It’s done! I finished it just in time for the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival quilt show competition this weekend. 🙂 Whew!
The challenge was to incorporate their fabric in some way and to use the Fall Frolic theme. I used only a small portion of the fabric, but it fits with the overall vision I had and it counts! 🙂
The challenge fabric is seen here in the two yellow leaves. There are four of these leaves in the quilt (as there were only four in the fabric swatch provided).
I’m happy with my two witchy figures. I used different shapes (cut freehand) for their hair and used different embroidery on each of the two cloaks. Their cauldron is emitting smoke in varying colors which is billowing out between them.
I’m quite pleased with the techniques I used for the background – I think the sunset sky and land work well and the contrast in construction helps achieve the look I was going for.
The deadline for finishing this quilt is looming, so I spent nearly all of my crafting time last weekend working on it. Of course my plans for this quilt mean that there are a TON of leaves to attach, and of course I decided to do them all by hand, which takes longer than if I did them with a fusable product or by machine.
I started out by placing the leaves where I wanted them, just arranging without fastening anything in place.
Then I pinned everything in place. USE ALL THE PINS!
Then I started sewing them on. Thank goodness for the Ott Light I got on a super deal at Joann last year – the light was awful this weekend as it was snowing, sleeting, and raining pretty much the whole time.
Many hours of podcasts later, all the leaves were stitched in place! I finished off the weekend by cutting out the batting and backing fabric. I will hopefully grab a few minutes each weeknight this week to make the quilt sandwich and start quilting!
This weekend I focused a ton of time on my Fall Frolic quilt. The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival is coming right up so I’ve got to wrap it up!
I cut out the very small pieces for the center of the quilt and decided that I wanted to use free form hand applique to attach them.
I did things one piece at at time for the most part, and just focused on getting things ON – I’m going to add more decorative applique stitches to some bits later on.
All this tiny stitching makes me VERY glad for the table top OTT light I picked up awhile ago. Especially since it was all snowy and gross all weekend and there wasn’t as much natural light as there usually is.
My Fall Frolic quilt is continuing to take shape, slowly but slowly. This past weekend I worked on the witches.
I came up with their robe-shapes and cut those out freehand, and then half-traced half-sketched some Blythe heads for the witches’ heads.
These paper templates are really more to keep me in line while I’m free cutting – it keeps everything in scale – and isn’t a 100% pattern that I’ll follow for sure.
These witches are on a much smaller scale than most things I’ve done before, so the pieces are itty bitty. I kept having to cut them down to be the right size.
Because these pieces are so small, I decided to hand stitch them all in place.
As tedious a task as this could be, I actually really enjoy it! The early morning sun kept my work desk well-lit and I knocked out both faces in not very much time. I don’t know what it is about working with tiny things that is so satisfying for me.
Last week I got a start on cutting out a zillion leaves for my Fall Frolic quilt, and this weekend I continued working on those trees.
I want to provide a background for the trees themselves, since I’m not planning on showing any exposed branches. I didn’t want the edges of this background to show as distinct from the leaves that will go over top, though, so I used my leaf templates to cut out leaf shapes along the edges of the background pieces.
These pieces may very well end up completely covered, but I just wanted to be sure that the foliage seemed solid underneath the individual leaf pieces.
I also started working on the foreground, with this cauldron and flames. I started working on the witches as well, but didn’t get too far yet. Next weekend I hope to get those complete!
It has been pretty busy in CraftyTown lately – I have a lot of things on the work table (and still trying to find a good replacement work table).
This past weekend I started working on the leaves for my fall frolic quilt.
This is the required fabric for this challenge – it must be incorporated in some way into the final product. I decided that I will cut out some individual leaves from this piece and use them as pieces along with a bunch more leaves from other fabrics. I’m not super hot on the green tones in the sample fabric, so this way I can stick with the more traditional fall colors.
