Warning! I’m having a bit of a pity party right now, so if you would rather surround yourself with positive vibes, please do not continue reading beyond this point.
Remember that link I told you about awhile back where the blogger uses Press ‘n Seal to mark her quilts? Here is the link in case you need a refresher: http://quiltsbyrosemary.blogspot.com/2011/06/marking-quilting-pattern-using-pressn.html. Well, I decided to try it on my latest quilt.
I’ve been working on one of my quilt guild’s raffle quilt, or as they like to call it, the “2013 Opportunity Quilt.” I am letting the cat out of the bag here by posting pictures. I am nearly done and want to have it finished by our next meeting on December 4th. I just have a few more motifs to sew and a small border and then I can take it off the quilting frame, bind it, put a hanging sleeve and quilt label on it, and it’ll ready to be hung for “unveiling” at the December 4th meeting. As you will see from the pictures, it’s an Asian themed quilt, with kimonos all over it. I won’t put a picture on here yet of the whole thing, but will wait until after the official unveiling on the 4th for that.
I quilted interlocking circles along 3 borders. It was a little tedious trying to do that around applique Kanji (above, shown before quilting the interlocking circles), but necessary to make it look okay. Clam shells were quilted inside the kimono blocks and a different Japanese motif was quilted in the middle of each kimono. I won’t tell you too much about the kimonos, because I want to save that for the final unveiling pictures. But, I can post a picture of one of the kimonos.
I used the Press ‘n Seal that Rosemary suggested on the above block and the block pictured below. Here are a couple of pictures of the process.
I had already copied all my patterns onto vellum paper and am planning on using those in the same way, but I wanted to give the Press ‘n Seal a try on a small area before I try it on a larger area.
If you know anything at all about Judy Lyon, you know she does amazing things with pantographs. You can find her work here: http://www.meadowlyon.com/. When I saw her pantograph “Geisha Garden,” I knew I had to have it, and I wanted to add it into this quilt. But where? I already had the whole thing planned out, so the only place it would fit would be on the bottom border of the quilt. And, how on earth would I get it on there? Unless you are Matt or Bradie Sparrow, who can quilt a pantograph from the front of their machine using a BobbinCam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRDp2LZOPv8, then you need to come up with another way. Normally a pantograph is quilted from the back of the machine, so I would have to be VERY precise with how I did this. Plus, I had the quilt loaded to face the front of the machine, so that would mean taking the quilt off and reloading it the other direction. That’s when I decided to just draw the design onto the quilt, but that, too, would be difficult. I could use a roll of paper, but paper that is too big will get torn and mess up. So, Press ‘n Seal was the way to go with this. And, you know what? It worked really well!
Drawing it onto the Press ‘n Seal… See why I HAD to put this design into the quilt?
Pressing it down along the bottom border – it worked REALLY well and stayed in place the whole time.
After I ripped the plastic off…
The only “con” for this, I think, was that it took a little longer for me to pull the plastic off than it did for me to run the stitches over the Press ‘n Seal. Be careful of tiny little places where the plastic can get stuck. Try to either sew those closed or make them bigger, more open spaces.
So… I haven’t been posting much on here lately because I have been preoccupied with what seems like a gazillion other things demanding my attention right now. This past week has been swallowed up by me working on an artist portfolio. Ever seen an artist portfolio for a quilter? Neither have I, but since I have bills to pay and a porch that needs repair, I am trying to sell my turtle quilt. S.ave O.ur S.eas is the name of my turtle quilt, and here is a picture of it.
This quilt is roughly 7 1/2 feet tall by 8 feet wide, so it’s a bit bigger than this picture. I love my quilts and have a hard time parting with them, but this one is so big and I really have no place to hang it other than the basement. The county I live in is building a new community center and in need of art by local artists. What better place for this to hang than a community center where children from 1-100 years old will get to look at it. Well… that or a library or museum or…
Anyhow, they are asking for a portfolio with an artist statement, artist bio, artist resume, 3 art career references (I have super references for teaching in the public schools, but nothing for quilting), a CD with 10 images of your item, etc. etc. I had to think what I’ve accomplished as a quilter and that nasty little voice in my head tells me that I’ve accomplished nothing, that I’m a loser, and that my work sucks. So, it’s been a rough week as I’ve tried to pull something, anything out to put down as documentation. This is what I came up with in my portfolio.
All the information is in there, and I added a tri-fold brochure of some of my other work. I don’t feel like I stand a ghost’s chance in heaven of getting a commission on this, but, like I said… I need the money and I have a 50% chance of them saying yes. Gotta take the chance! If I get nothing else out of all the time I put into it this week, I will have learned some marketing skills and now know how to put together a presentation folder.
As for what else has been going on, my quilt guild meeting is Tuesday. Remember that “Letter Challenge” Quilt I was working on that I didn’t like the colors and didn’t think it would qualify for the challenge and then decided I would quilt our names into it? Well… I still haven’t gotten it done, and it doesn’t look like I’m going to get it done. I can’t seem to finish it with the colors in the house that I have there, so I need to swap that out before I can quilt it. I’ll post pictures IF/WHEN I get that done, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it won’t be in time for Tuesday’s meeting. I still need to finish that charity quilt I’d started. Hopefully I will have that done by Tuesday, because our quilt show is coming up before the next meeting, and they need all the charity quilts they can get for the show. I’ve tied up the loose ends for our last speaker (I’m the Programs co-chair for the guild) and still haven’t gotten back to the Opportunity (raffle) Quilt for 2013. I’m hoping to finish that by mid-November so it will be ready for unveiling on December 4th. So, my apologies for not getting back to the blob (I mean blog) lately.
Hope you had a great week!