Mariano’s Gold Fish

My husband has a fascination with nature. He especially loves fish and birds. So, I made this quilt for my husband to match his enthusiasm for fish to hang next to his aquarium in his office. The inspiration for the style of quilting I use was from Susan Carlson’s book, Serendipity quilts: Cutting loose fabric collage. I bought my book on Amazon, but she also has videos on YouTube that I watched several times.

Fabric Collage is a lot of fun. I love picking, cutting and piecing the fabrics to create a beautiful image. I glued the pieces down with just a dot of fabric glue. Not too much glue because I don’t want the glue to get messy, just enough to stabilize the pieces so I can sew them down later. The lines are faint in this piece but I drew the fish first onto the muslin then started piecing on top. I don’t glue to the edge because I plan to cut the fish out and place it on the actual quilt.

Here’s fish number one ⬆️. I do use tulle over some areas of the fish to sort of blend the colors together.

My second fish is coming along nicely. This one has more emotion. I think he’s saying, “hi there!” I keep all my scraps, no matter how small, because you just don’t know when you’re going to need them.

I like the idea of creating a long and narrow quilt. I think it gives it more of a dimension of layers in the deep blue sea.

The first fish ⬆️ ended up with a beading the dorsal fin because I felt the original fin just wasn’t connecting well. The completed beading added the extra pizazz this fish needed.

Close up ⬆️. You can see how I free motion quilted the scales on this guy and sewed the gills on the side. The extra detail on the eye is perfect.

Not to be out done, I added a smitch more beading on the second fish’s head. The scales are the same as the first fish; free motioned.

I added more beads to create the water effect. When I bead, I generally work four beads at a time back stitching one bead for stability. I love the effect.

Here is the completed quilt. I know it doesn’t really show, but I used matching thread to the beads as I went up on the quilt so you can’t see that the bottom quilting is dark blue, then to green, then to teal, then a light green. I used different brands of thread, but the thread that was most easy to work with was definitely Aurafil and Gutterman. The worst thread was Coates and Clark.

My husband absolutely loves this quilt. 💕💗.

Linda J. Hahn & a Fabric Sale

Yesterday I drove up to Ann Arbor, MI to the Greater Ann Arbor quilt guild. This group is more for the traditional quilter of which I am not, but I attended as a visitor. The women there were very nice and welcoming. I would guess at least 100 in attendance. Check out their website ➡️ https://www.gaaqg.com/

Linda J. Hahn was the guest speaker, you can find her profile here ➡️ https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269228568

She is the queen of New York Beauty Blocks (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain crown of thorns). She was a very entertaining speaker and brought A LOT of her quilts to the meeting. She demonstrated with her quilts that one block can offer so many variations of beautiful quilts simply by rearranging the blocks, changing the colors, and also adding other types of blocks to the Beauty blocks.

I didn’t bring my camera so the following pictures were found online ⬇️

After the lecture the fun began!

The guild was hosting a fabric sale with the proceeds going toward Safehouse. A non profit organization that provides shelter for battered women in the Ann Arbor area.

I think of fabric as paint, so I didn’t have a particular quilt in mind when picking the fabric. I was thinking about colors for skin, hair, fish, trees, the sun, and the moon.

Then these fabrics ⬇️ would make awesome backs of quilts. In the lecture Linda J. Hahn was saying that the back of your quilts doesn’t have to match the front of the quilt especially when it is going to hang on the wall. The back of your quilts should tell a story. She loves using novelty quilts (especially frogs 🐸) on the back of her quilts. The story of my quilt backing will be that I love a great deal especially when it goes to a good cause!

I bought all this fabric for a $50 donation. Now that’s a deal 😊

12×12 FLOWER #2

This month’s 12×12 quilt challenge in my Art2quilt group theme is flower. For this challenge the quilter is able to create any type of flower quilt using any kind of method; be it appliqué, fabric painting, thread painting, and so on. I decided to try my hand at ribbon embroidery. I watched a YouTube video found here ➡️ https://youtu.be/coWAlsXsGVs.

Originally, I wanted to add all types of flowers but quickly discovered that pulling ribbon through a 3 layered quilt is impossible! Next time I will do the ribbon embroidery then add it to the quilt.

The types of flowers I chose to use were the types I could thread to the top of the quilt.

I beaded the centers of the red flowers to kind of resemble poppies.

For the quilt pattern, I just free motioned the design of the fabric. I chose a gold leaf fabric for the boarder. This piece reminds me of the book “Memoirs of a Geisha”, which is one of my all-time favorite books.

I’m very happy with how this piece turned out. 😊

International Quilt Festival Chicago 2018

When I heard about the international quilt show in Chicago, I bought a $100 round trip train ticket and headed to my first exhibition and quilt trade show. Since it was my first show I can’t compare it to other shows, but I thought it was fantastic. I wasn’t disappointed at all, more overwhelmed than anything. I planned for 2 days with a half day class on the first day and a whole day class on the second day. I probably won’t do that again because it didn’t leave me enough time to see the traders. It barely gave me enough time to see all the quilts on exhibit. I snapped over 100 pictures. Below I posted some of the quilts I saw.

A celebration of color sponsored by Aurifil.

Best in show ⬇️

“Remembering Sochi” by Claire Haillot quilted by Colleen Paul.

I especially loved this quilt ⬇️ It is hand appliquéd. The love and friendship expressed in this piece is palpable.

A basket weaved quilt ⬇️ When I saw this piece I literally gasped! I took a lot of pictures of this one because I will make a quilt based off this design some day 💕💕

This quilt ⬇️ was digitally cut with over 2,000 pieces. It a mosaic style and it is amazing

This quilt was 3D ⬇️. I never saw a quilt like this one. It was a refreshing pop of emotion expressed through textile. I wanted to touch it, but instead I stared at it for a long time. It made me feel like a child watching a puppet show. I loved it! 💗

The late, great phyllis Diller. ⬇️. This is an example of portrait quilting that is ON FLEAK!!!

This quilt ⬇️ is an example of thread painting. As you can see the detail, colors, and expression is moving.

Nina : A Theme with Variations by Sheri Culver ⬇️. HERSTORY

⬇️. This quilt was jaw dropping, I mean, who can quilt this???? the detail is amazing!!

And this quilt was my inspiration ⬇️ to start art quilting in the first place. “Wind blown” by Maria Elkins I saw this picture on Pinterest and I thought, yes!!! This is what I want to do! this is me ⬆️.