Monday, March 19, 2018

Modern Quilt Class with Katie Peterson

I've been following Katie Pederson for a little while.  She and I have a mutual friend in Seattle, Krista Withers, who used to belong to Block Party Quilters with me.  Krista first introduced me to Katie in Portland during a book signing at Quilt Market.  She wrote a fabulous book, "Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts" with Jacquie Gering and was signing it at Quilt Market.  I ran into Katie a couple of years after that when she was the featured quilter at the Walla Walla quilt guild show.  I loved her quilts and promptly made one based on a picture that I had taken.  Then, when it came time to recommend someone to come to our guild for a lecture and workshop, I recommended Katie.  So, I was over the moon that I was able to listen to her lecture and then take a class from her this year.

She taught us her class, "Double Trouble".  It is a half square triangle quilt with a  modern twist that she came up with.  I loved her humor, energy, and personal attention that she bestowed on all of us. If you can catch up with her, you should definitely consider taking a class.  You'll love it!

I made most of the blocks during the class, then played around with it a little bit and added a few more blocks.  Here is the finished top which measures 50" x 60".

by Joanne Adams Roth 2018

I hope that you belong to a quilt guild that also brings fabulous speakers and teachers right to your doorstep.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Quilt Retreat with a few friends

The small group that I joined in Vancouver went away for a few days of sewing at the Oregon coast.  I used to love to go on retreats with my quilting friends, but haven't gone in several years.  While I was packing, I remembered that you have to take just about your whole studio.  At least I had kept my old packing check list.  There was so much "gear" that we could only fit 3 passengers in my car.

We sewed, laughed, walked on the beach, cooked, stayed up late, and made a lot of memories.

The beach at Gearhart, OR

Joanne Adams Roth at the beach

The sewing space

Modern quilt started at the retreat

I hope that you have a small group of friends that share your passion, whether it is quilting or anything else.  We need more kindness in the world right now, and a small group can really feed that need.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Bride dress quilt, part Three

This is a continuation of 2 previous posts about making a quilt from a bride dress.

The top was quilted with gold thread in the center section and all of the circles were quilted down during this step.  The fusing didn't hold up very well on the polyester fabric and I didn't want to applique them down separately, so the quilting saved a step, but created a few handling issues.  A couple of things I learned.....

     - the gold glitter paint did not hold up to handling.  I ended up with gold glitter all over the place.
     - the gold ribbon did not hold up to handling either.  It shredded terribly
     - make more woman-made fabric than you think you'll need.  I ended with a lot of extra and some
           that I didn't use at all in the quilt, but they're ready for the next project!
     - a metallic needle is a must when quilting with metallic thread.  Even so, be prepared for

Here is the top all quilted and ready for beading.

I used most of the beads and sequins that I removed from the dress.  This really gave it some bling and made it more beautiful, like a bride would feel in her dress.

And here is the finished quilt.  I named it, "Time to Celebrate".

"Time to Celebrate" by Joanne Adams Roth 2018

I hope you like it and you try something with non-traditional materials.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bride dress quilt, part Two

This is a continuation of a previous post about making a quilt from a bride dress.

 I cut out circles from most of the woman-made fabrics and fused them onto the center piece (although they didn't stick that great to the bride dress polyester fabric).   I used Misty Fuse for the lightweight pieces and Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for the heavier pieces.

Here are the three pieces pinned to the design board.

I'm going to show you how to piece with free form curved lines.    First, lay the two pieces on top of each other and free form cut a line.  I wanted this one to be a gentle curve so I followed the line of the stay stitching.

Nest,  separate the pieces and remove the excess fabric  from both the top and bottom layers.  (I removed some of the paper so that I could sew this seam.

Because there were pin-tucks in the fabric and I didn't want them to flip or to separate, I carefully placed pins to match up the seams.  You don't usually need to do this, but it a great way to keep a long seam from shifting too much.  Just place the pins opposite of each other on each piece, then match them up in the next step.

Then you will flip the concave piece over the top of the convex one so that they fabric that wants to bunch up is on the top.  In this case, I didn't want to disturb the pin-tucks, so they were more stable on the bottom.  Remember - concave is the inner curve, and convex is the outer curve.   Match up the pins and place extra ones if you need it to stabilize the seam before sewing.

After the seam is sewn, press it to one side.  The picture below shows one seam sewn and the next one ready to cut, pin and sew.

And here is the top all ready to quilt.

(to be continued)

I hope you enjoyed seeing this piecing technique and try it on your next project.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bride Dress quilt

I joined a new small group and am up to taking on a challenge that they have been working on for a while.  They all bought used bride dresses for $5 and have to tear apart the dresses and make a quilt from the dress.  The quilt has to be 70% dress, and up to 30% of other materials.  No other restrictions or size requirements.  Here's the dress I was able to buy from one of the other members who had an extra one.  It's all polyester, with some lace and beading.  Unfortunately, I was holding it backwards when my husband took the picture, so you can't see the front of it.  Oh well, trust me in that it has some lace and beading on the front.

