From Jackie’s Art Quilts’ blog page:

The Scoop:

Create a 12” x 12” modern quilt complete with your choice of binding.

Think modern when designing your quilt, ie. minimalism, negative space, and use of colour, to name a few design concepts.

Must be completed by August 15th. All participants will be able to upload their project from July 15th until August 15th at Jackie’s Art Quilts blog (here).

Judging will take place and winners will be announced August 20th. Open to anyone.

This is my entry in the #ModernSummerQuilt challenge.

Not Every Cirlce is Round_Terry Aske Circle Workshop_July 15, 2018 (1)The pieces of this quilt were constructed in a Terry Aske Circles, Circles, Circles workshop that our guild held on March 22, 2018.  Although Terry taught us the technique, the design is my own.  When I brought the four quarters of the block home from the workshop I almost discarded them as they sure didn’t look like much.  Once I gave them a good press and trimmed up the edges, I could see the potential and when Jackie announced the challenge, I was inspired to finish the piece into a 12 in square miniature quilt.



Barb Mortell Class – August 8 and 9, 2014

This weekend, I attended a two day workshop (August 8 and 9) with textile artist, Barb Mortell of Denman Island. Description of the first class from Barb:  Day 1 Triangles, Diamonds, Value and Colour (Rulers rule!) Description:  This workshop is a composition workshop, and a place to make experiments in colour and value. Each person will make their own unique patchwork, and perhaps work out a system that sustains the artist for many months or longer. I know I could work on triangles for a long, long time without becoming bored of them, there are so many variations….We’ll be learning a variety of traditional and speedy techniques for making triangles one at a time and in bulk, and there will be instruction in cutting and sewing different types of triangles and diamonds.  Once we have decided on a technique, we’ll move into colour and value studies with the idea that the studies, perhaps with some bending and twisting and stretching,  will all fit together to create a small quilt top. The point is, with trials and experimentation, we will come away with a better understanding of Colour and Value, with the added benefit of trying out some new techniques.  We started the day with an inspirational show and tell of some of Barb’s work. DSC_0547 DSC_0552 DSC_0550 DSC_0553 DSC_0554 DSC_0561           DSC_0555 DSC_0556 DSC_0558 DSC_0559 DSC_0560 DSC_0562   DSC_0588 This was my little creative space for the two day workshop.  I shared my design wall with three other talented and inspirational quilters.  My HST’s are on the left of the design wall in this picture.  Do you recognize my signature green?  🙂  My squares were not sewn into blocks at this point.  I now have the HST’s arranged in an entirely different setting on my design wall at home.  I am trying to figure out what setting I like best before I commit to sewing my HST’s into blocks and my blocks into a small quilt top. The next four pictures are of other students’ work in the class. DSC_0582 DSC_0586 DSC_0589 I loved this piece.  This person plans on making her quilt top into a pillow.  She focused mainly on white, black, and grey with just a pop of the turquoise and purple.  Stunning!DSC_0590   Description of the second class from BarbDay 2 (Saturday, Aug 9th, 2014) Improvising with a Simple Shape, with Focus on Colour and Value (Shake off the ruler)   Description:  We will decide on a simple shape, such as a triangle or diamond or ??? and play with scale as well as colour and value, with the aim of making a small composition. No real techniques taught here – just permission to free cut and lots of design help along the way.   If you were in Day 1, this is a great forum for carrying on with those experiments, or feel free to start fresh.   We started the second day with some more inspirational samples of Barb’s. DSC_0591 DSC_0592 DSC_0593 DSC_0594 I think I enjoyed working on the wonky triangles during the second day more than working with the ruler on the first day.  Barb told us all you had to remember when working in this format was if you want to make your piece smaller, cut it off and if you want to make your piece bigger, add something to it. DSC_0597 These were my blocks after the second day.  I was thinking that I should be naming my piece, “Pine Beetle Forest” since the Pine Beetle is the only thing I know of that will change a green pine tree orange/red with blue wood.  🙂  As you can see, I earned an “A” for my work from Barb! The following six pictures were taken around the room at the end of Day 2.  What an explosion of colour! DSC_0600 DSC_0601 DSC_0602 DSC_0603 DSC_0605 DSC_0606This was a great two days.  As always, I am recharged and inspired.

