It’s been a long time since I’ve written a pattern… I think this little quilt is going to be my next project for PatternSpot. Woot! -rebecca
This image should look familiar if you’ve read my blog from last Mother’s Day. I was inspired by a French art installation and created a piece that celebrated my moms. It’s been two years since she passed away & it just doesn’t get any easier…
ANYWAYS, on my first version, I cut out each hole from a piece of fabric and turned the raw edges under to the back. It was easy work with the big holes and not so much as they got progressively smaller. My bamboo skewer gave way to a tooth pick and after a while, I had my fill of tediousness & put the piece aside.
So, this year, I decided to turn to my old friend, Ponoko. It’s a website that can pretty much make anything you dream of into a reality. You can upload designs to be laser cut or etched onto hundreds of different materials. They can 3D print anything. If you don’t have any art or CAD skills, they can find you someone who will do it for you. It’s like a magic dream rainbow factory! & if you’re thinking, “Well, that doesn’t sound very quilty!” Then let me entice you with the power to create your own acrylic rotary cutting templates! Can you imagine? Er. I’ve strayed off topic! So, I uploaded an Illustrator file to Ponoko and requested that it be laser cut from 2mm thick, cream colored felt. Then I waited a couple of weeks for it to come back home to me.
When I opened the box, it had a slightly singed smell, but I was able to take care of that by rubbing it with a cucumber face wipe. And I also had to remove all the little bits from each hole- see below!
I’m sure you can imagine how fun it was to have these little bits o’ felt scatter all up in your living room! I found a few nestled in my hair & had to furiously keep the cat at bay so he wouldn’t try to eat them.
But now I’m not sure how to finish this little project. I was thinking about quilting in cream colored thread to create more texture and detail to her hair, but that might spoil the whole spare aesthetic thing going on. Or maybe work in some tulle or something? Or chop it down and put it on the wall and be done with it! Who knows…
FYI- Here’s the photo I used to create this whole project. I pray you can see a resemblance in the felt piece! lol
Sigh. I love you, moms. I miss you everyday. Love, rebecca
This puppy has been driving me crazy for weeks!!!! I’m normally a fan of curved piecing, but I feel like I’ve done nothing but wrestle fabric here lately. At first I said I would finish three blocks a day… Then it dropped to two… Then it dropped to one… Sigh. If I didn’t love this quilt so much already, it would be sitting on a shelf somewhere. I do love it, though, so I’ll keep going! It just might not end up as large as I had originally planned. Happy quilting! rebecca
I’ve decided to put one of my babies in the Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival @ Amy’s Creative Side. Say hello to “Happy”! She measures 72 inches square and was finished early in 2009 for the Dallas Quilt Show. HOWEVER, she actually began her journey way back in 2007. I created the pattern in Illustrator and was determined to make this quilt with a pieced background and needle-turned appliqué elements. I worked for months & month & MONTHS, but I never felt like it was going to be done. Enter 2008 & the birth of Spoonflower!
I designed several little bits of artwork to create my own fabric & had a lot of fun being one of the first people to use this wonderful service. One night, I was sifting through files to create a pattern repeat & accidentally opened up the file for Happy. It was a lightbulb moment! I took the entire applique design and split it in half. Then, I uploaded it to Spoonflower as a four yard long continuous design & waited for my order to come home to me from North Carolina. I sliced the two halves apart, sewed them back together as a whole unit with a single long seam up the center, & commenced hand quilting! Being a deadline driven person, I entered it into the Dallas Quilt Show in the hopes of finally seeing a finished product one day. & I finished. Well, I almost finished… My quilting doesn’t go all the way out to the edges & I’m pretty sure I was still sewing on the binding during the car ride over to drop it off at Dallas Market Hall! Oh well. Live & learn.
I pulled Happy out of the brown paper bag she’s resided in since March of 2009 and it made me a little sad. She deserves more love than that! But I have no idea what to do with her, so she primly sits on my guest bed waiting for me to figure everything out. Oh, & I almost forgot to mention that she has a cutie polka dot backing!
Well, thanks for stopping by! Enjoy more quilts from the Blogger’s Festival!!!
Today is a difficult holiday for me because my momma passed away last year on April 6th. She was 55 years old. I COMPLETELY avoided Mother’s Day last year because it was just too painful. Everywhere you turn- in stores, on the TV, all over the internet- there are advertisements showing moms & daughters hugging & laughing & being happy… showing moments that I won’t ever experience again.
Anyways, I decided to make a memorial quilt in her honor. Inspired by some stencil art from France, I decided to create a small art piece that would be based on a photo of her. About three months after she had passed, I finally had the courage to sit down and look for the perfect photo for my project. Unfortunately, I lasted about 5 minutes before breaking down into tears! I had to put away the bags of photos and pull myself together. It was about another three months before I could make myself look through the photos again and I did manage to choose one. However, once I scanned it and started working in photoshop, the tears flowed again. I guess it was something about having to zoom in really closely & having her face fill up my computer screen life-sized that overwhelmed me. Anyways, gradually, every few months, I’ve been going back to it and taking care of a few steps. The holes will end up going through all three layers, so I’ve got a ways to go. I’m not one for fusing, so I’ve been turning under a seam allowance on each hole & they are getting harder & harder to do as the size dwindles down. I’m currently regretting the busy print, though. This might end up being the back side of the quilt, so I can put a solid or near solid fabric on the front. I’m thinking about using black tulle to create some more definition, as well. I’m not sure if this quilt will ever be finished, but something tells me that I’m not making it to be finished. I’m making it to heal…
This is my latest project to work on called Mwah! It’s a spin on a pickle dish pattern & I’m sure there will be a few more iterations before I’m happy with it. It wasn’t the easiest block to construct, so I’m going back to the drawing board to find a better way to make it. & of course, everything changes so much when you introduce different colors, so I’m excited about the possibilities here. Hopefully, I’ll get everything written up and diagrammed into a good pattern for the launch of the Pattern Spot. I’ve also got quite a few more things in the works, but they’re in the illustration stage- It might be awhile before I can commit them to fabric. I *will* say there’s definitely more ndns! 🙂 And a few competition pieces. So, back to work!
Today I didn’t feel too well, so I schlepped around the house all day. It wasn’t until about 8pm that I willed myself to go to the cutting mat. Then I busted out two rows on my OU Sooners quilt. There will be six rows total, so I’ve got a bit of work to do still. It should finish at 51″x72″. Oh, & here’s what it looked like about 30 seconds after I took the first pic:
How do they know there’s a quilt top around?? Anyway. I’m going to take some nyquil & hit the hay.