Here are some of the ideas I had for this quilt.  If you read my blog on a regular basis, you'll recognize that some of these design ideas are quilts that would fit into my series:  Nests, power lines, trees.  Sometimes that works, and sometimes it just doesn't fit.  This one just couldn't shoe horn itself into this challenge.  

I landed on the one below, and decided it would be about 30" x 36".  In a blog many months ago, I wrote about putting up some thin black strips to mark off the size of the quilt.  It's taken straight from the artist's toolbox... they start with a canvas a certain size!  I've been using this technique ever since I took a seminar from Nancy Crow.   It's such a wonderful way to visualize the work in progress.  I hope you try it sometime too.

The straight lines on my sketch represent pin tucks.  I used two huge panels of the dress to make the tucks.  There are 33 in each panel - just enough to cover the area requiring the tucks.  I made the pieces extra large, then pinned a tracing of the piece onto them.  Since I didn't want the seam to rip apart, I sewed through the paper to hold the tucks in place, then cut out the panels outside of the paper.  Just in case something goes a little haywire, I added an 1" all the way around the piece too.  I hope you measure twice and cut once... and still allow for those haywire things that happen during sewing.

I traced the center piece too and sewed around those edges.  Here are the 3 pieces pinned to my design board.

This challenge, as many come to me, screamed out for some fun and different techniques.  So I played around and  made a lot of different "material" by painting, foiling, catching lace between netting, and catching fibers between dissolving sheets.  These were made to use for the circles that I planned to applique down on the center piece.  Here are some of the pieces that I made:

Gold foil on bride dress fabric

Painting with iridescent and glitter paint on dress fabric

 Here are some of the fibers that were used in the woman-made sandwiched fabric:

Thread, lace, yarn rick rack, Angelina fibers
Sandwiched fabric #1
Sandwiched fabric #2

Sandwiched fabric #3

Lace sandwiched between tulle
(To be continued)

Hope this inspires you to step outside your box and try to some fun things.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sewing clothes for a cruise

I've been sewing clothes lately.  Not something that I usually do since I am so passionate about making quilts.  But we've signed up to go on a cruise - MY FIRST EVER!  So I decided to make a summery dress and a couple of tops to celebrate and take on the trip.

I have a body double made out of duct tape that is a super good tool to use to fit patterns on yourself.  However, you have to stay the same weight and shape for it to be useful.  And you guessed it, I'm not the same shape as when that duct tape body form was made.  So, I made a few adjustments to the patterns, cut them out of light weight muslin and had my husband do the fitting changes while I wore the muslin mock-up.  This was his first time doing it and I could tell he didn't really feel like this was something he wanted to learn or could learn to enjoy.  I told him it was good for his brain to learn something new.  He is a trouper.  Hey, a husband that finds pins and needles and thread all over the house and doesn't grumble is a good man in my book.

And, because I haven't sewn clothes in a while, I had to do some reading up on how to handle chiffon fabric, how to do french seams, how to make fabric button loops, and how to preshrink interfacing.  So, now my brain has gotten more workout too.

Here are the patterns I am making:

lime green with short sleeves

ivory silk slip dress as base layer

Crepe de Chine dress, short sleeves, 12" longer than pattern

I hope you also do different things from time to time so that you're brain stays active!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Reflection art quilt - Part Two

This is a continuation about the post on the making of a reflection portrait art quilt.

Bit of background:  After I finished the face and the reflection of the face, I pieced the upper and lower background and spliced in a piece to add the water in the tank.  I took it to my class and although they generally approved of the portrait (with a few small changes), the background left something to be desired.  I worked on it in the class, but in the end, I didn't like how much of a botch job it looked like.  So I started over on the background.    I'm glad I got the critique and advise from my teacher and my small group.  Their input was invaluable in making a better portrait quilt.  I do hope that you have advisers in your life too.  And not just in quilting.  Life is all about the journey, after all.

Here is the piece getting ready to go to the quilting stage. It has some of the thread work and inking done, and the organza has been sewn to the bottom portion for the reflection.

And here it is all done.

"Arielle's View" by Joanne Adams Roth 24 x 21

I hope you like it!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Quilt Guild Auction

Clark County Quilters, my local quilt guild in Vancouver, started an auction a few years ago to raise money and have a fun program.  This year, we went all out and had it in a ballroom downtown, invited lots of guests, and collected donations from not only our members but also our community.

It was super fun and we raised lots of money from our generous members and guests to support our charitable programs and our primary designated charity of the year - FISH.

Here are a few pictures of the fun event:

The tally ladies: Glenda, Carolyn, Dell, Arden

The excellent auctioneer

I hope your guild has fun programs too and steps it up a notch to raise funds for not only your non-profit, but others in your community too.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Photo quilt with a reflection Part One

I tried something totally different with this photo quilt.  It is a picture of our youngest granddaughter taken at the beach while she was looking into a vat of lobsters.  I loved, loved, loved the reflection of her face in the picture.  So I enlisted the help of my good friend, Lynn Czaban, who was teaching this class to my small quilt group.   She said she was help me figure out how to do it.

