no longer a WIP Wednesday: Fall Frolic

It’s done! I finished it just in time for the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival quilt show competition this weekend. 🙂 Whew!

Fall Frolic quilt

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! 🙂

Fall Frolic quilt

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).

Fall Frolic quilt

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.

Fall Frolic quilt

If you’re in the area, please check this out (along with my Modern Venus quilt) at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Festival of Quilts this Saturday between 9am and 5pm in the middle school gym.

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WIP Wednesday: fall frolic leaves

This past weekend I started working on the leaves for my fall frolic quilt.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

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.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

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.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

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!

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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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