Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quilting Past My Bedtime, part 2

As promised, the story behind my PQ Season 6 Challenge 2.  It's called Here Comes the Sun(flowers).
I was really having trouble coming up with an idea.  I had multiple thoughts running through my head, but none that really spoke to me.  I wanted to do something different, out-of-the-box, but my ideas seemed cliche.  Finally, I pulled out some books for inspiration and the one that caught my eye was Flower Garden from the book 25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs.  I have wanted to do this quilt and immediately saw the sunrise yellows, oranges, and pinks as the flower petals.  I pulled this great gray batik I got in Montana last summer and the quilt was started!  

The song that was running through my head was Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles, especially these lyrics: Little darling
It's been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here

Little darling
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been clear

The gray background represents the winter, the darkness, the ice, and the flowers represent the sunrise on that first spring morning when you know winter is done.  The flowers bloom, the sun warms the earth, and the ice is gone again.

Read more: Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Oh, look.  The chicken has appeared again!  She says the flowers are too big and they kinda scare her.  She likes the Wonky Trees best so far, but she's looking forward to the rest of the PQ challenges to see which one will be her home.

Project Quilting Retreat

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time at Woodland Ridge Retreat for a Project Quilting Challenge retreat.  At 1 pm on Friday, we were given this wonderful PQ bag, filled with fabric and the challenge rules.
The challenge was the APE challenge.  The A was for applique, but in a new way.  Kim Lapacek, PQ Challenge Master extraordinaire, taught us Painted Applique.  We used special colored pencils to draw in the fabric and then covered our coloring with a fabric medium to set it.  P was for piecing and E was for embellishment.  In addition, we had to use the the fabric on the left and right, pictured above.

So, this is my Dandelion and Daisies.
The dandelion in the center is my painted applique.  I painted it directly on to the background fabric.  The leaves were also colored with the colored pencils, but were done on a different fabric, then appliqued down.  It was a challenge because the flower was on the background and I wanted the leaves to look like they were behind the dandelion.  I was able to make it work.  I pieced the the partial border to fulfill the pieced requirement.  The dragonfly was embellished with beads for eyes and the end of the antenna.  I also added ceramic hedgehog buttons (thanks, Trish!) and the dandelion fluff is made from Angelina fibers.  A shout out to Frieda Anderson and her book, Fun, Fast Fusies, which is where I found the dandelion design.
A close-up of the hedgehog buttons.  Hey, where did the chicken come from?  She shows up again, but she decided she and hedgehogs don't mix.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quilting Past My Bedtime

Designer's block and procrastination got the best of me on the PQ challenge--Sunrise/Sunset.  I didn't really get serious about it until today.
  It is finally done, with 12 hours to spare.  I call it "Here Comes the Sun(flowers)," based on the Beatles song of the same name.  It is 62' square.  My name is Kelly Kroon and I quilt in Reedsburg, WI.

I am exhausted and am going to bed.  I promise I will blog more tomorrow--well, actually, later today--and tell the whole story behind my quilt.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Forest of Wonky Trees

Here is the first Project Quilting Challenge of 2015.  The theme is Trees, so I decided to make a forest of wonky, liberated trees, a la Gwen Marston.  I just sewed up a bunch of trees, laid them out on the floor, then added strips to fit it all together.  It measures 34" x 35" and I call it A Forest of Wonky Trees.  I'm happy with how it turned out, but I may add some more quilting.

I made a little chicken that I was thinking about putting on the quilt, but decided against it.  It is a cute little chicken and it may just show up in another quilt in the future.....
P.S.  I quilt in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  This statement is to fulfill the PQ requirements.  :)