Friday, May 22, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival Mini Rainbow Storm At Sea

I've never done the Bloggers Quilt Fedtival before and now that I can write a bit and I have a quilt I'm going to jump in!

I made it for IG: Mumziepooh and the IG Mini Swap. I was in #kaysgroup. This quilt finishes at about 12 inches by 12 inches which was the smallest dimension allowed by the IG Mini Swap. I didn't set out to make one so small it was just serendipitous, ha! I fully stalked my partner and saw a few Storm At Sea quilts on her Pinterest with comments about making one some day. She also liked stars and I saw some rainbow ones. I found a great free Storm At Sea free paper piece pattern at and then proceeded to reduce the size at least 50 percent. I don't know exactly how much as I just kept reducing it until I could fit 4 blocks onto an 8.5 x11 paper. I printed out their helpful coloring pages to figure out how I wanted my rainbow to go and then pulled fabrics.

I pieced and then frixion penned (that's a word) the quilting guide lines and then quilted the crap out of it. Some subtle stripe black binding, rainbow hearts backing, label and it was sent off! I was so pleased with how it turned out. It seemed like a little jewel sitting out on my counter. And I'm happy to report that Mumziepooh loved it :)
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Four In Art: Literature or Deep Space Intrigue

I'm in an art quilt group called the Four In Art. There is a theme we build our quilts around and this go around it is literature. There are quite a few deep concerns and ideas that others are tackling. But my immediate thought was highlighting my love of with Science Fiction. Sometimes I think because it a "fun" genre it doesn't get quite as much, mmm... Respect or credit. There are so many incredible authors and worlds to discover.

This quilt came to be by re-reading The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. There was a while when I couldn't read sci-fi and diving back into the Ichidian Universe was a balm for my mind. There is interplanetary intrigue, there are spies, assassins, Emporers and the fight between good and evil. Or the fight between good and mostly good or sort of bad.

It is set in the future at some point and traveling through space is a given. So I eventually came around to a hybrid tactical and space suit. For both fighting purposes and spaceship/planetary movement. I kept focusing in my mind on just one section to show the texture of the suit. What you see is a chest portion with the lower left curve being the part that covers the sternum and the right wrapping around the ribs.

The space between the protective plates is silver and black and there is Kona Cotton and Shot Cotton as well as quilt prints. Aurifil 40 weight was used for the quilting and attaching the different pieces. And, as last time, it's backed in a Lotta Jansdotter white and grey mid-century spacey feel print.

The other Four In Art-ers are revealing today as well:

Betty at a Flickr site:
Catherine at Knotted Cotton
Elizabeth at
Nancy at Patchwork Breeze
Rachel at The Life of Riley
Simone at Quiltalicious
Susan at PatchworknPlay