I held the fabric up to the window and traced around a few of the leaves to make templates, which I then cut out. This was one of those times when I was very careful to pick up the right pair of scissors so I didn’t accidentally cut paper with my fabric shears (THE HORROR!).
I had already picked out some fabrics from my stash in colors that work with the challenge fabric, and then I used my templates to cut out a ton of these little leaves.
I just did reds at this point, but I may go through and do some oranges as well. I’d like to avoid the golds so they don’t get too confused with the sunset in the background. I also cut out some tree trunks to support all these leaves, but neglected to take a photograph of those. I really need to figure out the witches next!
I carved out a little more time this past weekend to work on my current art quilt. I pieced together the ground section, which I did in a log cabin-ish type of pattern (truth: I haven’t actually ever followed a pattern to make a log cabin quilt! I’ve just admired photos and looked at patterns in books). I generally do most of my quilting by the seat of my pants – whatever feels like it’ll work, I’ll try.
Here’s the start, at the center, of the ground section.
And the back view. Isn’t that just pleasing to look at? Maybe I’m the only one who loves to see the underside of quilting when it looks so tidy?
After piecing together the entire ground section, I added blue to the sky, clouds, and put the ground and sky sections together.
Most of the photos I’ve used for reference have clouds at the point where the sky turns from sunset colors to blue, and I think it works really nicely.
I’m going for a frayed-y look around the edges of the clouds, so I removed some threads where it was easy to do so. These edges will also get more frayed-y looking as I work with the quilt top. So far so good! Now I really need to figure out what I’m doing with the figure(s) so I can work on that this coming weekend.
Last time I posted about working on the sunset/sky portion of my Fall Frolic quilt, and this last weekend I did some preliminary work on the land part of the background.
I’m doing something akin to a log cabin pattern, with concentric sections radiating out from the center. I’m not 100% sure what exactly I’m going to go with on this, but I started cutting out blocks to form this basic shape. For these quilts I like to do a background with some traditional-ish quilt techniques, so including this type of shape fits into my overall vision for the project.
You can kind of see in this picture that the right side of my craft table is really leaning toward the ground. The caster on this leg broke about three moves ago and all our re-glueing attempts have been temporarily successful at best. I really need to find something better before this one gives up entirely. I have a bunch of yarn and other supplies in bins and tote bags sort of shoved under/around the table right now, so it would be nice to find something with drawers or cubbies to store all that stuff off the floor. I’d also like to be able to keep my cutting mat, which is about 36″x60″. Anyone out there have a table/unit they love and recommend?
My next art quilt project is officially underway! This piece is for the themed competition at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival quilt show, and this year’s theme is Fall Frolic.
I started picking out fabrics last week. The competition requires the use of one particular fabric which must be incorporated in some way.
You can see that required fabric on top of the stack on the right side of that photo – it’s a leaf print which has a lot of red, yellow, and green in it.
My concept for this image is a scene featuring a witch (gotta go with inspiration from one of my favorite parts of fall: Halloween!) in the woods, frolicking in some way as the sun sets. I’m still figuring out what I want to do for the figure and trees, but I have started working on the background.
Looking at some photos for reference, I tried to get a sense for what sunset usually looks like in Michigan, if you’re in a place where you can really see it. Sunset tends to be orange at the horizon, then move into gold and yellow and then as you get toward the ‘top’ of the sky, fades into blues. There are often clouds in Michigan in fall, so I’ll use those as well but they’ll go on top of the background layer.
I cut strips and started lining up the fabrics for the orange/gold/yellow section of the sky.
I’m sewing these strips together unevenly – meaning that each strip will not necessarily be the same height as the strips above and below it, and wont’ necessarily be the same width all the way across, either.
I’m once again trying to use fabrics from my stash almost if not completely exclusively, so I haven’t purchased anything for this project – just shopping my stash to find what I want. So far so good! Next I will work on the upper/blue portion of the sky, and then the land at the horizon and foreground. I’m so excited to be working on a new project!