Here is the original picture and the posterized and black and white for the quilt.

I decided to do my granddaughter in tans and browns, and keep her jacket pink.  For the background, I simplified it and used shades of gray.  I planned to put a layer of organza on the reflected part with the hope that it will add to the feeling of the reflection.

Here is a picture of the face and reflection all ready for the background.

And here it is on the background, read to add stitching, ink work and quilting.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Masterpiece quilt from Katie Pasquini-Masopust class - part Two

This is a continuation of a previous post about a tree quilt that I made based on lessons I learned in a Katie Pasquini-Masopust class.

I originally thought that I would add light gray organza to the background in this quilt to give it that really foggy look.  But I changed my mind part way through and decided to use tulle over the top of everything.  That helped to hold all the little pieces in place while it was being quilted.

I quilted the piece using cotton batting, several different colors and types of thread,  and faced the piece.

The Snag by Joanne Adams Roth 2017

I hope you like it!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Masterpiece quilt from Katie Pasquini-Masopust class - Part One

I wrote an earlier post about a class sample that I made in Katie Pasquini Masopust's class.  She encouraged us to take a picture of our own and, using her technique, turn it into our masterpiece.  I decided to use a picture that was taken of a craggy tree on a foggy hike.  Here is the picture with the overlay of the intended quilt.

And here is the drawing blown up to size (32" x 62") and colored and labeled.

I pulled three stacks of fabric colors - orange, red, and black/white.  These were sorted into 7 steps and the fun began.

I used the colored piece as my map, and used the second piece for my pattern.  The pattern was cut out one piece at a time and used as a template to cut out the material.  This quilt has raw edges throughout, since the turning of all the edges of all those pieces didn't seem like anything I wanted to do.  So, I used a combination of basting spray and fusible web to get the pieces stuck up on the design board.  These pieces were stuck right onto the batting.  Here is a progress picture:

Once I had all of the pieces cut and put up on the wall, I took a black and white photo and saw some problems.   Here is the picture, can you see the problems too?

The problems:
1.  I felt that there was too much dark on the left side, which made the piece feel unbalanced.  Even though that was the way it was in the original picture, it just took away from the effect of the tree.  The great big piece of dark gray needed to be changed to something lighter and smaller pieces of light material needed to be added on top of the dark red.
2.  It needed more dark values and branches of foliage on the right hand side.
3.  The pink circle on top looked chopped off, so some of the pieces needed to be changed to match this pink at the top.
4.  Some pieces looked chopped off where the colors changed, so a few pieces had to be added to have continuity in the shapes.
5.  Some of the orange at the bottom was too light.
6.  Some of the orange at the top was too light.

Here's the top with all the changes.  I hope you noticed these issues and can critique and fix your art quilt tops to improve them before you continue onto the quilting process.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Class quilt from Katie Pasquini Masopust

I've been wanting to take a class from Katie Pasquini Masopust for a long time.  I've admired all of her work in all of the stages and have looked at the Alegre Retreats for quite a while.  Well, I didn't sign up for the travel trip, but our quilt guild did hire her to come for a lecture and class.  So, it was with great pleasure that I got a spot in the class.

She taught us her ghost layers and color wash technique and we had a fabulous time with her for 2 days.  I did the class exercise the first day and worked off my picture for a larger, more personal, and more difficult quilt to make later.  Here is the piece I started in the class.  It is an abstract free style piece. After all of the pieces were quickly fused to a foundation layer, I zig zagged around all of the edges and tore out the foundation.

At that point, I decided I wanted to make it into another powerline quilt to keep making pieces that fit into my series.  However, I not only thought that my class sample was a little sloppy (as they tend to be), but that it was too dark at the bottom and didn't have any character.  So I pulled out a bunch of threads, yarn, llama fleece, and fabric (that I made from thread and yarn) and piled it on top of the quilt.

Then it all got covered with a white heavy body tulle (from the inside of a bride's dress) and quilted all over in light pink thread.  I feel like the toning down of the bright colors made this piece more unified and less jarring.  Normally, I prefer bold colors, how about you?

It was then slashed and trimmed to allow for the burgundy inserts for the power pole.  I would have put the pole at a slightly different angle, but I wanted to cover up the strong diagonal line that I had in the piece, which felt like it was cutting the design in half.   Now it looked more like an abstract landscape than just a jumble of shapes.  On pieces like this, I think you should analyze each step and not be afraid to change directions.

The final step was to quilt it with straight lines in both burgundy and pink threads to mimic power lines.  I decided to bind this quilt, as it was fairly thick with all the layers and I knew it would be too hard to turn and double the thickness with a facing finish.

Anyway, here is the final quilt.  It's 18" x 18".

Powerline #7 - Pasquini's Pole by Joanne Adams Roth 2017

I hope you like it!