieces of lace at the top of the photo above.

Then I quilted around the edges of the trees and over the pieces that were fused down. To finish, I used a knife-edge binding.

You can click on any of the photos to see them larger.

More about The View From My Hammock

Monday, December 28, 2015

Custom Quilts made in 2015

It's my annual look back on the custom quilts I made during the year that were made as gifts, so I didn't want to show them too soon and accidentally ruin the surprise.

Click on the photos to see larger views.

T-shirt quilt made with Dad's shirts for his daughter. 47" x 83"

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Front                                           Back

This T-shirt quilt, 74" x 92", is a little different from my usual style because the customer started it and already had the shirts cut into squares. She had also intended on using a pieced quilt top for the back.

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"Murphy Theater" (Wilmington, Ohio) fabric mosaic, 11" x 14" framed

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"Ivy's Favorite Place" fabric mosaic, 11" x 14" framed. Ivy is a cat and a cardboard box was her favorite place.

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"African Animals" lap/throw quilt, 43" x 65"

"African Animals" detail, it's a "Disappearing Nine Patch."

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Project Quilting Season 7

It's time for Project Quilting's seventh season! It's a three month on-line event that challenges participants to create a quilt in one week, with a week off in between. You can participate in as few or as many as you like. Participants are automatically entered into random prize drawings and at the end of the season there will be grand prizes awarded to all participants, with one entry per challenge quilt, so the more challenges you enter, the better your chances for winning.

The schedule for 2016 is:
Challenge 1: January 3
Challenge 2: January 17
Challenge 3: January 31
Challenge 4: February 14
Challenge 5: February 28
Challenge 6: March 13

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

The challenge will be posted on the "Persimon Dreams" Project Quilting blog and you can also find links about past seasons there. Still have questions? If so, check this out.