WIP Wednesday: frolicking figures

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.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

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.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

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.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

I’m looking forward to attaching the leaves soon!

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WIP Wednesday: more background

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.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

Here’s the start, at the center, of the ground section.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

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?

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

After piecing together the entire ground section, I added blue to the sky, clouds, and put the ground and sky sections together.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

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.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

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.

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winner winner, maple syrup dinner!

What? AS EVERYONE KNOWS, breks for dinner is one of the best dinners you can eat.

So, things have been super busy and I’m pretty belated in reporting this, but my challenge quilt won a gold star at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts!

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts 2015

I was going out of town for work later in the day, but I was able to sneak over to the quilt show right as it opened that morning. There were some really nice quilts in the show, and the challenge quilts were all very different, which was neat.

I just love this 1930s-inspired fabric:
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts 2015

The limited color palette of this quilt is really appealing:
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts 2015

The Spring Fling challenge quilts were all about the same size, which I found interesting. They were required to be 60-100″ in perimeter, but the fact that several of us came up with pretty much the exact same size surprised me.
2015 Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts - Spring Fling challenge quilts

So, not only did I win a gold star, but I also won some maple syrup and maple candy!
Best portrayal of Spring Fling theme:gold

So cool! I feel really pleased to have won a thing on my first try!

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no-longer-a-WIP Wednesday

Finally, a WIP is complete! And just in the nick of time.

This is the Spring Fling quilt, which I made for the quilt show this weekend at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. Last year I picked up one of the little kits they had which included instructions/rules and an 8×8″ square of fabric to be incorporated into the quilt. The challenge theme is spring fling, which I used as the name of this quilt.

Spring Fling quilt

I decided that this would be another Blythe-inspired quilt (I’m hoping to make a series of these) and that I would use themes of feminism and nature as well.

Spring Fling quilt

I crowned the figure with a wreath of butterflies. This is inspired by this painting, as well as by the fact that butterflies are symbols of spring and renewal.

Spring Fling quilt

The center of focus is the robin’s next the figure is holding in front of her on a tray. This is meant to echo advertising images from the middle of the 20th century: a woman serving, dressed in a traditionally feminine dress with apron, offering a tangible object as an item of value. All the quilting lines on the main body background radiate out from this nest. The idea of the egg-containing nest being the most valued item is also a statement on our society’s insistence that a woman’s value is directly tied to her ability/desire to have children.

Spring Fling quilt

I also added butterflies as a 3D element. They are emerging, flying as if from the figure, and they are adhered by their bodies only (this may not translate well in these photos), so the wings are free and stand out from the main body of the quilt.

This quilt, as well as my larger Figure and Flock quilt, will be on display at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival – Festival of Quilts show this Saturday, with, presumably, a lot of other great quilts. Check it totally out!

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