“It is value that does all the work, but colour gets the credit”  ~ Barb Mortell

Scrap Quilts Workshop With Dianne Jansson

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, I attended a workshop led by Dianne Jansson of Pritchard, BC.  The class was a scrap quilt workshop where we learned to work with value rather than colour.  Dianne led us through a series of exercises using a combination of light, medium, and dark value fabrics to design projects.

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This is a picture of Dianne showing our Guild one of her many quilts during her trunk show the night before our class.

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To give our triangle stash some variety, we brought five bags containing 20 triangles to swap with other class participants.  This was a good thing, as I soon discovered that my stash is predominately mediums.  I don’t have many fabrics of dark value in my stash.
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Dianne led us through a series of exercises where we worked with our triangles on our flannel boards.  This class was not about sewing, but about developing the skill of value placement in our quilts.

In the first exercise, we made Pinwheel blocks–one that was dark and light, one that was dark and medium and one that was medium and light.  We learned that using your camera on its black and white setting would help us see value easier.Block 2 (1)-Optimized Block 2 (2)-Optimized

Lesson 2 was to make a Nine Patch from four sets of half triangles arranged in a Square in a Square setting.  If you look closely, you will see the star that is formed in the center of the piece.  If you put dark value fabrics as the star points, the star is a little easier to see.  Block 3 (1)-Optimized Block 3 (2)-OptimizedIn lesson 3, we arranged our blocks so that a dark value square on point was visible.

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Lesson 4 was an Attic Window arrangement.  Dianne told us that this would be the ugliest arrangement she would have us do.  She was right.  I guess mine was so ugly that I forgot to take a picture in colour!Block 5 (1)-Optimized Block 5 (2)-Optimized

Lessn 5 reminded me of a Birds in Flight arrangement.  This arrangement was my favorite.

After working through the exercises with Dianne, I learned that value refers to how light or dark a color is in relation to surrounding colors. By using value rather than the colour of a fabric, I can decide how to arrange fabrics in my quilts to either make them blend or contrast with each other.  It is this varying degree of contrast which will allow the design to emerge, not the colour.

Dianne Jansson's Quilt - Class Sample (1)-Optimized Dianne Jansson's Quilt - Class Sample (2)-Optimized Dianne Jansson's Quilt - Class Sample (3)-OptimizedThese three quilts were Dianne’s class samples.

This was a great class.  I am anxious to put my new skills to use in my future projects!


This Quilt Has Handles

Our guild sponsored a workshop last Saturday. The workshop was called, “This Quilt Has Handles” and the instructor was Carola from Carola’s Quilt Shop in Gibsons, BC. The workshop was not so much about the article that we were going to make – a purse – but about quilting and embellishment techniques that we could use on other projects.

These are pictures of my 2 quilts so far–one quilt for the front of the bag and the second quilt for the back of the bag. My quilts are still minus the handles and the finishing part, that is why they are still two flat pieces.

You can see the techniques we worked on–free motion quilting, prairie points, bias strips, decorative stitching, yarn couching, and bobbin work. I did not get to practice putting beads on by machine during class, but I will take the time to practice that technique before doing the final steps to assemble my bag.

This is a picture of the steps to making prairie points from a strip of fabric. We cut our fabric strip 2″ wide. The instructor used a serger loaded with decorative variegated thread to add a rolled hem to one long side of our strips. (top of photo)
We then re-measured the strips and cut the strips into pieces twice as long as the width of our strip. (middle of photo)
Once we had our rectangles, we folded the sides of the rectangle to the center and pressed. (bottom of photo)
This technique allows you to make prairie points that end up being only two thicknesses of fabric–more suitable for adding to embellished garments or quilts rather than the traditional prairie points made from four thicknesses of fabric.